In April, Barbour reorganised its factory in Simonside, Tyne and Wear, to comply with social distancing and make up to 1,500 PPE items a day for the NHS. This fifth-generation family firm holds three royal warrants for its handmade, hardwearing wet weather clothing. It notched up record sales of £225.2m in 2019 — its 125th anniversary year. Managing director Steve Buck, 62, is seeking to add to the brand’s presence in more than 40 countries.
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