RollaBall! really does tick all the boxes as a learning activity!
David Cartwright, Business Improvement Officer
A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd
We used the pack very successfully at a conference we held in January. I wanted an activity that entertained as well as highlighted communication issues. it was enjoyed thoroughly and led to some great discussions afterwards, primarily around trust and collaboration - job, very effectively, done.
We used 'The Bridge' activity in a team building event. We had 22 people so divided them into 4 teams. This gave a great competitive edge. The game was fun for the learners and that evening they were still talking about it on Facebook and Twitter.
Aspasia Consultants Ltd
We use 'Airlift!' frequently in a team-working context, on an 'Introducing Management' course, with a mixture of staff, including administrative and scientific roles (who are about to embark in a management role). The requirement for good planning comes through with it becoming apparent that a sensible order for the tasks exists. It’s an excellent activity - straightforward to administer, tests various management skills - and it's a good 'escape' from usual organisational contexts.
BBS Research Council
We used 'Robot' on a strategic management, and leadership course with 24 participants. The exercise brought out very clearly the need for board in setting objectives and controlling the work of organization. The greatest learning points were that any team needs to spend time planning, selecting which strategy to apply and build a structured approach to a task and ensuring that everyone is totally clear on what has to be achieved.
Mohannad Al Assal, Managing Partner
Used 'Airlift' in a first line workshop with new managers, it provided an ideal exercise for reinforcing the messages of planning, time management and problem-solving. Great general exercise for reinforcing learning; very practical and hands on.
Buckinghamshire Hospital NHS Trust
We used Airlift! during an intern selection event. It was great fun and we will be using it again with our interns and apprentices.
Dawn Lansley, Talent & Performance Manager
Canon Europe Ltd
'Going for Profit!' made potentially dull subject matter - profit & loss - fun and competitive.
Eldorado! is an excellent game and I hope to use it again. Thank you.
Lisa Barry, Head of Learning & Organisation Development
I completed a training on planning with Shell Brunei using 'Antarctic Challenge': the participants enjoyed the story and dived into the game with confidence. As a trainer I was impressed too. They took it really seriously and felt a great sense of achievement after completing it.
Hazel Sia, Certified Trainer
Comsolutions Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
The Escape Room highlights learning around communication and attention to detail. I've run it 4 or 5 times now with great success. It's challenging and fun! Great work Northgate - keep it up!
Carl Dearden, Education Development Prctitioner
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
We are fans of Northgate products and use them whenever we can.
Edwardian Group London
Thanks for your time on the phone, Mike, and for your guidance. Your choice of exercise was spot on, and they got well stuck in and enjoyed it immensely, as well as taking a good amount of learning from it.
Jo Downes, Learning & Development Manager
I use What Makes a Manager regularly and it works really well. It's great for provoking discussion around what defines a good manager. Thank you!
Jo Downes, Learning & Development Manager
I would highly recommend The Escape Room. We used it as part of a team build and the participants were very engaged as they wanted to escape so badly! The activity highlighted some really interesting areas for development around communication and team work which opened up some fantastic discussions within the group. We will certainly use the activity again when we get the chance!
Oliver Page, Operations Manager
'The Bridge' went down a storm. It was very interesting to see how people think they are teams, but aren't 'true' teams in the sense of working collectively.
In-House Research & Training Ltd
Thank you Mike for your professionalism and fast response... I really like doing business with you and your company.
A pleasure doing business with you - very professional, really helpful, awesome service.
We look forward to using the materials and continuing to use Northgate in the future as we're very pleased with every program we use.
Anton Derham, Learning & Development Manager
Mantra Group Australia
The 'Difficult Conversations' activity came at just the right time for us as we were designing a People Management course which included having difficult conversations. The case studies and role play generated valuable discussions and the delegates commented that the “Planning A Conversation” guide was a handy tool they would use again in the future.
Julia Latimer, Leadership & Management Development Consultant
We ran 'Leadership in Action' and it helped all to appreciate the complexities of leadership. Talking through group chosen options enables consequential equal reactions to challenges. Great day, thank you.
Northamptonshire County Council
We used 'Teamwork Challenge' for a team building/development day. It is thought provoking, and leads to satisfaction when planned actions equaled results. Northgate Activities are well researched and good reference materials, used when in team challenging situations, after team building days.
Northamptonshire County Council
We used 'The Bridge' in a big team session which was around team bonding which went down very well, and also identified peoples personality traits that came out as being a team player or not."
Maxine Knight, Management Development Trainer
I have integrated the 'Introduction to Leadership' activity into one of my Management Development Programmes, which created a lot of discussion around the different types of Leadership and people identifying which traits they followed.
Maxine Knight, Management Development Trainer
Can I just say how excellent we find Northgate games. We have a number of them, but we use Time for Decision, Inbox and the Antarctic Challenge the most. We find that, despite the sheer scale of the information and variables they have to deal with, candidates really do enjoy themselves, are very competitive, get truly engrossed and become driven to find the optimal solutions to the situations in front of them.
Petroleum Development Oman
I have used The Escape Room activity a number of times with both smaller and larger teams and it has worked brilliantly each time. The teams have all loved it, it was enjoyable to facilitate and had some real beneficial learning - especially around the topic of collaboration. I would highly recommend it for any team events where you're wanting teams to learn together more effectively.
Nazareen Johnson, Head of Learning & Development
Pets At Home
'Stonehenge Plus' is terrific - lots of fun and dastardly deeds aplenty! One team tried to buy alter pieces for other teams from me in an effort to control the whole activity! Very interesting to see the dynamics in the room change with the skulduggery of the above mentioned team... It set up the day beautifully to be able to refer back to SH+ throughout the day.
Steve Laing, Consultant
QC Training Ltd
Time Trial! has been a useful way to showcase the skills we talk about in our Time Management course at the end of the day. Delegates have really enjoyed using it.
Natalie, L&D Advisor
Redrow Homes Ltd
Both ‘teams’ enjoyed Decisions! Decisions! We were able to assess a person’s understanding of profit and customer service through the exercise.
Marion Homer, Retail Volunteer Manager
Royal Trinity Hospice London
The three activities we purchased from you are of a great help and our attendees love them.
SABIS Educational Services
I have used Northgate products over the years, starting when I was Training & Development Manager for Virgin Atlantic Airways, and found them easy to faciliate, fit for purpose and both instuctive and enjoyable particpants.
Pauline Wells, HR Business Partner
SSL Insurance Brokers Ltd
Northgate Activities make an excellent and good value part of a wider development programme. They are fun and highly effective. From a facilitator's point of view they are easy to learn, adapt and deliver.
Jonathan Aylwin, C2C Program Manager (Global Industrial)
I have used Northgate Training for more than 20 years, and found their games and simulations to be an invaluable resource for me, as a busy training consultant. I have often used them in Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and the UK, and they always go down brilliantly. The support provided by Mike and his team is excellent. I fully recommend this company and their terrific products.
Liz Wright, Training Consultant
The Leadership Cafe
We utilised 'The Bank Job' at a recent leadership away day and it went down exceptionally well, thank you.
Arlene Carson, Learning & Development Specialist
I ran the What Makes a Manager activity in the first module of our ‘New Managers’ programme. It worked really well and the delegates really enjoyed it. It helped them to identify that being a good manager is about having good people skills – as well as technical skills. It reinforced nicely, that what they were about to learn over the course of the programme is really important.
Sarah Stevens, Learning and Development Business Partner
We used The Escape Room in a recent team meeting and the results were astounding, everyone took something away from it and the amount of interaction and learning was great!
My colleagues and I have been using Northgate activities for 25 years for team-based learning and we have always been impressed by the quality of the material and the insights the students get from taking part in these activities.
Paul Roberts, Principal Fellow for Quality & Reliability, WMG
University of Warwick
Northgate activities are very reflective and boost the creativity of the students, while at the same time helping them to learn how to apply theory into practice.
Dr Evangelos Kitsos, Senior Teaching Fellow
University of Warwick
Northgate activities have received excellent feedback and from a facilitator’s point of view are very intuitive and easy to use. Professional and friendly service.
Northgate's games are easy to use and they offer a wide range of titles.
We used 'AirLift!' as an exercise during a teambuilding course with engineers of mixed age and experience. The best learning points were to listen to the contribution of others; plan and assign roles.
I use Northgate Training Games because they’re well written and provide the perfect vehicle for putting theory into practice. Also, our staff hate role plays! These games aren’t – and they love them.
Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
We have used 'Eldorado!' in small and large groups at senior and junior level. The learning about the need to work together to achieve a common goal has been fantastic - and we’ve raised loads of money for our Asda Foundation charity!
Great simulation. 'Make a Million!' is good for both teamworking and commercial awareness.
We use 'Antarctic Challenge' to allow course members to experience real issues of strategic planning in some depth, with little prior knowledge of the 'environment'. For the Trainer, the format is flexible and the powerful image of Antarctica creates a memorable connection to the learning.
Dynamic and easy to run. We used 'What Makes a Manager?' at a conference for 150 motor dealer business managers and we were able to collate the views of a high number of managers to bring out both people and practical skills required by a modern manager.
BMW Financial Services GB
Typically Northgate – well structured, easy to use and capable of delivering excellent messages. 'Teams at Work' forces teams to problem solve together.
ANSA Business Training
We find all Northgate activities very intuitive and easy to work with and delegates find them a great benefit. And it helps us promote our brand and company by always coming across as professional.
'Communication is the Key!' is a very good team exercise that highlights all the problems we have communicating with each other. Used as part of the Communication Session on a Managers’ Skills Course with junior managers. The best learning points were: do not assume anything, life is not a competition, need to share more.
'Project Planning' always gets a good review. It's an excellent, interactive component on the project management course for junior/ middle managers who are new to projects. The best learning point is juggling a range of variables (schedule, budget, resources) simultaneously – key to project management.
Ashorne Hill Management College
Fast, fun and a real energiser! We used 'Going for Gold!' as an icebreaker/teamwork exercise with our International Sales Team. Both the systematic and the more sporadic teams completed the activity. We received great feedback about the enjoyment factor!
Great advice from Northgate.
The National Gallery
Highly recommend this game. I used 'The Wine Bar Game' with 300 managers – used on the first day of a week-long residential course, run over three months. Diversity was brilliant, teams who were on track making the wrong decision and coming last! Great fun, very interactive, good group training for people who hadn’t worked together before. It ticked all the boxes and got a week’s residential off to a good start.
Carol Morgan, Learning & Development Business Partner
'Listening Skills' demonstrates how effective communication can improve individual and organisational performance.
Bank of America
As always with Northgate, this is an excellent development activity. These 'Managing Conflict Cards' are useful discussion aids and thought-provoking.
At such a reasonable cost 'Going for Profit!' is one of the most effective, value-for-money training tools I have come across. I was immediately attracted by the simplicity of the rules and ease of actually running the exercise. It sounded like fun and people do learn more when they enjoy something. As a trainer, it gave me problems – the range and amount of learning points! I wish I had those problems with every training activity.
Black & Decker
We used 'Eldorado!' on a team building two-day conference with groups of 70 HR staff and managers. The best learning points included: the importance of honesty in dealing with others, communicating clearly, and synergies – can’t do it without the others. Brilliant for offering a creative way for teams/departments to learn important lessons about their own behaviours. I was delighted. Excellent design and materials - I used 'Eldorado!' and would use again... and try out other activities by Northgate.
Blue Quay Consulting
I enjoy using Northgate Activities to add interest and energy to sessions, and provide a chance to put new found skills into practice.
Bolton at Home
'Meetings Meetings' is a useful and enjoyable exercise, allowing trainees to practise communication, assertiveness and leadership skills but also emphasising the importance of planned, structured and co-ordinated meetings.
Thank you for your brilliant customer interface with me throughout this transaction, very prompt and professional.
Northgate Games always add a dimension to enhance the learning experience.
Short, sharp, not as easy as it looks - a great leveller! We used 'Deadline 30 Minutes!' as an icebreaker at the start of a Personnel Development Planning Session with managers in all areas of the business in mixed groups. The best learning points were: not giving up; time management; sharing job roles and responsibilities; planning; breaking a large job into small pieces; motivation.
Edward Gallier, Training & Development Manager (UK)
Jurys Doyle Hotel Group
A great success! What can I say - you came up trumps again! Thanks Northgate.
Clare Fletcher Training Ltd
Brilliant - Northgate is my favourite provider of learning activities.
We use 'The Bank Job' primarily to foster better understanding within and between teams (across many functions, including Sales, Finance, Technical Services, IS). I have also used it at a quarterly teambuilding event. It highlights the need to cooperate rather than compete. We have a sales-oriented and very competitive culture, and often this can get in the way of getting the job done. Simple to set up, simple to facilitate, but powerful for learning. The “realism” of the exercise helps to bring it to life.
It is simply brilliant. I use 'Make a Million' with a wide variety of clients (senior management teams). It encourages delegates to focus on good planning, communication, team working, problem-solving and managing complex activities. It stretches delegates in a dynamic and exciting simulation. Thanks for all your support Northgate and keep on developing the great games.
Barry Goodall, MD
Dark Blue Training & Development
'RollaBall!' really helps give so many of our first time managers food for thought on teamwork and project management.
Dept of Constitutional Affairs
We enjoyed the experience immensely and we've received many requests to run 'Going for Profit!' again!
Northgate products have opened a new world of learning for us to develop our teams by taking them out of their day to day roles, and allowing them to experience learning in a fun and interactive environment. The materials are easy to use and very detailed which means you can concentrate of the learning experience of the trainees.
Edwardian Group London
I used 'Houston, we have a problem…' on the launch of Network Rail's Senior Leader Programme. It was stimulating, fun, entertaining, demanding, challenging, engaging and they succeeded in delivering an excellent product. The participants really enjoyed it and the review was simply amazing. So thank you very much for your tremendous help and support in coaching me through the process and reassuring me that it was the perfect exercise for these senior leaders. Well you were right again, so a big thank you.
Eversley Felix Consulting Ltd
I use 'Eldorado!' time and time again! A fun exercise which provides serious learning.
Fun and informative! 'Storm the Castle' highlights the need to work as a team, to have effective communication and to plan and organise. Really gets minds and fingers working. Well paced, well thought out.
First Great Western
'Stonehenge Plus!' was fantastic! With 20 delegates, in four teams of five, it worked really well.
'Decisions! Decisions!' is a practical and very exciting exercise with immediate feedback about decisions made. The set-up of using a computer (one only), with log-in codes, comes across as new and refreshing to the participants. The best learning points are the thinking about the consequences of your decisions and that you need to anticipate.
Vicky de Bruijn, Senior Director, Talent & Leadership Development EMEA
Used as part of a 'Performance MOT' course with junior/middle managers, 'Leadership Challenge' highlighted the role of a leader in a complex task. The activity was different, challenging and fun.
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd
We used 'Storm the Castle!' at the start of a three-day course where participants didn’t know each other. We started at 4pm and it ran for two hours and when battle commenced it was mayhem! Many useful learning points emerged about group dynamics and the characteristics of effective teams – not least in bonding and celebrating success. Afterwards the trebuchets were taken to the bar and were the centre of discussions for the whole evening.
'The Gym' is a great business simulation - one of the best, real-world simulations I have ever used. It uses everyday business issues and has a huge emphasis on decision-making with multiple variables. The discussion around management, marketing and customer service is all very insightful. There is a need to work together and develop team cohesion and it sponsors great leadership and organization. Being able to see the financial impact of their decisions (from the computer printout) is very engaging for everyone.
InRoads Inc USA
And thanks again for the excellent customer service you have!
Jupiter Eclipse Group
Everything I have ever bought has added real value to any training event - thanks Northgate!
A pleasure to use for both Trainer and delegates! I used 'The Wine Bar Game' on a course to increase commercial awareness and general management and teamwork with middle managers. The best learning points were that motivation increases with profit, and that you should treat staff well! It is a great activity and really keeps everyone interested and learning. The tricky part is getting them to agree to stop after Round 8! Well presented and thought-out.
Key Assets Ltd
'Storm the Castle!' is really interactive and highlights the need for good teamwork, good strategy and the effective allocation of tasks. Northgate activities are very good, very informative and do what they say they do!
Kuehne & Nagel
We used 'Antarctic Challenge' on an 'Introduction to Project Management Course' as a case study over three days with individuals with a mixed group of job roles and levels from Corporate Offices. We appreciate the level of detail and research behind the game. The best learning points included: do not assume anything, plan carefully, promote and market your project to gain buy-in. We love running this exercise because, as Trainers, as it’s the sort of expedition we’d love to do!
Method & Training Team, John Lewis
We ran 'Going for Profit!' at a conference and it went down a storm! We had extremely positive feedback from everyone involved and we're now planning to run it with other departments so many thanks indeed - a great product!
Colin Guest, Senior Business Architect
Lloyds Banking Group
We have found Northgate Activities to be well designed and the instructions are very comprehensive which makes it easy for the tutor to use "out of the box".
B. Illsley and H. Goodchild
We regularly use 'Mission Improbable' to test competencies and highlight development needs.
Ministry of Defence
Northgate have always been really helpful and offer advice on the best activity to use to achieve the learning outcomes. The activities are fun and groups enjoy them.
Motivation in Motion
Fun, interactive, thought-provoking - I used 'The Appraisal Game' in teamwork, training & building with Contact Centre Team Managers. One Team Manager began to realise that her style was quite aggressive and it allowed others to say so in a non-confrontational way. We are now using this activity with all of our CL Advisors on their 'Have Your Say Day'.
Patsy McGill, People Development
I have used 'The Sandwich Shop' business simulation on a recent course designed by Network Rail called Finance for Non-Finance Managers. It was used to form the afternoon session, after having looked at basic financial principles and in order to bring the learning in to a more real situation. It worked extremely well and the learners were very engaged throughout as they found it very different to the 'normal' kind of exercises they do on courses.
E. Adams, Management Development Specialist PD&T
The group was totally engrossed right from the start of 'Deadline 30 Minutes!'. We have quite a number of Northgate Activities - they work really well not only from the students' point of view but from mine as facilitator.
Plymouth City Council - Tamar EBP
Fantastic! I can’t wait for the next opportunity to run 'Going for Profit!'.
Busy Bees Group
An excellent activity for our client group of law firm partners. After a day of leadership theory, the 'Leadership Challenge' game brought home the crucial points and added energy and fun to our awayday.
Smith & Williamson LLP
As a general comment, Northgate activities are quality materials with good Facilitator Guides. On 'Storm the Castle!' - it's a fun activity and illustrates lots of points: the importance of planning at the start, attention to detail, group decision-making, organising the team and good team dynamics. Using the Team Review Handout lets participants lead the review.
Moira Robertson, Training Manager
Scottish Prison Service College
Everything produced by Northgate is well designed, of the highest quality and promotes a great deal of learning.
J. E. Rowland
Royal Devonport Dockyard (Babcock Intl Group)
The exercise proved to be an excellent learning platform and one of the highlights of the course. We used 'AirLift!' on a leadership course with 32 participants aged 24-40. The exercise brought out very clearly the need for teamwork in setting objectives and controlling the work of a group. The greatest learning points were that any team needs to spend time planning a structured approach to a task and ensuring that everyone is totally clear on what has to be achieved.
Going for Profit! is one of the best training exercises we’ve ever used.
I use 'Going for Profit!' on team builds with store managers and HR managers. The best learning points are that to succeed in retail, you need commercial skills but it is critical to work together. Fun, competitive, flexible as you can adjust the game to suit the timeframe.
Off the shelf, convenient, reusable... 'spot on'... excellent!
Rob Maddalena, Director, Learning & Development
Northgate Activities: excellent on every single detail.
Tamar Group Saudi Arabia
Discovering Northgate Activities has really enriched our delegates' learning.
Jane Sendall, VP Learning & Organisation Development, EMEA and Asia Pacific
Brilliant activity! I have used 'RollaBall!' a number of times and it always gets the message across – teamwork is vital to achieve the best results. I recommend it to anyone having difficulties with their team.
I recently used 'The Assertiveness Game' with great results - it really got the group talking and was an excellent way of wrapping up a one day event.
A great exercise. Used as a fun team exercise for a large team of 42 who do not know each other very well, 'Murder at Tudor Grange (Sleuth!)' was a big success. The best learning points included trust, honesty, working together, communication, creativity (some of the shields were fab!), sharing resources and info. Great for large teams – it makes them communicate and consider trust - and brings out lots of real life issues which the group can see are relevant to the workplace.
Thanks to Mike and all the team at Northgate Training for pulling out all the stops. I have experienced exceptional customer support and service from you guys.
David Rist, Head of Development & Training
I've used 'InBox', 'Hotel' and 'Decisions! Decisions!' and all three are very much worth the investment. They bring out fantastic learning objectives, are easy to facilitate and the supporting materials are great; what's most important is they work!
Sam Holland, Head of L&D
'Mission Improbable' is one of the best training activities I've EVER used! Fun, challenging and rich for team coaching.
Head of Training, 24Seven Group
We used 'AirLift!' at our Leadership Event and the groups thoroughly enjoyed the activity. We're excited to use it going forward!
Could I please congratulate you on your fantastic customer service - you are a pleasure to do business with.
We have used Leadership in Action and found it excellent. It really challenges people and shows the impact of their decisions, plus highlights the need for attention to detail. It's good for bringing a team together and also is very fun to run and be part of. We really do love your products and hope to purchase more.
Rachel Powell & Jenni Brooks, Directors
Enhance & Aspire Ltd
Thanks Northgate for the brilliant TeamBuild! It was great for getting teams to work together and it went down a storm!
Fiona Flemington, Corporate & Executive Coach
The Insightful Coach Consultancy
Every activity we have purchased from Northgate has been very effective and well received by delegates. Recently we incorporated Accountability and Performance Improvement into our in-house training course for team leaders and it worked really well.
Craig Leonard, Head of HR