Harvey Morton started his business eight years ago, aged just 15, as part of a school enterprise competition. It originally offered on-call IT support and website design services, and evolved into Harvey Morton Digital, which specialises in social media management, influencer marketing, website design and SEO. Morton is also a public speaker and hosts a podcast called The Social Sanctuary, interviewing influencers and business founders about their relationship with social media.
“I only came out in the first lockdown last year, so this year offers my first opportunity to celebrate Pride. At the moment, I haven’t got any plans to attend a Pride event, but I would love to if the easing of restrictions allows. I’ll be making the most of celebrating with my friends and family, having lots of catch-ups after not being able to see those close to me for so long.
“Pride month for me will always be a symbol of making the most of every day, embracing your true self and being proud of who you are. It’s a reminder not to worry about what others think of you, and an opportunity to celebrate and spread kindness and happiness. After the year we’ve all had, Pride month marks the light at the end of the tunnel and brighter times ahead. It is the perfect time to reflect on how far we have come, and an opportunity for us to all reach higher in the months ahead.
“Pride month is all about celebrating equality, inclusivity and individuality – values that should be important to us all year round. Being an LGBTQ+ advocate means educating others, celebrating your peers and speaking out when change is needed. You can be an ally by supporting and empowering those whose voices aren’t always heard as loudly so that all genders and sexual orientations can celebrate and support each other openly – because we’re all stronger together.
“When I rebranded my business, I wanted to reflect my individuality, so I refocused my offering around premium, personal service and took an informal approach to selling my digital marketing services, adopting a chatty tone to my website copy and including lots of quirky quotes and references to things I enjoy. I also wanted to lose my corporate head shots and focus on bright imagery, full of colour like the Pride flag.
“I’m really proud of the business I’ve built and if you would have told me 10 years ago that in 2021 I would be running a successful business, 13-year-old Harvey wouldn’t have believed it. My business is the result of overcoming years of bullying throughout my education, and I channelled my frustration and anger into building something successful for myself.”