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London school among winners at ICAEW BASE final

Although they missed out on the top award, one London school picked up the business acumen award at the recent ICAEW BASE competition, as former LSCA President Naima Siddiqi presented the overall award to Queen Elizabeth’s School in Crediton, Devon.


August 2019

Queen Elizabeth’s School from Barnet, London won the award for Commercial Acumen at the BASE national final, held in Birmingham last month.

The competition is designed to give school and college students aged 16-17 an insight into what business and accounting is like and help them develop key employability skills. During the national final, students from around the UK were challenged to create a sustainable business strategy for a charity.

They then presented the strategy in front of a panel of judges including business professionals from companies such as Rolls Royce, PwC and EY, and charities such as WaterAid, Amnesty International and Cancer Research UK.

Students from Queen Elizabeth’s School in Crediton, Devon showed that they have what it takes to be business leaders of the next generation, creating a business strategy which impressed the judges and resulted in them being crowned BASE 2019 National Champions ahead of 47 other teams.

Sharon Spice, ICAEW Director of Global Student Recruitment, said: “Our judges are not only looking for academic ability, but also the soft skills required in all workplaces. All the students in the final proved they had those skills, including the ability to communicate well, solve problems and demonstrate resilience under pressure. Queen Elizabeth’s School shone through for their impressive ideas and initiative however, even among a very talented group of students.”

Naima Siddiqi, former LSCA President and Director of Finance and Resources at Friends of the Earth was guest speaker at the final. She said: “I was very impressed by all the presentations given today and all students showed themselves to be highly talented individuals. I was particularly impressed by Queen Elizabeth’s School, congratulations to them for winning. 

“Qualifying as a chartered accountant gave me the chance to have a fulfilling career in business and wider society, and I think that the students here today have shown they have the qualities to do the same.”

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