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Leeds based businessman Jordan Woods now runs a thriving Property Maintenance business, but just six years ago his future didn’t look so bright.

Click here to watch our video interview with Jordan.

Jordan started as a Plumbing Apprentice at the age of 14, since regular schooling hadn’t worked out for him. He worked his way up to Operations Manager for a large maintenance business. Trouble struck in 2011 when he was made redundant by the firm along with many others. As a young father to a newborn baby boy, this couldn’t have happened at a worse time.

Jobless and struggling to support his young family, enterprising Jordan borrowed a few hundred pounds from his stepfather and bought a van and insurance. Eager to put his Plumbing and Heating qualifications to use, he listed his services on a free trades directory in the hope of gaining paid work. Jordan was ecstatic to receive his first call from a home in Harrogate where a leak was causing havoc. After putting fuel in his van and paying for parts to do the job, he came away with £13 profit, which he spent buying fish and chips and baby food for his family.

In the weeks that followed, the phone didn’t stop ringing and Jordan started to generate strong referral business. The real breakthrough came when he gained a small contract with a Leeds based property management firm.

Jordan Woods, Managing Director for Woods Building Maintenance said:

“The reality was, I was just a one-man band going from job to job to make ends meet. But I dared to dream and had big ambitions for my family. People told me I was just a dreamer and to ‘get real’. At that point I put together a simple business plan for what I wanted to achieve over the next five years. Today it sits in a frame inside my kitchen as a reminder of those tough beginnings.”

With a growing business, Jordan worked around the clock and was able to take on another engineer and an administrator, working out of a small unit in Leeds. But things quickly spiralled out of control. Reliant on manual planning and paperwork, the brisk pace of work meant important information was getting lost in the system. Jordan knew he needed to find a better way to manage his business.

Serendipity meant that Jordan crossed paths with well known Leeds based Entrepreneur Martin Port, who had recently founded his new tech business ‘BigChange’. Jordan’s company became one of the first users of Martin’s new JobWatch platform, an all-in-one management system for any business with a mobile workforce. The technology makes it easy for companies to plan, manage, schedule and track their operations and the system was just the growth accelerator that Jordan was looking for.

Starting with 3 mobile workers in 2011, Woods Building Maintenance now manages a team of 18 engineers on the system that manages the entire Woods business.

According to Jordan, the technology has been a revolution for his operation:

“We’re about to hit a very special milestone this year; we’re on track to reach revenue of £1 million by the end of 2017. When I look back at where I’ve come from, it’s a very special feeling. The BigChange system has enabled us to grow very rapidly between 30 to 40% every year. I’m a very humble person, but our growth has been immense and we are profitable. I couldn’t have grown like this if it wasn’t for the BigChange technology. It has been priceless.”

BigChange has gone on to become one of the fastest growing Technology Businesses in the UK and was ranked 12 out of 100 in the Tech North 100 that profiles the fastest growing tech businesses in the North of the UK. Martin has also gone on to be a mentor to Jordan Woods.

Commenting on Jordan’s achievement Martin Port, founder and CEO of BigChange said:

“I am so proud of what Jordan has achieved for his 30-strong team and for his family. It’s a truly inspiring story and just goes to show what can be achieved when you apply yourself with dedication, hard work and tenacity. Woods Building Maintenance is a pleasure to work with and we look forward to working with them as they continue to grow and push past many more million pound milestones.”

Already covering Yorkshire, The Humber and the North West, Jordan’s next foray is into the Midlands and London. The company has significant contracts with four of the largest insurance companies in the UK and also works with the NHS and leading national hotel and restaurant chains.

Download the Yorkshire evening post story on Woods Building Maintenance founder Jordan Woods.

You may remember me from the past I founded a company called Masternaut in 2002 and built the business up from scratch and sold it in April 2011. Masternaut Farewell

Four years ago, I founded BigChange with a vision to harness the benefits of a powerful, feature rich 3-in-1 Mobile Workforce Management platform that would be within the reach of businesses of any size. We have combined back office CRM, Document Management, Job Planning & Scheduling, a Rich Driver / Engineer Android Mobile App available on a Samsung Tablet and Black Box Vehicle Tracking to help organisations go Paperless, making them more Efficient and Safer. JobWatch Video

We have fast approaching 600 companies in the UK using our JobWatch system. As well as the UK, we have customers in Ireland, France, Spain, Finland, Norway, Australia and the USA.

By having one system the benefits are far more achievable as your current tracking system sits standalone outside of the operations of the business. If you run a fleet of transport vehicles, service engineers or manage a sales team BigChange JobWatch is ideal to take care of all your practices and process.

Benefits include extra work completed, reduction in failed jobs, reduced office administration time, raise invoices immediately post job completion, reduction in fuel spend and improved driver behaviour due to reducing distances travelled. All this helps you generate more business!

Companies such as Abird Limited, Acumen Waste Services, Alfred Bagnall and Sons, Arrow Industrial Group, Bobst, Buy It Direct, Capital Cooling Commercial Refrigeration, Cathedral Hygiene, Complete Business Solutions Group, CS Ellis, Elddis Transport, Elliott Group, Eurofins, Farid Hillend Engineering, FSH (Group) Limited, Gap Group, Garic, HSS Hire Service, Jarvie Plant, John Deere Forestry, Nixon Hire, Johnsons Stalbridge Linen Services, JW Crowther, Kingspan, Komatsu Forest, London Borough of Bromley, North Yorkshire Timber, P & O Ferrymasters, Paul Clark Services, Pollock (Scotrans), Lakehouse Group, Rainham Steel, Ringway Jacobs, Serco, Sheffield City Council, Silentnight & Sealy, Sutton and East Surrey Water Services, The Bread Factory, Thetford International Compactor Services, UK Platforms, Utilitec Services, Vantec Europe and Wood Group Industrial Services.

Join our Paperless Revolution Click here to arrange a presentation or call 0113 4571000.

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Martin Port
Founder & CEO



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