Shevani Wilson, director of Motor Marketing UK with Bethany, Sienna and Lilly.

Multiple staff members at a Portsmouth marketing firm have made the shortlist of a brand new award.

Motor Marketing, a marketing agency  based in Portsmouth, is celebrating a significant achievement as several members of its dedicated staff have been shortlisted for the prestigious News and Observer Apprenticeship Awards.

These awards aim to recognise and honour the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of apprentices throughout Portsmouth and Chichester.

The agency’s employees who have earned their spots on the shortlist are Sienna Edmonson and Lilly Nicholas, both vying for the coveted title of Intermediate Apprentice of the Year, and Bethany Johnson, who is in the running for the Advanced Apprentice of the Year award.


As well as this, Motor Marketing itself has received a nod for the SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) Employer of the Year award.

Shevani Wilson, managing director of Motor Marketing, expressed her gratitude for the dedicated apprentices and acknowledged their role in the company’s success.

She said: “Our apprentices are the lifeblood of our organisation, and we’re thrilled to see Sienna, Lilly, and Bethany recognised for their outstanding contributions.

“Apprenticeships have always been the way forward for us in employing passionate and motivated individuals. Without our fantastic team, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

All three of the nominated apprentices have been integral to the company’s growth and success. Their passion, commitment, and hard work have undoubtedly played a pivotal role in Motor Marketing’s continuous growth and reputation in the industry.

Sienna, 17 said: “I joined Motor Marketing UK as an apprentice after I left school in 2022 and immediately felt very welcomed into the team. I first started as a member of the QA team, and with support from my management and colleagues, I have now been promoted to a Contact Centre Agent. Working at MMUK has helped me gain important skills such as communication and confidence. I am very happy with the progress I have made at work so far, the feedback from 1-2-1s and my apprenticeship company has been very positive, and I am consistently hitting targets that have been set for me.”

Bethany, who received a promotion just four months into her apprenticeship, said: “My apprenticeship so far has been amazing. I feel like I have progressed very well and quickly and that I could not have chosen a better place to work. The support from the leadership team at MMUK has been phenomenal and I feel like I can do so much compared to what I could do before I started working at MMUK. I have discovered things about myself that I never knew I could do. The support from Lily at PETA as well has been incredible as she is always on hand to help me when needed and she provides me with the best feedback to push myself further. I am very excited to see where my future with MMUK will go.”

Lilly has also been a stand-out team member. She said: “I feel as if I have progressed well within my apprenticeship within MMUK. My progress has led me to be promoted to Senior Contact Centre agent which I was appointed at the end of May. I feel as if I have learnt a lot about the customer service industry and the customers’ expectations from us. I am looking forward to finishing my apprenticeship and progressing within MMUK.”

Motor Marketing, as a shortlisted finalist for the SME Employer of the Year award, has been recognised for its commitment to nurturing talent and providing apprentices with the opportunity to excel and grow within the company.

These inaugural News and Observer Apprenticeship Awards have been established to highlight the valuable role apprentices play in businesses and the community.

The awards ceremony will take place on November 9 at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth, bringing together business leaders, training centres, mentors, and apprentices to celebrate their achievements and contributions to the local economy.