Best in Business!

Savvy Alton College students previously at Bohunt, Robert May's, Eggar's, Reading Blue Coat and Everest Community School won the Southern Heat of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) National Business Competition recently. The team will go on to represent the southern district in the national BASE final in Birmingham in June.

The heat was one of 46 across the country which attracts more than 3,000 students in over 500 teams. BASE links schools, students and employers to develop employability skills and provide insight into careers in accountancy, business and finance. The teams role played the part of chartered accountants and had two hourrs to analyse a business situation before presenting their idea to a panel of industry professionals.

Jon Blake, ICAEW the regional director for South West said: 'We were really impressed with the team's performance and shrewd thinking. These budding business advisors looked beyond the numbers, they also showed they had an excellent instinct for business and ethics in order to give well-rounded advice. I expect to see more of these young people in leading roles in the future'.

Head judge Jane Michel of Emphasis Ltd, said: 'In the presentations we looked for the ethical and financial data to support the decisions. Alton College showed excellent teamwork and role allocations in delivering a comrehensive recommendation.'

Keelan Williams, previously at Bohunt School said: ‘There were a lot of other good teams in the competition however we had great teamwork and made a confident presentation. We were surprised when they called our teams name as the winners and we felt really proud.

George Rosser, previously at Robert May’s School said: ‘The ICAEW challenge was a good experience, and a fun challenge despite the presentations being quite nerve racking. I thought that the challenge would be similar to exam questions but the scenario and the set up was a pleasant surprise. It was a well structured challenging day, however I think that the team managed to overcome that challenge as we came away from the ICAEW challenge with a brilliant achievement, coming 1st as regional champions, can't wait for the national finals in Birmingham in June!’

Adam Freeman, previously at Eggar's School said: ‘The competition provided me with an insightful look into the world of accounting. It was very interesting to interact with the mentors and judges that were present, and the passion that they demonstrated for their subject created an enjoyable atmosphere. I am very proud to have taken part and even more so to win the regional heat. I look forward to tackling the next challenge that will be the National Finals’.

Megan Kelly, previously at Everest Community Academy, Basingstoke, said: ‘The whole BASE experience was good fun, very well organised and challenging. It made you get out of your comfort zone with the presentations and the skills we gained were valuable. Overall a good day out and very rewarding if you win!’

James White, previously at Eggar's School said: ‘I really enjoyed my experience at the ICAEW BASE challenge. We worked really well as a team and used knowledge, not only from our accounting lessons, but from other subjects such as mathematics, business and biology. I look forward to the final in June and I hope we can perform just as well against all the other winners of their own regional heats’.

Tom Wyeth, previously at Reading Blue Coat School said he also found the day challenging an exciting. 'I really enjoyed the whole day and looking forward to the national finals in June'.