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 number of years (please see individual product pages for more information) offering excellent value for money.

We have a library of over 70 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 Project Planning activity really highlighted the human instinct to try to complete things as quickly as possible rather than make use of the full time available and deliver a more quality output. The game was very well designed to allow participants to fall naturally into that trap and it prompted some healthy discussions on what they would do differently next time. I liked the competitive nature of it and the comprehensive reports that each team gets. It led to a discussion not just on project planning but also on teamwork. So all in all, great activity that was challenging even for a Senior Group of Managers.

Andrew Mardon, Director of Consulting, Kantar Retail Middle East

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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

Client Support

Sarah is a key member of our Client Support Team, processing orders and dealing with client enquiries. She is also in charge of ensuring products are kept well-stocked and ready to be packaged before being despatched across the globe!

Jill Bayley

Operations Director

Jill is Co-Director and oversees all Northgate stock re-ordering and client support services. She is also chief editor in the development of new products.

Zoe Lane

Business Development Manager

Zoe manages the Northgate team and oversees Northgate's marketing and business development initiatives including the Northgate website. She directs efforts on 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. She processes orders and handles enquiries, ensuring Northgate activities are shipped speedily to our clients around the world!

Irina Florea

Business Support

Irina manages Northgate's stock and stationery supplies, and supports Zoe with business development activities. She is also part of our fantastic Client Support Team.