There’s a reason those in the know find an association with Bandanair so rewarding, and it’s not just that they are never likely to receive one of those aggravating expenses invoices. That fact alone should come as a relief given Bandanair’s penchant for expensive hotels. We track down directors: Jason Faichney and Don Jack lunching at one of their favourites: Jean-Louis Costes’s hotel on the Rue de Castiglione, Paris, France. 

It became clear that trying to determine what Bandanair does (or why) would be a challenge made more difficult due to NDAs, an apple pie to die for, and Jack’s insistence in addressing questions via Gilbert, a makeshift napkin puppet with a French accent that fait bouillir le sang du local.

“Our strength comes from backgrounds and skillsets as far apart from one another as you could imagine.” “Our clients trust us to “FIX” things. “For ‘fix things’, Jason means taking start-ups to unprecedented levels of value at pace. “Although we have a trusted team of specialists at our disposal, we usually do it what we do with just two sets of eyes, not 20 or 100”, Jason explained.

They are futurists, imagineers, and some would say childlike fantasists, yet their stories check out.

Specialist knowledge of cradle to grave IT infrastructure delivery, design, creativity, invention and having fun has engendered interest from corporates and investors alike, most recently: Hitachi, Adobe, BP worldwide, Kuraray, Bosch, Ford Motor Company. BDO, Consilium, Innovate UK and the Scottish Enterprise High Growth Programme.

 

Full interview here (mostly about surfing and cars).

Diverse partners include the Korean International growth fund and the Korean Institute of Science and technology backed start-ups (PiCOHOME and DORAZEE) to US Congress, Capital Hill, Washington DC (Peter McIlroy, MyAir); clearly, the company is as much at home with air filtration and sensor innovation or grappling with the financials of property portfolio acquisition and development as they are comfortable in their areas of particular interest, risk management, sustainable supply chain consolidation, and creativity and design within the context of the environment.
C-suite’s looking for additional entrepreneurial spark (read explosion) or inspiration have quickly realised the benefits of adding these creative minds to their leadership teams.

Don Jack

Their boundless enthusiasm combined with an innate ability to reveal scalable, profitable business solutions has led to partnerships with industry captains, including the former Group Vice-Presidents of Sanyo and Panasonic, respectively, Jarret Wendt, Reid Siggety, Amazon backed autonomous vehicle specialist Spoke Safety and Paul Gardener, CEO, Peru Consulting all of whom the company now share US patents.
With so much going on, Bandanair was sure to come to the media’s attention.

Earlier this year, the prestigious Business magazine: Business Leader profiled the companies and entrepreneurs set to dominate 2022 and beyond. From established businesses to emerging forces within their sector, these names, they asserted, were among those you need to keep an eye on for the year ahead.

We are delighted to say our MD Jason Faichney and well-known fellow entrepreneur Steven Bartlett made it to the final cut.

Here is what they had to say.

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Jason Faichney

Bandanair

Scotland-based Bandanair has designed an ergonomic, multi-use face mask that offers a first-line shield from air-borne bacteria and viruses, pollen, and pollutants to fine dust, VOCs, and carbon dioxide concentrations. Their masks use a blend of antiviral, virucidal, silver-impregnated, activated carbon filters tested by the Health Protection Agency. Bandanair’s ‘killer fabric’ attracts and neutralises up to 99.86% of viruses. The masks, as yet not widely available in the UK, are not classified as PPE or as medical face masks, but will follow General Product Safety Regulations. Bandanair has been thrust unwittingly into the limelight as companies across the globe, keen to get back to work, clamour for information on protective face masks in a sea of ill-informed rhetoric.

 

Steven Bartlett

thirdweb

Previously featured on Business Leader’s front cover and the latest (and youngest ever) addition to BBC TV show Dragons’ Den, Bartlett is the rising star in British business. Alongside his investments in the Den, he runs popular podcast, The Diary Of A CEO, and is an investor/co-founder/NED/senior leader at companies such as thirdweb, Flight Story, atai Life Sciences, Catena Capital and Huel.