Students reach national business final on their own account

Friday 3 March 2017

Business-savvy students from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) beat off competition from five other local teams to win the Leeds heat of a national business and accounting competition.

Run by ICAEW, the professional membership organisation for chartered accountants, the BASE competition puts students into the shoes of finance professionals for the day. The teams are given a business scenario and a set of challenges to analyse, with the guidance of a mentor from the profession. They must come up with innovative recommendations for the business and present these to a panel of judges.

The GSAL team of upper sixth students impressed the judges with a well-structured presentation that answered the brief. Head judge Lucy Parr of tuition provider First Intuition said: “GSAL delivered a comprehensive proposal, and used real world examples and relevant experience to set themselves apart from the other contestants.

“BASE is a great example of how schools, employers and young people can work together to improve skills, and can also give business leaders the opportunity to learn what motivates the next generation of talent.”

Team member Rachel Marks said:  “I learned a lot about accounting and it was good experience. We had to demonstrate teamwork, time management and problem-solving as well as give a presentation, which are all valuable transferable skills.”

Fellow student Ben Silberstein said: “As economics students we were offered the opportunity to enter the competition, and it sounded like fun. It was an exciting day of intense competition and a real surprise to win!

Winning the regional round means the team, which also includes Gemma Timmons, Harry Street, Rehana Khan and Joe Harrison, progress to the national final, which takes place on 30 June in Birmingham.

Photo: Leeds BASE winners The Grammar School at Leeds with the head of the judging panel: (L-R) Rachel Marks, Harry Street, Gemma Timmons, Lucy Parr (head judge), Ben Silberstein, Joe Harrison and Rehana Khan

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