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Oswestry students through to national business final

Business-savvy students from Moreton Hall School beat off competition from 12 other local teams to win the Telford heat of ICAEW’s national business and accounting competition, BASE on 17 March.

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What would you do if you were a business advisor for the day? Eighty local students found out what it was like to walk in the shoes of finance professionals, as they focused on key employability skills to formulate strategic business advice for a real life organisation and delivered this to their board of directors, just like real chartered accountants. 
  • Moreton Hall School impressed the panel of judges and will go on to represent the West Midlands at the National Final which takes place in June
  • The team from Queen Mary's Grammar School were the runners up and all teams can be rightly proud of their achievements in dealing with a very demanding business challenge
  • This was one of 43 heats attracting over 3,000 students from across the UK

Head Judge Neil Phillips, Director at Phillips Chartered Accountants said: “I was delighted to see 13 teams taking part in this year’s competition which reflects the growing interest from schools in a career as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

The teams demonstrated strong teamwork and an ability to work under pressure and impressed the judges with their confidence in their presentations.  

The winners, Moreton Hall School, gave a highly polished performance and showed an ability to ‘think outside the box’ . I wish them every success in the national final.’’

Mentor, James Eyre-Walker, Managing Director of Howsons Chartered Accountants  said: “I was very impressed with the way the students approached the challenge and worked co-operatively to deliver a coherent presentation to address the issues faced within the case study”

He added  “BASE is a great example of how schools, employers and young people can work together to improve skills, and can also give business leaders the opportunity to learn what motivates the next generation of talent.”

The names of the winning students on the attached picture are:

L-r Alison Matthews, Carrie Wu,  Kitty Davenport,  Cariad Maddocks, Josie Clacher, Julia Bakalorz.

About BASE:

BASE links schools, students and employers to develop employability skills and provide an insight into what a career in accountancy, business and finance might be like.

The competition has seen more than 13,000 students take part since it began in 2009.

The BASE competition was supported by local firms including HTFT Partnership, RSM UK, Muras Baker Jones, Whittingham Riddell Chartered Accountants, Howsons Chartered Accountants, Dyke Yaxley, Grant Thornton, Kaplan, Copia Wealth and Tax, Midlands Business Recovery, DRE & Co, Phillips Limited and Hall & Kay Fire Engineering who provided professional mentors and judges.

For further information about BASE and how to participate please visit icaew.com/base.