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The Queen's Award for Enterprise - International Trade.

Established in 1940 the company is proud to be amongst the 2013 winners of
The Queen’s Award for International Trade.

Isaak Donner started in business to make men’s shirts. However during the war imported cotton
was unavailable, so he decided to make viscose shirt blouses for Britain’s women who were
replacing men in factories and farms.
Later he applied for a patent for collar attached men’s shirts with a free spare collar and cuffs, hence the brand name “Double TWO”.
This gave men soft comfortable shirts which outlasted the first collar.

In the 1950’s Double TWO made the first man made fibre shirts which were made from Terylene and
the first blended wool shirts with non-shrink and non-pill properties.
In 1968 William Sugden and Sons joined the Group adding more shirt capacity and new divisions for workwear and jeans.
Also other acquired companies brought ladies’ workwear and man pack facilities.

In the 1990’s the Group started “ThreadNeedle Company Image Ltd” to bring the first managed
system to the Corporate Clothing Industry. The Company gradually built up an export business to
over 40 countries and recently their shirt and blouse business grew rapidly in Europe.

Wakefield now produce over four and half million garments a year and in 2012 exported over three million.

The Company has worked hard to ensure its mission statement
“Delivering the best in clothing and customer care” is applied worldwide.

The Group is now run by second generation Richard Donner and third generation John Donner.

Richard Donner said” We have received many awards over the years but The Queen’s Award is our
most prestigious one and I thank all our staff for working hard to achieve this”.