What you believe ....you create

I was awarded an OBE in 2013 by Her Majesty The Queen for Services to the Economy
- this was for my Government work as the founding Chairman of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Background : 

My father (Peter Shortt) spent 22 years in Assam working for the Jorehaut Tea Company managing their Langharjan Tea Estate (1952-70). I spent my first 6 years in Assam.  

In 1971 we moved to Fort Portal, Uganda for a year and then to Kenya for 2 years - the Ikumbi Tea Factory at Thika owned by KTDA. 

With parents abroad I boarded at Eagle House School from age 6.  I then went to Warwick School from age 11-18

I was selected to play Hockey for England at the age of 15 and went on to play both International indoor and field hockey until the age of 22. I then started in business. 

I believe that international sport has created my drive and determination in business. 

Businesses :

In 1994 - aged 29 -  I started DCS Group which now has sales of £212 million and 350 employees. The company has grown every year for 22 years. DCS is the Official UK Sales & Distribution company for P&G, Unilever, Colgate, PZ Cussons, SC Johnson and more. 

I have also created the Enliven brand of toiletries sold in 75 countries around the world.

I invested £5 million into a new factory in Stratford-upon-Avon which makes liquid fill toiletries. 

I have started 3 software companies with co-partner Andrew Butt - Enable Software,  Deal Track Ltd, and EnableiD.

In 2017 I started The Specialist Honey Company with Chris and Carol Wells. We feed 2 million bees with high nectar crops.

Milestones :

1994 - founded DCS Group UK Ltd

1998 - qualified as a private helicopter pilot PPL(H)

2000 - founded Enable Software with Andrew Butt

2010-12 - Chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) - promoting jobs and growth. My highlight was chairing the National LEP Conference with Prime Minister David Cameron and deputy PM Nick Clegg. 

2015 -  started Enable iD  - creating smart environments and working with IOT (Internet of Things). We are working with HAT - Hub of all Things - Prof Irene Ng at IIPSI at WMG Warwick University.

2015 - started Supporting Stratford - a group of businesses giving a total of £100,000 a year to the community.

2016 - Hitting £200 million sales at DCS

2017 - £12 million invested into DCS HQ - a 25 acre site in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Voluntary & Community roles :

Former Advisory Board - Warwick Business School at Warwick University

Chairman - Stratford-upon-Avon Cancer & Eye Hospital Appeal

Chair Farm491 Advisory Board at Royal Agricultural University and The Grand Idea

Founder - Stratford Vision and Supporting Stratford 

Co-Founder - The London Tea History Association 

Former Chairman - Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Former Governor - Cheltenham College 

Former Board member - Scope

Awards :

Winner - Entrepreneur of the Year, TopTrack 250, TechTrack 100, Fast Track 100, Exporter of the Year, CBI Growing Business Awards, IOD Young Director Award.

Growing Business Awards - Britain's Citizen of the Year awarded by Eric Pickles MP - Minister of State.

2013 - awarded OBE in 2013 for Services to the Economy. News article

2016 - 3 times Sunday Times TopTrack250 

Personal Interests :

Land Rover collector.  

Passionate about flying helicopters. Advisor at Heliair.

Farmer breeding pedigree Belted Galloway cattle and honey farm. 

 

News articles :

Forbes Brand Voice

OBE announcement