Equip Outdoor Technologies founder Matt Gowar, 45, started making gloves and gaiters for climbers in the early Nineties. Today, his company, staffed by outdoor enthusiasts, supplies a range of technical outdoor clothing and equipment, having bought the Rab brand in 2003 and Lowe Alpine in 2011. The Derbyshire firm has operations in Asia, Europe and North America, helping exports to reach £17.1m in 2015.
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