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Croydon schoolchildren benefit from logistics game

14 August 2015

Year 5 students at Atwood Primary Academy in Croydon have taken receipt of the Business on the Move logistics game, kindly donated by the TT Club.

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services.

The aim of Business on the Move is for players to move different products from China to their UK customers by land, sea and air, as quickly, as profitably and as responsibly as they can.

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s Risk Management Director recently hosted an event where the game could be played by teachers. "We recognised right from the start that Business on the Move and the learning environment it creates is tremendously appealing. TT Club are excited to promote greater awareness among young people of the crucial role supply chain services play in today’s global economy, encouraging them to become part of this vibrant industry as a career."

Steve Agg, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, added: "The game is fun, you get challenged. You can learn from your successes and failures and you gain reward. We recognised right from the start that the game could help young people to understand the role that logistics, transport and supply chain plays in all our daily lives. Employing more than 10% of the working population in the UK, it ensures that there are great opportunities for young people and we want them to love logistics when they come to consider their career options."

Patricia Smedley and Andy Page set up the Very Enterprising Community Interest Company, a social enterprise, in 2011 to create a versatile supply chain game that could be used by UK teachers across age groups, school subjects and ability levels.

Co-developer Patricia Smedley – like her colleague Andy Page, a former advisory teacher and Head of Business Studies, said: "In less than 12 months we distributed more than 80% of the initial 2,800 games produced to schools and colleges all over the UK. Our plan is for the game to become self-financing. We will reinvest surpluses in further production runs and seek to sustain the flow of games into schools."

For £267 (inc VAT and p&p) a business can purchase five games and donate them to their local school.