Equip Outdoor Technologies founder Matt Gowar, 44, started making gloves and gaiters for climbers in the early 90s. Today his company, staffed by outdoor enthusiasts, supplies a range of outdoor equipment, having bought the Rab brand in 2003 and Lowe Alpine in 2011. The Derbyshire firm has operations in Asia, Europe and North America, and overseas sales hit £14.8m in 2014. After research closed, it reported exports rose 15% to £17.1m in 2015.
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