The UK’s largest distributor of health, beauty and household brands has opened its new Head Office in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
DCS Group, which was founded in 1994 by Denys Shortt OBE, was today officially opened by the Chairman of Barclays Corporate Banking Division – Kevin Wall.
The £12 million investment into the 25-acre site on Noral Way, near the M40, has become the new home for the company’s 250 staff and has created 30 new jobs – a figure which is set to increase as the business expands.
Previously the site was home to the Northern Aluminium Company – one of the UK’s first aluminium factories. In homage to the history of the site, the company commissioned a sculpture of a spitfire to commemorate the past, which takes pride of place at the entrance to the new DCS Group offices.
DCS Group was founded in 1994 by the current Chairman and Chief Executive, Denys Shortt and operated from a stable block in Buckland in the Cotswolds. The business opened its first commercial premises in Stratford upon Avon in 2001 before adding a manufacturing plant in 2005. Whilst manufacturing continues at the Stratford upon Avon site, the company outgrew the 11-acre site which instigated the move to Banbury.
The company boasts some of the world’s biggest companies as suppliers including Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, Colgate, PZ Cussons, Reckitt Benkiser and SC Johnson and delivers to over 500 retail chains and wholesalers in the UK. In 1998, the company established its own label beauty brand ‘Enliven’ which is today is exported to over 75 countries around the world.
Commenting on the move Chief Executive Denys Shortt said: “The continued growth of the company resulted in the need to find a new site to ensure we had a platform on which to maximise the future potential of the company. Banbury is an up and coming area and has attracted some large corporates to the area which is testimony to the great transport links and the Council’s desire to make Banbury a good place to do business.”
“Our company has a policy that ensures we play our part in the local community, whether that’s in terms of employment, the purchase and servicing of our vehicle fleet or supporting local charitable causes and I’m keen to work with partners locally to contribute to the prosperity of the Banbury area.”
Kevin Wall, Chairman of Barclays Corporate Banking Division commented: “The growth of the DCS Group since its inception in 1994 has been very impressive and something that Denys and his team can be proud of. I was delighted to be asked to officially open the premises today and wish the company my best wishes for their future success.”
The company has an ambitious strategic plan for future growth and aims to become a £300 million company in the next five years and create employment opportunities for a further fifty people.