John Bancroft is businessman based in Derbyshire, United Kingdom. As part of Queen Elizabeth’s 2013 Birthday Honours, he was awarded a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to business.
He started his career in the corporate clothing industry as a National Sales Manager. It was there that he decided there was a gap in the industry to quality badges, as many of the current badges that were imported were of poor quality. He felt he could fill the gap.
In 1992, he founded Badgemaster with his wife, Vicky. Badgemaster truly came from humble beginnings. In its infant stages, Badgemaster traded from a small cabin with only one employee.
Bancroft is now the Managing Director of the UK-based Badgemaster. Only a few short years after beginning his company, Bancroft was seen as an influential figure in the area. In 1997, his company received the Nottinghamshire County Council’s first “Bridge to Work” award. In 2006, he secured work for his company with the British Royal Family, which resulted in a Royal warrant of appointment.
Badgemaster has had a serious influence on the areas surrounding it. This area was formerly a coal mining area and suffered a major employment collapse when the mines closed in the 1980s.