News & updates
BF Adventure expanding with donation from Gripsure
23rd February 2016
Gripsure recently received a plea from BF Adventure a local charity that work with disadvantaged and disabled young people and adults across Cornwall. BF Adventure were working on expanding the camping accommodation at the 60 acre site near Penryn. The increased accommodation will give the Charity a larger residential capacity from which the money raised will go directly to support disabled and disadvantaged young people and adults in Cornwall.
When possible Gripsure like to support and raise money for charities, and were delighted to be able to help a local Charity. Gripsure responded to the plea and donated 2,900 linear metres of non-slip timber decking to the Charity for the project.
Gripsure's MD Mike Nicholson said: ‘We are happy knowing that our non-slip decking will be used to help people make the most of their time outdoors at BF Adventures safely, and active all year round come rain or shine. You can rely on Gripsure to keep you on your feet.’
The non-slip timber decking donated will be used to provide ramps and walkways around the site, especially in the residential area to improve the access and facilities and make them accessible to all.
Adrian Richards CEO at BF Adventure said: ‘This has been an incredible donation from Gripsure, having non-slip decking and ramps will make a huge difference to the residential area and make it more accessible and safer for all users. We would like to say a huge thank you to Gripsure, we were very impressed with the prompt reply and delivery when the request was sent. It is local companies and donations to the Charity that really help us make a difference to young people in Cornwall.’
Highly Commended Small Business Of The Year
12th November 2015
Gripsure are very honoured to have received the only highly commended award at last nights Western Morning News Business Awards held at Sandy Park. There was a diverse range of finalist in the Small Business Of The Year category with Scilly Flowers winning the award. A total of fourteen awards were presented last night to a mix of regional business and with over two hundred guests attending the event, a great amount of money was raised for The Royal British Legion at the charity auction, held at the end of the evening.
New Business Development Manager at Gripsure
12th October 2015
Introducing Kevin the newest addition to the team at Gripsure. Kevin joins us as our new Business Development Manager. Kevin has a strong background in sales and developing new business, his role is to introduce Gripsure products to new commercial customers. You can read about why Kevin chose to join Gripsure, and how Gripsure is growing here. You can find out about all the Gripsure team members on our meet the team page.
Gripsure shortlisted for Business Awards 2015
5th October 2015
We are very pleased to announce that Gripsure have been shortlisted for Small Business Of The Year as part of The Western Morning News Business Awards 2015. We have had a great financial year with a steep growth path, tripling our workforce, exporting overseas and celebrating ten years of anti slip decking innovation. It has been a busy year! Gripsure is a small business, but it is achieving great things.
Keeping you on your feet since 2005
3rd July 2015
Gripsure is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the invention of its first non-slip decking board. Gripsure, which was born out of Cornwall Specialist Surfacing Company, created its first coated timber board Boardwalk HD for use on the South West Coast Path.
The creation enabled a small local contractor to transform itself into a major national manufacturing company with global ambitions.
Now based in Bugle, Gripsure is now the UK’s leading non-slip decking manufacturer with customers all over the country, including the National Trust, Eden Project and Holiday Inn. Gripsure also exports to France, Sweden and Ireland and is working with UK Trade and Investment to establish export to Australia.
In 2005, Cornwall Specialist Surfacing Company was known locally for providing a range of outdoor surfaces, mainly for schools. When Cornwall Council approached them with a brief to produce a non-slip timber surface for sections of the South West Coast path around Mevagissy, the team came up with a timber decking board with an aggregate surface.
The firm started to receive more requests for its non-slip decking and, after researching the market, recognised the potential to develop this side of the business. Eventually, non-slip decking became the sole focus and in 2010, a new company, Gripsure, was formed to focus on the future growth for the product.
Now employing 10 people, 2014 was the firm’s record year with a 30 per cent increase in turnover. The company now produces a range of six different decking boards, all with high non-slip ratings, for commercial clients and homeowners. The boards are made and distributed from the firm’s Bugle premises.
Gripsure Managing Director Mike Nicholson said: “When we created our first timber board, I would never have imagined that 10 years on we would become the UK’s leading non-slip decking company.
“Thousands of people have now walked on our decking, in visitor attractions hotels and spas, as well as at schools, universities and hospitals.
“The future looks really exciting – there is a growing market for decking that stays safe, even in wet weather. We have a passionate and talented team here, including a number of local graduates, who are all working to maintain Gripsure’s national position and to establish the firm globally.”