The Future & Beyond

Throughout the pandemic, Leicester based distributor continued to service the needs of the UK photographic print industry and remained in constant communication with their customers through phone calls and a series of informative e-newsletters. We chat to Marketing Manager Craig Bird to see how the business has fared over the past 18 months and how they are looking to a positive future.

Hello Craig, it’s been a tough period for the UK photographic industry and retail in particular, how have Tetenal managed through the pandemic?

Hello! Yes I think it’s safe to say that these have been challenging times for everyone in the industry but we met the challenges head on and decided to remain open throughout the whole pandemic, albeit with reduced staff numbers, to ensure we could offer continuity of service to our customers who needed us.

We’re a company who have always prided ourselves on customer service and value and the enforced lockdown gave us the opportunity to look at the business, assess where we were and where we wanted to be in the future.

Have you implemented many changes to the business during this period?

Tetenal has always been a company that is forward-thinking and in MD Mike Fawcett and the rest of the Management Team we have people who are constantly looking at ways to improve the business.

It may be a cliche but any business really is only as good as the people who work in it and we’ve been able to take a step back to look at where we could implement new practices for the benefit of our team whilst also bringing in additional knowledge and fresh thinking with a number of key additions to the company.

It sounds like an exciting time for Tetenal.

To be honest, it is. In consultation with all of our staff, we’ve recently published a new Corporate Vision with the tagline of “Proud of our Past – Driven by our Future”.

We’ve set in place some Core Values and a shared vision for where we want to take the business whilst encouraging all of our team to continue to develop personally and professionally. It’s more important than ever in this day and age to be respectful and supportive employers and this in turn will hopefully help the business, and the individuals within it, to thrive.

You mentioned that you’ve added new members to the team at Tetenal, can you tell us a little more about that?

Yes indeed! Our long standing Account and Product Manager Mark Wilkins is now enjoying a well earned retirement but our new additions bring a wealth of photographic and print knowledge with them.

Analogue photography continues to be a growth area with film stock disappearing of our shelves as soon as it arrives, such is the demand. With that in mind we appointed Gemma as our new Analogue Product Manager to deal with all our key photographic dealers.

Beth joins us as our new Account Manager for the South, whilst Aren is responsible for producing content for use across all our marketing activities including the website which is continually being developed and improved.

Completing the new arrivals is Kevin who brings with him a wealth of experience, gained over many years in the photographic industry,

WHAT SECRETS MAY LIE IN THE BACK OF YOUR DRAWERS AND CUPBOARDS?

When Chris Roberts sister decided to clear out a few old drawers she was surprised to discover a reel of old cine film. Not really knowing what it was or what to do with it, she called her sister and explained what she’d found.

The pair of them racked their brains as to what it might be. Cine film seemed so old fashioned in this digital age that they couldn’t really come up with any logical thoughts as to what it was or who may have filmed it.

The mind has the ability to play tricks with the memory as the years pass by. Things that happened only a few years ago in your mind can stretch back over a decade. We’ve all been in a position where we’ve heard a song from your youth and then suddenly realise that the song you were singing along to is actually 30 years old!  Surely not, it came out when I was just………. oh yeah, of course, I’m that old too!

Meanwhile, back to the story.

Chris thought the best idea would be to contact a store specialising in photographic services and a quick search online brought her to the Kodak Express store in Ruislip.

A phone call to the store resulted in an enlightening conversation with store owner Anis Kapadia who explained all the options open to Chris and she agreed to send off the old cine film and expected to the process to take several months, mainly due to the age of the film which at this stage was still uncertain, but it certainly looked old.

The film was sent and Chris and her sister waited patiently.

The call came less than 3 weeks later. The film had been processed and transferred on to a DVD, ready for the secrets the old film had kept for decades to be revealed.

The two sisters arranged to get together and watch the DVD.  It was like the biggest Birthday and Christmas surprise rolled into one.  The sense was similar to opening the biggest gift under the tree when you were ten years old.

The TV was switched on and the DVD popped into the player as the sisters sat back to await the big reveal.  What came on the screen caused the sisters to gasp and hold each other as tears welled in their eyes.

In an instant they were transported back 55 years to Chris’s sisters wedding.  The next few minutes were filled with joy and wonder as they cast their eyes on faces they hadn’t seen for decades and sadly many of them who are no longer here.

The DVD has been watched and shared amongst family members many times over the weeks since it was received and will become part of the family history and passed down as an heirloom and a wonderful reminder of years gone by.

SO WHERE IS YOUR FAMILY HISTORY STORED?

There are two elements and lessons to be learned from this story.

Do you have old reels of film or cine film hidden or “lost” at the back of a drawer?

Coming up to date, are you trusting your favourite photos to technology and happy to risk leaving them stored on phones, laptops and PC’s?  Or on old Cameras or Memory Cards at the back of cupboards?

We know how quickly technology moves on these days.  With every release of a new phone it seems that there are compatibility issues so getting your photos off old phones and tablets may not be as easy as you think.

Even images stored on the cloud may be lost with a forgotten password or even worse stolen and used by unscrupulous individuals.

What physical history of your family is there?  Are we creating a generation of children whose childhood is captured only in digital format? The best and safest way to protect and celebrate your family history is to print your favourite photos and display them in your home or give them as gifts to family and friends.

Your local Kodak Express is the best place to print your photos in variety of sizes or styles and to turn special moments into pieces which not only look fabulous in your home but also celebrate the special people and places in your life. You can find your nearest store by visiting www.kodakpictures.co.uk

Don’t leave your memories languishing in the back of a drawer or living in digital form on a memory card.  If it means something, print it.

Chris and her sister did and they now have something they and their family will treasure forever.

It’s a little bit of Tuesday Positivity

CONTINUING TO BRING YOU POSITIVE NEWS…….
We know it seems to be tougher each day but we’re still here to try and put a little positivity into your daily digest and hopefully a smile on your face from time to time.

We have included links to the news stories as reported on official news platforms wherever possible so you can read them for yourself.

95yr old Grandmother is oldest Italian woman to survive

A 95-year-old grandmother became the oldest woman in Italy to recover from the coronavirus, according to a new report. Doctors and specialists treated her at the facility until she made a full recovery last week without “antiviral therapy,” according to the report.
View the story here

Also in Italy, infection rates slow for 2nd day running

Italian health officials have expressed cautious hope after the coronavirus death toll edged down from the previous day’s record and the rate of infections slowed.
View the story here

Wuhan lockdown lifted as normality slowly returns

As the UK continues to take drastic action to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, China, the country where the disease originated, is slowly returning to normal.

Authorities in Hubei, the province where the outbreak started, announced they are lifting tight travel restrictions from Wednesday – providing people have a clean bill of health.

View the story here
and away from scientific news here’s a few other heartwarming stories that might put a smile on your face….

A perfect couple. She loves to play piano, he loves to dance

This is self-isolating in style – Sally and Ken from Penzance are both in their 80s, both have dementia but she loves to play the piano – no sheet music! – and he loves to dance
Take a look at this amazing couple self isolating in style

Couple dance Cheek to Cheek as film is projected on wall

An Italian couple’s slow dance with a little help from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers has helped people smile during a dark time with the country under quarantine from the coronavirus.
see this heart warming video here and wait for the twirl at the end!

Robin Williams daughter finds old photos while in isolation

Zelda was doing some spring cleaning as the coronavirus meant she was advised to stay home like the rest of us. The 30-year-old stumbled upon the sweet photo booth pictures of her goofing around with her late father.

Why not dig through your drawers and see what old photos, films and slides you might find!

read the full story here
SHARE YOUR STORIES WITH US
If you have any great stories from your local community then please share them with us so we can include them in future posts.

It’s difficult times so we all need to try and pull together and help each other.

 

Friday 21st Tetenal positive news stories

We're continuing to bring you positive news...

WE’RE CONTINUING TO BRING YOU POSITIVE NEWS…….

You can’t seem to escape stories about the current Corona pandemic we are in the midst of and whilst it appear that everythng we hear is bad news, we’ve gathered together some positive news stories that give is a glimmer of hope that there may be some light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel.

We have included links to the news stories as reported on official news platforms so you can read them for yourself.

Read more >


Robots use light beams to zap hospital viruses!

Robots use light beams to zap hospital viruses!That’s right, you read it correctly, a robotic engineering company in Denmark has developed a robot which can clear a room of harmful microbes.

Glowing like light sabres, eight bulbs emit concentrated UV-C ultraviolet light. This destroys bacteria, viruses and other harmful microbes by damaging their DNA and RNA, so they can’t multiply.

View the story here


Scientists around the world race to create a vaccine

Scientists around the world race to create a vaccineAbout 35 companies and academic institutions are racing to create such a vaccine, at least four of which already have candidates they have been testing in animals.

The first of these, produced by Boston-based biotech firm Moderna , will enter human trials imminently.

View the story here


Global lockdown illustrates how much pollution can change

Global lockdown illustrates how much pollution can changeIn the battle against COVID-19, countries around the world are restricting gatherings, encouraging people to work from home and closing public venues. Italy is under lockdown.

All of these actions are having quantifiable consequences, particularly in our environment, scientists believe. Once the current crises has subsided, it’s hoped that these learnings can be taken forward to persuade countries to seriously look at how they are polluting their countries.

View the story here


and away from scientific news here’s a few other heartwarming stories that might put a smile on your face….


Dad creates ingenious way to stop being disturbed by kids

Dad creates ingenious way to stop being disturbed by kidsThis Dad has decided that he doesn’t want continuous interruptions from his children while he is locked down in self-isolation. His solution is ingenious.

See the full video here


If only this was the easy answer to the loo roll shortage!

If only this was the easy answer to the loo roll shortage!With the amount of time lots of us will be spending at home, this would be a great solution for all gardening enthusiasts!

Take a look at this couples agricultural solution

Who needs a running machine to exercise at home?

Who needs a running machine to exercise at home?As we may all be spending more time indoors over the coming weeks, our MD Mike Fawcett has decided to initiate the Tetenal Lending Library, bringing in some of his favourite books for the staff to borrow.

We all know that it can be difficult to motivate ourselves to exercise at the best of times, but with many gyms closing down and home treadmills a little on the expensive side, this guy has come up with a simple solution in his kitchen.

Take a look at his great idea, then try it yourself!


and if you are exercising at home, don’t upset anyone!

and if you are exercising at home, don't upset anyone!Most of us have been told not to play with a ball in the house at some point in our lives. It seems like some people never really got the message……

we think this video speaks for itself…..


Sports stars show they do care about the community

Sports stars show they do care about the communityFormer Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville is to open his hotels free of charge to health workers to help with the coronavirus crisis.

Read the full story here


Closer to Tetenal’s home here in Leicester, one of the Foxes legends approached Age UK to offer his help.

Closer to Tetenal's home here in Leicester, one of the Foxes legends approached Age UK to offer his help

Read the full story here


Whilst down in London, Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha offered help to NHS staff with housing.

Whilst down in London, Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha offered help to NHS staff with housing.

Read the full story here


SHARE YOUR STORIES WITH US

If you have any great stories from your local community then please share them with us so we can include them in future posts.

We’ll all be spending more time at home so why not let us have your recommendations for Box Sets that you’ve enjoyed recently.

It’s difficult times so we all need to try and pull together and help each other.


We hope you found some positivity in today’s stories. We’ll be back soon with more to try and raise your spirits a little.

Thursday’s Tetenal positive news stories

WE'RE CONTINUING TO BRING YOU POSITIVE NEWS.......

You can't seem to escape stories about the current Corona pandemic we are in the midst of and whilst it appear that everythng we hear is bad news, we've gathered together some positive news stories that give is a glimmer of hope that there may be some light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel.

We have included links to the news stories as reported on official news platforms so you can read them for yourself.

Flu drug used in Japan shows promise in treating COVID-19

Live Science and The Guardian are reporting that a drug used in Japan to treat influenza seems to be effective at treating the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to news reports.

The antiviral drug, called Favipiravir or Avigan, showed positive outcomes in clinical trials involving 340 individuals in Wuhan and Shenzhen, said Zhang Xinmin, of China's science and technology ministry,

View the story here

Testing for coronavirus will increase to 25,000 a day

The UK has one of the most sophisticated public health systems in the world and was one of the first countries outside China to have assured testing capability for the novel coronavirus.

Over 50,000 tests for coronavirus have already been completed. It is anticipated that, with increased capacity to 25,000 daily, testing levels in the UK could soon exceed that in China.

View the story here

Dutch Researchers first to find Covid-19 Antibodies

A team of ten scientific researchers from the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam and Utrecht University say they are the first in the world to discover an antibody capable of fending off an infection by the Covid-19 variant of coronavirus. The discovery could lead to an antiviral medication, and the ability for people to test themselves at home for the presence of the virus.
View the story here

China reports no new domestic cases of coronavirus

For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak started, China has reported no new domestic transmissions of Covid-19, a major milestone in the country’s fight against the pandemic.
View the story here

and away from medical breakthroughs here's a few other stories that might put a smile on your face....

Interest rates cut to 0.1% in a bid to boost the economy

The Bank of England has cut interest rates again as it tries to support the UK economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is the second cut in interest rates in just over a week, bringing them down to 0.1% from 0.25%.  Interest rates are now at the lowest ever in the Bank's 325-year history.

read the full story here

The Tetenal lending library has opened for business!

As we may all be spending more time indoors over the coming weeks, our MD Mike Fawcett has decided to initiate the Tetenal Lending Library, bringing in some of his favourite books for the staff to borrow.

It's a great initiative and something you could maybe look at for your business.  Send us pictures of your own ideas for helping your staff keep their minds and bodies active.

Self isolation in Italy cannot stop competitive sports people!

All sporting activities may have been postponed for the foreseeable future but these tennis enthusiasts in Italy wouldn't let the lockdown curtail their desire to get competitive whilst keeping their skills in tune.  Look out below!
Take a look at how this skillful and long rally ended

Batman pays local residents a visit!

Self isolating families in one residential area were surprised to see Batman appear bringing much needed supplies to the community.
take a look at what the Caped Crusader has been up to!
We hope you found some positivity in today's stories. We'll be back soon with more to try and raise your spirits a little.

NOT ALL NEWS IS BAD NEWS – HERE’S SOME POSITIVITY

Wuhan closes temporary hospitals due reduction in new cases

You can’t seem to escape stories about the current Corona pandemic we are in the midst of and whilst it appear that everythng we hear is bad news, we’ve gathered together some positive news stories that give is a glimmer of hope that there may be some light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel.

We have included links to the news stories as reported on official news platforms so you can read them for yourself.

Hospital staff in the Chinese city where the coronavirus originated have removed their masks ceremoniously as the country’s last emergency hospital, built to handle the crisis, was closed.

View the story here

 

Apple re-open their stores in China

 

View the story here

Apple has reopened all of its Chinese stores, a month after shutting them down amid the coronavirus outbreak.  All 42 official Apple retail stores opened on Friday, although some stores had special business hours.

Australian researchers hopeful they may have discovered a cure..

A team of Australian researchers say they’ve found a cure for the novel coronavirus and hope to have patients enrolled in a nationwide trial by the end of the month.

View the story here

 

… whilst scientists in Israel are confident of developing a vaccine

Israeli scientists are on the cusp of developing the first vaccine against Coronavirus according to Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis. If all goes as planned, the vaccine could be ready within a few weeks and available in 90 days, according to a release.</p

View the story here

 

and away from medical breakthroughs there are the occasional stories to put a smile on your face…

Penguins at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago were given the run of the building during the current shutdown of the premises due to the Coronavirus.

Take a look at the penguins on tour here

Italians are breaking the monotony of self-confinement by taking to their balconies for communal singing and dancing

You can’t quarantine music – watch as Italy plays and sings from balconies in locked-down cities.
Since the country was completely quarantined last week, swathes of videos have gone viral across social media in which musicians, singers and music lovers share performances from their balconies.

see some of the best videos here

 

Finally for now, this one may be good news for some but not for others dependent on your musical preferences!

Stars are responding to self-confinement by streaming songs and interacting with fans across social media

Coldplay’s Chris Martin played an impromptu set on Instagram Live, taking fans’ questions and covering David Bowie’s Life On Mars.

Country singer Keith Urban also went live on Instagram with his wife, Nicole Kidman, in the background.

take a look at who has been streaming here

Tetenal are open for business as usual

In the current climate it is important to undertake all hygiene measures to protect the health & well-being of employees and their families, but wherever possible to maintain a level of normaility in terms of business operations.

Tetenal realise that maintaining a high level of service to our customers is paramount in helping you through these uncertain time.

All areas of our business are currently operating as normal which means you can continue to place orders through our sales team, sales desk or through our website and our technical support team are on hand to ensure your equipment is working to its optimum.

We will of course continue to monitor the situation and make sure your are informed of any changes that may be recommended by the experts advising government and businesses.

If you require any further information then please speak with your Tetenal Account Manager in the first instance.

OUR WEBSITE IS ALWAYS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

We recognise that your own working situation may change so it is worth remembering that the Tetenal website is open for business 24 hours a day for you to check pricing and place orders.

If you don’t currently have a web account with us then now may be the perfect time to open one.

If you’d like to check whether you are able to order online or to set up an online account just drop us a line to marketing@tetenal.uk.com

STAY SAFE AND BE KIND

Finally we urge everyone reading this to be as understanding and considerate as possible to those who are more vulnerable during the current climate.

We can all work together as a community to get through this. Be kind and stay safe everyone

Tetenal’s First Birthday Celebration!

There was a big party in the Tetenal office last Wednesday to celebrate the company’s 1st birthday and those that made the past year possible. You may have seen some pictures documenting the days antics but here’s a rundown of the beach party, featuring everything from Pina Coladas, to massages and terrible Hawaiian shirts!The day began around 9am with the pleasure of seeing everybody’s best beach wear as they walked through the door.

Everyone got involved: some wore shorts and a strappy top, others swimming trunks and shades, there were colourful pants, leis, bucket hats and sliders all over the place. The office was full of inflatables, banners, beach games and flowers but most notably, there were an array of Hawaiian shirts that took over Tetenal HQ.

 

Then it was time for a number of beach games! After many failed attempts from the blokes in the room at throwing a beanbag to knock over cans, Nimisha came along and put those netball skills to good use, smashing the game (There’s evidence over on our Twitter!). Technical operations main man, Rob Blanchard won beach boules (By sheer luck, we think) and multiple people claim to have won the horseshoe throwing contest… hmm convenient, eh?

 

 

Once midmorning swung around, the masseuses arrived and we had the perfect combination of massages and a picture quiz (put together by our own pub quiz wiz, Craig Bird). Our pop culture, music, geography and current affairs knowledge was tested to the max but managing director Mike Fawcett reigned supreme – and we’ll never hear the end of it from him.

 

It wouldn’t be a British beach without fish and chips, and people shot up from their chairs once the van arrived – It turns out that quizzes and party games are clearly hungry work. The fun didn’t end there though as it wouldn’t be an afternoon on the beach without one thing…

 

 

…cocktails! Well, mocktails. Tetenal’s youngest members Paris and Morgan headed the Tetenal bar with a selection of cocktails which people were queueing out the room for. The Pina colada was a particular favourite around the office, but Sales and Marketing Director Phil Barker swore by the Shirley Temple.

 

 

As you can probably image, by the mid-afternoon we were tired, so it was the perfect time for a cake pick me up. Sugar & Ice Leicester made a gorgeous cake that the office lapped up in-between coffee, more games and keeping the day to day running of Tetenal going.

 

All in all, Tetenal’s 1st Birthday was an outstanding success, it’s the brilliant work of our staff that keeps us here as well as our customers and we want to celebrate that. This is just one of the many ways in which we like to make the office a happy, thriving place, and hopefully there will be many more parties like this in the years to come!