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We are delighted to announce that Big Red Cloud has been shortlisted for Bank of Ireland’s Leinster Sponsor for a Day. The winning businesses name will appear as jersey sponsor for Leinster at a European Championships Cup match.

This brilliant concept first came to light last year when Dublin-based Gahon Meats was the company that was selected to appear as the match day sponsor of the Leinster jersey. What a great day for Gahon Meats, sponsors for the game, they also witnessed a super bonus point defeat of the Ospreys.

There is no doubting the value of this sponsorship to any SME. When asked about the significance of the prize Nigel Gahan of Gahan Meats said: “It allowed us to promote our business on aLeinster-Players-and-Nigel-Gahan scale that we didn’t have the budget to do, and it gave us the impetuous to do things that were on the long finger for a while such as setting up an new website, creating a Twitter profile, and developing a new brochure.”

The Your Business Their Jersey Prize includes:

  • Pitch Side Advertising
  • Corporate Hospitality for 10 customers
  • Full page programme advert on day of the game
  • Half page editorial on business in press
  • Photo with members of the team
  • Mascot for the game
  • 15 jerseys from the game
  • Your business promoted through the Bank of Ireland social media channels
  • Power Hour with Bank of Ireland Marketing Team

Estimated at somewhere close on €50,000 in value this is a great prize for any SME and Big Red Cloud is delighted to be in the running.

The winner will be selected from a public vote which will take place online, starting 24th November. We’ll post the link when it goes live and in case you wondering, the match in question is the Leinster v Castre game on 16th January in the RDS Arena. Is it too early to dream?

Marc O'Dwyer

After completing a Graduate program in Marketing, Marc’s impressive sales career began at Allied Irish Banks, Pitney Bowes and Panasonic where he received numerous Irish and European sales performance awards and consistently exceeded targets and expectations. In 1992, Marc’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to set up his own business, Irish International Sales (IIS). Initially, this company was a reseller for Take 5 Accounts and Payroll software. Within four years, IIS became the largest reseller of Take 5 in Ireland, acquiring four other Take 5 resellers. He also found time to set up two mobile phone shops under the Cellular World brand and a web design company offering website design services for small businesses. In 2001, he bought the majority share in a small Irish software business, Big Red Book. At that time, the company was losing money. The company became profitable within two months, and Marc then acquired a payroll company to compliment Big Red Books Accounting products. In 2003, IIS were appointed as Channel Partners with SAP for their new SME product, SAP Business One. Marc sold his Take 5 business and concentrated on developing this new market for SAP As a result, by 2007, IIS was recognised as the largest Channel Partner for SAP in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa). In 2008, the IIS Sales Manager bought the Company from Marc in an MBO. He launched Big red cloud in June 2012, the online version of big red book, to date the company successfully converts 59% of trials into sales and the number of customers is growing rapidly. Marc continues to run both Big Red Book and Big Red Cloud which now support 75,000 businesses. He 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 and Half Ironman races. He has also completed six Ironman Races in Austria(x2), Frankfurt (Germany), Nice (France) , Mallorca (Spain) and Copenhagen (Denmark)

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