Denys C. Shortt OBE

UK entrepreneur. Regenerative farmer

Denys Shortt grew up in Assam where his father spent 22 years as a tea planter.  Like many children living in India he was sent to Boarding School aged 6 near Sandhurst. Latterly at Warwick School he learned to play hockey and aged 15 he was selected to play for England. 

He believes his drive and determination comes from his younger days when playing international sport.

Aged 29 he started DCS Group in 1994 and the Company has now grown sales to £270 million with nearly 500 employees.  Growth is a company mantra so much so that DCS has grown every single year for 26 years! 

DCS has two sites in Banbury and Redditch.  Banbury is a 230,000 sq ft distribution centre and Redditch is a brand new 91,000 sq ft toiletries factory. 

Denys has also co-founded a software company that employs 100 people in Stratford-upon-Avon. Last year Enable went through a Series A fundraising round and the company is now headquartered in San Francisco with 50 employees in the USA. 

In his spare time Denys runs a farm in the Cotswolds with 55 pedigree belted Galloway cattle.  He also has 100 bee hives on his farm – part of a project to promote honeybees.  His passion is aviation and he flies a helicopter every day to work. 

DCS Group are very engaged with the Banbury community.  They have planted over 30,000 trees in the Banbury Park as well as supporting Banbury Rugby, St Katherine’s Hospice and others.