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"Barbour has begun producing PPE garments to support in the fight against COVID-19.
Working with the Royal Victoria Infirmary and other North East Trusts, the Barbour factory in South Shields will make gowns and scrubs to support frontline medical staff who are in urgent need of these items.
“Everyone has a role to play in fighting COVID-19 and I wanted my daughter Helen and I to play our part by turning our South Shields factory over to produce PPE product for the NHS. Our staff’s welfare is our most important priority and we have undertaken a strict risk assessment to ensure we adhere to social distancing and that they are fully protected whilst undertaking this important role. I am very grateful to my staff for their overwhelming support.
The factory, where we normally make our classic wax jackets is no stranger to adaptation. During both World Wars, we turned the factory over to make military garments to assist the war effort. We are pleased to once again be able to make a difference and this time, to support the NHS.”
Chairman, Dame Margaret Barbour"