On Tuesday 27 April 2021, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal made a special visit to Bambino Mio in Northamptonshire to present the reusable nappy experts with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, as well as officially opening the brands new Head Quarters.
HRH The Princess Royal was warmheartedly welcomed by the Bambino Mio team, who shared insights on business growth and the purpose-led mission work delivered by Bambino Mio.
During the royal visit, a small outdoors awards presentation was held, where Bambino Mio’s founder & managing director, Guy Schanschieff, was presented with The Queen’s Award for International Trade. This held personal significance, as exactly 10 years ago Mr Schanschieff was presented with an MBE by The Princess Royal herself, for his services to business, making this a truly inspirational story of continued growth and success.
Founder & managing director at Bambino Mio, Guy Schanschieff commented: “This was a really special way of celebrating our businesses success and it was an honour to introduce HRH The Princess Royal to some of our Bambino Mio team.”
“This was a truly momentous occasion for me, as it was The Princess Royal herself who awarded me with my MBE back in 2011. This is yet another accolade which proves that the purposeful work we are doing at Bambino Mio is genuinely driving a positive change within the reusable baby product category.”
The prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise celebrates business excellence across the UK and the win for Bambino Mio recognises outstanding international growth and the brands ongoing efforts to make reusable nappies and associated sustainable products commercially acceptable and available worldwide. Bambino Mio is one of just 220 organisations to be recognised with this prestigious award.
This honour is a landmark achievement for Bambino Mio, a family business built from humble beginnings in 1997, growing to become an international success story and now crowned with a Queens Award for Enterprise.
At the conclusion of the visit, The Princess Royal unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the opening of Bambino Mio’s new Headquarters which during 2020 had undergone significant expansion, including the build of new offices and investment in a new warehouse.
Throughout the past decade, Bambino Mio have continued to report positive uplifts in sales of reusable nappies and associate products on an international scale. More and more parents are ditching damaging disposable nappies and instead are committing to reusable nappies and other eco-friendly product alternatives. This change in consumer buying behaviour will benefit our environment due to the reduction of single-use plastic disposable products being used and ending up in landfill or incineration.
Every day in the UK, 8 million disposable nappies are thrown into landfill, where each disposable can take up to 500 years to decompose. If parents swap out just one disposable each day for a reusable nappy, they could save 730 nappies from ending up in landfill in the first two and a half years of their child’s life.
Bambino Mio believe in nappies that feel better: better for bums, parents’ pockets and our planet too. Designed to be loved for life, the brand makes quality products from baby to toddler to help reduce single-use plastic waste. Taking baby steps for a better world – one reusable nappy change at a time!