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BigChange Receives Investment from Great Hill Partners

BigChange Receives Investment from Great Hill Partners
11 February 2021
 

Mobile workforce management company BigChange has raised £75 million of investment from Great Hill Partners.

The software-as-a-service company, founded in 2013, is now valued at £100 million and employs 170 people.

CEO and founder Martin Port will retain a minority stake in the company, and he plans to double the size of the team over the next three to five years, to 400 people. He also aims to build BigChange into a unicorn technology company worth £1 billion. 

This news builds on the company’s successes in 2020, when it was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, one of the highest honours for UK companies, and its workplace was recognised by Best Companies with a two-star rating. 

BigChange was also featured in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 in 2018, 2019 and 2020. 

 

“I want to give a shout out to my amazing management team: raising investment can be a distraction for growing businesses but we never missed a beat, thanks also to Andrew Scully and Johann Levy for being with me from the beginning of this journey. Whether here in Leeds, or in Europe, people are the lifeblood of BigChange.”

–Martin Port

CEO, BigChange

 

Commitment to CSR

 

In a blog post on BigChange’s website, Port stated that this new growth opportunity means the company will continue to help its customers achieve their day one pledges:

“We help them to: go paperless, become leaner, cut carbon emissions, drive more safely, and grow their businesses. Now, we will do that faster and more efficiently than ever before.”

Port also thanked his management team for their work on raising the investment:

“I want to give a shout out to my amazing management team: raising investment can be a distraction for growing businesses but we never missed a beat, thanks also to Andrew Scully and Johann Levy for being with me from the beginning of this journey. Whether here in Leeds, or in Europe, people are the lifeblood of BigChange.”

 

Kiwi Facilities Boosts Productivity with Mobile Workforce Tech 

 

BigChange provides technology to help businesses plan, manage, schedule and track their mobile workforce.

One client, facilities maintenance company Kiwi FM, says that it has increased productivity by 20 per cent since it introduced their mobile workforce management technology.

Working with high street names such as KFC and Starbucks, Kiwi offers a range of premises maintenance services including electrical, mechanical, compliance and building fabric trades. Using the cloud-based, 5-in-1 BigChange system has allowed Kiwi to consolidate its planning, reporting and finance into a single system which has reduced back-office administration, increased engineers’ productivity and improved cash flow.

 

Kiwi BigChange

Picture: a photograph of  Dan Jowett with one of the Kiwi FM branded vans

 

“We actually implemented BigChange at the start of the first COVID lockdown and it made a huge difference,” commented Dan Jowett, Managing Director of Yorkshire-based Kiwi Facilities Maintenance. “With everything, online anyone can log in, from the office, home or on-site, and access the information they need. This played an integral part of us maintaining a successful business at such a difficult time.

“But BigChange is not just about maintaining,” he continued. “BigChange is about improving and, since implementing the JobWatch mobile app and BigChange management tools, we have been able to complete 20 per cent more jobs each week. BigChange has also made a dramatic improvement to our cash flow which has helped us to forecast more accurately using real-time information.”

Picture: a photograph of a hand holding a smartphone over a computer keyboard

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 11 February 2021

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