“If you’ve picked the right people you will get invaluable advice, and you will get it free” Jo from Red Herring Games

Red Herring Games was started by Jo in 2007 in Grimsby and built from the ground up. Red Herring Games is a fascinating business all to do with mystery murder, dinner events, party accessories, gifts, bits and pieces, and it was all because she wanted to raise money for her own coffee shop!

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Some thoughts from the interview

“We are an online retailer of murder mystery games, gifts and accessories.”

“We got into it by chance. I was hoping to run a coffee shop. I decided to leave work and I thought, I know! I’ll run a coffee shop because I am really good at cooking. We decided that we had no money so we went to a bank and they said that we needed a deposit of a ridiculous amount which we didn’t have.”

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“Never over promise and under deliver, if you’re making a commitment to the customer you’ve got to follow that through every time” Alan from Hardware Ireland

Hardware Ireland was started by Alan and is now seen as the online presence of Expert Hardware, Crumlin. They have been serving their local area for the past 15 years from their store, but have recently taken to the internet to expand their eCommerce service!

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Some thoughts from the interview

“We’ve had a hardware store in Crumlin village, Expert Hardware Crumlin for the last 20 years. 6 years ago we decided that we needed to look into different avenues, generate some different income streams. Online was one that we looked closely at and to be honest initially when we looked at it we wondered how suitable it would be for a local hardware store, how much business we would actually generate from an online store. We kind of had the view that maybe as a catalogue it might be very helpful for us for bigger items instead of saying to people we can order this which would be a classic line in a hardware store as it is very difficult to carry everything. We would be able to point and say here is what we can order here, here’s what it is, there’s the dimension, that’s the price and it will be into to you in 2 to 3 days or whatever. So as a catalogue to help our customers in store.”

“The way it has transpired is it is nearly a standalone business itself the website and with that it brings a lot of problems and a lot of extra business.”

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“Research thoroughly, be confident, when you put your money where your mouth is, you are going to get some back” Gavin from The Cuties and Pals

Gavin from The Cuties and Pals sells bespoke children’s luggage sets. Gavin and his wife Susanne started  their business after coming up with the idea of making more colourful luggage with pretty designs, and through doing research they found that there was very little in the children’s market for luggage. They have been trading for over 6 years now in various channels.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“We started, my wife and I, looking for a business we could do together, we had an apartment in Spain which we fly to quite regularly with hand luggage. We found that hand luggage was really boring and we came up with an idea of making luggage more colourful and pretty designs but also in doing the research we found that there was very little in the children’s market for luggage so that’s where the idea started. From there we bought the brand Cuties and Pals.”

“We developed different styles of bags and luggage for children based on out animal designs.”

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“If you worry about everything being perfect to begin with then you’ll never start” Trevor from Hello Baby

Hello Baby  was founded by Trevor Ginn in 2007 in London’s East End, Truman Brewery. Trevor had started Hello Baby as he had just became a father, and only then had he realised how much there was out there that he actually had to buy! HelloBabyDirect has since moved to St Albans in 2011 and currently operate out of a 2000 sq ft warehouse and handle over 200 orders every day.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“We’re based in a place called St. Albans which is just outside London. We have been going for about 7 years now, started in 2008. We turn over about 1 million pounds a year. We sell mainly though eBay and Amazon but we are very international, we sell on eBay in seven countries and Amazon in seven countries. “

“Our big focus at the moment is to get our website up and running as another channel. We do mainly baby and nursery stuff, we have also moved into other stuff. We have moved into fancy dress as well using a drop shipper, we were doing books but that didn’t really work out for us.”

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