Former international hockey player and keen helicopter pilot Denys Shortt, who in just six years has built his Stratford-based distribution business to an annual turnover of 34.6 million pounds has scooped a major award in a competition for entrepreneurs.
Mr. Shortt has been presented with the Business to Business Entrepreneur Award in the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Programme.
He set up the company in 1994 and at the end of the first year had already achieved sales of £5 million. DCS Europe plc is now exporting to 63 countries worldwide and as well as the impressive export side to the business, the company also distributes to 57 cash & carrys across the UK.
The firm distributes a number of major household names in the health and beauty product market such as Cussons, Alberto and Proctor and Gamble, as well as its own newly developed range of toiletries, branded En-liven.
The firm has 50 employees and transports around 7 million boxes each year with an average value of £5 each.
Mr Shortt is among eleven winners named as Entrepreneurs Of The Year in the central region, which covers the West and East Midlands, East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
The awards were presented at a banquet held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on July 3.
The central region awards were presented by television personality Mr Clive Anderson.
Andy Clewer from Ernst & Young’ Birmingham office said: "The level and quality of the candidates in this, the second year of the programme in this country, just goes to show that the region is a hotbed of flourishing entrepreneurial businesses."
"Entrepreneurs do not receive enough recognition and these awards are intended to redress the balance and to help in lobbying for a supportive environment for entrepreneurs."
The programme was created in 1986 by Ernst & Young in the US, where it is now established as the premier awards scheme of its type. This year the awards are taking place in 20 countries across five continents.
UK winners will automatically become lifetime members of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Institute, a worldwide network of highly successful business people.
In the UK, there are five sets of regional winners, who go through to a national final in October. The overall UK Entrepreneur Of The Year will go forward to the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Monte Carlo in May 2001.