Barbour is the oldest and best known provider of specialist information services to industry professionals. The main objective of the company has always been to provide professionals with the information they need to do the best job for their customers.
Whilst Barbour (originally known as Barbour Index) was officially formed in 1957 it does have much earlier beginnings in a company called Architects Classifile which started as early as 1941 in order to answer the desperate need for information faced by wartime architects and engineers in London.
In 1957, Bobby Barbour (brother to Patrick Barbour) formed a company called Architects Specifile. The company was based on collecting manufacturers trade catalogues and storing them in a filing cabinet. The catalogues were delivered by ladies on bicycles who visited the architects, in central London only.