This fourth-generation family firm was founded in 1894 to produce hardwearing wet-weather clothing. The Tyne and Wear company’s wax jackets are now worn by everyone from royals to pop stars, and it has a range of 2,000 clothing and lifestyle products. Managing director Stephen Buck, 57, has led its expansion into 40 countries.

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Company details
ActivityClothing manufacturer
LocationSouth Shields
Sales £m167.4
Operating profit £m29.3
Main shareholders

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


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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda