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MARTIN PORT

 

Entrepreneur, business adviser, philanthropist and angel investor

 

Martin Port is a UK-based serial entrepreneur and angel investor on a mission to support and grow businesses with the potential to hit unicorn status (a $1bn valuation).

 

He has built three successful companies during the course of his career. The latest of these, workforce management platform BigChange, received investment of £75m in 2021 in a deal that valued the business at £100m.

 

Martin Port is now chairman of BigChange, and is focused on growing the business across the UK and overseas. BigChange is one of the leading employers in Yorkshire and a recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise – one of the highest official honours for UK companies.

 

Outside BigChange, Martin is involved with charities and is keen to invest in and support other fast-growing companies.

 

He recently led a seven-figure funding round in online tradesperson marketplace Rated People and he has invested a six-figure sum into analytics and business intelligence platform Panintelligence.

LATEST NEWS

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King Charles: the new monarch and entrepreneurship

Last week, Queen Elizabeth II died, ending an illustrious 70-year reign. The whole nation is now in mourning – as am I.

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Martin Port completes six-figure investment into data analytics solution Panintelligence

Martin Port has completed a six-figure investment into analytics solution Panintelligence, which helps companies capture and analyse data in real-time.

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Why I’m giving back to UK businesses

Martin Port explains why he’s looking to invest in other fast-growing UK businesses. Read more here about his aims as an angel investor and business adviser.

INVESTMENTS

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Martin Port leads funding round into Rated People

Martin Port is the lead investor in a funding round for online tradesperson platform Rated People, joining existing investors Frog Capital, Downing Ventures and Channel 4.

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Investment into BigChange by Great Hill Partners

BigChange is excited to announce that US investment firm has invested £75m in the business, valuing BigChange at £100m. Read here what the deal means for future business growth.

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There are so many ways to give back as an entrepreneur: Why I’m an adviser at MoreLife

There are so many benefits to giving your time to exciting businesses. That’s why I’ve joined healthy living company MoreLife as an adviser.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

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What do we want? More women on the tools. When do we want it? Now.

Where are all the female apprentices? I caught up with an apprentice gas engineer to find out why there’s a shortage

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Why we need more female apprentices

Apprenticeships are attractive for both employers and students. They deliver on-the-job training, with limited costs for learners. So why are so few taken up by women?

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Where are all the jobs for people with disabilities?

Just 5.1% of people with a learning disability in England are employed. The UK needs to do better at giving opportunities to people with disabilities.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

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How are you planning to reach net zero?

Every business owner must stand up and be counted as the world moves towards net zero. We must take urgent steps to tackle climate change.

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Let’s do it. Let’s save the world

The global small business community needs to turn its attention to the climate change crisis. Any action is better than doing nothing.

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Flying the green flag – why we highlight exceptional performance

BigChange wants to help business owners make their teams feel valued and important, which is why we’ve launched a ‘green flag’ tool.

CUSTOMER SUCCESS

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Your customer’s success is everything

What can you do today to help your customer be more successful tomorrow? Ian Burgess, BigChange’s Chief Customer Officer, explains what you need to know.

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Chairman’s spotlight on… Paul Van Heeswyk

Paul Van Heeswyk, founder of Crucial Engineering, explains how he’s using the BigChange platform to boost efficiency and take his business to new heights.

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BigChange’s 2021 half-year results: Supporting the UK’s post-crisis recovery

BigChange has had a fantastic start to 2021. We highlight the key achievements across the first six months of the year.

CHAIRMAN’S BLOG

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The coming of the Jewish New Year is a time for reflection

Sunday marks Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. This is an important time for me, as it’s a time when I pause to think about the year ahead, to consider the year behind me, and – more broadly – to reflect on the challenges and the issues we all face in the world today.

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Can your business handle whatever life throws at it?

Be honest. When you hear the phrase “business continuity”, do you zone out? Yes, it’s a dry, well-worn topic, but it’s imperative to business survival. 

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King Charles: the new monarch and entrepreneurship

Last week, Queen Elizabeth II died, ending an illustrious 70-year reign. The whole nation is now in mourning – as am I.

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Let’s be optimistic about our new “pro business” Prime Minister

Things have been tough recently for business leaders. So many challenges to contend with: rising energy bills; the cost of living crisis; pandemic loans to be repaid; and worrying rises in inflation.

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Running a business that’s growing 75% a year is like trying to hold onto a kite on a windy day

Running a business that’s growing 75% a year is like trying to hold onto a kite on a windy day

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We are living in a leadership vacuum

What good are politicians if they do nothing while this country struggles? 

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You can’t run a successful company without this

In a fast-growing, international business, communication is vital. You need to talk to your teams, your teams need to check in with each other, and you need to keep communicating with customers.

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Martin Port completes six-figure investment into data analytics solution Panintelligence

Martin Port has completed a six-figure investment into analytics solution Panintelligence, which helps companies capture and analyse data in real-time.

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Here’s why you need a Chief Customer Officer

A chief customer officer is responsible for managing a company’s relationship with all its clients, working out what’s going well and what’s not working.