Business Advice & Mentoring

Denys Shortt OBE is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and startups and helping other businesses succeed. In his spare time Denys offers free advice and support to several local businesses as well as supporting the regional and national economy. He offers free advice on his website My Strategy Plan

Denys Shortt was awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queens New Year's Honours List for his work as Chairman of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Below are a few examples of our support:



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Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Denys Shortt was the founding Chairman of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. His work was commended and rewarded with an OBE for Services to the Economy.

What is a LEP?

Government is offering local areas the opportunity to take control of their future economic development.

Local Enterprise Partnerships are locally-owned partnerships between local authorities and businesses and play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs.

They are also a key vehicle in delivering Government objectives for economic growth and decentralisation, whilst also providing a means for local authorities to work together with business in order to quicken the economic recovery.

As Local Enterprise Partnerships are based on more meaningful economic areas, they will be better placed to determine the needs of the local economy along with a greater ability to identify barriers to local economic growth.

On 28 October 2010, Government announced 24 partnerships that were ready to move forward and establish their Local Enterprise Partnership boards. A further 15 partnerships have been announced since October. There are now 39 partnerships.

LEP profiling

Following the announcement of the first LEPs the Office for National Statistics developed Local Enterprise Partnership Profiles in order to help LEPs use official statistics to better understand the economic, social and environmental picture for the local authority areas covered by LEPs. They are a slimmed down version of the Local Profiles which are released the preceding month to aid local authorities.

The LEP Profile contains both the LEP Comparator Profiles which enable comparison of two selectable LEPs, a local authority and England figures; and the LEP Local Authority Comparator Profiles developed later in response to user demand for functionality to facilitate comparison of all local authorities within each LEP and all LEPs.

Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership Website

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Pride of Stratford Awards

Ray O'Donoghue, Managing Director (Corporate Banking, Midlands) of headline sponsor Barclays said "Barclays are proud to sponsor the Pride of Stratford Awards 2013.

"The awards are a perfect example of how Stratford-upon-Avon businesses and communities can reward working together and share their stories of success. At Barclays, our approach to citizenship is to ensure we help economies grow. It is also about supporting communities through partnerships and giving back time, energy and resources. Sponsoring these awards alongside DCS is one way we can do that and shows the continued emphasis we have on supporting the local business community".

Denys Shortt, Chairman & CEO of headline sponsor DCS Group added: "DCS is delighted to once again sponsor the Pride of Stratford Awards alongside our bankers Barclays who have enabled our business to grow so fast. The Awards create a huge buzz around success both in the community sector and in business. The 2012 event was huge with 450 attending the awards night. It was even mentioned in Westminster!"

DCS is committed to supporting our local community in many ways and the Pride of Stratford Awards celebrates the work of all the organisations in the Stratford District - a great way to reward success.

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Stratford Vision

Stratford Vision....Re-energising, Recreating and Rewarding the people of Stratford-upon-Avon District.


An independent public/private partnership committed to bringing together all stakeholders in the Stratford-upon-Avon District to make sure the most is made of the exciting future for the District.

By bringing together the tiers of local government with key business representatives, we engage with the people of Stratford-upon-Avon and the wider District to ensure that it continues to be a great place in which to live & work.

The value of Stratford Vision is that it brings the energy and values of Businesses to support and encourage Local Authorities in a unique, positive and targeted fashion. We create Social Profit through entrepreneurial engagement with Councils.

Vision was initiated by the Private Sector highly motivated to find solutions to problems in order to enable Companies to prosper and employ more people. The private partners of Stratford Vision currently employ more than 2,000 people in the area.

Stratford Vision has three priorities in order to prioritise resources to allow it to meet the needs and aspirations of the wider business community of Stratford-upon-Avon at a time when major developments are starting in the town. These are:

• To work with local Government: bringing the local Government together with businesses

• To support businesses - new and existing ones - by acting as a catalyst of information and aid

• To create an iconic town and region that the world fame of Shakespeare deserves

• To market Stratford District as the place to live and work, providing a new Stratford narrative to stakeholders who are interested in the area in these very exciting times

Stratford Vision believes that deadlines make things happen; that time waits for no-one. We also believe that, when it comes to considering the future of Stratford-upon-Avon, there are areas of consensus representing a variety of opinions.

We all want to help create a town and district which satisfies the needs and wants of those who choose to live in this special place and to ensure that those who visit leave wanting to come back for more.

But without a plan on how to reach those goals and without a series of deadlines to achieve our targets, we won't succeed. 

So we at Stratford Vision are pulling together with Stratford District Council and the main influencers and policy-makers, local societies and lobby groups to make things happen.

Stratford Vision Website

Image for Business is a free information resource for entrepreneurs and leaders provided by Denys Shortt - a British entrepreneur who has grown more than ten businesses to sales of over £179 milllion (gbp) employing over 300 people. Denys has achieved this exceptional growth through creating a strong strategy plan. Denys has provided this 'My strategy plan' website as free advice for other entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, clubs and charities. Many companies are currently using this plan and to great success.