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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.

LATEST NEWS

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Here’s why you need a Chief Customer Officer

Customer service. That’s been my number one focus throughout my career. My ability to listen to customers and help them overcome challenges is the ultimate secret to my success.

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Welcome to my new website

Hello and welcome to the new website of Martin Port, which features blog posts, videos and news about Martin and BigChange.

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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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Here’s why you need a Chief Customer Officer

Customer service. That’s been my number one focus throughout my career. My ability to listen to customers and help them overcome challenges is the ultimate secret to my success.

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Chairman’s spotlight on… Luke Taylor, founder of Cloud Plumbing & Heating

I often talk about how technology can help supercharge growth for businesses of all sizes. Once you find the right software or platform for you, the results can be dramatic.

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Turning 60: the beginning of a new chapter

I usually post about business milestones but this week I’d like to talk about a personal one: Today, I turned 60.

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Top entrepreneurs know when to ask for help

Entrepreneurs are good at a lot of things. They have incredible ideas that can revolutionise industries and change the world.

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Welcome to my new website

Hello and welcome to the new website of Martin Port, which features blog posts, videos and news about Martin and BigChange.

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BigChange: even more inclusive and successful in 2022

Our government may be falling apart but at least the UK tech scene is thriving. I read that the UK recently overtook China in terms of technology investment, raising £12.4bn in the first five months of 2022, which is amazing news.

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Chairman’s spotlight on… Peter Holmwood, customer service director at SES Home Services

Peter Holmwood joined SES Home Services, a home emergency insurance provider, straight out of school and is now the company’s customer service director. He tells me his story.

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Strikes have no place in a modern economy

The national rail strike of June 2022 caused chaos across the UK. It’s time to rethink the role of unions – and to accept that striking has had its day.

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Don’t wall yourself off from your team

I’m a big fan of an open-plan workspace, where leaders sit beside colleagues and not in their own offices.

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