Town murder mystery firm’s major award win proves no conundrum
6th June 2017
A GRIMSBY gaming company landed a top prize at a glitzy awards bash in London.
Red Herring Games, which is based on Wellowgate and provides murder mystery games and other event management services across the UK and overseas, reigned supreme in the 'home and away exporter' category at the National Small Awards.
Held at Christ Church Spitalfields, the awards were hosted by broadcaster Sue Perkins – and Red Herring were pitted against five other businesses from across the UK.
Judges included Mark Wright, Sir Vincent Cable, Emma Jones, plus several other well-known figures.
"We just couldn't believe our name had been read out," said Jo Smedley, managing director of Red Herring.
"We got ready to clap the winner, and then the penny dropped. It was our business that had been read out.
"Everyone was naturally delighted, and we had absolutely no idea at all.
"It was a big national award, and we managed to come out on top against business from all over the country. What a feeling."
Caught up in the excitement of winning their category, the Red Herring team missed the last train home from London.
But it was an award worthy of celebration. Instead, they made their way to Cambridge, and then jumped in a taxi the rest of the way back to Grimsby.
Della Brett, who joined the company in February and is currently managing the Kickstarter fundraising campaign at the firm, added: "We are over the moon.
"It's come at the perfect time for us as we're in the middle of a crowdfunder campaign, and this will really help to raise awareness for us."
Emma Fairhall, event manager at Red Herring, continued: "We have been working with the Department for International Trade for a few years now growing our export market.
"It's not easy expanding into export, but we have a great trade adviser and motivation.
"Amazon has been enormous for us this year, and we are in the process of setting up Red Herring Games Australia in time for Christmas. It's all go."
As always, the National Small Awards celebrated small businesses that have taken the step to export outside the UK.
In their citation, the judges said that Red Herring had "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".
News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com