Stratford-upon-Avon based entrepreneurs Denys Shortt and Andrew Butt were winners at the recent Young Director of the Year Awards run by the Institute of Directors in the Midlands.
At a glittering black tie event attended by over 600 people at the NEC, Birmingham Denys and Andrew walked away with the Chairman’s Young Director of the Year award.
One of the world’s leading entrepreneurs Simon Woodroffe founder of Yo Sushi restaurants was the keynote speaker.
Denys Shortt started health & beauty products distributor DCS Europe in 1994 and the company now has sales of over 85 million pounds employing over 100 people and selling to 45 countries world wide.
Whilst learning to fly a helicopter in 2000 Denys met Andrew Butt at age 16 and together they decided to form a new company called Enable. Andrew became the 16 year old Managing Director of Enable.
Five years on Enable now employs 15 people, has sales in excess of 1 million pounds and has been profitable from day one.
Denys commented "Its pretty cool to think that I started a business with Andrew when he was 16 and we have now both won this award together—quite an achievement. What is even better for me is that I am still considered ’young’!" Denys continues "The cut off age for the award is 42 and I just scraped in at aged 41. Andrew is 22 years old—needless to say at half my age he makes me feel old !"
The pair won the award based on their endless energy and enthusiasm for business, their own superb business growth and for giving up their time to help advise others starting their own business.
Both Denys and Andrew are actively involved in encouraging people to "start their own business". They both recently spoke at the Open 05 conference—an event held for SME’s and start-ups at the ICC in Birmingham.