Datesand News

Datesand mini-expo rolls north of the border

datesand-mini-expoOn a typically summery?? Friday in August we held a mini-expo/table top exhibition at one of our key clients’, Charles River’s, impressive UK facilities.  I was welcomed on site and set up in one of their meeting rooms with doughnuts at the ready and waited for their team to come over.  We were really pleased to welcome around 25 visitors from most of the main units on site along with members of the purchasing team and management.

I was on site for a couple of hours and it was great to catch up with familiar faces and also meet some new ones.  The enthusiasm of their staff was infectious and, despite the rain, it was a really bright afternoon!  Many thanks to Jenna Robertson and Colin Reed for making the event happen.

Pedal Power

pedal-powerAs part of their ongoing fitness campaignery, the team at Datesand (or at least some of them!) have taken to lunch-time sorties on the Datesand bikes all around our little corner of East Manchester. We thought this was a great photo of Juliana and Amanda all kitted out and ready to go. Actually, team members are increasingly involved in a whole host of fitness pursuits which we’ll update you on as they progress. We may take the micky at times but actually it’s all rather impressive and makes lots of sense for team members who have to be glued to their desks and  computers for most of their waking hours!











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Mini-Bio Issue 3


Nicky Windows

Senior Business Manager

I’ve been with Datesand since October 2008; joining the company to work with Nilgun as part of the field sales team.  My role as Business Manager progressed to Senior Business Manager and I now head up the external sales function in the business.  Officially my “patch” is Northern UK, Ireland and Rest of the World, but I occasionally foray into the South to support Nilgun and Ryan when necessary.  My role has taken me to far flung places such as Hell (no really, it’s in Norway), Taiwan, Australia, Kuala Lumpur and the USA as well as all over the UK where I’ve learnt to use the local dialect to get the perfect cup of tea wherever I go.

I’ve been in the industry since 2002, when I joined B&K as PATS Manager (contract technician recruitment) and then Sales Manager until I left in 2007.  I then joined Arrowmight as Sales Manager and was there for 15 months until the opportunity at Datesand came about – having pestered Jonathon at various events for years, it was a no brainer to make the move when the opportunity arose!

Having graduated from Manchester University with a BSc (Hons) in Geochemistry and no idea what I wanted to do, I started my working life at SRG recruiting scientists for companies such as AstraZeneca and GSK.  I quickly worked out straight forward recruitment wasn’t for me but I stuck at it for just over 3 years until family connections to our industry threw up an interesting opportunity at B&K.

I grew up in Glasgow (where I was a fairly wayward teenager) with my mum and brother who both now live in Chorlton.  Mike manages Jonathon’s bar Dulcimer these days and he and I like the odd pint together.

Just over a year ago, when heavily pregnant, we moved to Crosby near Liverpool where I now live with my husband Matt and 15 month old daughter Iona who take up most of my time these days.  I help run a local playgroup on a Monday and am well known amongst the mums of Crosby as a bargain hunter and “fixer” (whatever that means?!).  Matt and I enjoy eating out (when we can get a babysitter) and I try to get out running a bit to counteract the eating!  Oh, and I very much like the odd G&T.

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Jonathon goes up a mountain – yes, another big adventure!

mountain-climbJonathon, our intrepid CEO, has just returned from another rather awe-inspiring adventure overseas. Jonathon, his friend Dom and a group of youngsters from a school in Wythenshawe, Manchester have just returned from a gruelling but highly successful trekking expedition on Toubkal Mountain in Morocco. Toubkal is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountain Range and soars to 4,000 meters high. Jonathon set about conquering it with his usual determination to raise much needed funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Everyone returned safe and sound having overcome some pretty intense challenges on the way. We’d like to congratulate Jonathon and the team for their efforts and if you’d like to contribute a little something to this worthy cause please go to Jonathon’s justgiving page:

Product Focus Mouse Swing by Lisa Doar

Lisa’s simply brilliant Mouse Swing ready to roll!


prototype-2Lisa Doar from CRUK Manchester will be as excited as we are to know that her highly innovative Mouse Swing enrichment device is now available to purchase from our friendly and helpful sales team. Samples are already on their way to a good number of customers and Lisa will be particularly pleased to know that the first purchases of her brilliantly simple product have already been processed.

You’ll remember that Lisa’s Mouse Swing won her first prize in the inaugural Janet Wood Innovation Award competition. Lisa will receive a percentage of the profits from sales of this great little device over the first 18 months whilst Datesand have taken care of all aspects of bringing it to market.

Datesand are very proud to be able to add these new, innovative products to our range particularly because they have been produced by expert colleagues from within the lab animal science community.

The brand new Mouse Swing is available for purchase exclusively from Datesand. It comes in packs of 100 in two formats as follows;

MS1-100 Mouse
Swing Single
Pack of 100 £49.00

MS2–100 Mouse
Swing Double

Pack of 100 £89.00

The even better news is that there’s a special introductory 25% discount until the end of August so plenty of time to get those first orders placed. Ring us or e-mail today for more details and to place your order.



The second annual Janet Wood Innovation Awards competition  is already open for your submissions.

Please download the special entry pack here



The future of UK Life Sciences – Lords Committee launches a new inquiry

uk-life-sciences20 July 2017 Lords Select Committee

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee launches an inquiry into Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy.

The Government set out in its Industrial Strategy Green Paper its intention to create a new Life Sciences strategy to make the UK the best place in the world to invest in life sciences. To tackle challenges like cancer and dementia it is important that the UK has a strong life sciences sector. But the sector faces a number of challenges and opportunities, including Brexit and making innovative new treatments available on the NHS. Read more ….. The future of UK Life Sciences – Lords Committee launches a new inquiry – News from Parliament

Exhibition & Events

See us at AALAS October 15 -19 2017                                      November  28-30 2017









Datesand’s Dream Team

dedicated to protecting your precious products and the people and animals who need them


These days Datesand’s irradiation services are a vital and  increasingly in-demand part of the range of services we provide. From relatively small beginnings  only a few years ago, there is now an enormous and fast-growing demand in our industry for high quality, vacuum packed and irradiated products. Producing them for our clients has become a huge part of the work of our Dream Team and its leader Sebastian.

At Datesand we now have two dedicated, specially designed preparation rooms equipped with a range of state of the art vacuum packing machines to complete this vital part of the service we offer. Sebastian, Piotr and colleagues provide  first class service, vacuum packing everything from nesting material and premium quality bedding to water, shampoo and even printer paper.

Packages must remain airtight through the process and delivery and we’re proud to say that we have achieved a level of 98% seal security ensuring the irradiated goods arrive safely at your premises and ready for use.

Once double or triple wrapped in top quality polythene and vacuum sealed, your products go for irradiation to the most modern, pallet-based irradiation service in the UK to be irradiated to between 25-50 kGy. They’re then delivered safe, sound and sterile to your facility.

If you have a product or products for irradiation, for the highest quality and best value for money service call us at Datesand (Freephone 0800 161 5381 or +44 161 274 1080 (intl)) – our Dream team will make samples and provide pricing for you in no time at all.

PS Both standard and bespoke items can be held in stock for customer call-off 

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