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Launch of new board game seeks to transform supply chain learning

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article image Andy Page and Pat Smedley

Business on the Move, an innovative new board game designed to teach young people of all ages about the importance of today’s supply chain in global commerce has been officially launched in the market.

Designed to inspire, excite and educate young people from the age of 9 to 19, and even beyond, the game requires players to move different products from China to their UK customers by land, sea and air, quickly, profitably and responsibly. Playing the game takes them through various scenarios common in real life where they are faced with the prospect of taking important and timely decisions.

Devised by two former Business Studies teachers, Andy Page and Pat Smedley, Business on the Move is a versatile supply chain game that could be used by teachers across age groups, school subjects and ability levels to impart important lessons. Business on the Move has already won an award under the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Inspiring Enterprise initiative and from the UnLtd charity, which supports social entrepreneurs.

The game has been extensively trialled in more than 30 schools as well as businesses, proving its relevance to today’s commercial world as well as the classroom. To date, nearly 600 young people, teachers and supply chain professionals have played Business on the Move, with another 15,000 young people projected to play over the next 12 months. Andy and Pat’s vision is to have over 100,000 people play the game by 2020.

The supply chain game has the backing of 50 sponsors from across the business spectrum, including banks, major retailers and logistics service providers, allowing over 1,800 of the 2,800 games produced to be distributed free-of-charge and with training to some 500 schools across the UK.

Maureen Barwell, HR Director from one of the Platinum-level sponsors CHEP UK & Ireland, comments that they are impressed by the way Business on the Move manages to combine the sophistication of the supply chain with the simplicity and fun any game needs to work.

Sue Green, Programme Manager at Skills for Logistics describes Business on the Move as an excellent learning tool that, through real world examples and game play, raises awareness of the global supply chain and helps inspire and attract young people to the exciting career opportunities available in the modern logistics sector.

The national launch of Business on the Move at the headquarters of the National Union of Teachers in central London, featured pupils from Ashmead Primary School in Lewisham, students from Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls in Islington and apprentices from Norbert Dentressangle playing the game, and demonstrating to more than 100 invited guests from across the supply chain just how to run a successful business.

The launch event also featured a guest panel chaired by Derrick Potter, Executive Chairman of Potter Logistics, discussing questions about the game, its potential and the roll-out to schools and training providers from September across the UK. Members of the Panel included Steve Agg (CEO of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport), Max Hyde (President of the National Union of Teachers), Grace Breen (Policy Adviser at the Confederation of British Industry) and Robert Cooper (Stakeholder Manager at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills).

The positive response of companies has resulted in two thirds of the production run already pledged to go into sponsors’ nominated schools free-of-charge, leaving only 950 games left for sale when the first production run of the game arrives in mid-August.

Paul Downey, Chief Executive of TIR Training, a leading logistics training provider in the UK sees Business on the Move as an exciting way of engaging with young people and promoting careers within the logistics sector. 

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