Name badge manufacturer Badgemaster has launched a brand new two-shift production system, giving the company the capabilities to almost double capacity and deliver some of the fastest turnaround times in the industry, not only in the UK but across Europe.
In September production at the company’s site in Newstead, Nottingham began operating a two-shift productive operation, running from 6am – 2pm and 2– 10pm five days a week. The changes will make a significant reduction in turnaround times. It is now possible for urgent orders placed as late as 4pm to be processed and go into production the same day.
The ramp up in production is a result of a significant period of growth for the company, with orders at all time high, securing on average 200 new accounts per month since the beginning of 2015. Major new rollouts taking place in recent months include high street names such as Argos, Avis, Coral, Carphone Warehouse , Next, Disney and WH Smith. The hospitality sector, including Premier Inn and Best Western and transport and travel companies including ScotRail, Virgin/East Coast Trains, Virgin Atlantic and TUI which in new business alone spans an estimated additional quarter of a million wearers. Under the new regime, the UK-based manufacturing site will be capable of processing on average 2000 individual orders per day.
Badgemaster’s Managing Director, John Bancroft MBE, who founded the business with his wife Vicky in 1992, is thrilled with the company’s achievements not only in terms of the business and its customers but also for the wider industry. He said: “The badge making business is driven by three things – quality, price and turnaround times and in order to succeed, you need to be delivering on all three in equal measure. These most recent developments allow Badgemaster to step it up a notch, allowing us to raise our game to previously impossible standards. Our customers of course benefit greatly from our investment, as will the wider community via employment, investment in local economy, and advances in our technological capabilities. A two shift production is just one of many ways our business has become stronger, and I am thrilled the business can grow organically through customer demand. We are now the largest name badge making company in the UK, almost certainly in Europe and making our mark on the global landscape. I thank our loyal and skilled staff and of course, our ever increasing customer base for such an amazing achievement.”
Badgemaster has taken on a dozen new members of staff, with more to come in the forseeable future. These latest additions take the company’s roll call up to more than 100, boosting the local landscape in what was once known in north Nottinghamshire and surrounding area as an ‘employment blackspot’.
Significant investments in additional state of the art technology has not only boosted the factory’s technical capabilities in production but also aided the skillset of the company’s ever growing workforce.
“We are a British based manufacturer, whose business is currently booming and that is something I am incredibly proud of,” adds John. “At a time when the wider industry is awakening to the social and ethical issues, risks and wider issues of manufacturing overseas at Badgemaster we are very proud of our ‘Made in the UK’ status. Keeping business, jobs and skilled workers within the UK and within our industry will only do good things for our wider economical future.”
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