Business-Minded Students Through to BASE Final
Our Sixth Formers take first and third places in the Northamptonshire heat of the ICAEW Business and Accounting Skills Education competition.
Business-minded Kimbolton School students beat off competition from seven other teams to take first and third places in the recent Northamptonshire heat of the ICAEW Business and Accounting Skills Education competition, BASE.
Our winning team of Sixth Formers Abigail Dearlove, Clarice Harper-Smith, Oliver Harper-Smith, Jack Helm, Max Mosneaga and Francesca Watkinson were highly commended for their team work and superb presentation. They will now represent Northamptonshire at the national final, which takes place in Birmingham in June.
The annual BASE competition is organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants and involves teams of six students competing in heats to devise the best solution to a business scenario. At the Northamptonshire heat, teams from nine local schools were given a case study of a business with a number of problems, similar to that used in the Institute's professional examinations.
Mrs Chevan Elliott from our Economics and Business Studies Departments said: “The case study included over 20 pages of information and accounts that the students had to analyse in a very short period of time. They then had to devise and present a forward strategy to a panel of judges made up of Chartered Accountants. Students were judged on their business acumen, teamwork, communication and presentation skills.”
Tom Madden, ICAEW Regional Director Midlands, said: "Their presentation was dynamic with a good use of time.
"The students came over confident and personable. Proposals were innovative and creative, well thought out, with cohesive responses to questions, and well prepared – including having a calculator in a pocket for those tricky financial questions!”
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. This was one of 46 heats attracting over 3000 students in more than 500 competing teams nationwide.