BASE is The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales National Business and Accounting competition for students in school or college aged 16-19. A unique and exciting experience, students are able to engage in a business challenge that enables them to develop key employability skills and understand what it’s like to be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.
Six students from Harrogate Grammar School won their regional heat in York which meant they were invited to the National Final and Gala Dinner at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham at the end of June.
300 students, aged 16 – 19, were set a fictitious challenge to give business advice to a panel of directors which tested their team-working, communication skills, financial abilities and ethics. The context for the business this year was a Media Company struggling with cash flow problems and needing to decide how to progress in the future. The panel of judges included directors from Sky, BBC, Walt Disney, ITV and EY and PwC and the final concluded a series of 46 regional competitions involving up to 500 teams from schools and FE colleges around the UK.
There were various prizes awarded at the spectacular Gala Dinner in the evening, and our team were delighted to be awarded the prize for the Most Considered Ethics. The students had focused on keeping the mission statement of the media company at the forefront of their proposal. Their presentation skills were commended by their panel of judges and whilst it had been a very intense day (including a working lunch) all six students said it was an experience they would never forget.
Winners from Harrogate Grammar School were;
Sophia Camfield, Katie Wilson, Peter Outram all from Year 12 and Tom Sheriff, Adam Clarke, Sam Webb from Year 13