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3/08/16 - Dominic is interviewed by Tech Talks as part of London Tech Week, talking about entrepreneurship and how tech can empower healthcare

Listen to Dominic’s Tech Talks interview

 

19/07/16 - Dominic & Comtact continue to support The Hebe Foundation

The Hebe Foundation is a youth organisation, based in London, that works with all young people aged 13-20 years old to help them discover & use their talents.

For the 6th year running Dominic is supporting their Junior Apprentice 2016, with one of the prizes being work experience at one of Dominic's tech companies, Comtact.  

Read more about Dominic and Comtact's involvement with The Hebe Foundation

 

20/04/16 - Dominic with Comtact Ltd. makes top 100 list of most exciting, fast-growth companies in the UK - Leap 100 2016

Dominic's, award-winning IT managed services company, Comtact, has announced it has made it on to The Leap 100 2016 – a list of the 100 most exciting, fast-growth companies in the UK, launched by Mishcon de Reya and City AM. All the companies selected have demonstrated substantial growth over the past 12 months and been identified as the ‘ones to watch’ for 2016.

Comtact, recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing IT service companies, has continued to set the standard for managed service provision.  Not only by investing in its people but also the company’s state-of-the-art 24x7x365 Network Operations Centre (NOC).  Dominic was also acknowledged in this year's list.

Dominic said: “It’s great that Comtact has been selected as part of The Leap 100 for 2016 – in Comtact’s 10th anniversary year.  This year we broadened our proposition to help our customers protect against the real threat of cyber-attack or ransomware.  With 80% of companies unware they have already been breached, we added our managed cyber security solution to the portfolio to help our customers take back control. Alongside our complimentary infrastructure management solution, Aurora365, we’re ensuring dependable, secure IT and eliminating downtime.  We’ve also seen increased adoption of our intelligent Wi-Fi tracking solutions, especially in the healthcare sector.  We look forward to joining other The Leap 100 companies in building on this success over the coming year.”

Find out More: The Leap 100 2016

 

14/05/16 - Dominic meets with Jay Chaudhry, Zscaler's CEO  

Dominic List recently met with Zscaler's CEO, Jay Chaudhry. Jay is a security industry leader and accomplished entrepreneur with a history of introducing innovations that securely enable emerging technology trends. The meeting was held to strengthen the relationship between Jay and Dominic, as Zscaler is the new cyber security partner of Dominic's company, Comtact. 

 

21/02/16 - Dominic nominated and selected as one of The Maserati 100 - announced in The Sunday Times

Dominic has been nominated and selected as one of The Maserati 100 - announced in The Sunday Times.  The Maserati 100 is a joint campaign between Maserati GB and the Centre for Entrepreneurs to recognise and celebrate 100 successful UK-based entrepreneurs who are giving back to the next generation of entrepreneurs - through investing, mentoring, philanthropy and other support.

Find out More: The Maserati 100

The Sunday Times - Pass it on: the secret of my huge success

 

7/12/15 - Dominic attends Not the Healthcare Awards

Back by popular demand, the Cambridge Health Network (CHN) hosted its third Not the Healthcare Awards on Monday 7th December, with 12 tables full of celebrities from the health sector. Dominic alongside his Comtact Healthcare colleagues hosted a table and enjoyed an evening full of fun, laughter and a nod to the quirks of being a CHN member.

Find out more about the Cambridge Health Network

See the Gallery for pictures from the evening.

 

4/11/15 - Dominic supports Crowdfunder the UK’s #1 rewards-based crowdfunding platform

Crowdcube is the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform. They enable anyone to invest alongside professional investors in start-up, early stage and growth businesses through equity, debt and investment fund options.

Dominic said: “As an entrepreneur I have a life-long passion for ideas that might change the world which is why I’m dedicated to becoming not only a shareholder of Crowdfunder, but actively involved in supporting the exceptional businesses that are emerging from the platform.”

Find out more: Crowdcube

 

30/10/15 - Dominic continues to support The Hebe Foundation

The Hebe Foundation is a Christian Youth organisation that works with all young people to help them discover and use their talents. Their focus is to build up a young person and equip them with the skills needed to thrive through honest, hard work with a determination to succeed, no matter the circumstances.

Dominic and Comtact has sponsored Hebe since 2010.  As well as mentoring, Comtact provides work experience for the winner/s of the Hebe Junior Apprentice project.  At the end of October, Comtact welcomed Kelechi and Daniel into their Weybridge offices for a week’s work experience.  The young entrepreneurs worked on a project to design a forward thinking app for the healthcare space.  The Comtact team enjoyed having Kelechi and Daniel in their offices. They injected a lot of energy and presented back impressive ideas.  Comtact wishes them well in their future studies and endeavours – keep in touch!

Read more about Dominic and Comtact's involvement with The Hebe Foundation

 

27/10/15 - Jolyon Palmer, who Dominic sponsored via Comtact, joins FI

Jolyon Palmer who Dominic’s company Comtact sponsored throughout his F2 career has made it to F1!  Dominic said, “I think this is a great example of Comtact supporting young enterprise and am very proud we were involved in his career progress.”  Congratulations Jolyon! 

Read more here: Jolyon Palmer Joins F1

 

8/10/15 - Dominic guest speaker at Business Boost Awards 2015

Dominic was invited back to his home town to be the guest speaker and hand out the accolades at this year’s Business Boost awards.  Dominic said: "As a country we really are doing it now.  I have met people at Business Boost who really have got the talent it takes. For me, entrepreneurship takes creativity, and then the hard work – execution is the hard part.”

"On top of that you need drive and the ability to spot an opportunity, and while you should always believe you can do it, you have to be prepared for failure."

Read more about the awards recognising entrepreneurship and strategic thinking businesses: Stoke Sentinel press coverage

Visit the Business Boost website

 

1/10/15 - Dominic asked to attend exclusive invite-only McKinsey event, bringing together healthcare leaders across Europe 

Dominic and his company Comtact Healthcare were asked to attend a McKinsey exclusive invite-only event in Stockholm at the start of the October, bringing together the leaders in healthcare across Europe. 

The event entitled ‘From evolution to revolution: Leading the way to transform healthcare' also show cased technologies that have the potential to disrupt and improve healthcare delivery.  Comtact Healthcare demonstrated how their solutions are delivering paperless healthcare innovation through the use of mobile software to Health and Social Care organisations.  

 

1/9/15 - Dominic mentors Jack Burnell - first Briton to seal Olympics place at Rio 2016

Jack Burnell became the first British athlete to qualify directly for the 2016 Rio Olympics by finishing fifth in the World Championship 10km marathon swimming event in Kazan, Russia.

Dominic has started mentoring Jack with his business venture, a sports fashion company, Novus Sport.  With recognition that team provision for the sport of swimming, and many other sports was limited to just a couple of established brands, Novus brings something fresh to market that differentiates itself in a number of ways.

 

16/7/15 - Dominic attends techUK Annual Dinner - The Dorchester, London

Dominic joined other technology leaders at this year’s techUK Annual Dinner, which attracts key stakeholders from across government. Held at The Dorchester, London, guest speakers included Nick Robinson, Political Correspondent, BBC and Ed Vaizey, Minster for Culture and the Digital Economy.

techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 850 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses.

techUK is committed to helping its members and the sector grow.

Find out more about techUK by visiting their website: www.techuk.org

 

16/6/15 - Dominic named finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2015

Dominic List, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Midlands Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2015.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards has been running for 17 years and is the World’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.

The winner of this regional final will be entered for the title of the Ernst and Young UK Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 and vie for a chance to take part in the global awards ceremony in Monte Carlo.

Dominic commented, “I am delighted to have been shortlisted to receive such a prestigious business award from the globally renowned company Ernst & Young.  Like most entrepreneurs I currently wear a number of hats from creating one of the UK’s fastest growing cloud based infrastructure monitoring and management companies to forming our ground-breaking software division to drive mobile digital healthcare.  Then outside of the corporate world there’s the social enterprise and charities I’m involved in, which are very important to me. So to be recognised for this work is a great feeling.”

For more information about the awards visit: E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

 

3/1/15 - Dominic joins Elliot Moss on Jazz FM to talk about entrepreneurship and career to date

Listen to Dominic’s Business Shaper interview

 

23/12/14 - Gandys Open Phase 1 of New Children’s Home In Sri Lanka

Thanks to all of the generous support and the success of Gandys the first children’s home is now set to be completed in March 2015 in Sri Lanka, work on the ground level has nearly been completed marking the 10th anniversary of the Boxing Day Tsunami.  Rob and Paul visited the site to offically open phase 1 and met the children who will be benefiting from the new home.  The Gandys vision is to open children’s homes all over the world helping many orphans.  Please see the lastest TV coverage on Gandys and the opening of the childrens home:

Sky News Children’s Home Coverage

CNN Coverage Children's Home

ITV Coverage Children's Home

3/12/14 - Dominic List Speaks at Dragons of Newport Networking Event

Dominic recently attended the Dragons of Newport quarterly networking event as their guest speaker.  The Dragons are a non profit making organisation.  The aim of the event and organisation is to allow local businesses to get to know other local businesses and help the local economy.  Dominic was asked to go along and speak about his journey as an entrepreneur and his own personal ‘rise to fame’.  The event was attended by over 100 people.

Dominic List Guest Speaker at Dragons of Newport

10/11/14 - Dominic List - Chairman of Gandys Foundation

As the Chairman of the Gandys Foundation, Dominic is proud to announce the foundation has now found a perfect piece of land in Sri Lanka to start building the first Gandys Kids Campus.  Work has already started on clearing the site, ready to lay down the foundations.  Rob and Paul Forkan will be travelling out to Sri Lanka in December to officially open the site.This project is the first of many to come and marks the 10th anniversary of the Boxing Day Tsunami.

Gandys Kids Campus

03/11/14 - Dominic meets with Scottish Government  

Dominic List recently met with two senior representatives from the Scottish Government, Peter Williamson and Clive Swanson.  The meeting was held to discuss clinical data capture within the healthcare sector using mobile technology to help drive down costs and increase patient care.

28/10/14 - Dominic attends an event with Nick Seddon

Dominic attended an evening with Nick Seddon, who is a special adviser to the Prime Minister on health, social care and life sciences.  The evening’s topic was centred on discussing the use of technology in the UK healthcare system and how it can help to drive down costs and improve patient outcomes.

01/07/14 - National Enterprise Challenge Final

Dominic was part of the judging panel recently alongside Theo Paphitis and Rob Forkan from Gandys  for The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge 2014 Finals.  The event was held at the Trentham Estate in Staffordshire.  The challenge had over 20,000 young people take part and around 1000 guests came along to the final.  The National Enterprise Challenge is an inter-school competition set up and available for all secondary schools pupils.  It encourages their pupils to pitch their business ideas and show their entrepreneurial skills to businesses and compete on a national level.  

The National Enterprise Challenge

20/06/14 - International Flip Flop Day

Dominic recently helped celebrate Gandy's International Flip Flop Day.  International Flip Flop day is a global initiative to raise funds for Gandy's registered charity, The Gandy's Foundation, which drives their 'Orphans for Orphans' mission to help transform the lives of orphaned children around the world.

International Flip Flop Day   

02/06/14 - Dominic interviewed by Radio Stoke on Entrepreneurship  

Dominic appeared on Perry Spillers BBC Radio Stoke programme.  Every day the show chats to someone from the Staffordshire / Cheshire area about their life achievements both personal and business.  The program discussed Dominic's entrepreneurship and social enterprise ventures.  Feel free to click on the link to listen to the show.

BBC Radio Stoke

16/05/14 - Plymouth University to launch Dominic List Innovation Fund - 28th May 2014  

In celebration of the continued success and contribution of the Dominic List Innovation Fund to the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre at Plymouth University, they have decided to create a unique visualisation wall which maps his journey as an entrepreneur.  Dominic is honoured and excited about the new addition to the centre which will explain his pathway to success and hopefully encourage students to become involved with the programme.  The wall also outlines the benefits of the fund and how students can apply. 

The Futures Centre

13/05/14 - Dominic to judge and mentor winners for Dragon’s Den enterprise start up competition

An enterprise competition called The Start-Up is being held in July for Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire to help people grow their start-up businesses.  Three winners will share an exciting prize pot of £30,000, 12 months of mentoring by one of the ‘dragons’ plus a comprehensive package of free business support.  Dominic who is on the judging panel will help decide the winning entries and listen to the pitches of their innovative presentations to the judges.  Dominic originally from Stoke on Trent is excited by this competition and the opportunities it brings to the area to help with the growth of new businesses and the local economy.

Start Up Competition

13/03/14 - Dominic continues his support for the Hebe Foundation

Dominic is a long standing supporter of the registered youth charity The Hebe Foundation and shares their passion to bring positive and valuable experiences to young people in and around London.  For the fourth year running Dominic has sponsored the Hebe Foundation and feels the work they are doing as a group is admirable.  Dominic continues to wish the Hebe Foundation great success.

Hebe Foundation

13/02/14 - Dominic continues his involvement and sponsorship with the RIBI (Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland)

Dominic has continued his support of the RIBI this year via the social enterprise company he works with Gandys Flip Flops.  Gandy’s sponsored the National Youth Speak final which took place in Maidstone, a public speaking contest for young people aged 11 to 18.  Gandy’s has also sponsored and will be attending to speak at the Rotary District Conference which is being held in Wales in September.  To find out more and to see how you can help or get involved with the organisation, please click the link below.

Rotary International

17/1/14 – Dominic invited to attend Tech Track 100 Entrepreneurs’ Dinner

On 27th February, Dominic will be attending a dinner for entrepreneurial founders and directors of successful private tech companies that have also featured in the past Sunday Times Tech Track 100 league tables. The dinner will take place in London and is an invitation-only networking dinner.

10/12/13 – Dominic and Plymouth University launch the Dominic List Innovation Fund

Dominic and the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre have worked together to create the Dominic List Innovation Fund, to help support and encourage student entrepreneurship at Plymouth University. 

The Dominic List innovation Fund is an exciting new opportunity for students to gain funding and support for their business venture.  Those students who have completed the Enterprise Beta Programme can pitch for further funding and support.

Read More – Dominic List Innovation Fund

Also See – Dominic’s involvement in Plymouth’s Futures Centre for Entrepreneurship

9/11/13 Dominic, Gandys and Theo Paphitis inspire the crowd at The National Enterprise Challenge (TNEC) 2014 Launch Event

The National Enterprise Challenge team met up with this year’s sponsors to launch the 2014 “Ryman National Enterprise Challenge”. The team along with participating schools and partners met at “The Wayra” London to launch this year’s challenge. Dominic, Gandys Flip Flops and Ryman were all in attendance as well as this year’s ambassador Theo Paphitis. Gandys launched their first design competition across secondary schools in the UK. Over 20,000 students will be taking part, with a chance of one of the designs being made as part of the Gandys range next summer.

To find out more visit - National Enterprise Challenge

5/11/13 - Dominic to judge young innovators & entrepreneurs at Kairos Conference – 9th November 2013

Dominic will be a judge at the Inaugural Kairos UK Conference, taking place on 9th November 2013 at Level39 in London, the flagship event of the Kairos Society UK. It will host about 200 attendees from Britain and beyond, and stage several keynotes by well-known pioneers in innovation, science, and entrepreneurship.  A further highlight of the conference will be the chance for young innovators and entrepreneurs to take part in the Pitch Competition, presenting their idea in front of an amazing panel of judges, including Dominic.  Get your tickets here.

1/11/13 – Tickets now available to see Dominic speak at Tata’s Social Enterprise Conference – 7th December 2013

The Tata Social Enterprise Conference is a one-day event designed to challenge the status quo of traditional business models and inspire a call to action.

Now in its third year, the conference is brought to you by Tata and NACUE on Saturday December 7th 2013 at City University, London. You'll be taken on a journey to engage with innovative ideas, trends, and people within social enterprise - forward thinkers who are creating better solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems.

Find out more and reserve your tickets today by visiting: Tata Social Enterprise Conference

11/10/13 Dominic invited to open Plymouth’s Entrepreneurship Centre – 20th November 2013

On 20th November, Dominic will be opening and delivering the keynote speech for the opening of Plymouth University’s new Entrepreneurship Centre.  The centre will act as a hub for entrepreneurs and has the potential to house over 100 start ups.  As part of this exciting new project, Dominic will sit on the board and oversee all of the new start ups.

The VIP launch is by invitation only, to include press and media.  Find out more by visiting: Enterprise with Plymouth University

10/10/13 – Dominic asked to co-host Social Entrepreneurship event at King’s College London – 16th October 2013

Dominic is one of 5 speakers who have been invited to co-host an event on Social Entrepreneurship, taking place on 16th October at King’s College London. 

The event will seek to define social entrepreneurship, explore growing trends, provide examples of the potential impact such an initiative can achieve as well as discuss ethical challenges.

Rob Forkan co-founder of Gandys Flip Flops, the social enterprise of which Dominic is investor and Director, is one of the fellow entrepreneurs speaking at the event.

Although the event has no charge, places are limited, so reserve your place today: Register Here

9/10/13 – Dominic invited to meet with David Cameron & George Osborne at Downing Street to advise on Social Enterprise

Dominic was honoured to be asked to attend a meeting with the Government to provide advice on encouraging entrepreneurship and social enterprise development in Britain.

The meeting, held on 9th October 2013, was followed by a drinks reception to celebrate the 14th Anniversary of the Diana Award - the only charity that bears the name of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The Diana Award is a living legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

8/10/13 – Dominic returns as key speaker at HETT 2013 (Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology Expo.)

Dominic returned as a key speaker at HETT, presenting alongside customer St Andrew’s to highlight a working example of a provider that has fully embraced technology to drive better service.  The presentation titled “Meeting the Challenge” focussed on paper eliminating technologies to improve patient outcomes whilst reducing costs.

In a repeat of last year, it was standing room only for Dominic’s seminar!

Now in its third year, the Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology Expo has established itself as the must-attend event for everyone involved in NHS reforms and healthcare efficiency and technology, attracting over 2000+ visitors.

7/10/13 Dominic to sponsor and be on panel alongside Dragons Den Star Theo Paphitis for The National Enterprise Challenge (TNEC) 2014

TNEC is an inter-school competition that is available to all secondary schools in the UK. The challenge is divided into two age categories: Key Stage 3 (Year7/8) and Key Stage 4 (Year 9/10). The challenges are tailor made ‘real life’ business challenges, which constantly change over the years to keep the ideas fresh.

The specific enterprise challenges that will be assigned for both Key Stages are at present top secret and will be revealed in the coming weeks. Up to 250 students – competing in teams of six – can take part from your school.

To find out more and to enter see - National Enterprise Challenge

4/10/13 Dominic to be a judge at NACUE’s Varsity Pitch to find Britain’s next Entrepreneurs

Now into its fourth year, NACUE’s (The National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs) Varsity Pitch is the premiere pitching competition for the UK’s student and recent graduate entrepreneurs. For the first time this year, College students are also eligible to enter.

This is THE chance for students and recent graduates to showcase their unique, innovative and creative business ideas to the wider community. 

Entrants in each of the seven categories will submit a 60-90 second video outlining their idea and business. The videos will then be judged by experts to find a shortlist for 7 industry finals. The winners of these will go forward to compete for the Grand Prize of £10,000 at the showcase event during Global Entrepreneurship Week this November.

Dominic is delighted to be on the NACUE judging panel.  “Entrepreneurship is very close to my heart and I am very happy to be involved in the NACUE project to find the next generation of Britain’s leaders.”

If you’ve got a great idea for a business enter a video now and tell the world! Enter today - Varsity Pitch Competition

17/9/13 Dominic talks shop with Silicon Valley’s Top CEO of the moment Aaron Levie from Box

From 15-17 September, Dominic attended BoxWorks 2013 in San Francisco and was lucky to meet up with fellow entrepreneur, Box’s CEO, Aaron Levie.  Comtact, one of Dominic’s companies is a premier partner of Box in Europe.

Promoted as the #1 Cloud Event of the Year, BoxWorks 2013 gave delegates the chance to see what’s new and different in the cloud industry. Keynotes included Malcolm Gladwell and Nicholas Carr, who shared their insights on today’s hot tech topics.  Dominic thoroughly enjoyed the event, especially Malcolm Gladwell’s presentation which he found powerful and moving – his books are now a must read!

12/09/13 Dominic receives Plymouth University Vice-Chancellor Enterprise Award

Dominic, along with this family attended a spectacular gala dinner at Plymouth University to collect his Vice-Chancellor's Enterprise Award.

The Vice-Chancellor's Enterprise Award recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution and achievements of staff, students, community and business partners in establishing Plymouth as a leading university with a world-class reputation.

Being an ex-Plymouth graduate, this award really meant a lot to Dominic, commenting on how winning the award made him feel he said, “Being named a winner of this award is truly fantastic, and has made me very proud, especially as I was the least academic of my family. I never thought when I left university, that I would receive such recognition!”

Click here to view a video from this special night: Video of Dominic receiving his award

1/9/2013 - Dominic backs The Social Enterprise £50K Challenge!

Dominic has joined the judging panel in the search of a growing social enterprise based in the South West in need of funding to accelerate impact.

The Plymouth Social Enterprise Network invites applicants to submit their business growth idea.  The best five ideas – in the view of the judging panel will be invited to pitch to funders – including Dominic - on Friday 27th September 2013 at Devonport Guildhall in Plymouth.

The South West is a vibrant place to start and run a social enterprise. Dominic and fellow funders are looking for organisations that understand the needs of their markets, know how to make a difference in their communities, and require finance to grow.

For more information and to apply see: Plymouth Social Enterprise Network

29/8/13 - Dominic via Gandys Flip Flops Sponsors Rotary Youth Speaks Event for another Year

Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired men and women who translate their passions into relevant social causes, to change lives in communities.

For a number of years Dominic has sponsored and presented the prizes at the Annual Youth Speaks competition, a public speaking contest for youngsters aged from 11 to 18 run by Rotary International, and has once more sponsored the event this year.

Dominic commented, ‘I am once again delighted to have been invited to participate in this years’ Rotary Youth Speaks event and am pleased that I was able to continue my involvement by sponsoring the competition as I strongly believe that public speaking is a hugely important skill that has helped me to achieve the success I have today’.    

To read more about the competition or to find out how to participate in next years’ event, click here.

22/8/13 - Dominic Supports Camp Cando

Camp Cando is a grass roots voluntary organisation for young people with a complexity of special and behavioural needs. Every year they give a group of young people from London the opportunity to spend a life enhancing and fun week away from home in the summer. Their team of helpers ensure an excellent standard of care and attention to meet each the campers' individual needs. The week provides well deserved respite for the parents and carers and family members of these amazing teenagers.

Dominic is delighted to support such a worthy voluntary organisation.  To see some of Camp Cando’s important work visit, Camp Cando

15/8/13 - Dominic Supports the Hebe Foundation for the Third Year Running

Dominic is a long standing supporter of the Hebe Foundation’s Junior Apprentice Youth Project and has once again offered the winner of this years' competition the opportunity of a work placement - this year at Gandys Flip Flops.

The Junior Apprentice, based on the hit television show ‘The Apprentice’ is an accredited Business & Leadership project active across 6 London boroughs. Beginning with an exciting 3 weeks of full time activities, between 140 and 150 young people (aged 14 – 19yrs) will battle it out over a series of team challenges which will develop, teach, and inspire each individual, while bringing forth the talents each one has in a fun, creative and safe way.

Entry to the Junior Apprentice 2013 is now open, click here for more information.

05/08/13 - Dominic to attend meeting at Downing Street to advise Government on Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise in Britain

Dominic has been asked to attend a meeting at Downing Street to advise the Government on encouraging entrepreneurship and social enterprise development in Britain.

The meeting, being held on 9th October 2013, will be followed by a reception which is being hosted by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, and the Prime Minister himself will also be in attendance.

Dominic commented ‘I am honoured to have been asked to advise the Government on these matters as entrepreneurship and social enterprise in our country are subjects very close to my heart.  I am therefore privileged to be given the opportunity to offer my ideas and experience to such a high profile and influential audience’. 

31/07/13 - Dominic to work with Ex-Professional Boxer, Mark Prince, in the fight against knife crime in the UK

Mark Prince, an ex-professional boxer, founded the Kiyan Prince Foundation following the tragic death of his 15 year old son. Kiyan was tragically stabbed outside his school gates in May 2006 as he tried to prevent another youth picking on his friend.

Mark believes that by educating young people about the devastating consequences of knife crime the lives of many potential victims would be saved. He has been working with children and young people to provide support and give them a sense of belonging, self-worth and purpose that can be found outside of gang culture and offending behaviour.

Dominic is also a firm believer that giving disadvantaged young people the tools, opportunities and support to help themselves towards a better future can hugely contribute to the reduction of crime in the UK, and so he and Mark are currently in talks as to how they can join forces and make a difference.

04/07/13 - Dominic is special guest of Baroness Wilcox at House of Lords Reception

Dominic was delighted to attend a special reception at the House of Lords on 3rd July to celebrate the successes of Plymouth University alumni in how they have had their life transformed by university and are now transforming the lives of others.

The event was hosted by Baroness Wilcox, Conservative member of the House of Lords, and brought together a small group of esteemed guests including alumni, honorary graduates, stakeholders and friends of the University.

Dominic, who has also been nominated for the University’s Vice-Chancellors Enterprise award, has been working closely with Plymouth University on a number of projects and events and continues to inspire and motivate their students through his visits, seminars and informal talks.

Click here to read more about the House of Lords reception.

13/06/13 - Dominic attends prestigious global innovators networking event, the DNA Summit

The DNA Summit, is an invitation only event hosted by the United Nations Office for Partnerships, The Global Partnerships Forum and the British Venture Capitalist. 

A whole host of celebrities and high profile figures will be present including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Richard Branson , Music Mogul Will I Am, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, Sir Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and Professor Peter Haggs amongst many others. 

Dominic commented, "The DNA summit has been billed as a ‘catalyst for social change’. With the work I am already doing both with social enterprise Gandys Flip Flops, and also with a number of carefully chosen charities, I believe I am already, on some scale, a champion for social change and it is something I feel very strongly about.  I therefore couldn’t be more delighted to be invited to this event and to join some of the worlds’ most influential people to help drive forward this change for social good."

To find out more about the summit click here.

20/05/13 - Gandys host Summer Fair at Plymouth University

Gandys Flip Flops, the social enterprise of which Dominic is investor and Director, is hosting a Summer Fair at Plymouth University. 

Dominic, who graduated from the university in 1997, has already been involved in a number of events there himself, and thought that the young vibrant fashion company would be a perfect fit to host the event for Plymouth, whose mission is to be ‘the enterprise university’.   

The Gandys summer fair is to be a fun filled day of games (including pin the flip on the flop and flip flop table tennis!), music, a BBQ, a treasure hunt and will be topped off with a Holi Paint Party, a traditional Hindu festival of colours.

Founders of Gandys Flip Flops, Rob and Paul Forkan, were tragically orphaned by the Boxing Day tsunami, and their aim is to raise enough money selling their flip flops to build an orphanage for children in India, in memory of their parents. The fair is just one of a number of events that they will be hosting over the summer to raise awareness of the brand and help them succeed with their mission statement ‘Orphans for Orphans’.

09/05/13 - Dominic sponsors Rotary Youth Speaks Event for another year

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders whose main objective is service in the community, the workplace, and around the globe.

For a number of years Dominic has sponsored and presented the prizes at the Annual Youth Speaks competition, a public speaking contest for youngsters aged from 11 to 18 run by Rotary International, and has once more sponsored the event this year.

Dominic commented, "I am once again delighted to have been invited to participate in this years’ Rotary Youth Speaks event and am pleased that I was able to continue my involvement by sponsoring the competition as I strongly believe that public speaking is a hugely important skill that has helped me to achieve the success I have today."   

To read more about the competition or to find out how to participate in next years’ event, click here.

01/05/13 - Dominic to join panel for ’Dragon’s Den’ challenge!

Continuing his collaborative relationship with his former University, Plymouth, Dominic has been asked to join the judging panel for a social investment challenge that the University will be launching in September.   

The challenge will be run as a business competition, culminating in a 'Dragon’s Den' style pitching event, and will have some high profile sponsors, including a major bank. 

Julian Beer, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University, wanted a social entrepreneur to join the panel and Dominic’s background and expertise in the social enterprise arena, along with his already great relationship with staff and students at the University, made him the ideal choice.

Details of the event are currently being finalised and will be posted here as soon as they are confirmed.

To learn more about Plymouth University’s Social Enterprise network, click here.  

04/04/13 - Gandys goes Global!

Dominic has gone from tech entrepreneur to fashion entrepreneur as his new business venture with fashion brand Gandys Flip Flops has begun to really hot up, even though the weather has not! 

The brothers who founded the ethical flip flop brand have, with Dominic’s support, broken into some of the UK’s top retailers with their flip flops being launched this Spring in Selfridges, Topman, House of Fraser, Schuh and ASOS to name but a few. 

They have also recently had meetings with some major retailers in the US and will be launching there later this year, so watch this space as Gandys goes global!

28/03/13 - King's College London Invite Dominic to be keynote speaker at Enterprise event 

Click here to view Dominic's latest keynote on Marketing & Communications

King’s College London (KCL) have recently adopted a series of new initiatives which aim to encourage and support entrepreneurial qualities amongst younger generations. 

One such initiative, Enterprise Connect, is a series of workshops and seminars facilitated by influential & experienced figures, across a wide spectrum of business themes.  KCL approached London entrepreneur Dominic to be keynote speaker at one of the workshops, citing his ‘vast experience across all facets of running a business & passion for delivering real results’ as making him a top choice.  

Other entrepreneurial speakers at their previous events have included the likes of Luke Johnson, Emi Gal & Emma Sinclair, amongst others.  Ana Bakshi, Entrepreneurial Co-ordinator at King’s said, "we are truly honoured to have such a creative, dynamic and fresh serial entrepreneur as Dominic working with us on this initiative." 

Dominic commented, "as many people know I am keen to support young entrepreneurs in any way I can, including by mentoring and speaking in schools and Universities at events such as this, and am delighted to be able to help drive forward this very worthwhile initiative with King’s College London."

Further information regarding the date and topic of Dominic’s keynote speech will be posted here soon.

18/02/13 - Comtact Employees support Gandys' Charity!

A group of employees at Dominic’s IT company Comtact have got together to raise money for the charity that his second company Gandys Flip Flops are supporting.

Gandys currently donate money from the sale of their flip flops to a charity called Mango Tree Goa, who help disadvantaged children and young people in Goa, India.

Having learned about the worthy charity through Dominic’s involvement with Gandys his loyal Comtact employees were inspired to get fundraising themselves to show their support not only for Mango Tree Goa but also for Dominic and his new venture!

02/02/13 – National Coverage of Gandys Flip Flops Continues with features in The Evening Standard and The Telegraph

Interest in Gandys Flip Flops has intensified with further National coverage about the brand and the story behind it being featured in the press recently.

Both The Evening Standard and The Telegraph ran full page articles on the company which Dominic invested in last year and with whom he continues to play an active Director role.

The press exposure has generated further interest in the brand both from the media and consumers, and the success looks set to continue as Gandys prepare to launch their flip flops in major retail outlets for Spring Summer 2013.

Click to read the full features in The Evening Standard and The Telegraph.

19/01/13 - Dominic's Investment in Ethical Fashion Brand Gandys Flip Flops covered in The Times

Dominic's new venture with Gandys Flip Flops continues to prove successful as the company is sought out by The Times for a feature published on Saturday 19th January. Dominic was interviewed along with Rob and Paul Forkan, Gandys founders, for a high profile piece in the newspaper, which saw them wearing their flip flops in the snow! To read the full article click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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