Serial entrepreneur Martin Port says he’s lost none of his enthusiasm despite a change of role and a £75 million investment earlier this year.

Leeds-based BigChange received the majority investment from US-based VC Great Hill Partners in a deal that valued the company at more than £100m.

Port has since done a job swap with Richard Warley, who joined the business as chairman at the start of 2021 and is now the CEO.

In an interview with our sister website TechBlast, Port says: “Every morning I wake up with a real passion and want to set the world alight. I love walking the shop floor.”

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Explaining his change of role, he adds: “I recognised I wanted to bring a new team that could lead the business through the next generation and I recognised that I wasn’t the best person to lead the team day-to-day.

“I had a chairman in Richard who was incredibly supportive and I said ‘you would make a better CEO and I would make a better chairman’ so we swapped roles.

“It is our hope that, together, we can help BigChange to reach unicorn status in just a few years. We currently employ over 200 people around the world, and we hope to take that figure to 500 people.