Equip founder Matt Gowar, 43, started making gloves and gaiters for climbers in the early 90s. Today his company, which is staffed by outdoor enthusiasts, designs and supplies a wide range of technical outdoor clothing and equipment, having bought the Rab brand in 2003 and saved Lowe Alpine from administration in 2011. With operations in Europe, America and Canada, overseas sales hit £12.1m in 2013.
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