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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

ICAEW BASE business challenge to help Cumbrian students 19 February 2016

School and college students from across Cumbria will take part in the Carlisle heat of ICAEW’s national business and accounting competition, BASE on 24 February.

ICAEW 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 will analyse a business situation, before being asked to present their ideas to a panel of top business professionals.

The students will work collaboratively during the business challenge to develop insight as well as recommendations which they will present at the end of the day.

The judges will be looking for the students to demonstrate being business-savvy and making practical suggestions, drawing upon the support each team will have from their business mentor.

Cumbria firms supporting

The Carlisle heat of BASE is being supported by local firms including Armstrong Watson, Cumberland Building Society, David Allen, Dodd & Co, National Audit Office, Saint & Co and Sealy UK who are providing professional mentors and judges.

Head judge Andrew Jackson, President presents winning team of BASE 2015 Carlisle heat, Carlisle College with their award

Head judge Andrew Jackson, President presents winning team of BASE 2015 Carlisle heat, Carlisle College with their award

Winning team to represent Cumbria in national final

The winning team from the Carlisle heat will go on to represent Cumbria at the national final in Birmingham in June.

Last year’s winners of the 2015 heat were Carlisle College (pictured above) and the runners up were Nelson Thomlinson School, Wigton.

Rob Tindle, President of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA), said: ‘We are looking forward to running ICAEW BASE again in Cumbria and there has been strong interest from schools across the county to take part.

BASE gives students an opportunity to look beyond the numbers, demonstrate strategic and ethical thinking and develop well-rounded advice. 

Each team also gets the opportunity to work with their own mentor, a local Cumbrian business professional who is a member of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants, which is also a great way for the students to find out more about future careers in business and finance in Cumbria.’

Find out more about ICAEW BASE

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

About Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

The Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) represents 4,000 ICAEW members and ACA students 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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