John Bancroft, Founder of Badgemaster successfully accomplishes company growth by acquiring its leading competitor, Akorn Badge Company in August 2014. Akorn is a Scottish badge manufacturing company headquartered in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. Owner of the acquired company, Jim Kent serves on the Board of Badgemaster and Jim McNiven joined the senior management team as part of the acquisition transaction. The agreement also included over 27,000 accounts and the termination of five jobs. This acquisition has made Badgemaster one of the leading badge manufacturing companies in the United Kingdom.
Badgemaster is headquartered in Newstead, Nottinghamshire and produces name badges to the banking, catering, healthcare and retail industries. Some of the most acclaimed clients include Argos, Boots, and Premier Inn. Badgemaster has experienced remarkable growth and currently employs more than 80 personnel. By 2013, the company generated over four million euros in revenue. Prior to John Bancroft establishing Badgemaster, he worked in the fashion industry at Sketchley Services as National Sales Manager.
In 1997, Nottinghamshire County Council acknowledged Bancroft by presenting him with the Bridge to Work Award. Nine years later, he was granted a Royal Warrant to provide badge products to the household of the Royal Family. John made the 2013 honorary list to attend an event celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. He attended the celebration at the Buckingham Palace and received the MBE Award for servicing businesses in Nottinghamshire.
John Bancroft and the Badgemaster Team continues to work on company’s growth and expand services in Scotland and Britain. Jim Niven, former general manager of Akorn is working with senior management to oversee the operations of the tens of thousands of accounts. Jim Kent is serving on the Board with John and plays an important role in making decisions for Badgemaster and its future growth.