Manufacturer is an Export Champion

Mike Nicholson

Gripsure has been appointed an ‘Export Champion’ by the Department for International Trade (DIT).

The St Austell-based non-slip decking manufacturer has been recognised as a successful exporter dedicated to helping British businesses sell their goods internationally.

Since being founded by MD Mike Nicholson in 2004, Gripsure has grown to become one of the best-known decking brands in Europe, producing 250,000 linear metres of hand-crafted decking boards in Cornwall every year. It has a wholly-owned French company and a manufacturing partner in Japan and is planning to establish its non-slip decking brand in 12 more countries.

Export Champions are an appointed community of business leaders that work in partnership with DIT to inspire and encourage more UK businesses to sell their goods and services to the world. The community is currently formed of over 400 business leaders across England, 30 of which are based in the south west.

Nicholson said: “Being made an ‘Export Champion’ by the Department for International Trade is a real honour and this achievement is testament to all the hard work put in by the whole team to make Gripsure the successful business that it is today.

“We are delighted to be part of this prestigious group of ‘Export Champions’ and to be able to offer advice, share connections and mentor others.”