I love all your products! Using Managing the Workforce in our session on transitioning from a content-contributor to a manager to a leader brought out some great learning points. The participants immersed themselves in the very-real struggle of each role: the managers were making decisions with incomplete information, the supervisors were running around trying to coordinate resources and information, and the production staff wanted to get the job done. Even further, each participant uncovered their own natural tendencies. It was a double-learning in management AND self-awareness.

Songya Kesler, Leadership Consultant & Coach

Your products have enhanced my training sessions! Using your games brings great learning points in an interactive and fun environment. I facilitate a variety of topics across the leadership spectrum and you always have a game that meets the training goals and time constraints.

Songya Kesler, Leadership Consultant & Coach

RollaBall! really does tick all the boxes as a learning activity!

David Cartwright, Business Improvement Officer
A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd

As always the support and quality we get from Northgate is great, it’s why we keep coming back!

Steve Penson, Operations Director
Alisar Ltd

'Houston, we have a problem…' went down really well and the participants really enjoyed it although they did find it quite challenging. They didn’t manage to get the correct answer but they also didn’t really mind as they had managed to come up with a plan and had worked reasonably well together. They had great fun using the filter which just about worked! It was very interesting to see their reactions to the task and how they slowly came to understand what was required of them. We also had an inflatable solar system and rocket ships in the room to add to the atmosphere!

Sinéad O'Connor, HRD Business Partner
Almac Group

We used 'Houston, we have a problem...' 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.

Keith Clarke, VP Operations
ARM Holdings Plc

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.

Nicky Donnelly, Managing Director
Aspasia Consultants Ltd

We use Set Your Objective! on our ILM 2 programme so that delegates can learn how to plan and monitor work. It mirrors real life with priority tasks that have to be completed, but tasks that look easier and more fun often take up more time than planned. Will they allocate the right tasks to the right people, will they monitor progress against the plan, what about Plan B if the unexpected happens. They learn, the hard way, but for you the trainer- everything you need is provided by Northgate!

Neil Porter, Training Specialist, Supervisory Development
BAPCO, Bahrain

All Change was superb fun with lots of learning! Thanks Northgate – you never cease to amaze me.

Neil Porter, Training Specialist, Supervisory Development
BAPCO, Bahrain

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.

R. Foster
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 a managing body or Board to set objectives and control the work of an organization. The greatest learning points were that any team needs to spend time planning, selecting which strategy to apply and building a structured approach to a task, ensuring that everyone is totally clear on what has to be achieved.

Mohannad Al Assal, Managing Partner
Better Consulting, Egypt

Astronaut Rescue Mission is a very versatile and engaging activity. Whether I use it as a team activity, a leadership challenge or as an ice breaker it never fails to produce important discussions that add value. The activity gives you great planning opportunities, attention to detail and collaboration aspects. The quality of material as ever only enhances the perception of reality. To summarise, a flexible, dynamic and appropriately challenging activity.

Mark Higgins, Director
BFL Training

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.

D. Harrowell
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.

C. Smith
Carphone Warehouse

Eldorado! is an excellent game and I hope to use it again. Thank you.

Lisa Barry, Head of Learning & Organisation Development
Cats Protection

Winning Strategies is an excellent activity for a group to assess a company’s performance and plan a winning strategy for its future, and it forms part of our leadership development programme. The activity creates thoughtful discussions within the group and gives them a real understanding of what costs and other factors are involved in sustaining a successful business. The feedback we’ve had from the groups when using it has been really positive - we’ll definitely be using it again!

Rob Chilcott, Learning & Development Manager
Claims Consortium Group

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

We love 'RollaBall!' and seeing the lighbulb moments that teams have when they participate in it! It is so applicable to the real world of work. We recently used it with a group of junior doctors and it really highlighted the impact that different teams in different departments can have on each other and ultimately the patient journey.

Sarah Montgomery, Director
Delve Organisational Development Ltd

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 Practitioner
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Today I had the absolute pleasure of running Communication is the Key! with our Sales Support and Resourcing teams! It was a great couple of hours learning about effective communication!

Jess Brosnan, Training Manager
EasyWeb Group Ltd

The Empowerment Game was truly thought provoking and made me think of empowerment in a whole new light. It raised my awareness of what it actually is and how I can empower my team. It empowered me to empower others!

Sarah Holroyde, Learning & Development Consultant
Ecclesiastical Insurance

Northgate couldn’t be more helpful and always get back to my enquiries incredibly quickly. The activities are highly popular with our staff and have reinvigorated how we do training at Ecclesiastical Insurance.

Sarah Holroyde, Learning & Development Consultant
Ecclesiastical Insurance

We are fans of Northgate products and use them whenever we can.

Wendy Menking
Edwardian Group London

Chinese Tower is excellent and works really well to make an excellent point about how people can assume understanding of needs. I’m loving using it and it works with so many industries! Plus it’s lots of fun for me & the delegates.

Rachel Powell, Director
Enhance & Aspire Ltd

'Houston, we have a problem…' was very well received when used in a Global conference with teams in Lisbon.

Rebecca Tisdale, EMEA Operations Training Senior Specialist

I used 'Mission Improbable' in Lisbon at a Global conference. It worked really well and was very well received. It was also a good reflection of how the teams work on a daily basis, as they are usually split up into different time zones.

Rebecca Tisdale, EMEA Operations Training Senior Specialist

We like Northgate activities here at ELS because they are great for rapidly creating cooperative team working in a fun, subliminal way and without any link to the course subjects. Here at ELS we deliver complex courses and we need people thinking fast and in different, creative ways. Northgate activities get people’s minds working and are the conversation pieces at coffee breaks long after the session has finished.

Rob Allen, Senior Consultant
Explosive Learning Solutions

Hotel went down a storm with the delegates! They really enjoyed it! Thanks for a quality product and outstanding post sale support.

Stuart Warner, Training Consultant
Financial Fluency Ltd

The Resilience activity has been really popular and always generates a lot of discussion. As a facilitator, I have enjoyed running the activity as it has such clear instructions and meant that I could relax and focus on the people in the room rather than the mechanics of the session. To get the most out of the activity, we run it over approximately two hours, to allow for a discussion afterwards and time for drawing up resilience action plans. We also structure the time carefully so that teams do not spend too much time on each set of cards. We have had two more requests to run this session in the next month.

Amy Mellor, Learning Consultant
First Rate Exchange Services Ltd

Northgate activities have been a great time-saver in cutting down the amount of time needed to create modules for each competency within our new management programme!

Amy Mellor, Learning Consultant
First Rate Exchange Services Ltd

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

All Change! is a highly thought-provoking, immersive and interactive course, emphasising the key change strategies for employees at all business levels.

Heide Dubison, Learning & Development Manager
FTI Consulting

The Escape Room is a great activity for breaking the ice, observing candidate interactions and how they interpret narrative, while also focusing on time management skills.

Charlotte Jury, Resourcing Consultant
Future Careers, AWE

It was ace! Really engaging, really fun and a really creative way to identify the key elements of working as a team.

Matthew Hotten, People & Organisational Development Manager
Geberit Sales Ltd

Airlift is a great training tool! I’ve enjoyed using it for demonstrating teamwork and communication at various levels from apprentice to senior management.

John Burluraux, Training Manager
Huntsman Polyurethanes

Communication is the Key! went very well and was identified as the ‘best part of the training'.

Vassos Chrysostomou, Partner
IBE Partnership

Leadership Challenge is an excellent activity for individuals and teams to focus, plan and achieve the goal whilst the Leader encourages and motivates throughout the exercise.

Jim Murphy, Training Manager
Iceland Foods Ltd

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
Ignite Training

Going for Profit! is helping us understand the effects of business/commercial decision making, and I am interested in purchasing some more copies please.

Karen Hill, Capability & Development Manager
IMI plc

'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.

Cary Davey, Marketing & Special Projects Manager
In-House Research & Training Ltd

I used the Astronaut! activity on the first day of a programme with Team Leaders – they all worked in a warehousing environment and were very nervous as they hadn’t experienced leadership training before. The Astronaut activity really helped to put them at ease and broke the ice as they all got involved in solving the problem. Without realising it, they all demonstrated leadership skills at some point in the activity, and the debrief was both fun and enlightening as they realised the different skills they already had (along with those they want to develop). Astronaut! worked well with a group who were a little unsure of themselves and the training, and resulted in some excellent discussions on leadership styles.

Jo Kehoe, Director
JK Training Ltd

'Stonehenge Plus!' was fantastic – it’s a really great tool to showcase differences around collaboration and teamwork as well as negotiation.

Lynn Fraser, Learning & Development Manager
Jumeirah Global Learning Centre

Thank you Mike for your professionalism and fast response... I really like doing business with you and your company.

Tamer Fahim, GM
Jupiter Eclipse Training

'Escape Room 2 – Breakout!' was fantastic, our employees loved the interactivity and challenges.

Daniel Garman, Learning & Development Advisor
Leonardo Helicopters

'Eldorado!' worked really well and had a real impact on our 200-delegate audience. Will definitely be coming back to Northgate to support us.

Daniel Garman, Learning & Development Advisor
Leonardo Helicopters

A pleasure doing business with you - very professional, really helpful, awesome service.

Ayman Makawy

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
Network Rail

I love this activity. It perfectly balances the need to know if someone is being trained, coached or mentored and the challenges that come with trying it for the first time. So difficult to not give direct answers on this which is a great practical activity. Have run it with up to 24 before (2 sets), and worked really well. I have participants who talk to me months later still having nightmares about invisible black blocks! A great learning experience with some fun along the way.

Lisa Gritton, Head of Talent & Development (UK)
Nobia AB

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.

Carolyn Sanders, Office Manager
Northamptonshire County Council

We used 'Teamwork Challenge' for a team building/development day. It is thought-provoking, and leads to satisfaction when planned actions equalled results. Northgate Activities are well researched and good reference materials, when used in team challenging situations, after team building days.

Carolyn Sanders, Office Manager
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 people's 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

Just a quick note to say that I ran 'Going for Profit' for the first time last week and it was a great success from both my point of view as the training provider and deliverer and the delegates whose feedback was excellent. So thanks very much for the chance to talk and discuss the various options and also for a great product.

Andrew Parsons
People Development Consultant

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.

F Firray
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

I’ve used Lost in the Wilderness a few times now and found it works well with lots of different teams, from teams that work together regularly to groups who may not know each other too well. It creates a great sense of fun and urgency all at the same time – highly recommended for a great team / leadership game.

Rachael McNidder, Leadership Development Coach
Pursuit Coaching & Development

'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 'Stonehenge Plus' throughout the day.

Steve Laing, Consultant
QC Training International

I used The Empowerment Game last week for a small session with some of our Staff Partnership Forum reps. They found the game to be really thought provoking and it generated some great areas for discussion that closely linked with some of the actions and outcomes from our last employee opinion survey.

Natalie Freeman, Learning & OD Manager
Red Kite Community Housing

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.

L&D Advisor
Redrow Homes Ltd

Many thanks for your excellent customer service!

Suzanne McDonald, School Business Manager
Royal Docks School of Business & Law, University of East London

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.

Zahi Ramadan, Operations Director Higher Education
SABIS Educational Services

I popped in to purchase Win Win for a Negotiation Course for a group of NHS Nurses yesterday: it was truly brilliant! I absolutely love it and the teams did too, they learned loads and the building of the tower at the end created some amazing negotiations with me over fines for knocking it down!

Simon Hares, Training Consultant
SerialTrainer7 Ltd

I have used Northgate products over the years, starting when I was Training & Development Manager for Virgin Atlantic Airways, and found them easy to facilitate, fit for purpose and both instructive and enjoyable for participants.

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)
TE Connectivity

Storm the Castle was great fun. We used this activity during our Graduate Management induction week. Not only did it help with problem solving, planning and relationship building; it also brought out how competitive and creative they all were. A great activity to use to be able to pull out some key team building behaviours.

Kevin Larvin, Learning & Development Manager
The Doyle Collection

We used The Expedition for some team building for our graduate management programme. A great way for them to be able to quickly build rapport, problem solve, collaborate and make decisions.

Kevin Larvin, Learning & Development Manager
The Doyle Collection

I’m loving using The Bridge with clients! I’ve started a Bridge League Table so that clients can see where they sit against other organisations who have also completed the teambuilding exercise. This makes for quite an interesting conversation at the debrief – especially if they become top of the league!

Fiona Flemington, Corporate & Executive Coach
The Insightful Coach Company

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

AirLift went really well and provided for some great team bonding. One team got the perfect route and packed the crates perfectly. One team got the second best route but packed the cargo hold terribly; and one team spent all their time doing the maths in intricate detail and they ran out of time to build the crates (and got the maths wrong!). A big success!

Richard Howle, Director of Ticketing
The Ticket Factory

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 this 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

I’ve used Eldorado! three times now with a fourth booking in place. It works really well every time! I’ve used it with numbers from 25-80 and whilst the larger numbers are better, you still get the learning with the lower numbers as well. It tends to almost debrief itself, as delegates realise their own mistakes as the activity progresses. I’m very pleased with it!

Simon Priestley
Training Consultant

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!

Training Provider

Northgate activities are always great. Every Northgate product we have ever used has worked really well!

Ian Palfreyman, Director

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

I needed to tweak a few elements as we used it on a younger audience, but it was very successful. They didn't manage to escape in the hour, but they really enjoyed it.

Jo Melling, L&D Consultant
Weston Group plc

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.

A. Smith

Northgate's games are easy to use and they offer a wide range of titles.

D. Page
Warner Bros

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.

Malcolm Archer
BAE Systems

In short, it was a triumph! We ran Eldorado! with 180 people on 30 tables in a huge ballroom in Hong Kong. The game brought out everything we wanted to raise – including communication, collaboration and teamwork. It was superb! We have been running corporate events for years and this was by far the best big-team event ever! Thank you for your support, advice and a great game.

Simon Derry, Consultant
Rainmaker Coaching (a brand owned by Re-thinking Ltd)

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.

Keith Watkins, Senior Trainer Manager
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!

V. Heyday

Great simulation. 'Make a Million!' is good for both teamworking and commercial awareness.

S. Halstead
Ask Europe

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.

I. Sasse

Typically Northgate – well structured, easy to use and capable of delivering excellent messages. 'Teams at Work' forces teams to problem solve together.

Patrick Harlington
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.

Steve Penson, Operations Director
Alisar Ltd

'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.

Paul Stubbs, Head of Learning & Development, Europe

'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.

A. Myers
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!

Stephanie Barnett

Great advice from Northgate.

J. Campbell
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
Southern Water

'Listening Skills' demonstrates how effective communication can improve individual and organisational performance.

Peter Grundy
Bank of America

As always with Northgate, this is an excellent development activity. These 'Managing Conflict Cards' are useful discussion aids and thought-provoking.

C. Jeffreys-Hoar
Ricoh UK

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.

J. Roberts
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.

Catherine Joyce, Consultant
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.

Michelle O’Donnell, Learning & Development Manager
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.

K. Bertin

Thank you for your brilliant customer interface with me throughout this transaction, very prompt and professional.

Carol Cromer, Director

Northgate Games always add a dimension to enhance the learning experience.

Peter Mistretta
Center Parcs

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, Head of Learning & Development
Jurys Inn Hotel Group

A great success! What can I say - you came up trumps again! Thanks Northgate.

K. Duthie
Clare Fletcher Training Ltd

Brilliant - Northgate is my favourite provider of learning activities.

Anne Grove, Global Head - HR & Development
Cmed Ltd

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.

T. Denton
Coors Brewers

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.

P. Timms
Dept of Constitutional Affairs

We enjoyed the experience immensely and we've received many requests to run 'Going for Profit!' again!

J. Lloyd
Eagle Star

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.

Andrea Varga
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, MD
Eversley Felix Consulting Ltd

I use 'Eldorado!' time and time again! A fun exercise which provides serious learning.

L. Wilson

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.

K. Gale
First Great Western

'Stonehenge Plus!' was fantastic! With 20 delegates, in four teams of five, it worked really well.

D. Harvie
Hagemeyer UK

'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
Hilton Worldwide

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.

Maureen Tallis
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.

J. Lane
Independent Consultant

'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.

Training Consultant
InRoads Inc USA

And thanks again for the excellent customer service you have!

Tamer Fahim, GM
Jupiter Eclipse Training

Everything I have ever bought has added real value to any training event - thanks Northgate!

Julia Wood
Key Assets Ltd

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.

Julia Wood
Key Assets Ltd

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!

Sonja McCoy, Method & Training Team
John Lewis & Partners

'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!

Colin Osborne, Learning & Development Manager NW Europe
Kuehne + Nagel

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 & H. Goodchild
Magnet Group

We regularly use 'Mission Improbable' to test competencies and highlight development needs.

D. Callow-Evans
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.

Miranda Stephenson, Director
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
National Express

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
Network Rail

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.

J. Shilcott, WRL & Enterprise Co-ordinator
Plymouth City Council - Tamar EBP

Fantastic! I can’t wait for the next opportunity to run 'Going for Profit!'.

Clare Phizacklea, HR Director
Busy Bees Group at St Matthews

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.

Rachel Stone
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.

E. Davidge

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.

Morag Morrice

Off the shelf, convenient, reusable... 'spot on'... excellent!

Rob Maddalena, Director, Learning & Development

Northgate Activities: excellent on every single detail.

A. Talal
Tamar Group Saudi Arabia

Discovering Northgate Activities has really enriched our delegates' learning.

Jane Sendall, VP Learning & Organisation Development, EMEA and Asia Pacific
Warner Bros

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.

Fiona Flemington
Weightmans Solicitors

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.

Jane Crossman, L&D Business Partner
VolkerWessels UK

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.

Sue Martin
Westland Helicopters

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
Hidden Hearing

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
Talarius Ltd

'Mission Improbable' is one of the best training activities I've EVER used! Fun, challenging and rich for team coaching.

Peter Collins, 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!

Kat Sandell
Virgin Australia

Could I please congratulate you on your fantastic customer service - you are a pleasure to do business with.

Jo Symanowski
Celesio-Lloyds Pharmacy

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

Northgate's How to Rob a Bank! activity exceeded all of my expectations! We had a fabulous time and it did far more than I expected. I needed a learning exercise to test teams' leadership, motivational skills, analytical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and their ability to work as a team and this activity ticked all the boxes!

Neil Porter, Training Specialist, Supervisory Development
BAPCO, Bahrain

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
Barnsley College

How to Rob a Bank! is a great activity! It gave valuable insights into the workings of a team and is especially relevant for dealing with complex tasks against a tight deadline. We will be using it again!

Rob Chilcott, Learning & Development Manager
Claims Consortium Group

I ran Escape Room 2 - Breakout! as a Pre-Christmas Team Building event and we had our biggest turnout ever! I have had several enquiries about when I will be holding the next one...

Amy Mellor, Learning Consultant
First Rate Exchange Services Ltd

'AirLift!' was the best part of the course! It’s a fantastic activity!

Jeremy Ambrose, Trainer
Royal Air Force

A Taste of Teamwork provides good insights into people's ability to collaborate, prioritise, manage, coach, influence and communicate. Very easy to run.

HR Manager
Legal & General

'The Urgent Order' works really well! I used it at the end of a two-day workshop on teamwork and leadership and it finished the day brilliantly. It brings out key lessons whilst keeping delegates engaged and entertained - they thoroughly enjoyed the game. A breeze to run.

Ted Hall, Director
TBT Associates