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Students from Salisbury reach ICAEW national business competition final

Students from South Wilts Grammar School for Girls have fought off fierce competition from more than 1,000 teams from schools across the UK to win a place at the National Final of ICAEW’s national business and accounting competition, BASE.

ICAEW have put nearly 5,000 business-savvy students to the test, giving them a taste of life as a chartered accountant. Challenging their ability to think strategically, BASE offers students from all backgrounds the opportunity to develop key skills for working in business.

South Wilts Grammar School for Girls excelled in a number of areas including commercial awareness, organisation and resilience, and will go on to compete at the National Final which takes place in June.

Sharon Spice, ICAEW Director for Global Student Recruitment, commented: “This year we have seen an increase in the number of students taking part, making the competition stronger than ever. Students from the South West were supported by a number of ICAEW members living and working across the region. The team from South Wilts Grammar School for Girls showed excellent initiative throughout the process and presented themselves professionally.”

Sharon added: “I would like to offer my congratulations to all teams that took part and am delighted at the level of talent we will be seeing in the final.”

This is the second year BASE has gone digital, making it more accessible to a diverse range of students across the UK. Since going digital, BASE has seen a 40% increase in the number of students taking part.

About BASE:

BASE brings together schools, students and employers to develop young people’s employability skills and provide an insight into what a career in accountancy, business and finance might be like.

The competition has seen more than 22,000 students take part since it began in 2009.

The BASE competition is supported by BDO, EY, KPMG, Mazars, The National Audit Office, PwC, RSM, Saffery Champness and Smith & Williamson.

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