South Tyneside is home to some of the world's leading brands who are all proud to be located in the Borough.
Many large, international businesses were originally established in the Borough with many more of the 3000 having either relocated here or opened a UK office.
The following highlights some of the businesses who are Proud to be in South Tyneside, we are adding to list all of the time.
J Barbour & Sons Ltd
The Barbour story began in 1894 in the Market Place in South Shields when founder John Barbour began selling oilskins to the sailors, fishermen and dockers to protect them from the worst of the North Sea weather.
Today the 5th generation family owned business remains in the North East with its headquarters located in South Tyneside. Barbour continues to manufacture its classic wax jackets by hand in the factory in Simonside and each year approximately 25,000 jackets are returned to Barbour's customer services to be rewaxed and repaired. Waxed once a year, a Barbour jacket can last a lifetime.
Barbour now has 10 retail stores in the UK and is sold in over 40 countries worldwide including the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain France, Japan and Korea. The brand has extended its product range to include shirts, trousers, knitwear, footwear and accessories alongside its iconic jackets and quilts.
Brenda Readman-Bell, Group Finance & IT Director said "Barbour has been in South Tyneside since the company was founded in 1894 by John Barbour. Our history and heritage are rooted in the region and we are proud to be a part of the South Tyneside community and to contribute to its success."
Established in 1953 as a small family business, M I Dickson Ltd has grown into one of the North East's leading food retailers and manufacturers while keeping the heart of the business in South Tyneside.
The family business now boasts a 21-strong retail chain across North East England and a purpose-built factory in South Shields which completed further expansion in 2011 as the company goes from strength to strength.
The business has evolved and diversified over the years to meet the changing expectations of the growing customer base and competitive market.
Established in 2007, Restaurant Design Associates Limited (RDA Ltd) has grown into one of the UK's leading design and installation companies specialising in the catering, hospitality and retail industries.
The company's success is largely attributed to the innovative design work carried out by the team, based within Monkton Business Park in Hebburn.
Set up by Roy and Judith Addyman, the company has grown to a workforce of 14, employing specialists and sub-contracting the installation of their designs to ensure a cost effective service to meet the customer's requirements.
RDA Ltd works throughout the UK with large global brands such as Carlsberg, Shell and Costa Coffee as well as locally with Sunderland City Council, Robertson Construction and Kier Northern.