You're hired, Apprentice star tells tech firm

The winner of hit television show The Apprentice is teaming up with a Yorkshire-based technology firm to help give his business a boost.

The Apprentice Winner 2015, Joseph Valente, adopts BigChange technology. From left to right Martin Port - CEO, BigChange Apps, Stephan Lee - Senior Gas Engineer, Impra-Gas and Joseph Valente - Managing Director, Impra-Gas

Joseph Valente, who was crowned winner of The Apprentice in 2015, has chosen Leeds-based BigChange’s Mobile Workforce Management platform JobWatch to accelerate the growth of Impra-Gas, the plumbing business he owns along with Lord Sugar.

The paperless app-based JobWatch system will allow Mr Valente’s management team to manage the entire operation from quotation all the way through to invoice, with integrated planning, management, job scheduling and real-time vehicle and resource tracking.

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Martin Port, founder and CEO of BigChange, said: “BigChange exists to help ambitious businesses like Impra-Gas scale quickly, giving them everything they need to run a dynamic, profitable and customer focused operation.

“We’re really excited to have Joseph on board as a customer.”

Last year, serial entrepreneur Martin Port invested in new office space to accommodate the growth of BigChange.

The firm took a five-year lease at Temple Point Business Park in Colton, east Leeds. Alex Epstein, who has also featured in the BBC series, rejoined Mr Port at his latest venture BigChange.

Job Watch is aimed at automating business processes to help save time.

BigChange teamed up with SmartWitness in-vehicle CCTV cameras to add video functionality to its system.

Mr Port has a track record in the telematics sector. He sold his previous venture, Masternaut UK, for an estimated £20m in 2009.