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This family firm was founded in 1894 to produce hard-wearing, wet-weather clothing, and its traditional wax jackets are still manufactured by hand at its factory in Simonside, Tyne and Wear. The firm now has a range of more than 2,000 clothing and lifestyle products, with customers including royals and pop stars. Managing director Stephen Buck, 60, has led its international expansion to a presence in more than 40 countries.

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Company details
ActivityClothing manufacturer
LocationSouth Shields
Sales £m184.3
Operating profit £m29.4
Main shareholdersDame Margaret Barbour (51%), Barbour family trust (46%), other (3%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda