Mocha Marketing has been successfully sold to our internal senior management team, with the business being transferred in equal shares to our Digital Director, Steve Stuart and new Managing Director, Chloe Dennis in full!
As many Leicestershire businesspeople will know, Mocha has been the pride and joy of our founder, Gemma Orton, for the last 7 years, after building the business from a start-up in her back-bedroom to the award-winning agency that it is today.
Gemma had this to say;
‘After 7 years of building Mocha, I feel the time is now right to pass the reigns over to two people who I know will take Mocha to the next level. Of course, it was not a decision that I came to overnight. It’s hard to describe the love you have for your own business – people compare it to the love of a child – but it comes with a lot of emotions and I for one, have LOVED this journey – but I think there also comes a time when you stop and evaluate where you are which is what I did over the Christmas period, and I realised that I’m ready for a new challenge to push my boundaries.
The last 12 months have been spent focusing my time ‘on’ the business rather than ’in’ it which has been a great success for all. To sell the business internally is a dream come true. It means that our team and clients are unaffected by a huge upheaval but can continue to enjoy all the benefits of the Mocha that they know, whilst continuing to grow on the excellent foundations in place.
Selling externally wasn’t an option for me. I simply wouldn’t have done that to our team or our clients. My plan to sell only started and ended with Steve and Chloe who have proved themselves to be more than capable to take over from me and were both, thankfully, over the moon at my proposal’.
Gemma continues; ‘I honestly can’t thank enough, all of the people who have played a part in Mocha over the last few years, however small. We have received so much support which has had a huge impact on the reputation that we have today as a marketing agency. As a business, we are in the best position that we have ever been and I’m genuinely excited to see what Steve and Chloe go on to do over the next few years’.
Gemma will continue to play a role at Mocha for at least a year, mentoring our senior management team and of course, will remain a constant ambassador for the business, so this is not goodbye!
Steve, our Digital Director, joined us in January 2020, when his small London agency was acquired by Mocha. Steve has since become the backbone of our client output – especially in a time when the whole world has gone ‘digital’.
Chloe joined Mocha as Agency Manager in 2019 and quickly became the leading influence in our day-to-day operations. Chloe has resumed the role of Managing Director in our new structure. For those of you who don’t know, Chloe is also Gemma’s sister so to enjoy this journey together has been the icing on the cake for the pair.
Gemma’s next step is to take a central role in her and her husband, Dave’s new business, Orton Property Group, which will consist of a number of buy-to-let and holiday-let properties – and also spending time learning how to be a smallholder farmer at their new home.
On behalf of the Mocha team, we would like to say a HUGE thank you to Gemma, without whom we wouldn’t be where we are today. We wish her all the luck in the world with her new ventures and we will miss her dearly.
Also, a massive congratulations to our new owners, Chloe and Steve who we are extremely excited to see lead this new chapter for Mocha! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.