About Northgate

Northgate Training Activities is the leading designer worldwide of original, interactive and participative (learning by doing) team training games, training activities and business simulations for Trainers. Established in 1979, we have shipped over 30,000 products to over 60 countries so you can rely on Northgate's tried, tested and trusted management training games to support your learning initiatives.

We make it easy for you to put experiential learning into your training courses. Our training materials add interest, increase motivation and significantly improve learning outcomes. 

We save trainers time and effort by giving you creative and memorable training resources that are packed with learning points. Full guidance is provided in the Trainer's Notes for each product on how to run and debrief the training activity (no specialist knowledge required), and each Northgate training activity or business simulation comes with a repeat use licence for a minimum of five years (please see individual product pages for more information) offering excellent value for money.

We have a library of over 80 different off-the-shelf management training games to choose from. Here are some of the learning topics we cover:

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Experiential learning – or Learning by Doing

We are passionate about designing serious training games for trainers - to help you deliver effective learning outcomes.

Our philosophy is that learning by doing is the best way to learn. Northgate training games, training activities and business simulations require delegate participation, the vital ingredient for effective learning. As the famous philosopher, Confucius, said:

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.

This highly regarded learning method has many advantages because it:

  • engages and motivates participants
  • allows for learning from each other (peer teaching)
  • offers a chance for feedback and reflection
  • encourages the development of workplace skills
  • makes the learning memorable - and fun!

We supply to a wide range of organisations which include:

  • public sector organisations (including local authorities, NHS Trusts, police forces and fire services)
  • private sector organisations 
  • Business Schools and Universities (often where they offer MBA programs) and
  • national and independent training consultancies across the UK and worldwide.

In short anyone who designs or runs training courses and would like an interactive element in their training courses. 

Bespoke design service 

We also offer a bespoke training game design service if you are looking for a memorable and effective training activity to address specific training requirements and/or organisation-specific scenarios and culture. If you would like to explore commissioning a bespoke training activity please contact us.


You can rely on Northgate training games and our well-earned reputation in the training market to deliver excellent results for both you and your delegates. Just take a look at our client testimonials page to find out who else uses our trusted management training games! 

The Northgate team work closely together to develop effective training materials and deliver excellent customer service. If you’d like some advice, please get in touch. We'll be very happy to talk to you about your training.

The activity was different, challenging and fun. Used as part of a 'Performance MOT' course with junior/middle managers. It highlighted the role of a leader in a complex task.

Maureen Tallis, UK Community Engagement Manager, Aggregate Industries UK Ltd

Get in touch. We would love to hear from you

Meet the team

Mike Lynch


Mike Lynch is the founder of Northgate and chief designer of all Northgate activities. Mike's key role is developing new products and advising trainers on the best product to suit their particular needs. It is the Trainer who is in the firing line and needs to know the activity they are using will deliver their learning objectives and do the job effectively.

Sarah Norris

Business Support

Sarah manages Northgate's stock and stationery supplies and assists with business development activities. Sarah is also in charge of ensuring our made-up packs are kept well-stocked and ready to be despatched across the UK and globe.

Jill Bayley


Jill is Co-Director and chief editor in the design and development of new products. Jill has played a large role in converting many of our products to suitability for use in virtual classrooms. She also oversees stock re-ordering and makes sure our product range is as relevant and as wide-ranging as possible.

Zoe Lane

Business Development Manager

Zoe advises trainers on products and manages the Northgate team, as well as overseeing Northgate's marketing and business development initiatives. This includes directing efforts on our website and online Trainerhub, email marketing, advertising and PR, exhibitions and the annual Northgate Catalogue.

Lynda Goddard

Accounts Manager

Lyn looks after all the accounts and manages the financial transactions of the business.

Michelle Lee

Client Support

Michelle is a key member of our Client Support Team and deals with incoming enquiries and orders as well as maintaining our client and licence records. She packages our products for despatch across the UK and internationally. Michelle also assists with our social media channels.

Kasey Raisbeck

Client Support

Kasey is a key member of our Client Support Team, processing orders and dealing with client enquiries. Kasey also maintains our client database and licence records and makes up training packs for despatch across the UK and globe.