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Big Red Cloud’s CEO Marc O’Dwyer Triumphs as AIBF Entrepreneur of the Year


Marc O’Dwyer (Big Red Cloud) receiving his AIBF Entrepreneur of the Year 2024 medal from Peter Casey, Entrepreneur and sponsor of the Peter Casey Medal; and AIBF Managing Director Kapil Khanna.


Marc O’Dwyer, CEO of Big Red Cloud has been named AIBF Entrepreneur Of The Year 2024, the All-Ireland Business Foundation’s most significant personal accolade, and is the recipient of the coveted Peter Casey Medal for entrepreneurial brilliance.

With a background in marketing and a fervent passion for simplifying accounting and payroll solutions, Marc embarked on his entrepreneurial path in 1992. His extensive career in sales, including roles at Pitney Bowes and Panasonic, provided the foundation for his venture into the world of accounting software.

His entrepreneurial spirit took root when he became a reseller for Take 5, an Irish accounting solution. Marc’s astute business acumen led him to purchase the majority share in Big Red Book in 2000, transforming it into a cash-positive entity. Following this success, he established and managed the most successful SAP Channel Partner business in EMEA, showcasing his prowess in the industry.

In 2012, Marc launched Big Red Cloud, the online iteration of Big Red Book, further solidifying his commitment to providing cutting-edge accounting solutions. His dedication to simplicity and efficiency in accounting has empowered countless SMEs to establish robust foundations for their businesses.

As the AIBF Entrepreneur of the Year 2024, Marc O’Dwyer stands as a shining example of entrepreneurial excellence in Ireland and it is with great honour that the AIBF names Marc as our Entrepreneur of the Year for 2024.

Announcing the news of Marc O’Dwyer’s achievement, Deputy Chair of AIBF’s Adjudication Board, Kieran Ring, said:

“I am delighted to recognise Marc O’Dwyer as the All-Ireland Business Foundation’s Entrepreneur Of The Year for 2024. Marc O’Dwyer’s journey from reselling accounting solutions to becoming a revered figure in the entrepreneurial landscape is marked by resilience, innovation, and a relentless commitment to empowering SMEs. As the AIBF Entrepreneur of the Year 2024, Marc O’Dwyer stands as a shining example of entrepreneurial excellence in Ireland.”

Reacting to the news of his achievement, Big Red Cloud CEO Marc O’Dwyer said:

It is a huge honour to be named AIBF Entrepreneur of the Year 2024 by the All-Ireland Business Foundation. This is a huge personal achievement that would not be possible without the support of an amazing team and excellent clients, along with my wonderful wife and family, so I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge them. I would also like to thank the All-Ireland Business Foundation for the recognition. The AIBF’s core values of trust, performance and customer-centricity resonate with my own and I am excited and motivated to continue my relationship with a prestigious body that is dedicated to championing excellence in Irish business.

Managing Director of the All-Ireland Business Foundation, Kapil Khanna, said: “The coveted All-Ireland Business Foundation (AIBF) Entrepreneur of the Year medal represents the zenith of entrepreneurial brilliance in Ireland. Marc’s distinguished achievement in receiving this medal highlights his extraordinary impact and innovative leadership within the Irish business community.”

He added: “AIBF takes great pride in supporting trailblazers like Marc, who not only embody the essence of entrepreneurial excellence but also serve as beacons of inspiration for future generations.”

About The All-Ireland Business Foundation

The All-Ireland Business Foundation is an autonomous national accreditation body tasked with enterprise development and the promotion of Best-in-Class Irish businesses.

As the accreditation body for the Business All-Star mark, the AIBF recognises Best-In-Class Irish businesses. Companies that merit recognition based on an independent audit of their performance, reputation, and customer-centricity.

Business All-Star Accreditation Is The Nation’s Symbol Of Trust.

Currently, there are over 650 companies that are accredited by AIBF. Since 2014, over 5000 companies have participated in our programs.

The AIBF also hosts the annual All-Ireland Summit and monthly gatherings to promote peer-learning and collaboration among its accredited companies.

For more information please visit here.

To learn more about Big Red Cloud, visit or our All-Star showcase page here.

Big Red Cloud

Big Red Cloud is a leading supplier of cloud based online account’s software to the SME market. Our online account’s software is simple and easy to use and takes only minutes to set up. It is designed to enable smart business people get on with doing what they do best which is to sell their products or services. We believe in giving exceptional value by including multiple users, unlimited transactions, telephone, email, live chat support and free access for your accountant and bookkeeper, all for a low monthly fee. Join over 75,000 businesses that have already made the smart move and get your business up and running with Big Red Cloud’s online accounts.

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