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Who We Are

At Big Red Digital, we are an experienced team of designers, developers and business people. We’re big enough to make significant impact on our clients across the world, but small enough to have an agile approach with our partners.

Find out more about the 30 year history of the company here.

Our History

1987

Accounting Software Consultants (ASC) was formed by Chic McSherry selling BOS Software finance systems to small businesses in Scotland.

1988

Tommy McLaughlin joined as a trainee in Software Support. He was our very first employee.

1989

Well known Scottish fashion chain store What Everyone Wants contracted us to develop a Purchase Order management system as well as software for a unique bulk bar-code reader solution for their sales tracking system.

1990

We spear-headed the development of the Strategix (Unix based) system by TIS Software, concentrating on Sales Order Processing, Purchase Order Processing, Job Costing and MRP2.

1991

We won our first US customer with Strategix software. MAX Controls were based in Pennsylvania and Tommy McLaughlin was promoted to Project Manager, spending almost 6 months on site developing a comprehensive production solution for MAX.

1992

We became a Sage reseller – eventually becoming one of the Top 5 resellers in the UK. We were also the first IT Company in the UK to be accredited Investor in People in this year.

1993

The name Accounting Software Consultants was becoming restrictive so we changed it to Prosys Business Solutions and we became one of the first adopters and resellers of CITRIX remote connectivity software.

1994

We sold and implemented a 1000+ desktop CITRIX solution throughout the UK for The Forestry Commission.

1995

We were re-accredited as an Investor in People.

1996

We became a Pegasus Accounting Software reseller throughout the UK.

1997

Chic McSherry set up a subsidiary in Melbourne Australia selling Strategix for TIS Software.

1998

Development started on our unique web-based solution for customer service using the Internet (at that time, all internet connection was by dial up modem!)/

1999

The Customer Service solution scope widened into a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system which was at the leading edge of available technology at that time and resulted in our flagship Enterprise Portal – iPort.

2000

We were heavily involved in resolving Millennium Bug issues across our entire client base and launched the iPort Enterprise Portal.

2001

We were re-accredited Investor in People and gained our first US client for iPort on 10th September – the day before the fateful 9/11 disaster.

2002

Work began on our Software as a Service product (before anyone called it SaaS) which we called iportInstant. This was a sign-up and go CRM solution, all web-based, and offered Sales, Service, Project and Document management at an affordable per user fee. The product attracted the involvement of Glasgow Caledonian University as a joint development project.

2003

Chic McSherry was seconded onto the Government Broadband Strategy Group and gave evidence in the Scottish Parliament.

2004

iPort Software Inc – a US Subsidiary – was created to sell the iPort Enterprise Platform and iportInstant into the US marketplace. Based in Houston Texas we soon secured major contracts from oil sector business due to the flexibility of the product and the depth of experience of our development team. Won the Enterprising Scotland Award this year.

2005

Chic McSherry was appointed eCommerce spokeperson for the Forum of Private Business and also seconded as an Agency Contact for the Bank Of England Regional Monetary Policy Committee. iPort Software Limited was created as a separate company within the Prosys group umbrella.

2006

Trinity Computers (now part of Pinnacle) bought Prosys Business Solutions leaving Chic McSherry and Tommy McLaughlin, now a Director and shareholder, to concentrate on iPort Software and iPort Inc.

2007

First Mexican client secured – Pisces Group Cabo – where we developed a specialist reservation management system for their fleet of luxury yachts.

2008

Mexican client base expanded with more of the Pisces Group as well as specialist real estate companies coming to us for integration to the Multiple Listing Services (MLS) in use there.

2009

NHS Health Scotland contracted us to develop a major system to manage their Healthy Working Lives system covering Client Registration, Award Tracking, Event Management, Client Visit tracking, and Training Management software.

2010

40% stake in iPort taken by Coralinn LLP – an investment partnership based in Scotland.

2011

Steven Blood joined the iPort Team heading up iPort Digital Marketing Limited which specialised in web development and digital solutions.

2012

Start of the project to converge the technologies we had developed within iPortinstant and the web platforms that Steven was developing.

2013

Created a Mexican company to increase sales and also roll out a Tourist Portal for local businesses to showcase their services to the rapidly growing and expanding tourist marketplace.

2014

Released the first version of our new Business Platform which incorporates Customer Relationship Management, Content Management and Application Program Interfaces to link into their existing systems, giving our customers a measurable business advantage over basic websites.

2015

Major contract award to extend NHS Heath Scotland system to include Call Centre Management software for their call centre. First Apps developed for the Business Platform.

2016

Finalists in Digital Business Awards and Paperless Organisation Awards.

2017

We merged all the iPort businesses into Big Red Digital Limited with Steven Blood as Managing Director and Tommy McLaughlin as Technical Director.

2018

Development of our unique Uniform Management solution (now in use with Caledonian MacBrayne, Air Lingus, Irish Prison Service etc). Chic McSherry was awarded an OBE for Services to Business and Education in Scotland in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

2019

Launched our unique Squad Management Platform, initially for Celtic Women's FC. Became an accredited Living Wage Employer.

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