Gripsure was born out of a rainy-day conversation between Mike and Ross back in 2005.
In those days, Mike and Ross ran a contracting company for resin surfacing. They had just completed a contract for Cornwall County Council. This involved supplying timber planks coated in non-slip material to upgrade the South West coast path.
But Cornwall is a notoriously wet county. The boys often found their expensive equipment and expectant gangs of road workers unable to work, due to the inclement weather. So, one rainy day, they came up with the idea of using their non-slip expertise to develop a process for applying the resin to decking boards.
And from their first business premises of a local farmer’s 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. The Gripsure brand was introduced. Soon the cowshed gave way to a rather large but chilly disused china clay drier in the heart of Cornwall. Productivity rocketed under the engineering skills of Ross and Mike’s sales experience.