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29/11/12 - Dominic joins panel of Business Experts for Plymouth University’s FLUX Competition

Continuing his support for the University that he graduated from in 1997, Dominic is set to join a panel of business experts taking part in Plymouth University’s annual FLUX competition.

FLUX is an enterprise challenge for students and working in teams of 4-6 the competitors have just half a day to create a business idea before pitching to a panel of business dragons.

Plymouth, known as the Enterprise University for their dynamic and innovative strategy, hold their own competition each year to select finalists to enter the national finals, and the University have been national champions of FLUX twice in the last five years.

To find out more about FLUX click here.

28/11/12 - Dominic attends event at The Gherkin as special guest at Entrepreneurs’ seminar

Private banking firm Coutts invited Dominic to join them as a special guest at an Entrepreneurs’ seminar, hosted by them at The Gherkin on 28th November.

Coutts’ Entrepreneurs team brings together businessmen from all over the country to form the largest network of successful entrepreneurs in the UK. They regularly run seminars, workshops and social events to enable Britain’s entrepreneurs to share their experiences, help younger start-up founders understand various elements of the entrepreneurial journey and discuss their philanthropic endeavours.

Dominic hopes this will be one of many Coutts events of this nature where he will be able to share his entrepreneurial story, impart advice to those just starting out and also hear about the experiences of those even further along their journey than him!

27/11/12 - Dominic attends exclusive event at House of Lords

Dominic was delighted to accept an invitation to the PICTFOR annual dinner, being held on Tuesday 27th November at the House of Lords.

PICTFOR (the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum) is the leading all party group within the technology sector in the Houses of Parliament. It brings together CEO’s from the UK’s most prestigious IT companies to work with the Government, advising them on technology strategy and the digital economy.

Hosted by Lord Harris of Haringey, the annual dinner is the biggest event in the PICTFOR calendar and Dominic will be attending on behalf of his IT company Comtact alongside other industry experts from organisations such as Cable & Wireless and Microsoft.

To read more about PICTFOR click here.

09/10/12 - Dominic key speaker at Government Healthcare Expo

Dominic recently attended The Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology Expo as a guest speaker and the show was a huge success with standing-room only at Dominic's seminar!

The show, which took place on Tuesday 9th October at London Olympia, was attended by over 2,000 healthcare leaders from the NHS, Department of Health, patient facing organisations, local government and higher education.

Dominic's seminar, entitled ‘Improving quality of care and staff morale while reducing cost’ was brilliantly received, achieving maximum attendance and attracting some of the healthcare industry’s most esteemed professionals.

After the success of the seminar, the Conference Chair and Keynote Speaker Dr. Mahmood Adil, requested an introductory meeting with Dominic, to discuss his company Comtact’s products and solutions in the healthcare space in more detail.

Dr Adil, National Healthcare Advisor to the Department of Health, is driving forward a ‘Value Based Healthcare’ model within the NHS which is focussed on delivering better patient outcomes whilst utilising the same or less resources. He was keen to learn more about Comtact’s innovative solutions and how they could help the NHS achieve the best possible health outcomes within available resource.

Dominic commented ‘I was delighted to have had such a big involvement in the shows’ success and in particular I was honoured to be able to spend some time with Dr Adil. It is incredibly exciting to know that my company Comtact’s unique products and solutions could help the NHS achieve its’ ultimate goal of providing outstanding quality healthcare at minimal cost.’

02/10/12 - Dominic returns to University to inspire students!

On 2nd October Dominic returned to Plymouth University where, in 1997, he graduated with a design and technology in business degree. He was invited to return to Plymouth to host a series of workshops with students currently studying at the University as well as 6th formers from schools in and around the city.

During his visit, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and other senior members of University staff, he also got to spend some time with the University’s care leaver students, which he was particularly honoured to do.

Dominic commented ‘fifteen years ago, I was in the same place as some of these students are now, studying at Plymouth University and with not a great deal to my name. I had ideas, but it is only through drive and hard work that I have brought them to life, and I hope I have conveyed that to the students I have met.’

Amanda Pleven, Development Manager at the University, said of the visit ‘the campus is still buzzing with students asking about Dominic’s talk and chatting about his business ventures. He really inspired them and gave so much advice to both the students and staff. We are very grateful!’

Dominic has pledged to continue his support for the University with some exciting collaborative projects in the pipeline

04/08/12 – Dominic Guest Stars on Top London Radio Station

Dominic was approached to guest star on London radio station OnFM, which reaches 1.6 million listeners and covers a large number of London boroughs, including Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster.

One of the radio station’s DJs, David Michaels, interviewed London millionaire Dominic during his Saturday show ‘What’s On’ on 4th August to find out more about the entrepreneur’s success with his company Comtact Ltd, his appearance on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire and any future exciting projects that he is involved with.

To listen to Dominic's interview, click on the media player below.

 

17/06/12 - Dominic invited to attend event at The House of Lords

Dominic was delighted to recently be invited to Plymouth University’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Event at The House of Lords, in July, where the alumni, students, academics and friends of the University will meet to discuss the future.

The invite also came with a request for Dominic’s input into the University’s strategies for the future and he is excited to be meeting with them to understand their current plans and give suggestions and advice. Dominic is particularly interested in discussing their plans for encouraging youngsters from impoverished backgrounds to gain a University degree.

10/04/12 – Dominic List is Keynote Speaker at Business Startup Show at London's ExCel

Last year entrepreneur Dominic List attended the 26thAnnual Business Startup show as a guest speaker, alongside a high profile line up including Dragon’s Den stars James Caan, Doug Richard and Rachel Elnaugh.

The show was a great success with a total of 25,379 visitors and 8000 tweets over the two day event. Having received fantastic feedback about Dominic’s seminar he is delighted to have been asked to speak again at this years’ show, which promises to be another great success with another impressive line up of speakers.

The event is being held at Earl’s Court on 17th and 18th May, and once more will offer seminars, exhibitions, advice and opportunities for anyone thinking about starting or expanding a business.

Click here to find out more about the Business Startup show.

26/03/12 - Dominic List Presents Awards at National Youth Speaking Competition

Dominic was both excited and honoured to be invited to present the awards at the regional finals of the annual Youth Speaks competition, run by Rotary International, which produces some superb quality speakers in youngsters aged from 11 to 18. 

Having sponsored and presented the prizes to the winners of the District Finals in Shropshire on 22nd February, Dominic returned to present the awards at the Regional Finals at Staffordshire University on 24th March.

Dominic commented, ‘A public speaking competition such as this is a fantastic opportunity for young people to develop a skill which many don’t often get the opportunity to hone but one that will undoubtedly benefit them in the future. I know from personal experience that public speaking is not an easy thing to master but is invaluable in building confidence for any occasion from speaking in front of a venue full of people to one-on-one situations in everyday life.’   

22/03/12 – Dominic List attends NHS Frontline Event as Guest Speaker

Dominic attended as guest speaker at the recent Modernising the NHS event, held at the QEII Conference Centre on Wednesday 21st March. With reforms being put in place across the health and social care system, this inaugural event focussed on improving the quality and delivery of NHS care while reducing costs to make efficiency savings.

Dominic’s seminar supported this focus talking about the products and solutions that are available, and have already been implemented by his company Comtact, which can simplify and streamlines processes, drive efficiency and reduce cost whilst, most importantly, improving quality of care and enhancing the patient experience. 

The 2 seminar sessions presented by Dominic were well received by the delegates, who included key decision makers from across the public, private and voluntary and community sectors, all involved in the delivery of frontline healthcare.

30/01/12 - Philanthropist Paul Barry-Walsh joins Dominic List’s Company on the Board as Non-Executive Director

Successful entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul Barry-Walsh has joined the Board at Dominic’s company, Comtact, as a non-executive Director, bringing with him years of experience in running successful businesses in the IT industry.

Keen philanthropist, Paul is also well known as the founder of The Fredericks Foundation. The charity, which Dominic is a big supporter of, has gone on to become a leading Micro Finance organisation in the UK, funding 2 disadvantaged individuals per week.

Dominic commented ‘we are both excited and honoured that someone of Paul’s standing and success has joined the Board and we look forward to working with him on both business and charitable projects in the coming months’.

  

04/01/12 - Dominic List Sponsors 2012 Rotary International Youth Speaks Competition

Rotary International encourages speaking and presentation skills in young people and the annual RIBI Youth Speaks competition produces some superb quality speakers in youngsters aged from 11 to 18. 

Being a supporter of anything that encourages young people to develop new skills and increase their confidence Dominic is proud to sponsor the 2012 competition.  He will be presenting the prizes to the winners of the District Finals in Shropshire on 22nd February and also at the Regional Finals at Staffordshire University on 24th March. Dominic is excited to be a part of the event and is looking forward to hearing the speeches which, since the Olympics are taking place in 2012, wil all have an 'Olympic Spirit' theme!

To find out more about Rotary International and the Youth Speaks competition, click here.

10/10/11- Winner of Junior Apprentice Youth Project joins Comtact for work experience 

Dominic List, long standing supporter of the Junior Apprentice Youth Project, has once again offered the winner of this years' competition the opportunity of a work placement with his award-winning company Comtact.

The Junior Apprentice is a competition, run by youth organisation The Hebe Foundation, to find and reward young entrepreneurial talent in London.  Entrants, aged between 14 and 19 years, battle it out through a series of team challenges designed to develop, teach and inspire each individual with the aim of increasing their confidence and giving them a positive outlook on their futures.

Dominic, having chaired the competition in 2009 and sitting as a judge in 2010, continues his support of the project, giving the winner of the 2011 contest the chance to develop their confidence and skills further by joining Comtact for work experience at the end of October and again in February 2012.

18/11/10 - Dominic Picks up Comtacts Tech Track 100 Award

Dominic List, CEO and Founder Comtact, Rob Hogarth, Senior VP Sales & Marketing and Simon Pettit, Senior VP Operations attended the Tech Track 100 Awards last night to collect the company's award.

The company was listed 13th overall in the list and in terms of positioning is the fastest growing managed service provider in the UK.

Dominic List says of the award; "This is a great accolade for Comtact.  The company has continued to grow throughout the recession and we have an excellent customer retention rate.  I am extremely proud of the team who always place our customers of the highest importance and always go over and above what is expected of them."

Tech Track 100

23/07/10 - Ilderton Foundation Meets Jolyon Palmer

On Saturday 17th July nearly 50 youngsters from the Ilderton Foundation joined Dominic List, CEO and Founder Comtact Ltd, at Brands Hatch racing circuit to watch rounds 11 & 12 of the FIA Formula 2 Championships.

The day included a coach trip to and from Brands Hatch for all guests, with admission to the circuit for the day.  In addition to watching some exciting action on the track, they also got the chance to meet current F2 leader and Comtact sponsored driver, Jolyon Palmer (pictured)

Dominic was captured by the fascinating work that the Ilderton Foundation – a social enterprise foundation that creates and manages services for young people – during his time on the Secret Millionaire and pledged to support the charity. 

The main aim of the foundation is to develop and enhance the lives of young people by providing them with training and education in a subject in which they have an interest. As a result help them gain personal and educational skills along with a encouraging them to have a positive outlook on the future. The Ilderton Foundation also aims to improve community safety and reduce crime, particularly car crime by making a contribution.

To find out more about what the charity offers or how you can pledge your support visit the charities website below:

www.ildertonfoundation.org.uk

20/05/10 Dominic meets Kemi from Corporate Homes

Corporate Homes make finding a home in London easier especially for those relocating from overseas.  Set up in 2007, Kemi and her partner Chris were overwhelmed by their success and  growth in the first two years.  Last year however they learnt a valuable lesson when the recession took hold and threatened the future of their flourishing business.

By stripping out their business and looking at new business revenue streams, Kemi and her partner have found an exciting new business opportunity building on their existing model.  However their past experiences have made them wary leading them to seek advice from successful business entrepreneurs.  Kemi approached Dominic List, MD of Comtact at a networking event and was subsequently invited to meet him at his offices to seek advice on taking her product to market.

Kemi:    Im currently looking at new income revenues to expand my business and I feel that I have all my eggs in one basket at the minute  I want to spread the risk!  So as you are a successful business entrepreneur I was hoping to ask a few questions today to harness your secrets to a thriving and stable business

Dominic:  Even though we work in completely different markets the key to running a successful business is fundamentally the same in any market.  My main pieces of advice are - know who your market is and structure your business pitch around that, forge partnerships with companies that are mutually beneficia.  Networking events are a great way to build your business contacts and testimonials add credibility to your marketing messages.

Kemi:    Thank you, so from this how would you recommend that I can grow the business successfully?

Dominic:  What is your five year plan?  It is important to know where you want the company to be in five years time with specific goals and targets.  It may change throughout the five years as you cannot guarantee how the market will fluctuate, competition etc.  However what a professional and strategic plan can do is to guide you and ensure that you stay on the right path - it will grow the business at a manageable rate and help to maximise profits.

Kemi:    I think one of the issues that I am facing at the moment is how to take this product to market, I’m not too sure who to approach and how to approach them? 

Dominic:   Who are your target market?

Kemi:    Its small businesses as we feel they are more receptive to our offering and we have specific companies that we plan to work with in order to reach our market.

Dominic:   Once you have chosen your target market, you need to tailor your messages around this market.  It’s important to know what your customers want and how you are assisting their business.  Small businesses may be more receptive to sales calls but they are very cost driven as their budgets tend to be relatively small.  It may be beneficial to look at small businesses that have a high turnover when you are targeting.

Kemi:    I like the idea of networking and I know that it is something you have used to build a lot of business what is your advice regarding this?

Dominic:  Networking events are great ways to foster business contacts and to forge introductions to new business contacts.  In addition many of the networking events I have attended include a presentation on how to develop your business, succeed in the hard times etc so as well as the networking side I have come away from those meetings with ideas on how to develop my business – I believe they are a necessary part of business ownership.  Just do your research and make sure you go to the right type of networking events that will benefit you.  My personal recommendation is the Supper Club:

www.supperclub.com

Dominic:  From what I have seen you have a comprehensive business model and you are very well prepared and researched, I think you will do really well.  Good luck!

Kemi:  Thank you so much for the invaluable advice

 

28/04/10 - Comtact to Sponsor F2 Rising Star Jolyon Palmer  

Leading Telecoms and IT solutions provider, Comtact Ltd are to sponsor Formula 2 driver Jolyon Palmer for the second year running.

19 year old Jolyon is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, former Formula 1 driver and MotorSport Vision Chief Executive, Jonathan Palmer.  His career so far is certainly showing the promise of that of his famous Dad, with early wins in MiniMax karts and T Cars before moving to Formula Palmer Audi Championship, when Jolyon became the youngest ever race winner at just 16 years and went on to finish 3rd in the championship in 2008.  Moving to the FIA Formula Two championship at just 18 years old last year was a big jump, but Jolyon still managed an encouraging 6th best place at the Italian Imola circuit.

Jolyon’s second year of F2 got off to a flying start when he won the opening round at Silverstone and was second in the next race.  Next stop was Marrakech where he qualified on the front row and was running second when he had to retire, though he finished fifth in the second race to now be third in the championship. 

One of the youngest competitors in F2, Jolyon Palmer says; ‘Formula 2 Championship is designed as a feeder for Formula 1, which is my goal.  I am proud of my father’s Formula 1 achievements and I hope to follow in his footsteps.  Without the support of companies like Comtact this dream wouldn’t be possible for me and many other drivers.  I am really grateful for the support and hope to reward this by having a fantastic season.”

Comtact’s CEO and major car enthusiast, Dominic List said; ‘Last year Jolyon had a superb season and we are really hopeful for him this season.  He has already had a fantastic start with his first win and we are really excited to be able to assist in nurturing such a promising British racing talent.’The FIA Formula 2 Championship comprises of 18 races over 9 events throughout Europe.

27/04/10 - Dominic Presented an Award at the ThanksTo Social Enterprise Awards

Dominic List, CEO Comtact attended the ThanksTo Social Enterprise awards on Monday 26th April to present the Marketing award.

Dominic was invited in on the panel of judges which encourages groups of young people in the London area to compete against other teams to find and actively promote the unsung heroes in their community who have made a difference or done something great in their community.

The winning team was presented with £5000 worth of sports equipment plus £500 cash, with winning individuals getting the opportunity to take part in one of seven internships in London’s most exciting entrepreneurial companies. The lucky winner of the Marketing award will now shadow Dominic for a week to learn firsthand how to run a successful business.

ThanksTo is an online utility that allows people to thank those who have had a positive influence in, or enhanced their life. ThanksTo mission is to find, recognise and honour the unsung heroes in our communities, through public recognition of their work.

30/03/10 - The Junior Apprentice 2010

Due to the success of last year Junior Apprentice Youth Project, it is set to take place from yet again from the 9th – 21st Aug 2010 for the third year running in 8 venues across London.

The Junior Apprentice Youth Project, ran by The Hebe Foundation aims to reach out to approximately 200 young people, giving them an experience to aid in encouraging a sharper, more confident and knowledgeable outlook on their future.

Dominic List chaired the 2009 Junior Apprentice Youth Project and has been invited back to the 2010 event to speak to a group of individuals who will be taking part in this challenge as well as sit on the judging panel at the final. Dominic will also be giving the winner a placement experience at his IT Company Comtact.

We so much valued your input last year. Having a figure such as yourself take a true interest in the younger generation makes such a big impact on our young people. You’re taking the time to share your insight, experiences, and advice shows them that there are people willing to invest in them and their dreams Amie Buhari - The Junior Apprentice Team

09/10/09 - Comtact MD, Dominic list in search for London's next millionaire

Dominic List in association with Fredericks Foundation and The British Library is searching for London's next business millionaire?

The competition aims to award loans for  five entrepreneurs who have proved their pitch viability to a panel of business experts judges. Not only will the five best competitors get a start-up loan, they will also receive follow-up support from The British Library's Business and IP Centre.

The aim of the competition is to provide  young people the chance to become an entrepreneur who have failed to secure funding via more traditional routes, possibly due to issues resulting from poverty, disability, long-term unemployment, or even a criminal record.

Dominic List has donated 150 billboards  for advertising space which will be placed in and around London to boost the publicity of the competition, as well as  gain the attention of discouraged entrepreneurs in the search of becoming ‘London's next business millionaire. Dominic will also be playing an active part in the evaluation of the projects including the "Dragons Den" style awards panel.

03/09/09 - The Secret Millionaire

Comtact MD Dominic List will soon appear in the Channel 4 film/RFD Media production of the Secret Millionaire.

Comtact's MD Dominic List comments, "Going under cover for the Secret Millionaire was a fantastic and very emotional experience. Although I'm currently sworn to secrecy until the film airs, I can tell you that like in business, I put a lot of energy and my total commitment into the project and hopefully this will come through when it airs later this year."

Channel 4 & The Secret Millionaire

20/08/09 - Junior Apprentice

Comtact MD Dominic List has recently been playing a younger Allen Sugar for a London based Young Apprentice style programme.

The competition puts young children in teams from North, South, East and West London and aims to teach them business skills, teamwork and entrepreneurship.

The winner of the overall competition will be given the opportunity to test their skills in the real world with a work experience programme with Comtact Ltd.

06/05/09 - National Business Awards 2009 Finalists, Regional Programme

We are delighted to confirm that Dominic List, MD Comtact Ltd has been selected as one of the 7 finalist for the Entrepreneur of the year award in the National business awards 2009.

The National Business Awards provides the opportunity to encourage confidence in UK business through the recognition of talented individuals as well as the organisations that they create and drive forward.

20/03/09 - Shadow an Entrepreneur

Comtact MD Dominic List has been working with the Career Academy to encourage Britain's new breed of entrepreneurs, by taking in students for the shadow an entrepreneur programs.

The program is designed to give budding entrepreneurs an inside view of how some Britain's fast growing private companies are run and hopefully inspire them on to their own achievements.

First applicant Rebecca Moylan commented "it's been interesting to see how the reality of running a company compares with the theory of what you are taught in business studies, and that anyone can  succeed, through hard work and commitment.

This experience has given me an insightful view as to what I can expect in the future, furthermore it has really inspired and motivated me to pursue my passions as well as become a successful business woman". 

02/12/08 - Vintage Voyage to Raise Money for Children's Charity

Coram is one of the country's oldest charities and believed to be the first especially created to look after the needs of children. The prestigious Silver Fleet hosted its first charity gala ‘Voyage' on the Thames for the children's charity Coram.

‘The Voyage', representing the journey through life from infant to adult, took place on the fleet's flagship the Silver Sturgeon, and aimed to raise £20,000 for the charity.

Comtact Ltd, a leading provider of hosted Telecoms and IT solutions was proud to show their support to a fantastic charity by purchasing numerous tickets and donating a significant amount of money on the night. Dominic List, Managing Director of Comtact Ltd says "We were extremely delighted to have attended a stunning event and at the same time help raise money for the Coram Charity".

29/10/08 - Dominic List takes advice from Charles Dunstone

MD of Comtact, Dominic List met for Dinner with Charles Dunstone to discuss important business growth and expansion.

Charles Dunstone is the CEO and Co-founder of The Carphone Warehouse. In 1989 with only £6,000 savings, he and his business partner David Ross embarked on their mission selling car phones out of their flat in London. Less than 20 years later in October 2007 the company joined the FTSE 100 Index of leading shares. The Carphone Warehouse is now Europe’s largest independent mobile phone retailer.

13/06/08 - Business Enterprise of the Year 2008 - Highly Commended Dominic List

Now in their 10th year, the Business Enterprise Awards are organised by IAB Qualifications for Business and backed by leading organisations such as Lloyds TSB, HM Revenue & Customs.

The prestigious award ceremony gives national recognition, across a variety of sectors, to the outstanding achievements of men and women within small regional businesses. It has proved incredibly popular within the business world and this year attracted a record number of nominations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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