Eleven skilled economists took part in ICAEW’s prestigious BASE competition on Friday 17th March. Moreton excelled in this heat and have progressed to the National Finals to be held in Birmingham on 30th June.
BASE is ICAEW’s 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.
This is the third time Moreton Hall have entered this interesting competition, and every year the event grows in popularity. Heats take place all over the UK; Moreton’s teams competed in the Telford heat.
Head of Economics, Alison Matthews, commented: “It is an excellent competition because it is run by the ICAEW and helps develop key skills such as teamwork, communication, presentation skills and working to tight deadlines.”
These eleven students were split into two teams. Over the course of the day, competitors acted as accountants, analysing a large amount of data in a short period of time.
They undertook a SWOT analysis, studied various business proposals, and then a presented their recommendations to a "board of directors" (the judges). This presentation is in front of all the other competitors as well, so it can be quite daunting, but the Moreton teams rose to the challenge and performed exceptionally well. The Moreton team comprised of Camilla, Emily, Izzy, Abbie, Yvette and Phoebe (L6) gave an excellent presentation, relaying their findings with confidence.
The other Moreton team of Kitty, Carrie, Josie, Julia and Cariad (L6), excelled in this Telford heat and have progressed to the final.
Kitty (L6) commented on her excitement on hearing the results: "We were so shocked when the judges called our team name. We couldn't have been more proud of each other."
They will now compete against 300 other students from all over the UK in the national final, held in Birmingham on 30th June.