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!

 

International Women’s Day 2020!

 

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, the Management team here at Tetenal presented all our female staff members with a beautiful bouquet of flowers accompanied with a small dedication card which encouraged them all to Be Empowered!

MD Mike Fawcett commented “we felt it was important on this day in particular to acknowledge the contributions made by all our female employees to the success of Tetenal in recent years and in particular, during this past 12 months as we look to celebrate our first year under the new Tetenal Management Team.  It’s often overlooked how difficult it can be to juggle their family lives whilst working in a vibrant fast-moving environment, so it was our chance to just recognise their hard work and commitment.”

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering happening in 1911 and being supported by over a million people.  Since that day, IWD has grown to encompass all women collectively and creates nor recognises any boundaries between them.

Tetenal is proud to have so many strong women amongst its team of dedicated staff.

Colour proofing on P5000 with Spectro for a large print house in Birmingham

Why Did They Choose Tetenal?

The customer chose Tetenal because we were able to invite them to our Office to freely test the printer for themselves with their own images and evaluate the benefits the new printer would bring to their business.

How:

The customer has had a few issues with customers rejecting jobs due to colour issues which causes delays and the reprints cost them money. I was able to demonstrate the accuracy of the P5000 and its 99% pantone range to accurately print out proofs that can be signed off by the customer and design team before they send the projects for mass production where it can again be checked against the proofs.

They were particularly impressed by the accuracy of some of the harder to hit corporate colours and during the demo was able to realise there was a few colours that had been printing incorrectly in the past.
When they add the P5000 with spectro into their workflow and run the colour management via their rip they can be confident that what they design is what they will get on the proof print.

When:

The customer took the samples back to show all the different departments and we had a signed sales quote the same day as they were so happy with the results.

Why:

Companies that would benefit from using this going forward, anyone who requires accurate proofing before mass production can benefit from the accuracy of the P5000. The P5000 can also be used for printing high end Giclee prints on fine art papers, Prints on Canvas and every day poster printing.

Introduction to Dave Norris – Our specialist in the printing world

Hi, I’m Dave Norris and I am the Senior Technician and Wide Format print specialist here at Tetenal.

My role is to support the sales team with in depth knowledge of the large format printers we have available and advise on best solutions for customers.

Basically if something seems, impossible, or is a bit strange it will usually end up with me to make it work. I carry out demonstrations in our new wide format print room where customers can visit us and try all the products and medias for themselves.

I often then carry out the installation of the equipment into customer sites integrating everything into existing workflows and software and also carry out full training to make sure the customer is setup and ready to print confidently when I leave. I also head up the colour management service where I create bespoke profiles for customers, this service is free if the customer is using one of our great Spectrajet papers but we can accommodate anyone who would like to have a bespoke profile created and provide advice on how to best utilise the profile and gain the best results possible from their printer.

As well as my Sales duties I am also the Senior Engineer dealing with escalated break down and fix situations and supporting the rest of the technical team with information and training when needed.

How I came to work for Tetenal – The story & history.

I came to work for Tetenal at the beginning of 2013. I received a call from Rob Blanchard asking if I would be interested in joining Tetenal as they took on a brand new project with Epson inkjet printers. He was interested in speaking to me as I had been working on Fuji and Noritsu drylabs since they first came out. I jumped at the chance as I have a long history with Rob as he gave me my first steps into the industry when I was 18.

I was interviewed by Rob and Chris Dawson and have since spent the last 19 years working on photographic print equipment.

What makes Tetenal special to you and why customers benefit from using Tetenal?

Tetenal are special to me as they provide a complete solution for the printing market and we like to build business partnerships not just customers by being there every step of the way. Our experienced sales team recommend the right machine for eqch situation and invitecuatomers to come and test all the different options at our fully furnished demo rooms.

The in house technical team carry out the installations and training and are on hand for any future issues as we are all manufacturers trained to repair the equipment we sell. We stock a vast number of products and everything our customers could possibly need with friendly sales staff waiting to assist them and take their orders.

What services you can personally offer:

  • Workflow optimisation and software that could benefit productivity such as rips to reduce media waste and handle colour management.
  • Colour management services from monitor and printer profiling to best practises for using print settings, profiles, colour intents etc.
  • Training on printer use, maintenance and advanced features.
  • Custom installations and hardware upgrades.
  • Media recommendations for different types of jobs.

 

Some interesting facts about Dave:

What year did you join Tetenal?
2003

What football/sporting team do you support?
Manchester United

What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Greek Islands

Which three dinner guests would you invite to join you for the evening? (alive or dead).

  1. Ayrton Senna
  2. Alex Ferguson
  3. Freddie Mercury

You’re abandoned on a desert island and can have one each of these items to keep you company until you are rescued.

FILM – The Wolf of Wallstreet
ALBUM – Use Your Illusion 2 – Guns n Roses
BOOK – Scarecrow – Matthew Reilly
TV SHOW – Breaking Bad
OBJECT – Football

Tell us an interesting fact about you that not everyone would know.
I love cars and motor racing. Most of my free time is taken up with cars in some form.

Tetenal Start 2020 with Major Distribution Announcement

Peter Smart

Tetenal UK, the photographic print solutions provider based in Leicester, has started the year in buoyant fashion with the announcement that they will take over the distribution of Champion Imaging products, including photo chemicals and x-ray chemical range. Tetenal UK, the photographic print solutions provider based in Leicester, has started the year in buoyant fashion with the announcement that they will take over the distribution of Champion Imaging products, including photo chemicals and x-ray chemical range.

To support the change, the two key members of the Champion team will transfer across to head up the total Analogue/Silver Halide division of Tetenal UK.

Peter Smart joins Tetenal as Analogue Business Manager, reporting directly into Tetenal Sales Director Phil Barker, with responsibility for all analogue products, including silver halide paper .

Nigel Davis, with his vast knowledge of chemistry products, joins Tetenal as Technical Support Manager for Silver Halide. Nigel will also be offering an enhanced monitoring service as part of his new role. Champion products will run alongside Tetenal’s existing portfolio of own branded chemistry products. Managing Director and co-owner of Tetenal UK, Mike Fawcett spoke about the addition


“I’m absolutely delighted to add Champion Imaging Products into our already broad portfolio of analogue products and the addition of Peter and Nigel offers additional experience and expertise to our already knowledgeable team.
This demonstrates Tetenals commitment to analogue products as part of our aim to become the leading supplier of photo print solutions in the UK, across both the digital and analogue sectors and forms part of our ambitious growth plans for 2020 and beyond”.

Nigel Davis

Tetenal’s new Analogue Business Manager Peter Smart is equally as enthusiastic about the change,

“Tetenal has long been recognised as a leading business in the photographic print solutions market so it’s a great move, not only for myself and Nigel, but also gives great confidence to all our Champion customers who will continue to be supplied through a strong and stable business in Tetenal.

Personally, it’s also an exciting time to be joining Tetenal. Talking with Mike Fawcett and his management team, it’s clear that they are looking to continue to grow the business and their desire to embrace analogue products as part of that growth is encouraging for all photographic businesses which are still based on, or utilise, silver halide chemistry”.

For further information regarding Champion products and Technical Support contact;
Peter Smart, Tetenal Analogue Business Manager  – peter.smart@tetenal.uk.com
Nigel Davis, Tetenal Analogue Technical Manager  – nigel.davis@tetenal.uk.com

For further information regarding Tetenal contact:
Phil Barker, Tetenal Sales Director – phil.barker@tetenal.uk.com
Craig Bird, Tetenal UK Marketing Manager –  craig.bird@tetenal.uk.com
Vanessa Derbyshire-Wood, Tetenal Digital Marketing Manager –  vanessa@tetenal.uk.com