Founder and Chair of dbda celebrates her birthday in style!

Dawn Boyfield MBE, the Founder and Chair of dbda celebrated her Diamond Decade with family, friends and colleagues at her home in Kenton, north-west London on 30th July.

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What can showbiz teach real biz? An article by Alex Connock, CEO of Ten Alps

Alex Connock, CEO of TV and education producer Ten Alps and dbda’s parent company, writes an excellent article about what the rules of showbusiness can teach the world of business. Leave your MBAs at the door and walk the red carpet of experience!

To read the article on the Grant Thornton website, click here: What can showbiz teach real biz?

SchoolsWorld ( goes live with Teachers TV catalogue.

SchoolsWorld ( is now live with the 3,500 educational videos from Teachers TV.   SchoolsWorld is for everyone who engages in the world of schools – from governors to teaching assistants, plus parents and pupils, and also the business world interested in online learning.  View site here.



The high quality videos launched today on the site cover a huge range of subjects across education.

SchoolsWorld is run by Ten Alps, the group that ran the Teachers TV project for the UK Department for Education from 2005-11, through its specialist education company dbda (

New content and tools will be added to the site, creating a rich environment of free and subscription-based services for everyone in education – all over the world.

dbda to bring back Teachers TV content as SchoolsWorld

dbda’s parent company Ten Alps Plc has agreed with the Department for Education to continue the Teachers TV service beyond the end of government funding, which ended at the end of April.

The service will have a new brand, SchoolsWorld, at web address

Ten Alps has signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement.  It will provide the full video content from Teachers TV, consisting of the current library of nearly 3,500 videos, from May 2011.

The plan is to extend the service into not only a continuing professional development provider to the education profession in the UK, but also as a source of educational videos, content and information to pupils and parents – thus reaching a wider target audience and will seek to develop SchoolsWorld internationally.

dbda Founder and Chairman Dawn Boyfield MBE said:

 “Our aspiration, once we’ve introduced the new site and business, is to build upon this valuable, world-leading library, creating a dynamic international education resource.”
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Dawn Boyfield MBE moves to Chairman role, Bharti Bhikha to MD

After 27 years, Dawn Boyfield MBE has taken on a new role as Chairman of CSR consultancy dbda, and director of Bob Geldof’s TV and Education group, Ten Alps.

But having founded and built dbda (now part of Ten Alps) she is just as passionate as ever about the business – and keen to use her new position to grow it internationally.

Bharti Bhikha has meanwhile stepped into the ‘hot-seat’, becoming Managing Director, responsible for the day-to-day management of the company. And after 15 years within the company, the continuity will be seamless.

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dbda builds Pretend blog

dbda has built a blog site for entertainment TV formats business Pretend, due to launch later in 2011 in Manchester.

Pretend aims to come up with new ways of finding new talent and TV formats in ‘shiny floor’ entertainment and factual entertainment.

It’s from the same stable as dbda, as both businesses are within TV and Education producer Ten Alps.


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