Category Archives: Issue 1 July 17

Innovation brings its own rewards!

lisa-doarThe three winners of the first ever Janet Wood Innovation Awards have been announced and very excitingly the first-placed product, the simply brilliant Mouse Swing by Lisa Doar from CRUK Manchester will go on sale within the next month. Keep an eye on the Datesand website for more details.

Lisa’s hopefully very rewarding prize will be 10% of the profits from sales of the Mouse Swing over the initial 18 months. Datesand chief designer, Mark said ‘we’re delighted with the finalised samples of the production version of this brilliantly simple product. We’re extremely excited about its launch and we’re certain it will be an extremely valuable and popular addition to Datesand’s wide range of enrichment items!’

Second prize went to Gareth Coleman’s (University of Cambridge) superb Mouse Mezzanine, closely followed by the remarkably ingenious Play Tunnel Clip designed by Chris Brown also of the University of Cambridge. These products too will soon be available commercially through Datesand – keep up-to-date with the Datesand website at and via our Twitter feed and Facebook group.

For more product info visit:
Single Mouse Swing
Double Mouse Swing

Call: 0800 161 5831 for more details

The second annual Janet Wood Innovation Awards competition  is already open for your submissions. Please download the special entry pack at 


Envigo clients to benefit further from Envigo-Datesand partnership

Envigo has recently confirmed plans for a dedicated laboratory animal diet warehouse in the UK to supply UK and Irish customers directly. Martin from Envigo explained ‘This dedicated facility will be operated by our delivery partners Datesand Ltd. showing further strength and partnership commitment between Envigo and Datesand. The new warehouse will be climate controlled to ensure optimum storage conditions.’

The combined growth in demand for Envigo’s market leading laboratory animal diets, has resulted in an increased range now being available from stock. These include primate and mini pig diets to complement the established rodent, dog, rabbit and guinea pig portfolio. Martin added ‘UK and Irish Envigo customers will benefit from the improved customer service, increased diet options and stronger overall product availability provided by this exciting new facility’. More information is available on some of the Envigo Teklad diets at: – Click Here


Datesand goes all athletic in Wales

Abersoch Sprint triathlon 2017



Abersoch is a place dear to the hearts of Datesand’s Jonathon, his wife Claire, and indeed the whole Wood family. The beautiful little fishing village in Gwynned on the gorgeous Llyn peninsular is where Jonathon and his brother Nick holidayed with their parents as children and where he and his wife Claire met over 25 years ago. Jonathon and his young family continue to visit the spot at least once or twice a year.

This year Jonathon has already completed the10k there in May. Claire, Jonathon and a group of twenty or so friends have, just this weekend, completed the rather challenging Sprint Triathlon also in Abersoch and, as the final part of the Abersoch Triple Crown, Jonathon will take part in the half marathon in the resort in September.

The sprint triathlon, by the way, consists of a 750m swim, 22km bike ride followed by a 5km run, all in swift succession (phew! that’s quite enough for one year – editor’s comment).
Jonathon described it as ‘a fantastic event – very challenging but worth all the hard work training and preparing! There were more than 350 competitors and we both did pretty respectable times – Claire finished in 1h 49 mins and I managed 1 hour and 34. We’ve all raised lots of money for various charities and then got the chance to relax in a beautiful spot, enjoying the sun and the sea and a few very welcome glasses of beer/prosecco to celebrate ….. I couldn’t recommend it more highly. There’s also a mini event next year and, not to be outdone, both our kids have signed up for that!’


New book on living with dementia planned

wendywebWendy Mitchell is a Join Dementia Research Champion and the author of the widely-read blog Which Me Am I Today? which documents her life living with dementia since being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2014.

Now the 61-year-old is co-writing a book, Somebody I Used To Know, which will be released by publishers Bloomsbury in January 2018. Wendy has co-written the memoir with acclaimed ghost-writer Anna Wharton, co-author of three other books including Cut, by FGM campaigner Hibo Wardere.

“I used to be a very private person before I had dementia,” explained Wendy. “But when I was diagnosed I was so shocked and appalled at the lack of understanding and awareness that surrounds dementia that I’m now willing to shout from the rooftops at every opportunity that comes my way.”

Wendy Mitchell – Join Dementia Research champion


All work & no play…!

Well, you have to sometimes, don’t you? We all downed tools briefly this week to celebrate Juliana’s rather important birthday! As a barby had been requested, a barby was duly prepared and, in Manchester’s baking heat (yes, baking heat!), lots of fun was had by all. A very happy birthday to Juliana from the whole Datesand team!









Exhibitions & Events

See us at AALAS October 15 -19 2017










Quiz Answer:

Who’s this little chap?








The Answer:
Red Crested Tree Rat, native to Colombia



ryanRyan Hill

National Accounts Executive

My first animal technician/ancillary role was at 15.  I covered maternity leave at Nottingham University through the summer holidays. I then returned for Easter holidays and a second summer at 16.

At 17, I began my first official animal tech position with Envigo at their Hillcrest site. I was at Envigo for six enjoyable months before moving on to Agenda.

I joined Agenda to travel and gain more experience in a variety of facilities. I was based in London working at UCL Institute of Child Health and UCL Central. I lived and worked in London for 8 months where I gained more experience and even better knowledge of my role as an animal technician. I thoroughly enjoyed working in London; however, I needed a job closer to home.

I then took on the role of animal technician at Sheffield University for just over two years. Here I gained my Level 2 IAT Qualification along with a great deal of hands on experience. I was half way through my IAT Level 3 Qualification when got the opportunity of joining Datesand.

I have now been with Datesand for 7 months as the teams National Accounts Executive where I have met some amazing people and had the chance to catch up with old friends and new within the industry. My career continues to develop in to one that I am very proud of and I look forward to delivering and enjoying more in the future.

I feel very lucky that in the last 7 month I have travelled across the UK and parts of Europe.

I love the challenge and I will continue to push myself as time progresses. I have always aspired to do a sales role within the industry. I believe I have found the one best suited to me.

My main job role as a national accounts executive is to…

  • Meet with people across the UK & Ireland to learn about their facilities and specific needs.
  • Ensure our customers are happy and getting the best possible service at all times
  • Administrative work such as reports, quotations and follow ups


Hobbies and interests –

I play Rugby union through the winter and I have recently joined a rugby league team to carry on playing through the summer. I also enjoy keeping fit and going to the gym.

Snowboarding is a big passion of mine and I get away every year and have done so for the past 3 years. At least once a year I attend one of the major UK music festivals but to be honest I spend most of my time working and eating!