Mini’s and mini skirts: Barbour Index was a job for an independent woman in the 1960’s

This classic photo shows Patrick Barbour, founder of Barbour Index, with his army of glamorous ‘Barbour Index girls’ in 1967. My mother can be seen in the furthest top right corner, with her hands shoved firmly in her pockets. Being a Barbour Index girl was decent employment for a young woman in the 1960′s, ideal for launching adult life once college or leaving home was dealt with. Patrick was the Richard Branson of his day. Now 76, he founded Barbour Index with his brother just two years after his national service, making him almost certainly in his late twenties when he launched the company. According to the Independent, on his retirement in 1965, Patrick Barbour sold his Barbour Index shares for £22m in a fierce auction in 1999. French media group Havas won the auction, despite fierce competition from Emap, and Lord Hollick’s United News & Media.