What you believe ....you create

Denys was awarded an OBE in 2013 by Her Majesty The Queen for Services to the Economy
- this was for his Government work as the founding Chairman of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.  His drive and determination set this LEP to become one of Britain's most progressive. Denys drove 100 apprentices in 100 days, the new M40 junction works at Gaydon for Jaguar Land Rover and many other projects. 

Background : 

His father (Peter Shortt) spent 22 years in Assam working for the Jorehaut Tea Company managing their Rungagora Tea Estate and Langharjan Tea Estate (1952-70). Denys spent his first 6 years of life at Lanharjan from 1964-1970.  

In 1971 his family moved to Fort Portal, Uganda for a year and left when Idi Amin was causing mayhem.  They then lived Kenya for 2 years - running the Ikumbi Tea Factory at Thika owned by KTDA. 

With parents abroad he boarded at Eagle House School in Surrey from the age 6.  He then attended Warwick School from age 11-18

Denys 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.  

He believes that international sport has created his drive and determination in business. 

Businesses :

In 1994 - aged 29 -  Denys 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. 

Denys has also created the Enliven brand of toiletries sold in 75 countries around the world.

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

Denys recently purchased a new HQ at Banbury for DCS investing over £15 million so far. The company had sales of £223 million in 2018 and employs pver 300 people. 

He has also started several software companies with co-partner Andrew Butt - Enable Software, Enable has sales of £6 million and employs 90 people. 

Denys and Andrew sold their company Enable Infomatrix to Alcumus

Personal Interests :

Land Rover collector

Passionate about flying helicopters. Owns a Robinson R44.

Farmer breeding pedigree Belted Galloway cattle and honey farm with 2 million bees.

The Cotswold Honey Company

 

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. His 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.

2018 - £2m investment into 50,000 sq ft extension to Banbury site / new Enable office opened at Stratford-upon-Avon.

2019 - new office opened at Enable Software

Voluntary & Community roles :

Former Advisory Board - Warwick Business School at Warwick University

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

Former 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

News articles :

Forbes Brand Voice

OBE announcement