SOUTH Tyneside clothing company boss Dame Margaret Barbour has been honoured at a prestigious fashion event.
The chairman of the world-famous Barbour clothing company was presented with a prize for outstanding achievement at the NatWest UK Fashion and Textile Awards.
Dame Margaret, head of Barbour for more than 40 years, was given her award by TV presenter Susanna Reid.
It comes as Barbour, famous across the world for its waxed jackets, celebrates its 120th birthday.
Dame Margaret said: “It is a great honour to be recognised in this way.
“When I took over the company in 1968 in the saddest of circumstances, I would never have dreamed that I would be accepting an award like this.
“I think my late husband, John Barbour, would be proud of what I have achieved in turning Barbour into the global lifestyle clothing company it is today.
“However, to succeed in business you need a good team of people around you, and I could not have done this by myself.
“This award is really a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of my staff, from the factory and warehouse through to my senior management team.”
John Miln, chief executive officer of UKFT said: “We are thrilled and honoured to present Dame Margaret Barbour with the NatWest UKFT Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s ceremony.
“Under her guidance, Barbour has gone on to become one of the most significant and iconic British brands, both here in the UK and around the world.
“Her contribution to the UK fashion and textile industry has been immeasurable, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved win.”