Road to success

MacRebur Ltd is on a mission to fix UK roads and has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to take its patented idea worldwide. The three founders are seeking a £590,000 equity raise to grow and develop their world changing business, which is already disrupting the UK asphalt industry.

Independent and accredited lab testing has proven its ‘MR6’ bitumen replacement product results in roads that are stronger and longer lasting than standard asphalt mixes. It meets British standards and offers a revolutionary use for waste plastics, diverting them from landfill.

MacRebur was set up last year by three friends, Toby McCartney, Gordon Reid, and Nick Burnett. The idea was born following a trip to India where Toby witnessed raw waste plastic being dumped in potholes and melted down. MacRebur’s more sophisticated method involves a ‘secret’ blend of plastics in pellet form.

The company has already laid roads in Cumbria and Dumfriesshire, as well as a runway at Carlisle Airport and a lorry park at Exelby Services, and is in talks with councils and contractors around the UK and Australia about more opportunities.

After just six months in business, MacRebur scooped the prestigious 2016 Virgin Voom award for best UK start up. Announcing them as winners at the final in London last year, Sir Richard Branson said: “I love the idea. I quite like the idea of driving on roads made out of plastic and old rubbish.”