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Gamewagon Franchise Launches in Essex

Gamewagon franchise brings video game parties and coding clubs to Essex

Boys and Girls across Essex can now celebrate in style with a brand new Birthday Party and Educational business following the decision by Gamewagon CEO John Lilley to continue the businesses expansion with a Gamewagon franchise based in Essex. James, Luke, Suzanne, and Mark Fenton have joined Gamewagon and graduated from their training class in April.

“The Gamewagons simply ooze quality! They do not just look good on the outside. On the inside it is a real Aladdin’s cave of quality video game equipment and games. We are bringing kids across Essex amazing birthday experiences and coding clubs that are both fun and educational. ” said James.

Gamewagon started three years ago and has delivered over 3,000 birthday parties and continues to get rave reviews. James’ whole family will be supporting the development of the Gamewagon business and exited their training class with 10 parties to deliver in the next 4 weeks.

“The initial training we have received put us in a position to hit the ground running, we have been stretched by an exceptional team and we cannot wait to meet our new customers. Although there is a huge amount of amazing technology to get to grips with, the reality is that Gamewagon is a people business entirely focused on delivering exceptional customer service. ” James continued.

The party concept helps deliver a sociable, interactive party where kids can play their favourite video games with their friends. Something they rarely get a chance to do all together. Whilst parents get the convenience of having the party brought to them and managed from start to finish.

CEO Mr Lilley said: “Video gaming is a very popular pastime and making the whole event a social occasion creates a unique experience that is difficult to achieve without a lot of hassle. The Gamewagon solves this problem but it still requires talented staff to make the whole event a success. It all starts in the very beginning by understanding our customer’s needs. Then it is about communication and delivery, every time, without fail. We take great pride in our customer feedback. Without our satisfied customers the business would have been much tougher to build.”

The national expansion is set to continue across the UK in 2015 bringing many part time jobs and great full time local business opportunities to those that have an entrepreneurial flair but may be struggling to know how to start their own business.

“Focusing on delivering exceptional customer service and really cool events has given kids great playground Kudos and made heroes out of parents. That is what Gamewagon is all about and we are proud to have James and Luke on board to provide local support to families and schools in Essex ”. Summarised Mr Lilley.

For more information please contact:
John Lilley (CEO)
E-mail: John.lilley@gamewagon.co.uk
Web: www.gamewagon.co.uk & www.juniorgamecreators.co.uk
Phone: 0845 319 4263

BFA nominates Game wagon in franchise marketing awards

Game wagon nominated for best online marketing campaign 2015 in the Franchise Marketing Awards 2015

Game wagon a fun and educational entertainment business has this week been recognised in the Franchise Marketing Awards for their campaign to bring computer science education to families in a fun, practical and inspiring way.

“Game wagon lives and breathes customer service, ethics and integrity. It is fantastic for our culture to be recognised by an independent panel of experts, the Awards recognise and reward organisations that have run innovative and effective marketing campaigns and provide exemplary support to their franchisees.” Said John Lilley.

MD of Game wagon John Lilley continued; “To be nominated for our Junior Game Creators campaign is a very proud moment. I’ve worked around the world in different franchised businesses but being recognised for your own work in your own business is hugely rewarding”.

Junior Game Creators has been developed over the past 12 months to include a series of workshops that compliment the new computer science curriculum. It challenges key stage 1 and key stage 2 students to become creators of technology not just users of it. Coding is now part of the national curriculum and Junior Game Creators uses video games as the focus for fun and practical sessions where children can create their own games and learn coding principles at the same.

For more information on Junior Game Creators visit – www.juniorgamecreators.co.uk

 

 

Gamewagon supports new national curriculum with school coding clubs

Gamewagon CEO John Lilley is helping junior schools across London to teach children valuable computer science skills using video games as a fun focus.

“When I was at school I was lucky enough to learn to code. I was part of the personal computer revolution and cut my teeth writing code on the ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro.

This is something that kids today have missed out on, they are great users of technology but do they know how to create their own apps or programs?”

Junior Game CreatorsSaid Mr Lilley. Kids love video games and using coding programs like scratch to introduce programming concepts like variables, loops, conditional statements and algorithms gives students a foundation of knowledge that will carry them forward without fear.

Gamewagon developed the Junior Game Creators after school coding club to support the national curriculum by giving primary school children the confidence and enthusiasm for computer science. John Lilley went on to say;

“In the same way that learning to read opens up a wider opportunity to learn. So does learning to code. I did not become a computer programmer but the creative thinking skills I learnt in my school days helped me understand what was possible [with technology] and drove my thirst to use applications effectively in business.”

To learn more visit the Junior Game Creators web site – www.juniorgamecreators.co.uk

Gamewagon Sponsors Special Effect and Frome FC FIFA Tournament

Gamewagon Sponsors Special Effect FIFA Tournament

Gamewagon Sponsors Frome FC FIFA Tournament for Special Effect

A special partnership has been formed by local gamer Tom Clark and Frome Town Football Club who will be holding a charity FIFA15 tournament at their Venue & Sports Bar.

The event will be in aid of Special Effect, and it coincides with their GAMEBLAST 15 event. Special Effect is a charity who put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with a physical disability by helping them to play video games by using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control.

In turn this helps brings families and friends together and has a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.

Tom, 25 and from Frome, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy that has left him with little movement, and he has been one of the lucky recipients from the Special Effect charity meaning he has been able to once again play computer games and in particular a love of FIFA15 by EA Sports.

 

As well as gaming Tom also has a passion for Frome Town Football Club and is seen regular at home and away games so he decided to bring two passions together:

“I had this idea of a gaming event but wasn’t sure really where to go with it so I contacted Ian Pearce whose the Managing Director of Frome Town to see if they had any thoughts and I was delighted when they offered the use of their facilities for no cost and also agreed to help in the organisation of the event. Since then things have really taken off and we have the backing of Special Effect and they are also using their contacts with the likes of EA Sports to really help make this take off”.

The event will be open to just 64 entrants who will each have to raise a minimum of £20 sponsorship to enter and it will be held on Sunday 22nd February 2015 from 10am and will see qualifying rounds leading up to knock out stages and the grand final on the clubs large 13ft screen.

Tom went on to say:

“We were looking for sponsors for the event and donation of prizes for winners.  John Lilley of Gamewagon was on the phone in a shot to help out and are now our lead sponsor. Gamewagon is helping provide the XBOX 360’s and screens. This is a sensational effort.”

Gamewagon Sponsors FIFA Tournament for Special Effect

John Lilley said:

“We are huge supporters of what Special Effect does and stands for. They bring families together and create magic moments that many thought would not be possible. Many families take playing games together for granted. We see that SpecialEffect shares our vision to make gaming better by bringing people together.”

Hosting the event was an easy decision for Frome Town said Ian: “I’ve known Tom for many years and as soon as he came to me with the idea I knew we had to get involved, it’s a great charity and one that we want to help Tom with as much as we can to help his dream of this event becoming a reality”.

For more information on the event you can email info@frometownfc.co.uk or to find out about Special Effect and the amazing work they do you can visit their website www.specialeffect.org.uk.

Gamewagon continues it’s national franchise expansion

Boys and Girls across Bristol and Bath will soon be able to celebrate in style with the brand new Birthday party concept following the decision by Gamewagon CEO John Lilley to continue Gamewagon’s growth with a Gamewagon business based in the South West.

“The Gamewagons simply ooze quality! They do not just look good on the outside. On the inside it is a real Aladdin’s cave of quality video game equipment with WiiU, Xbox 360 and PS4 consoles.”

Gamewagon started just over two years ago in London and has delivered over 2,000 birthday parties and is getting rave reviews. Bookings are already being taken for parties in the South West starting in January 2015.

The party concept helps deliver a sociable, interactive party where kids can play, share and co-operate whilst playing their favourite video games with their friends. Something they rarely get a chance to do all together. Whilst parents get the convenience of having the party brought to them and managed from start to finish.

Mr Lilley said: “Video gaming is a very popular pastime and making the whole event a social occasion creates a unique experience that is difficult to achieve without a lot of hassle. The Gamewagon solves this problem but it still requires talented staff to make the whole event a success. It all starts in the very beginning by understanding our customer’s needs. Then it is about communication and delivery, every time, without fail. We take great pride in our customer feedback. Without our satisfied customers the business would have been much tougher to build.”

The national expansion is set to continue across the UK in 2015 bringing many part time jobs and great full time local business opportunities to those that have an entrepreneurial flair but may be struggling to know how to start their own business.

Gamewagon currently has 5 full time staff, 9 Game wagons and 15 Game Experience Managers who deliver birthday parties, corporate events and after school clubs.

MD for Gamewagon, Mr Lilley said: “We have proven the concept across London and the Home Counties and now it is time to expand and bring the opportunity to experience age appropriate Gamewagon parties to the rest of the UK, starting in the South West.”

John Lilley (MD for Gamewagon) continued: “The South West picked itself as our next step. We have had considerable interest from parents having heard about Gamewagon from family and friends and also from those having moved to the area from London.”

Gamewagon’s franchise opportunity allows someone to step into business for themselves but not by themselves. Full training and support is provided to make the most of this fun and rewarding opportunity.

“Focusing on delivering exceptional customer service and really cool events has given kids playground Kudos and made heroes out of parents. That is what Gamewagon is all about”. Summarised Mr Lilley.

Gamewagon Schools Fundraising

Gamewagon Launches Fundraising for Schools Initiative

Gamewagon Raise Funds for Schools

Gamewagon has helped many schools raise much-needed funds over the past couple of years. We have worked with the heads of schools or PTAs to raise funds by attending events or providing a Gamewagon Party as a star prize for raffles, prize draws or auctions.

“We have found this prize formula to be a win-win for schools and ourselves. We hope that we can work with more schools to help raise money whilst at the same time help mums and dads and their children discover what we do and how we do it.” Said Gamewagon MD, John Lilley

“Bedonwell Infants and Nursery school raised a grand total of £1,104 at our Summer fair last year. Just over £300 of that came from the raffle where the first prize was the amazing ‘Game Wagon’ prize.”

– Teresa Herd, FBINS Chair, Bedonwell Infants and Nursery School

“Firstly, thank you for donating a voucher. The Gamewagon party is always a very popular prize that everyone wants to win! so for the last couple of years we have auctioned it off, highest bid gets the voucher. Our last big event was our (new school) open day, were we made £200.00 from the game wagon auction.”

– Jackie & Jayne, Joint PTA Chair, Glebe Primary School

Click to Discover more and Register for Fundraising Support

Gamewagon joins the VSC

“Two years ago, when Gamewagon took its first steps into the world of children’s parties, VSC - Video Standards Councilthere was nothing quite like us on the market. We made a decision very early that we would adhere to the PEGI rating system with regards to which games we would allow our young guests to play.” Said John Lilley MD of Gamewagon.

It’s important to note however, that there was no law, regulation or guideline to say that Gamewagon should – the VSC’s code of practice and accompanying legislature, only applied to the sale of games, not their use in other social events. John goes on to say,

“This decision was our own and one that felt right and important at the time and continues to inform the way we operate – ensuring that games are enjoyed in a safe and responsible way by all ages.”

This sense of responsibility is what led Gamewagon to get in touch with the VSC earlier this year to see how they could help make sure they were not the only organisation that considers the age appropriateness of video games. After some discussion Gamewagon and the VSC have drawn up an amendment to their industry-wide code of practice to include guidelines and rules that govern the use of video games at events of all sizes – from exhibitions to kids parties.

You can find the full text here http://www.videostandards.org.uk/VSC/downloads.html under “VSC Code of Practice” Section 4.

The Video Standards Council is an organisation that few may have heard of but many will recognise. Originally founded in 1989 to “oversee and promote high standards” in the then new technology of home video, its members range from the nationwide supermarket chains to the small independent game shop. Since expanding into video games, one of the VSC’s most important roles is in administering the PEGI age rating system – reviewing all new games and deciding who the appropriate audience is – which it does under the name Game Rating Authority. As of July 2012, this age rating system became legally enforceable for the sale of games i.e. it is against the law to sell age restricted games to children.

To summarise the main points:
     – We must make sure that anyone playing any video game is as old or older than the PEGI age rating.
     – We will take all reasonable steps to prevent children from being able to view gameplay on age restricted games.
     – We will comply with all child protection legislation and procedures.
Of course, Gamewagon has been following these guidelines since day one, for our near 2,000 parties to date. This is not new to us. We wrote these guidelines with the VSC to try and ensure that we are not the only ones looking out for young gamers and their parents. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously and as the UK’s biggest children’s video game events organiser, we hope we can lead the way for others to follow.