British outerwear brand Barbour has boosted British manufacturing by creating more than 130 jobs.
Barbour has received £549,000 from a regional government initiative, and is using the money to create 136 manufacturing roles at its South Shields base, as well as extending the warehouse and facilties.
The brand said this would allow it to “expand capacity and export to new markets”.
Yesterday secretary of state for business, innovation and skills Vince Cable visited Barbour to announce the investment, which comes from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.
While at the factory Cable met students at the Barbour Academy, a joint venture with Hartlepool College, which offers apprenticeships and training for people considering a career in the textile industry.
He said: “The Regional Growth Fund is playing a pivotal role in supporting British manufacturing and helping to rebalance the economy by creating jobs and stimulating private investment. This is no less so than in the North East, where government support is giving firms and SMEs the confidence to invest, hire and grow.”
Barbour group finance director Brenda Readman-Bell said the grant would help raise the profile of Barbour as an internationally recognised brand.
She added: “We support long term employment and commercial longevity in the North East and this grant will enable us to extend our current warehouse and factory facilities and secure additional employment opportunities.”
Barbour is one of three businesses to have received investment from the Regional Growth Fund, totalling £5.5m.