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Twycross students through to national business final

Business-savvy students from Twycross House School beat off competition from 12 other local teams to win the Birmingham heat of ICAEW’s national business and accounting competition, BASE on 10 March.

BASE regional winners: L-r Annabel James, Oliver Parsons, Stephen James, Angus Osborne
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.

Twycross House 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 Repton 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

Judge, Amy Burton, Associate Director, RSM UK said: “It’s been a fantastic day.  There was so much energy in the room.  I believe the quality of the students’ work and presentations get better every year. “

“During the challenge we looked for the teams who supported their recommendations with ethical and financial evidence. Twycross House School showed excellent teamwork and time management in delivering a comprehensive proposal. They appreciated that being an ICAEW Chartered Accountant is not just about numbers but also about all round business advice.”

Alex Boulter, Business Development Manager, CK Chartered  Accountants said: “It is always a fantastic experience mentoring at the ICAEW BASE competition,  Every year I am astounded by the energy and enthusiasm of the students.  The skills students learn on the day are invaluable.  The BASE competition on someone’s CV always stands out.  

Alex 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.”

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 BBC, Begbies Traynor, Crowe Clark Whitehill, CK Chartered Accountants, Dains, EY, Grant Thornton, HTFT Partnership, Holder Blackthorn, Kaplan, KPMG, Mazars, PwC and RSM UK who provided professional mentors and judges.

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