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.
His father (Peter Shortt) spent 22 years in Assam working for the Jorehaut Tea Company managing their Langharjan Tea Estate (1952-70). Denys spent his first 6 years of life in Assam.
In 1971 his family moved to Fort Portal, Uganda for a year and then to 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.
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.
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 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 - 50,000 sq ft extension to Banbury site / new Enable office opened at Stratford-upon-Avon
Voluntary & Community roles :
Former Advisory Board - Warwick Business School at Warwick University
Former Chairman - Stratford-upon-Avon Cancer & Eye Hospital Appeal
Co-Founder - The London Tea History Association
Former Chairman - Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership
Former Governor - Cheltenham College
Former Board member - Scope
Personal Interests :
Land Rover Defender collector.
Passionate about flying helicopters. Owns a Robinson R44. Advisor at Heliair.
Farmer breeding pedigree Belted Galloway cattle and honey farm with 2 million bees.
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