Getting to grips with Gripsure production
7th December 2016
Gripsure’s apprentice Aaron joined the team in September and has made a great start. Aaron has cracked on with getting to grips with the production basics and is progressing well with his apprenticeship in performing manufacturing.
After my induction, getting my uniform and receiving my health and safety training, it was time to start work. I met the rest of the team at Gripsure before joining my production colleagues and getting stuck in with learning the basics of shaking down. Over the past few months I have be trained on gunning the boards to insert the non slip infills, stoning the boards with the non slip aggregate, putting orders together and banding them ready to go out for delivery. In the up and coming months I will be learning how to cut the timber boards as well as quality management.
The production team have been a great laugh and very supportive which has made me more confident and helped me to develop my newly learned skills in manufacturing non slip decking.
Gripsure have made me feel really welcome and a highlight for me so far has been the team building day where I learnt more about Gripsure’s history and plans for the future, as well as spending the afternoon clay pigeon shooting. I look forward to progressing further with the company.
Gripsure to Sponsor St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival
17th November 2016
Gripsure are pleased to be sponsoring St Austell Brewery’s 18th Celtic Beer Festival, a local charity event which directly supports the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust. Since the trust was founded in 2003 over £144,000 has been raised to help people in need in Cornwall.
The annual festival will be held on Saturday the 26th of November in the ancient cellars below St Austell Brewery. With almost 200 different ales, stouts and lagers to sample and live bands playing throughout the day and into the night, the festival is definitely an event worth putting into your diary. Find out more the event here
Gripsure shortlisted for major manufacturing award
21st October 2016
Gripsure has been shortlisted for the SME Manufacturing Company of the Year prize in the Insider Made in the South West awards.
The award is for SME manufacturing companies based in the South West that have demonstrated excellence and made an outstanding contribution to the manufacturing sector in the region in the last 12 months.
Over the last year, Gripsure has secured its products into two of the UK’s biggest DIY retailers, Homebase and Jewson. This double success marks a step change for the firm and a significant opportunity to grow. The Homebase deal enabled the Cornish firm to enter the mainstream consumer market, while the expansion into Jewson is supporting Gripsure’s growing sales to trade customers.
Gripsure, now the UK’s leading manufacturer of non slip decking, continues to maintain a reputation for innovation. Earlier this year the company launched its first decking tiles, bringing its total number of anti slip timber decking products to seven.
Taking place at a black tie dinner in Bristol on 2nd November, the prestigious awards showcase manufacturing from across the South West and give local companies the opportunity to celebrate their ongoing commitment to world-class quality and excellence. The winners of this year’s awards will automatically go through to the grand final Made in the UK, where the best of British manufacturing will be celebrated.
Gripsure Managing Director Mike Nicholson said: “We are really proud to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award, which positions us as a key player in the South West’s manufacturing sector. This is a very exciting period for Gripsure: the last year has seen us get our product into two national retail outlets and we have expanded our range, all while maintaining our commitment to quality and excellent customer service. Being recognised in this way is a great boost for our team who are working really hard to help Gripsure grow and succeed.”
The other businesses shortlisted for the SME Manufacturing Company of the Year award are Future Advanced Manufacture, Cubik Innovation, Blue Badge Company, Woodwarm Stoves and Marshfield Bakery.
The shortlist was decided by a judging panel chaired by South West Business Insider editor Graham Southorn. The judges were Simon Howes, managing director, SWMAS; John Rubidge, head of innovation in services at the Department for International Trade South West; Nick Hurst, executive chairman, Artemis Optical; and Jim Davison, region director, South of England, EFF.
Graham Southorn said: “It was really difficult to decide on the shortlist this year, as the standard of entries was so high. We had an enjoyable debate on the judging day, and many congratulations to all those shortlisted.”
Gripsure team away day
14th October 2016
Gripsure’s annual team away day was this year held at Knightor Winery, one of the regions up and coming English vineyards. The morning started with a review of the highlights of 2015-16, along with welcoming new members of the team. Top of the agenda, as always, was the health and safety of all employees. Gripsure has an amazing safety record, with no lost time accidents or incidents since the company was formed, but that is no reason for complacency. So this year saw the introduction of Safety Sam, their new health and safety mascot who will be the force for taking the company safety culture to the highest level. The morning then moved on to discuss future plans in sales, marketing, production and research & development.
In the afternoon, with work completed the team headed outdoors for a bit of clay pigeon shooting. There was a bit of healthy competition as pairs took it in turns to face the flying targets. It was a close call but the sharp shooter of the afternoon was Jed who took home the trophy for most shots on target.
Gripsure anti slip decking now available at Homebase
18th July 2016
Gripsure decking is now available in 100 Homebase stores across the UK as well as on homebase.co.uk.
Gripsure, the UK’s leading anti-slip decking company, produces decking made from FSC certified Scandinavian redwood. These non-slip decking boards feature two aggregate inserts, which ensure they don’t get slippery, even in wet or icy weather. Thanks to its innovative design, the decking has achieved an excellent slip resistant rating in safety tests.
With customers all over the country and overseas, including Jamie Oliver, the National Trust and Alton Towers, Gripsure produces a range of anti-slip timber decking boards. The company’s expansion over the past 10 years has mainly been the result of growing its commercial client base.
Gripsure Managing Director Mike Nicholson said: “Having our products available at Homebase is a fantastic opportunity for Gripsure. While our commercial customers continue to grow, both in the UK and overseas, this represents an opportunity for us to expand into the mainstream consumer market.
“The decking market has really taken off over the last 30 years, but people are now more aware of the dangers of surface water, algae, fallen leaves and ice, all of which can make decking lethally slippery. Getting our product into Homebase will encourage more people to see the potential of anti-slip decking to offer both style and safety.”
Gripsure expands into the merchant market with a new accounts manager
13th June 2016
Gripsure has appointed its first national accounts manager. Kevin Moloney, who brings 30 years’ experience in the timber industry and will focus on growing the firm’s sales to merchants.
Based in Cheshire, Kevin will increase Gripsure’s sales through national and independent timber and builders merchants across the UK. Kevin’s background spans timber sales and experience as a branch manager with Travis Perkins and Builder Center. Under his management, Builder Center in Wrexham was one of the first branches to stock timber decking in the early 1990s. Kevin said:
“I am proud to have been an early adopter of decking, having seen its potential to take off in the UK. I am now keen to be part of the latest development – anti-slip decking. Gripsure is a fast growing company with a very focused and upbeat team of people. Having worked on both sides of the industry – in trade sales and in retail – I have been very impressed by Gripsure’s commitment to its customers. My intention is to help them grow their sales quickly and take up every opportunity.”
Ross celebrates a decade of decking innovation
1st June 2016
Production Director Ross Crouch is celebrating his 10-year anniversary with Gripsure. Ross joined when the company was just starting to develop a niche in anti slip decking. Then a new graduate, he was taken on by the company founder Mike Nicholson as the firm’s first full-time member of staff.
Ross oversees the planning and production of all of Gripsure’s products, from its base in Cornwall. As well as being responsible for health and safety and the firm’s FSC certification, he plays a key role in designing and developing new products. Recently Ross has built new machinery for two innovative new products, Gripsure Aquadeck and Gripsure decking tiles.
Since Ross joined the firm, Gripsure has moved from pumping hand-mixed resin into decking boards to running an efficient and productive manufacturing system. Working with SWMAS and the Gripsure management team, Ross oversaw the firm’s step change to a modern factory environment to enable large-scale production.
Speaking of his first ten years with Gripsure, Ross said: “I have a very active and hands-on role and it’s extremely varied – one day I’ll be writing risk assessments and the next I’m in the workshop designing a new product. Gripsure is a great company to work for, it’s a really good environment to be in with a fantastic team of people.
“We’ve come so far over the last decade, growing from a local business to an international company. The decking market has grown since we first started out and people are now more aware of the safety benefits of anti slip decking. We’re in a great positon globally and are growing our export market, so the future looks really exciting.”
No stumble in the Jungle for architects
25th May 2016
Gripsure welcomed a group of architects to Cornwall to demonstrate how our non slip products are manufactured and show how they have enhanced a world famous visitor attraction. The day started with a tour of The Lost Gardens of Heligan, where our guests had the opportunity to walk on Gripsure non slip decking through the Jungle area. The fantastic weather on the day meant that the exotic gardens were looking their best.
After the Heligan tour, a lunch was followed by a presentation of Gripsure’s product range, showing the variety of innovative non slip solutions and examples of suitable applications. We then gave our guests a tour of Gripsure’s HQ to show the manufacturing process in the production unit.
We have had positive comments from the architects, who reported that it was really informative and “much better than an office based CPD event” and “it was excellent to show your product in a dramatic context such as Heligan”. Many thanks to everyone who attended and for your feedback. If you are an architect, timber merchant or building contractor, we would be delighted to welcome you to Gripsure. Please contact Kevin on email@example.com to arrange your visit.
Celebrating dynamic growth
7th April 2016
The Gripsure team is excited to have been shortlisted for the ‘Most Dynamic Growth Business’ award in this year’s Cornwall Business Awards. Now in their 11th year, these awards are a celebration of the innovation, achievement, and entrepreneurial spirit within the Cornish business community.
Since starting in 2010, our sales have grown by 388% and have maintained a healthy gross margin. Our products, which solve the widely recognised problem of slippery decking, are sold into a niche, but growing sector of the market. With sales in Ireland, Sweden and France and across the whole of the UK, we are also expanding into Germany. Our organic growth has also led to a growing workforce at our Bugle based office and manufacturing unit, providing high quality jobs for the local area.
Best of luck to all the other shortlisted businesses, we’re looking forward to celebrating with you at the prestigious evening event in May.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.