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Teesside students through to ICAEW BASE 2016 national final 20 March 2016

BASE Teesside 2016

Middlesbrough College win Teesside heat of ICAEW BASE 2016 with head judge Rob Tindle, President of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants and Samantha Hamilton, their mentor from National Audit Office

Students from Middlesbrough College demonstrated their business acumen and beat off competition from other local teams to win the Teesside heat of ICAEW’s national business and accounting competition, BASE on 15 March.

Middlesbrough College impressed the judges and will go on to represent the north east at the national final which takes place at in Birmingham in June. This was one of 49 heats attracting over 3,000 students around the country.

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 two hours to analyse a business situation, before presenting their ideas to a panel of top business professionals.

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

Head judge Rob Tindle, Partner with Tindle’s Chartered Accountants and President of Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) said: “In the final presentations we looked for the ethical and financial rationale that supported the decisions made by the students. Middlesbrough College showed excellent teamwork and role allocation in delivering a very comprehensive recommendation. The team from Park View Community College were the runners up and all the Teesside teams can be rightly proud of their achievements in dealing with a very challenging business challenge.”

Zoe Lewis, Principal and Chief Executive of Middlesbrough College said: “We’re so proud of the Middlesbrough College students who took part in the Business and Accounting Competition. The strength of their performance shows how rooted our learning is in the real business landscape.

Their teamwork shone through in tackling the challenge, and the result is testament to their hard work.”

Samantha Hamilton, from the National Audit Office who mentored the winning team from Middlesbrough College said: “I found the BASE experience to be very enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. It was a great opportunity to interact with sixth form students and to guide them to a great success! The team were all hardworking and had energy and enthusiasm and got into the task at hand.”

The BASE competition attracted school teams from across the north east and was supported by local firms and businesses including Anderson Barrowcliff, Colin Hutson Accounting, Clive Owen, Kaplan Financial, National Audit Office and Tindles, Chartered Accountants who provided professional mentors and judges.

The runners-up of ICAEW BASE Teesside 2016 were Park View Community College (pictured below).

BASE Teesside 2016

Runners-up of ICAEW BASE Teesside 2016 with head judge Rob Tindle, President Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

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

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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