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Northern Chartered Accountant Students' Society

Supporting northern ACA students

Prior Pursglove College students win Teesside BASE heat 30 March 2015

Business-savvy students from Prior Pursglove College beat off competition from 10 other local teams to win the Teesside heat of ICAEW’s National Business and Accounting competition, BASE on 25 March 2015. 

Prior Pursglove win Teesside ICAEW BASE - Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Winning students from Prior Pursglove College Guisborough with their mentor Penny Simpson and Rob Tindle, Deputy President, Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough impressed the judges in the heat held at Durham University’s Queen’s Campus, Stockton-on-Tees and will go on to represent the north east at the national final which takes place in Birmingham in June.

This was one of 46 heats attracting over 3,000 students in more than 500 competing teams nationwide.

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.

Assuming the role of ICAEW Chartered Accountants, the students had 2 hours to analyse a business situation, before presenting their ideas to a panel of top business professionals. The students completed the competition under their own direction but each team was also supported by a member of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants who acted as their mentor.

Keith Proudfoot, ICAEW Regional Director Northern & Scotland, said: “We were really impressed with the team’s performance and shrewd thinking. These budding business advisers looked beyond the numbers, and demonstrated an excellent instinct for business and, importantly ethics, to give well-rounded advice. I suspect I’ll be seeing more of these young people in leading roles in the future.”

Head judge Rob Tindle, Deputy President from Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) said: “In the presentations we looked for the ethical and financial data to support the decisions. Prior Pursglove College showed excellent teamwork and role allocation in delivering a very comprehensive recommendation. The team from Northallerton College were the runners up and all teams can be rightly proud of their achievements in dealing with a very challenging business challenge.”

The BASE competition was supported by local firms including Anderson Barrowcliff LLP, Evolution LLP, National Audit Office, PD Ports, ICAEW and Tindle’s Chartered Accountants who provided professional mentors and judges.

For further information about BASE and how to participate please visit icaew.com/base.

About Northern Society

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) represents ICAEW members working in business and the finance profession across the North East of England, Teesside, Northern Yorkshire and Cumbria. We have been assisting businesses in the north of England and producing chartered accountants for over 130 years.

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