Why I embrace distractions

Why I embrace distractions

My working week is demanding. I wake at 5am to get through all my urgent emails before the office opens, and I now work five and half days a week. As managing director of BigChange, I also have to attend a lot of meetings, which take up a lot of time. Despite all...

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BigChange – a four-day working week by 2021

BigChange – a four-day working week by 2021

Why did human beings develop machines, computers, and – ultimately – artificial intelligence? To reduce the work that had to be completed by us. Yet here we all are, working harder than ever. In Britain, we work longer hours than any other country in the European...

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A great start to the year

A great start to the year

We've started 2019 on a high here at BigChange, with growth up 65% year-on-year in the first three months. This is an incredible time for the business. We recently acquired two businesses, which shows how mature the company has become. We have successfully brought...

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I’m not the CEO of my company. Here’s why

I’m not the CEO of my company. Here’s why

These days, everyone is obsessed with titles. They want something grand on their business card. There’s an idea that one’s self-worth gets a boost simply because you have the word “chief” in front of your job title. But fancy names don’t impress me. First of all, the...

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Ditch the department before it drags you down

Ditch the department before it drags you down

I’ve abolished departments at BigChange. There will be no more divisions within my business. Instead, I’m creating teams. Some of these teams will be assembled according to specialty, such as RoadCrew customer service, but others will reach across different areas of...

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Bridging the generation gap

Bridging the generation gap

The Brexit vote divided young and old. People who had already made their money, bought property, and perhaps even retired, were much more likely to vote Leave, while students and those on the first rung of the career ladder wanted to Remain. When I started reading...

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The journey of an entrepreneur

The journey of an entrepreneur

I have been in business since I was 11 years old. I started out working for my father, an auctioneer, before growing my own bakery business in my twenties. Now, aged 56, I run technology start-up BigChange. I don’t know many entrepreneurs who have experience across...

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