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.
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.
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.
In 2017 I started The Specialist Honey Company with Chris and Carol Wells. We feed 2 million bees with high nectar crops.
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 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
Co-Founder - The London Tea History Association
Former Chairman - Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership
Former Governor - Cheltenham College
Former Board member - Scope
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.
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