Queen’s honour for village businessman

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A Stanton-by-Dale businessman is ‘on cloud nine’ after receiving an MBE in this weekend’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

John Bancroft is the founder and managing director of Badgemaster, which counts the Royal Family as one of its many clients.

The 63-year-old said: “It’s wonderful – I haven’t come back down to Earth yet – I’m still on cloud nine.

“I think it’s a great honour for the business.

“I’ve got the honour because I’m the face of the company but what makes it great are the nearly 90 people that work here. They do a great job.”

John started the firm with wife Vicky in 1992 in a disused portable building in Hucknall.

They are now based at a state-of-the-art facility in Newstead, Nottinghamshire.

Badgemaster supplies countless organisations across the UK, including big firms like Boots and Lloyds TSB.

But it also provides badges for smaller local businesses, including Trent Barton, Manor Pharmacy, Morley Hayes and Ilkeston Rugby Club.

By Royal appointment, the firm started supplying the Queen’s royal households in 2006, meaning that all Royal staff, including at Buckingham Palace, wear badges made by the award-winning firm.

Nottinghamshire County Council awarded the firm its first Bridge to Work award in 1997 for training and development of previously unemployed people, after the boost it gave to the former mining village of Newstead.

John is joined by singers Adele and PJ Harvey on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 1,180 recipients.

Blackadder stars Tony Robinson and Rowan Atkinson, broadcaster Clare Balding and novelist Jackie Collins also received awards.

As did former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell and secretary general of the Trades Union Congress Brendan Barber.