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BigChange, the fast-growing Leeds tech business owned by local entrepreneur Martin Port, is celebrating its fifth birthday.

The company’s innovative cloud-based service helps businesses with mobile workers – such as service engineers and delivery drivers – manage their entire business operation using mobile apps on tablets and smartphones.

BigChange has won multiple awards since starting up in 2013 and last year BigChange was ranked as the 12th fastest growing Technology business in the North. The company has seen turnover virtually double every year and with a projection to reach £40 million turnover in the next three years, the company is set to become a key employer in the region.

“Prior to BigChange, our industry was dominated by big IT players that offered costly, complex systems that were the preserve of Big Business. We set out to change all that with a completely new approach made possible by advances in cloud computing and mobile technologies,” says Martin Port, BigChange CEO. “With our innovative JobWatch platform, we have democratised the industry, creating a simple, scalable platform that lets any business manage its whole operation all the way from quote to invoice on a mobile or tablet,”

The BigChange system is now used by over 15,000 subscribers across over 600 SME and corporate clients. BigChange works out of the box, offering rapid implementation for any business. Clients include local businesses such as Nixon Hire, Elliott Group, Hopkins Catering, Jet Aire and Hargreaves Logistics. Multinational users also include Silentnight and Komatsu.

“Our paperless all-in-one Mobile Workforce Management platform is transforming the way they work,” explains Port. “I am especially proud to be making a difference in my local community in Leeds where BigChange has created real opportunity and we are supporting local people through our various charity initiatives.”

BigChange is about to launch an on-demand service app that will allow customers to book, compare and pay for services at the touch of a button. Provided free-to-download through the standard online App Stores, businesses can easily configure for their needs and brand as their own.

Nicolas Hamilton is confident he can become a regular front-running name in the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2018 as he prepares for his first pre-season test of the year at the famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent today.

Hamilton will rejoin the WDE Motorsport team for the forthcoming season after contesting five race events for the Ashford based squad last year.

Born with Cerebral Palsy, he is an ambassador and inspiration for disabled athletes and to compete in the Clio Cup requires modifications to his car (such as a hand clutch and minor pedal adjustments).

Hamilton, also the 25-year-old brother of four-times Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, commented: “I’m super excited about getting back in a car as, after Silverstone last year, I was contemplating quitting motor sport all together. Now after working as hard as possible to raise the budget over the winter, I am so proud to have independently secured the support of my sponsors to give myself the best opportunity this year.

Nicolas Hamilton by. car

“The Clio Cup cars are terrific to drive and, with all the data you’re able to work with and the high level of competition, it’s a championship that stands out in terms of driver development. “Crucially for me, I’ll be doing some actual testing which I’ve never had an opportunity to do since I first started racing in 2011 (in Clio Cup) or even when I had a spell in the British Touring Car Championship a few years ago. “I’m aiming to consistently be inside the top ten which I showed was possible during parts of last year with barely any practice. I’m going into this season with a ‘fresh start’ and better prepared than ever – so much so that it actually feels like I’m starting my whole career again…”

Hamilton’s brand and profile makes him a big hit with the vast numbers of public that come to see the Clio Cup race alongside the BTCC. Notably for 2018 he will have a new-look car, with JET Petroleum becoming his primary sponsor along with Monster Energy, DUO Plc, BigChange, Ark Build Plc and Ark MEP Plc.

He continued: “There’ll be a lot of yellow which is one of the colours that stands out most on TV! I just need to be up near the front a bit more, that’s all… “The Clio Cup is a great environment to build your brand and your sponsors’ brands and I’m even looking to up my presence a bit more this year – JET are very family orientated and that connects with my story and how I want to inspire people.”

WDE Team Principal Wayne Eason said: “We’re delighted to have Nic back as part of our team in 2018. Despite what people might think, he has to work just as hard as anyone else to put his racing budget together and I’ve never seen him so hungry to succeed. I strongly believe he can make considerable gains in his performances with us this year and will play an extremely important role in our results.”

The 2018 Renault UK Clio Cup gets under way with its opening two rounds at Brands Hatch on Sat 7/Sun 8 April. All 18 of its rounds will take place at the BTCC’s high-profile events meaning it appears in front of huge trackside crowds (38,500 on average in 2017) and also live on ITV4.

Renault Sport’s UK Motorsport Championship Manager Will Fewkes said: “Nic’s inspirational story continues to capture the imaginations of thousands of people and we are very pleased to see him choosing to race in the Clio Cup again. His determination is second to none and this could lead to some great results in 2018.”

Media Opportunity

The Renault UK Clio Cup’s annual Media Day will take place at Silverstone, Northamptonshire on Thursday 15 March. The event offers media a first glimpse of the 2018 grid and plenty of opportunity to film, photograph and interview the drivers. Media wishing to attend should contact championship Media Officer Carl McKellar:

Tel +44 (0)7786 138905 / Email carl.mckellar-extern@renault.co.uk

Ends

Media Contact: Miles Wrightman Tel: +44 (0)7786 916866 Email: miles@nhmotorsport.com

Social Media Twitter: @nicolashamilton Instagram: @nicolashamilton Facebook: Nicolas.Hamilton28 Website: https://www.nicolashamilton.com/

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Martin Port
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