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John Bloor

Businessman and entrepreneur John Bloor has quietly built two immensely successful yet very different corporations: Derbyshire-based Bloor Homes and Triumph Motorcycles, of which he is both the owner and chairman.

John Stuart Bloor, the son of a miner, was born in a south Derbyshire mining village in the early-1940s. After finishing his education at 15-years-old, Bloor began his professional career working for a local building contractor. Two years later, Bloor chose to become self-employed, initially as a plasterer, before taking on a project that led to him building his first house – all before he was 20-years-old.

Bloor Homes was conceived over 40 years ago and completed its first house in 1963. Since then it has become one of the largest, privately-owned house building companies in the UK, completing the production of more than 2,000 homes a year, ranging from apartments to seven-bedroom luxury properties.

By the 1980s the housing business was well established and Bloor began to look for a venture that would offer him a brand new challenge. Specifically he was searching for a manufacturing business, similar to his housing enterprise in that it would offer the production of an end product, but with the opportunity to export that product overseas. In 1983, shortly after the company had been dissolved and production had ceased, Bloor purchased the intellectual property rights to the Triumph motorcycle marque. Following a feasibility study Bloor decided to instigate a limited production of a small portfolio of motorcycles.

Over the subsequent years, Triumph, while still a niche motorcycle marque, has re-captured and reinvigorated passion and enthusiasm for motorbikes both with those old enough to remember the bikes the first time around as well as a brand new younger generation. To this day Bloor is heavily involved in research, development, design and the manufacturing of the bikes and has seen the company named British Brand of the Year in the 2004 Walpole Awards, joining such illustrious company as Land Rover and Burberry.

John Bloor currently lives in Warwickshire and has two sons.