High street closures in lockdown led to cancelled orders for this London-based clothing firm. Co-founder and managing director Shafiq Hassan, 62, says he pioneered ethical working conditions in Bangladesh, where its Echotex facility provides hot meals and full medical insurance for 11,000 staff. Echo’s shareholders also own the Ninety Percent clothing brand, which donates 90% of distributable profits to charity. Sales rose 33% to £114.8m in 2019.
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