The Gripsure Story

Gripsure's Office In Cornwall


Gripsure was born out of a rainy day conversation between Mike and Ross back in 2004.

Having established a contracting company for resin surfacing, they had completed a contract for Cornwall County Council, supplying timber planks coated in non-slip material, that were used to upgrade the South West coast path.

But Cornwall being a notoriously wet county, the boys quite often found their expensive equipment and expectant gangs of road workers unable to work, due to the inclement weather. So on a rainy day they came up with the idea of using their expertise around non-slip systems to develop a process for applying the resin into decking boards.

And from the humble beginnings of a local farmers cowshed, they started making more of the timber planks, thankful for being able to work in the dry.

Within a few years the “non-slip decking” boards were selling better than the resin surfacing and the brand Gripsure was introduced. Soon the cowshed gave way to a rather large but chilly disused china clay drier in the heart of Cornwall as productivity rocketed under the engineering skills of Ross and Mike’s sales experience.



Fast forward to the current day, and Gripsure is now one of the best known decking brands across Europe, with a wholly owned company Gripsure SAS in France. In addition the company has a manufacturing partner in Japan and plans to establish in twelve more territories.

Looking back, neither Mike or Ross could have dreamt how far they would come from the humble cowshed beginnings to the establishment of a worldwide business.




Gripsure's Directors

Mike Nicholson, Managing Director (Left) and Ross Crouch, Production Director (Right)

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