Wins all round for Big Red Cloud at Business All-Stars Awards

Marc O’Dwyer, CEO of Ireland’s leading accounting software company has been crowned CEO of the Year at the Business All-Star Awards. Marc was awarded the coveted prize at an awards ceremony that took place yesterday at the All-Star Summit in Croke Park.

It was the software company’s day as Big Red Cloud was also selected as one of the All-Star brands of the year, by a panel of judges comprised of business leaders and industry experts from a variety of backgrounds.

The Business All-Star program is an annual competition designed to identify and recognise Irish companies and individuals that have distinguished themselves in the conduct of their business over the last 12 months.

Speaking of the win Marc, an Irish entrepreneur who, in 2001, bought the majority share in a small Irish software business, Big Red Book, said: “I am absolutely honoured and humbled by the win. The calibre of people and businesses shortlisted was stellar, so I knew I was in good company even to have made the final. To win is honestly something I’m immensely proud of. Obviously, for any CEO to be effective they must have a good team of people around them and I definitely have that. The Brand of the Year selection for the company is a testament to the hard work my Big Red Cloud team put in day in day out.”

Marc launched Big Red Cloud, the online version of Big Red Book, in June 2012 to keep pace with rapidly changing advancements in tech, which saw more and more businesses taking their operations online. Marc continues to run both Big Red Book & Big Red Cloud. Big Red Cloud is a leading supplier of online account’s software to the SME market in Ireland. 50,000 companies use their award-winning suite of products.

The Business All-Star awards

Divided into 21 categories, ranging from All-Stars New Business to All-Star Innovative Business, the line-up reflects the diverse stages of development and vertical specialisation of Irish companies. Winners in each category are designated with All-Star status and as such represent the highest current performance level in Irish business and are presented as a standard or benchmark to be equalled or exceeded.

The 2018 All-Star Judging panel was Chaired by Dr. Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and assisted by Deputy Chair Kieran F. Ring of the Global Institute of Logistics. The Chairs will be supported by a panel of industry experts.

Starting with a modest 300 delegates at the inaugural All Ireland Summit in 2015, 2018 saw 1000 Of Ireland’s Business Leaders, CEO’s, Directors & Entrepreneurs attend the event in Croke Park.

Speakers at yesterday’s event included:

  • Pat McDonagh: Founder of Supermacs
  • Keith Barry: World’s leading TV Hypnotist, Mentalist and Magician
  • Gavin Duffy: Chairperson, All-Stars Accreditation Ceremony, Serial entrepreneur, Dragon’s Den Investor & Leadership Coach
  • Ramona Nicholas: Award-winning entrepreneur, Dragon’s Den Investor, Joint MD- Cara Group
  • Eamon Quinn: Chairman, Kelsius Serial Investor, Dragons’ Den Star
  • Niall Breslin: Co-founder & Director of ‘A Lust for Life’
  • Gerry Hussey: High-Performance Psychologist & Coach with an unmatched ability to unlock potential – from Olympians to Everest Climbers to GAA teams to Business leaders
  • Sinead Kane & John O Regan: Sinead – First Visually-Impaired Athlete To Complete The World Marathon Challenge & Holder of 2 Guinness World Records With John – her Coach & Guide Runner


Marc O Dwyer – Business All-Star’s CEO of the Year

Marc is a very keen sportsman, having played rugby for 20 years, represented Leinster at under 16 and under 20 levels, and league squash with Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club for 10 years.  Marc has competed in 11 Marathons, including the London and Boston Marathons, and has completed several Triathlons. He has also completed 6 Ironman Races in Austria, Frankfurt, Mallorca, Copenhagen and Nice.

Marc spoke of his role in Big Red Cloud: “Developments in technology have meant that you constantly need to be on the top of your game when it comes to delivering the most up-to-date support systems for clients. This can be a challenge as the tech sector is growing at such a fast pace… but this is also an opportunity because if you can keep up then you can reap the rewards of first mover advantage. Bringing our business to the Cloud a few years ago is a case in point – at the time I thought, ‘we can sit back and make a good living out of our software but eventually it will whittle away. Or we can take the baton and move with the future’ – so we did just that.

“For me it was a love of sales and problem solving for clients that set me on this career path. But for many years now fin-tech has been an area that has been playing an ever more important part in Ireland’s economic landscape. It’s the problem-solving side of me really that pushes me to constantly look for easier more efficient ways for our clients to do what needs to be done in their business in terms of book-keeping and accounting.”

Big Red Cloud

Big Red Cloud started out as Big Red Book, an on-premise accounting software. For 25 years their accounting software has been making it easier for small businesses, their accountants and bookkeepers to manage their accounts.


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