New Year’s honours for two captains of industry

Richard Everard
Richard Everard

THE CHAIRMAN of a brewery and a man who made millions out of nappies have been named in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Richard Everard, chairman of the family-run Everards Brewery, was awarded an OBE, while Guy Schanschieff, managing director of Brixworth-based Bambino Mio, was made an MBE.

Mr Everard, of East Farndon, was awarded the OBE for services to the community in Leicestershire and Rutland.

As well as being the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mr Everard runs his family’s charitable trust, The Everard Foundation and is honorary colonel of the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force.

Mr Everard said: “I am thrilled with this honour as it is a reflection on the vibrancy and professionalism of all the people and organisations I am involved with. However, all I feel I have been doing is following our family values and company philosophy.”

Mr Everard is also actively involved in a number of charitable organisations, including the Tobias Rustat Trust, Age Concern Leicestershire and Rutland, Leicestershire Police Charitable Trust, the Air Ambulance, Leicestershire and Rutland Crimebeat, the Rural Community Council for Leicestershire and Rutland, prostate cancer charity ProstAid, Leicestershire Cares, SpecialEffect, and the Comrades’ Association of the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force.

Organisations he has been involved with in the past are the Leicestershire Training and Enterprise Council, LeicesterShire Promotions, and the Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital School.

The OBE comes on top of his recognition last year with an Honorary Doctor of Laws at the University of Leicester.

Mr Schanschieff was awarded his MBE for services to business.

He founded Bambino Mio with his wife Jo in 1997 and, from humble beginnings as a mail order business, it is now established as one of the leading brands of reusable nappy and accessories, selling a range of products in more than 70 countries around the world.

The idea for the business came from a chance meeting they had with an American while in the Taj Mahal in India in 1991.

He talked about the success of nappy services in the US and the seed of that idea grew into Bambino Mio, now based in Staveley Way, Brixworth.

Mr Schanschieff said: “It is a huge honour to be included in the New Year Honours List. This recognition is truly special and a real testament not only to Bambino Mio’s success but also for what the whole industry has accomplished.”