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We always knew Steph was a superwoman at heart, but now she has been recognised across the whole of Sussex and Surrey as a finalist for Business Woman of the year at the Dynamic Awards 2023 – (Way to go Steph!) Founding Arke Agency in 2017 after early success in her career,  Steph has built the business into the multi-award-winning agency it is today.

But this has only been achieved with hard work, and Steph has definitely put the graft in.  At just age 20, she joined a small six-person team recruitment agency as a sales and marketing placement student. With Facebook advertising at its infancy, Steph identified an opportunity to learn a new and developing industry of pay-per-click advertising and became the leading expert across the higher education industry, working with over 80 universities and 40 colleges – helping to build the business into the 120 strong workforce it became.

Facing struggles to be heard previously in her career, Steph made the devastating but necessary decision to exit the business (you can read more about this in Stephs International Women’s Day article). From here Arke was launched, with three core values: be real, be curious and be bold. And with a fourth award added to our belt at the UK Paid Media Awards 2023, we know this is where Steph has always meant to be.

But the ride hasn’t always been easy, with Steph steering the team through the pandemic, moving offices and even a bomb scare! Nonetheless, Steph has powered through, crafting Arke into a multi-award-winning full-service marketing agency serving over 15 industries – now we call that impressive. 2022 was even Arke’s most successful year to date, with 2023 coming in strong.

Now, with Steph leading Arke to always champion it’s employees as she continues to go above and beyond to create development opportunities for our workforce, we believe Steph will always be a superstar business woman to us.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s not been easy and it didn’t give me the work/life balance I dreamed it would, but would I change it… No! To be recognised and  nominated for Business Woman of the Year, has boggled my mind and it’s a true testament to our team here for trusting in me and not only backing the direction we are heading in but being driven to deliver against it too. I’m not the same person I was when I started the business, do I still have a wobble and doubt myself, absolutely, but I’m immensely proud of my growth and how that’s been reflected in our business.  I’m super grateful for the nomination by our team as well as being an official finalist. I’m looking forward to spending a night with other great business people, who I wish the best of luck to.” – Steph Noble, Managing Director and Founder of Arke.

The Dynamic Awards are designed to recognise and reward women for their hard work and contribution to the business community.  Business Woman of the Year recognises a businesswoman who has demonstrated the highest degree of professional excellence and shone a light on the great things women in business can achieve.

The winner will be announced at The Grand, Brighton on the 25th of May. 


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