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.
In 2022, he led a seven-figure funding round in online tradesperson marketplace Rated People and has invested a six-figure sum into analytics and business intelligence platform Panintelligence. He is also an investor in StoriBoard and Electron Green.
GROWTH STORIES PODCAST
Martin loves to hear about business success. In this Growth Stories podcast series, Martin Port hears from UK business leaders about the opportunities and challenges they’ve faced along the way.
LATEST NEWSView More
BigChange celebrates its 10th birthday
New Year’s Day 2023 is a very special time for BigChange: we will celebrate our tenth birthday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 INCLUSIONView More
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
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?
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.
CLIMATE CHANGEView More
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.
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.
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 SUCCESSView More
Chairman’s spotlight on… Graham Nixon, CEO of Nixon Hire
When you want your company to grow, to modernise, and to evolve, you can’t sit back and wait for things to happen.
Chairman’s spotlight on: Nathan Wood, Managing Director of Farmwood
One of the advantages of doing the right thing in business is that, even if it takes a while for the market to catch up.
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.
CHAIRMAN’S BLOGView More
It takes 10 years to build an overnight success
This quote has been attributed to many people over the years, from the novelist Tom Clancy to Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos. Whoever said it first, it remains an undeniable truth.
Our future is net zero
When I think about my long-term goals for BigChange, sustainability plays a big part. I want us to be as green as we can be, helping customers around the world to meet their carbon goals too. That’s the big vision. We have an exceptional and committed team here that is coming up with ideas and making […]
Chairman’s spotlight on… Paul Clark, Founder & MD of Paul Clark Services
What does it take to build a successful business? It takes ambition, the ability to spot an opportunity, and the presence of mind to keep investing back into your people, product, and customer success.
The hidden value in free advice
When building a business, you encounter many challenges. From the ordinary growth stresses to extraordinary curveballs (like pandemics, for example).
Why being assertive is vital for success in business – and in life
Anyone can start a business, I truly believe that. But to be successful in business, you need one character trait above all others: assertiveness.
The heroes who help children on the margins
One of the things that I find most rewarding about building successful businesses is that success gives you the ability to give back.
Why you should never retire
Some people dream of the day they can give up their day job and devote all their time to other pastimes, such as socialising or golf.
Happy dealiversary to us!
On 4th February, we will celebrate two years of partnership with our brilliant owner/investor, Great Hill Partners.
The relationships you build today could last a lifetime
In business, relationships are everything. Something incredible happens when two people connect, listen to one another, and try to help each other succeed. An enduring bond is formed in those moments.