25 Eamon Sheedy

Big Red Packaging

Eamon Sheedy founded Big Red Packaging at the age of 17 with just a handful of products.

The packaging materials distributor now supplies hundreds of product lines to businesses and people across the country and turns over more than $500,000 a month thanks to Sheedy’s tough work ethic, which has seen him work hundred hour weeks at times.

Today Big Red Packaging boasts a heavyweight client portfolio including government, multi-national corporations, major export companies, universities, schools and more.

When Sheedy last spoke to Smart Company, he couldn’t help but laugh at the early days of growing Big Red Packaging.

“I went to get a loan at the bank after I’d just turned 18 and had done $50,000 turnover,” he says.

“I look back and laugh now, and think no wonder they didn’t approve it.”

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