Martin Port

Martin Port

Founder, Chairman and Chief Vision Officer, BigChange

As an entrepreneur, I started as a dyslexic 11-year-old on my father’s market stall. Now my latest venture - BigChange - is valued at £100m and has created 200 jobs.

We’ve achieved this by developing software to help firms with mobile workforces run efficiently and grow strongly. 

My philosophy is about serving the customer. At my first business selling bread in New York, at Masternaut - which became the European leader in vehicle tracking, and at BigChange, I’ve spent serious time on the frontline with customers.

I saw their challenges first hand, and developed products to meet them.

Winning this award would show there are no barriers to entrepreneurship.

I began in bread making but started one of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies and secured one of the biggest investments ever in a Leeds firm. 

I’m dyslexic and have 75% hearing loss but have shown these are less important than having the nous to discover what customers need, the drive to provide it, and the sense to surround myself with great people.  

And we’ve succeeded by marrying cutting-edge technology with timeless entrepreneurial skills to help other entrepreneurs succeed and realise their own visions.