The world famous clothing brand Barbour has begun manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at its South Shields factory.

The company announced that it's working with the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and other North East Trusts to produce gowns and scrubs to support frontline medical staff, in the fight against COVID-19.

In a statement Barbour said it wants to help those in ''urgent need''...

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.

Chairman, Dame Margaret Barbour2h

Barbour isn't the only North East company offering its services to help in the coronavirus crisis. Last week INEOS announced that its Newton Aycliffe factory had begun producing hand sanitiser.