27 October 2023
We sat down with Dorian to talk about his upbringing, his entrepreneurial spirit, and his experience at Coleg Gwent.
Dorian grew up in Newport, St Julians, where his family worked as general labourers. One of his earliest memories was of a house refurbishment. In his school life, Dorian displayed entrepreneurial skills that saw him venture into multiple businesses from buying and selling motorbikes, many boot sales and even teaching himself to import from China.
After exploring various industries, he soon found that his passion lay within property, and launched his letting agency business, Castell Group.
Looking to take his skills to the next level, Dorian discovered that the most common background for highly successful CEOs was accountancy.
When Dorian started studying at Coleg Gwent, he already had an established letting agency that he had set up when he was 16. While juggling college and business, Dorian recounts really loving the course and enjoying the experience and guidance from his lecturers.
Throughout his course, Dorian focused on his studies, learning how he could implement what he was learning in real life. He joined the UK World Skills Competition; a national competition that provides opportunities for skill development and industry recognition. Dorian and his Coleg Gwent team made it as a finalist and looking back on it recalls just how important these events were to him during his time studying.
Dorian successfully graduated from Coleg Gwent with an AAT Level 4, enabling him to progress onto ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) at the University of South Wales. During this time Dorian expanded his business into a commercial and residential finance brokerage, working with investors, and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Castell Group currently generates a monthly turnover between 1 to 1.5 million a month, and that’s set to grow. The company has secured land bank of over 600 homes, and over £120 million of projects, indicating a bright future.
Dorian is proud that Castell Group are building social housing, investing back into local communities and making a difference in the lives of those in need.
I would recommend anybody considering studying accountancy at Coleg Gwent to do it because when I look back on my memory, it was excellent. My lecturers were fantastic. They really encouraged me and supported me. I met some great people in my course that I’m still speaking to over ten years on. But most importantly, aside from the actual technical knowledge I’ve learned from that, it gave me the confidence to really excel in my business and my career path of choosing and instil confidence into other people that I know what I’m doing.
Dorian was also kind enough to share with us some top insight into key aspects of business, from strategy, team, business execution and finances.