Guy Schanschieff, Founder & Managing Director of Bambino Mio - the world’s most widely used reusable nappy brand, offering an extensive range of award-winning, sustainable change-time essentials.
Since launching in 1997, Guy has strived to not only develop and grow Bambino Mio but the entire reusable nappy industry. Educating parents about the financial, environmental and health benefits of reusable nappies; helping to create an industry which has become relevant and popular all over the world. Over 21 years later, an MBE, 60+ awards and distributing to over 50 countries; Bambino Mio has become one of the most accessible reusable nappy brands across the globe.
Q: Who inspires you the most in business?
I’m motivated by anyone that has set up and run a small business. People who have strived to make an idea work from the ground up over time – putting all of their commitment, energy, passion and emotion behind it; that’s truly inspiring. I’m especially impressed by business men and women who are doing something that not only has financial benefits but has a positive impact on the world around us.
Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell myself not to give up and that it will work out. I’d say - keep doing what matters to you, continue to believe in the idea and instil your passion in those around you and it will work.
Q: How did it feel to win an IoD Director of the Year Award?
This is a great achievement of which I am extremely proud. This award recognises strong International growth and I truly believe that there's real purpose to what we're doing at Bambino Mio. It’s important that we continue our mission to raise awareness of the numerous benefits that reusable nappies have on our environment, finances, and baby, by educating consumers and retailers around the world about the positive impact that converting to reusables can bring.
Q: What are your three key values in life?
Honesty, optimism and passion.
You can read about all winners of the 2019 IoD East Midlands Director of the Year Awards in our Summer Magazine below.