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 18 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. Denys visited this factory recently in 2019.
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.
Denys was selected to play England Hockey 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.
Through all the businesses Denys has created he now employs over 500 people in the United Kingdom.
In 1994 Denys started DCS Group which now has sales of £212 million and 350 employees. The company has grown every year for 24 years. DCS Group is the Official UK Sales & Distribution company for P&G, Unilever, Colgate, PZ Cussons, SC Johnson. J&J and more.
Denys created the Enliven brand of toiletries which is sold in 75 countries around the world.
In 2009 he invested £5 million into DCS Manufacturing - a new factory in Stratford-upon-Avon which makes liquid fill toiletries for the likes of Aldi & Lidl.
In 2017 DCS moved to a state-of-the-art new HQ in Banbury covering 25 acres. The highly efficient Distribution centre has 300,000 sq ft of warehousing and handles over 100 articulated lorries per day.
Denys also started several software companies with co-partner Andrew Butt.
Enable Software - based in Stratford-upon-Avon, has sales of £6 million and employs 100 people. In 2019 Enable opened new offices in San Francisco, USA.
Denys and Andrew sold their second software company Enable Infomatrix to Alcumus.
Personal Interests :
Passionate about flying helicopter - owns a Robinson R44.
Farmer breeding pedigree Belted Galloway cattle and honey farm with 2 million bees - The Cotswold Honey Company
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
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