The maker of the iconic wax jacket was set up 120 years ago to produce hardwearing wet weather clothing for country workers and fishermen. The Tyne and Wear company’s jackets are now worn by everyone from royals to pop stars, and it has a range of 2,000 clothing and lifestyle products. The fourth-generation family firm is chaired by Dame Margaret Barbour, 74, and is active in 40 countries. Its managing director is Stephen Buck, 56.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank221
CompanyBarbour
ActivityClothing manufacturer
LocationSouth Shields
Sales £m152.4
Operating profit £m29.4
Main shareholders

Dame Margaret Barbour (51%), Barbour family trust (46%), Barbour Foundation (3%)

Staff818
Founded1894
Websitewww.barbour.com

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