24 November 2016, 14:00 - 17:30
J Barbour & Sons Ltd, Simonside, South Shields NE34 9PD
A fifth generation family business, the Barbour story began in 1894 in the Market Place in South Shields when John Barbour began supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen and dockers from the worst of the North Sea weather. Today, the company still manufactures its classic wax jackets by hand in the factory at Simonside.
Chaired by Dame Margaret Barbour, with a turnover of +£167m and a workforce of +1000, she’s been at the helm of the company since 1968. Remaining true to its core values, which espouse the unique values of the British countryside, Barbour has evolved as a global lifestyle brand providing a wardrobe of clothes for men, women and children including shirts, knitwear, trousers, footwear and accessories alongside its iconic jackets. Collaborations include a partnership with Land Rover, Triumph motorcycles and the recent appointment of its first Global Brand Ambassador, Scottish actor Sam Heughan.
With an international presence in over 40 countries and three Royal warrants, Forum guests will receive a grand tour of the factory and customer services alongside a marketing presentation on Barbour’s history and worldwide growth before ending with an hours shopping onsite for any Christmas gifts, or yourself.
A unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at one of the North East’s most famous brands.