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St Christopher’s and Cassons reach final of national accountancy competition

A team from St Christopher’s CE High School in Accrington, mentored by Cassons' Kimberly Haworth, will compete in the final of the BASE competition which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC on Thursday 28 June 2018.

BASE is a national business and accounting competition for students aged 16 – 17 organised by the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales).  It helps the students develop employability skills and understand what it is like to be a chartered accountant.  Over 500 schools entered and 50 made the final. Each team is mentored by a local chartered accountant and Kimberly Haworth, Audit Senior at Cassons which is part of the Baldwins Group, and herself a chartered accountant, is mentor to the St Christopher’s team.

Kimberly mentored the St Christopher’s CE High School team in the regional rounds which took place earlier in the year and will accompany them to the final which is at the NEC in Birmingham on Thursday (28 June). 

“The exercises are very challenging” explained Kimberly.  “The regional rounds used to be face to face but they are now online which probably makes it very realistic to real life applications.

“There will be 51 teams at the National Final where the teams work on the case study of a fictitious business and then give a presentation to the company’s ‘board’ “ continued Kimberly.

“It will be very challenging for the school but I’m sure that St Christopher’s will perform brilliantly.  They are a great team with excellent analytical skills and able to interpret the data.  It will be a day for us all to remember and I’d like to wish them every success!” concluded Kimberly Haworth of Cassons.

Michael Coop Rushworth,  Head of Economics, Business and Enrichment at St Christopher’s CE High School who is responsible for the team taking part in BASE.

“We are absolutely thrilled and very proud that our team has done so well.   It’s tremendous that they have the opportunity of working with Kimberly who makes sure that they are looking at the case study through the eyes of the accountant - and also considering the data from the client’s perspective,” explained Mr Rushworth

Since its launch BASE has supported over 18,000 students across the UK in testing and sharpening their existing skill-sets, while providing the opportunity to network with future employers. Schools have also experienced reputational benefits with the backing of ICAEW in informing students about their career options in accountancy and the broader business environment.

 

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