This fifth-generation family firm is marking its 125th anniversary and holds three royal warrants for its hardwearing, wet-weather clothing. Its traditional wax jackets are still manufactured by hand at its factory in Simonside, Tyne and Wear, and it registered record sales of £202.3m last year. Managing director Steve Buck, 61, is seeking to add to its presence in 40 countries. Its chairwoman is Dame Margaret Barbour, 79.
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