Gemma Orton, Founder and Managing Director of Mocha Marketing, a Leicestershire based marketing agency, has been recognised as Business Women of the Year in the East Midlands Nachural Entrepreneurship Awards 2019.
The awards evening took place on 27th September, at the Maher Centre, where Gemma was presented with this accolade in front of over 400 guests, including leaders, investors and sponsors from across the Midlands business community.
The Nachural Entrepreneurship Awards, founded by Ninder Johal, was created to celebrate the ideals, innovation and strategic thinking from business leaders and entrepreneurs. Ninder believes that these individuals drive economic growth and their determination should be recognised and rewarded.
Gemma, founded Mocha nearly 6 years ago, after spending many years in senior marketing positions in the sports industry. Gemma appointed several marketing agencies over the years to work with her teams but says it was these experiences that led her to launch her own marketing agency, because she believed there was a gap in the market for an agency to work with clients as a true extension of their team.
Gemma says about the awards: ‘I really can’t describe how ecstatic I am to receive this award. In a room full of incredible people, I was beyond honoured and humbled to have been awarded with Business Women of the Year.
“This category is always filled with outstanding women – who I very much admire – and so I find it quite unbelievable to have the trophy on our shelves at Mocha. It’s been an ambitious year for us this year.
“Our rebrand back in June was a huge step for us and is really supporting our growth and the conversations that we’re having -but what remains the most important element for us, is that we are servicing our clients to the best of our ability. No matter how big our ambition, this can never be compromised. Our entire business is built around our 6 client promises.
“When I sat down to write the supporting information for the award once I found out I had been nominated, I really wasn’t sure it would be our year this year. My second son is just a year old and so this year has been all about juggling a growing business with ambitious goals and a young family – if this award means that I can inspire a hand full of women into believing that they can too have a wonderful family and a great career, then it will mean so much more.
“As much as this award is for Business Women of the Year, I absolutely stood on that stage and accepted it on behalf of our entire team. Mocha might have been all about me once upon a time but fast forward 6 years and I am no more important that the rest of our team. We are a team and I am so grateful to each and every one of our employees who share the same values for our business as I do.”