National Small Business Day: Brave Locals Needed to Trial City Mysteries

Jack Wells with a Mystery Guide

One of our Innovation Connect members, Jack Wells, tells us more about his business, Mystery Guides, and how you can help out with new adventures

  • 09 May 2022
  • 5 min read

We’re celebrating National Small Business Day on Tuesday 10 May by showcasing our small businesses at Innovation Connect. Jack Wells, based in Cell Block Studios, is the creator of outdoor adventure books Mystery Guides.

Jack’s unique Mystery Guides turn historic cities into outdoor puzzle adventures! Just gather some friends together, follow the clues, and unravel some of history’s most legendary unsolved mysteries (with pub stops on the way for good measure).

You could choose to explore the cobblestone alleys of Old Portsmouth, visiting historic taverns and discovering hidden gems as you attempt to unravel the mystery of Nelson’s Stolen Diamonds. Or perhaps immerse yourself in the beautiful city of Bath, as you track down the shadowy figure behind the city’s most audacious robbery of the Prince Regent’s priceless golden statue.

With a growing list of UK adventures, a puzzle advent calendar for Christmas, and an innovative ‘Craft Beer Mystery in a Box’, Jack’s business is rapidly expanding, and saw him lift the prize of ‘Start-Up Business of the Year’ at Portsmouth’s 2021 Business Excellence Awards. 

Jack is now looking for people to trial his brand new adventures in exciting new locations across the UK and provide him with feedback and suggestions to make them perfect! If you think you’re up to the challenge, contact him at

Jack said: “Having a base at Cell Block Studios is perfect for me. Not only am I surrounded by history in this original Victorian prison cell, but I have loads of opportunities to connect with other local businesses, and get involved with all of the exciting activities and training on offer through Innovation Connect. I really think that being here will take my business to the next level, and I hope to stay in my cell for years to come!”

Innovation Connect provides office, co-working, and meeting space as well as business services for a range of local businesses, from start-ups to more established companies across four centres in Portsmouth.