Richard "Biff" Frederick Stannard
Richard "Biff" Frederick Stannard was born in 1966. His breakthrough in the music industry came with English boyband East 17. Stannard met singer and songwriter Tony Mortimer and introduced him to music manager Tom Watkins, who Stannard was dating at the time. Stannard went on to be the executive producer of East 17's debut album,Walthamstow (1992), and produced two songs for the follow-up album, Steam (1994).
In 2010, he founded the label Major Label with Adam Clough and Paul Smith. Their first signing was English synthpop duo Hurts in 2009.
Biffco are a music production and songwriting team from Brighton, England, formed by Richard "Biff" Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Ash Howes. The group have worked with a number of high-profile artists, including Kylie Minogue, One Direction, Atomic Kitten, Ellie Goulding, Leona Lewis, Little Mix, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Will Young. They are also largely responsible for the rise of the Spice Girls, Five, and East 17. So far, Biffco have had 41 hit singles, including nine number-ones. Stannard and Howes also worked as music directors and show song producers on The X Factor since 2010.
- Ivor Novello Awards for Best Song - "Wannabe"
- Ivor Novello Awards for Most Radio Plays - "Wannabe"
- ASCAP Award Most performed song - "2 Become 1" - 1997