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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.”

Commemorating 10 years of decking innovation

1st July 2015

To celebrate ten years of keeping you on your feet Gripsure are taking 10% off the first anti slip decking profile manufactured Boardwalk HD for the whole of July. The 150mm x 32mm board was first manufactured in 2005 and features a 130mm aggregate strip for maximum slip resistance. 

• Extremely durable and hard wearing.

• Made from Scandinavian Redwood timber.

• Ideal for making ramps, bridges and footpaths.

• 15 year preservative treatment warranty.

• Available in a range of lengths - max length 2.4m

• Lead time: 5-7 working days.

You can view the full product listing here.

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Lea Chupin Gripsure Intern Spring 2015

25th June 2015

I have had a great two months at Gripsure, it was my first work placement as part of my international trade studies and it was a great place to start.


Gripsure are based in Bugle, Cornwall and are leading suppliers of anti-slip timber decking in Great Britain. Manufacturing a large range of quality products as well as providing a bespoke infill and cutting service. I was very pleased when Mike Nicholson accepted my request for an internship, as I was very keen to visit the beautiful Cornwall and improve my English as well as develop my business knowledge.


I gained a lot of experience at Gripsure specifically within the anti slip decking market. I was happy to of had the opportunity to work for the company, and help Gripsure to increase their knowledge of the French market. I did a lot of desk research into the French market to find out what is already available in France, more specifically how to market to architects. I then produced a marketing plan based on my findings which I presented to Karine Davies from the UK Trade Invest.


During my time at Gripsure I was able to collaborate with Debbie who is the marketing assistant, to help translate and improve the French website and leaflet content. I was given the responsibility of contacting architects, and companies in France to introduce them to Gripsure’s products. I was also trusted in contacting clients directly. I was also asked to get some feedback on what people thought of Gripsure. I was happy to help the head of the company with business enquires by translating quotes, and contacting people requesting more information. There was never a dull moment in the busy office with new tasks for me to do all the time.


I got the chance to work with the nice team at Gripsure, and to improve my English. I am more confident in myself and in my abilities to work in international trade. I got some good feedback about my work and a good letter of recommendation. Next year Gripsure will exhibiting at the international show “Carrefour du Bois “/ “International Timber” in Nantes France, and Gripsure have asked me to come and present products for the company.


If you would like to hear more from Léa you can contact her at lchupin@outlook.fr

We have a winner!

7th May 2015

We recently ran a competition with Gardeners World giving people a chance to win a custom 3.6 square meter anti slip decking kit worth over £600. We provided the anti slip decking boards, pre drilled and marked joists, noggins, decking screws as well as assembly instructions. Over 6000 people entered the competition and the one lucky winner had the Kit delivered to their door today. Keep an eye on our project page to see the completed deck once it has been installed at its new home.

Interest from France

4th March 2015

Gripsure recently headed back over to France to exhibit at Eurobois a three day timber trade show. This was our second trade show to introduce ourselves to the French market and to promote anti slip decking. We had a lot of interest at our stand and have some promising leads to follow so watch this space! 

Website relaunch

4th March 2015

We've launched our new website...

Gripsure are excited to announce the launch of our new website design! 

The new clean and contemporary site design makes it easier for you to find what you're looking for and to navigate around the website. We have a whole section dedicated to help and advice covering everything from technical information to project ideas including free downloads for cutting instructions, designing, installing and maintaining your decking.

The home page welcomes home users and professionals such as Architects, Merchants and Contractors to find out what Gripsure can do for them. Our products page has been updated to make it even easier to see our whole product range and to find the product you're looking for. We also have a new meet the team page where you can read about our team members and put faces to names. We hope you like the new site as much as we do. 

Gripsure expands

2nd January 2015

Gripsure has tripled its workforce! We have taken on three new team members James Coe New Business Development Executive, Ross Masters Production Operative and Debbie Phillips Marketing Assistant

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Gripsure team running Eden Half Marathon!

30th September 2014

The Gripsure team have signed up for the annual Eden Half Marathon on 19th October, running in aid of Pancreatic Cancer. Training has begun (or not!) and the Gripsure-orange shirts are all ready. To donate please visit our JustGiving page and help support.

New YouTube Channel

27th August 2013

We have just set up a new YouTube channel where we will be posting the latest videos of all things Gripsure, to watch our videos follow GripsureDecking 

Running to keep flying!!

14th January 2013

Gripsure and Cornwall Air Ambulance 

Gripsure's MD Mike Nicholson has taken on the challenge of running the Bath Half Marathon, in aid of the Cornwall Air Ambulance. Taking place in early March 2013, Mike has been on the fitness trail with a view to raising as much as possible for the Newquay based charity - click below to donate

http://www.justgiving.com/Mike-Nicholson1

For over 25 years, Cornwall Air Ambulance has been providing a vital helicopter emergency service to the community of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, flying 365 days a year and attending an average of 3-4 emergency missions every single day.

From its base at Newquay Cornwall Airport, Cornwall’s air ambulance helicopter can reach any part of the county within 20 minutes, and the Isles of Scilly in 28 minutes. This dedicated purpose built and highly equipped aircraft flies at 140mph, and on average arrives on scene within 12 minutes of a 999 call, significantly reducing the time taken to get seriously ill patients the treatment they need - in hospital or on-scene. In very many cases over the last 25 years, this has made the difference between life and death www.cornwallairambulancetrust.org

Working with the Manufacturing Advisory Service

1st November 2012

Gripsure have recently completed some initial development work with MAS (Manufacturing Advisory Service) and have been selected to appear as a case study, listed on their web site, along with a video. MAS & Gripsure

Gripsure products featuring in Children in Need 2013!

15th October 2012

We were delighted to make our TV debut for the brilliant cause of Children in Need 2013. Featuring in the DIY SoS programme, we supplied GripsureHome to form bridges and boardwalks.

 

New production facilities

31st August 2012

Recent investment at Gripsure's main production facility has resulted in great improvements in productivity and customer service.

Gripsure's MD Mike Nicholson comments "We took the decision to invest thousands of pounds in a recent upgrade and improvement to our main factory facilities which has had a dramatic impact on our productivity. It demonstrates our committment to providing the best quality slip resistant decking at the most competitive prices. It also means we are manufacturing faster and able to meet our customers needs for quicker deliveries.

Cornwall Business Awards

8th August 2012

We were very proud to have won first prize in the recent Cornwall Business awards. In an event designed to showcase the best of Cornish Enterprise, Gripsure scooped the first prize for best diversification and picked up a glowing endorsement from Phil Vickery, England's former Rugby Union Captain.