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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-02-10

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Withington Girls School students through to national business final

BUSINESS savvy students from Withington Girls School beat off competition from 15 other local teams to win the Liverpool heat of ICAEW's national business and accounting competition, BASE, on Tuesday, 7 February 2017. 

What would you do if you were a business advisor for the day?

16 teams of 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.

Withington Girls School impressed the panel of judges and will go on to represent Liverpool at the National Final which takes place in June

The team from Cronton and Riverside College 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

Melanie Christie, ICAEW North West, Regional Director said:- "I was really impressed with the performance and strategic thinking of Withington Girls School. These budding business advisers looked beyond the numbers and they also showed they had an excellent instinct for business and ethics in order to give well rounded advice. Congratulations to all the teams who took part. I expect I'll be seeing more of these young people in leading business roles in the future. Students should not lose sight of the importance of developing skills and experience, alongside their academic achievements. It is vital that students are given opportunities such as BASE to develop these softer skills outside of the classroom."

Head Judge, Andrew Moss, President of the Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants said:- "During the challenge we looked for the teams who supported their recommendations with sound ethical and financial evidence. Withington Girls School showed excellent teamwork and time management in delivering a comprehensive proposal. The team from Cronton & Riverside College were the runners up and all teams can be rightly proud of their achievements in dealing with a very demanding business challenge. 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."

Just in case you don't know about BASE, this is a quick background to it:-

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 RSM, Pennington Silver, DSG Chartered Accountants, Henry Bath and Son Ltd, Pheobus Solutions Bennett Brooks, MJF Accountancy Ltd SB&P, Kaplan, Deloitte, DSW Bridge Houghton, Mazars and Practical Car and Van Hire who provided professional mentors and judges.

For further information about BASE and how to participate please visit:- ICAEW.Com/Base.


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