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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.

 

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.

LATEST NEWS

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King Charles: the new monarch and entrepreneurship

King Charles III not only shares his mother’s desire to support the doers of this nation, he has a passion for entrepreneurs that even surpasses hers.

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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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New business wins up 40% in 2022

Take a break from the Tory party tax tussles and let me tell you what’s really happening out there in the economy.

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Get out there and see for yourself

People can do their jobs from home, but it’s good for individuals and organisations for colleagues to meet and share ideas.

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

I am worried there is an increase in Holocaust denial and in antisemitism across Europe.

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Can your business handle whatever life throws at it?

Business continuity is essential for your business come through disruption and economic strife. Here are my six secrets of business continuity.

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King Charles: the new monarch and entrepreneurship

King Charles III not only shares his mother’s desire to support the doers of this nation, he has a passion for entrepreneurs that even surpasses hers.

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

Liz Truss seems to have a pro-business stance, and is taking decisive action, which is what this country needs

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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

I’m always impressed by how effectively entrepreneurs to problems and challenges.

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We are living in a leadership vacuum

It’s time for the ruling elite to show us they can use the power they wield for good.

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You can’t run a successful company without this

Communication is vital, but meetings aren’t. Instead, I prefer something called a ‘huddle’ – weekly team meetings that involve the whole company.