Cripes! We only went and won!

We walked away from London on the 25th May proud winners of the “Home and Away” Exporter category at the National Small Awards !

The glittering black tie affair was held at Christ Church in Spitalfields and hosted by Sue Perkins (comedienne and ex-presenter of British Bake-off – for those not already in the know…)

We were among 5 businesses nominated for the award.   Judges included Mark Wright, Sir Vincent Cable, Emma Jones, plus several other really well-known figures.  And they picked us!

This is what they said:

“Red Herring Games have taken a challenging product to scale and made it work across the globe. The impressive international footprint supported by a newly developed scalable digital product has led to an incredible export performance from this business from Grimsby”.

  WOW!  I mean.  WOW!


We just couldn’t believe our name had been read out, and for those who’ve seen the live Facebook feed from the evening itself – you can tell how shocked, stunned and delighted we all were! We were so convinced someone else would win the category we were all set to clap the winners and it took us a few seconds to work out the judge had just announced “Red Herring Games” as the winners!  US!  Yes!

(If anyone has seen that moment in 4 weddings where Hugh Grant runs through that series of expletives – well… it was like that… only without the expletives as we’re all far too polite for that – but gosh and golly!!  SHOCKED wasn’t the word!

Obviously it’s come at the perfect time for us as we’re in the middle of crowdfunding for CosyKiller – our murder mystery  subscription box.  And a win like this will really raise awareness of the campaign which only has another 14 days to run (do check it out).

In all the excitement at the Awards, we missed the last train back from London – and much apologies to those three guys on the tube from Aldgate to St Pancras who witness us preparing to run, tying up our long ball gown dresses etc, as we still buzzing from the win – but sadly despite all our preparations we were still 3 minutes late – not helped by the fact the tube pulled into St Pancras and not directly into Kingscross which meant a much longer run across taxi ranks and up stairs!.  Not to be deterred by the fact we’ve never seen the Kings Cross boards so empty, we hopped on the last train to Cambridge and taxied the rest of the way home.

We got about 1 ½ hours sleep that night – but were all back at work the next day at 9am – and doing a live broadcast in the afternoon (yes sorry about that as well – I think we might have been better going to sleep rather than exuberantly thrusting our half asleep selves on you…)

But MASSIVE THANKS to all our customers for getting us to this point!  We’re 10 years old this year as a business and we landed a top National Award!  Whoop Whoop!!



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Flexible and fun!

We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  


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