Meet the MD: David Bannon of Bannon Environmental

Meet the MD: David Bannon of Bannon Environmental

After seeing other contractors struggle to keep up with the times, David Bannon decided to take the leap and set up his own company, Bannon Group. He talked to BQ about how he got started in business and what it takes to be a good leader.

Describe your role in no more than 100 words.

My role as Managing Director is to go above and beyond the needs of my clients, by co-ordinating from the managerial level down to the labour side of the work


What is it the company does?

Bannon Environmental originated from a run of the mill electrical contractors. We realised that within the industry people were stuck in the old ways, so we created a new division within the company that supplies innovative electrical solutions with energy saving measures to ensure businesses reduce their bills and their carbon footprint. Bannon Environmental has been working with national companies such as Jack Jones Clothing, Dawson Rentals and Spire Healthcare. We’re happy that we can still deliver a personal service with our national contracts.


Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?

I started as an apprentice at Hurst Stores and Interiors in Bradford, specialising in fit outs of commercial and retail premises. I also worked in the education and healthcare sectors.

I wanted more responsibility so I began working in a smaller business in Bradford in a more key role. After seeing the problems the company was typically facing, I decided to take the leap and start my own company in 2011 based on tackling the mistakes I’d seen previously


What do you believe makes a great leader?

A great leader respects people, no matter what job or role they have, and instils their passion and beliefs in their team to ensure they work to the best of their abilities. A great leader makes everyone work toward the same goal.


What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

I think the biggest challenge, particularly in my industry, is meeting the labour demand required to grow the business at a sustainable rate.


How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

I alleviate stress by writing everything down and prioritizing. Don’t let the finer details overpower the big picture of what you’re looking to achieve. Taking each challenge as it comes and being prepared helps reduce stress for me as a director


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional footballer, I played for Bradford City in my youth


Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about then?

I get really stressed about not being organised. I would rather someone spend a lot of time being prepared than trying to start something with a lack of preparation.


Where do you see the company in five years time?

I’d like the company to exceed the 1 million pound turnover mark soon, and being self-sufficient with regards to our training. I want Bannon Environmental to be able to create our own teams of highly trained staff in house.


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

Never stop looking up because there will always be someone bigger than you that’s just as driven. Always have a firm direction with where the business needs to go, and don’t get complacent.