Business-savvy students from Blackpool Sixth Form College saw off competition from eight other local teams to win the Lancashire heat of a national business and accounting competition.
Blackpool Sixth Form College impressed the judges from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and will go on to represent Lancashire at the national final, which takes place at in Birmingham in June.
This was one of 46 heats attracting nearly 3,000 students around the country. BASE links schools, students and employers to develop 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. Melanie Christie, ICAEW Regional Director North West, said: “We were really impressed with the team’s performance and astute thinking.
“They looked beyond the numbers and put themselves into the role of business advisors showing that they had an excellent instinct for business and ethics in order to give well-rounded advice.
“There’s little doubt we will be seeing more of these young people in leading roles in the future.”
Head Judge, Richard Crowther, Deputy President of the North West Society of Chartered Accountants, said: “In the presentations we looked for the ethical and financial data to support the conclusions the team had made. Blackpool Sixth Form College displayed excellent team working skills and role allocation in delivering a very comprehensive recommendation.
“The team from Lancaster Royal Grammar School were worthy runners-up and all the teams that participated in the competition can be proud of their achievements in dealing with a very testing business challenge.”
Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, attended the heat and talked to some of the students at the event. He said: “I was impressed with the opportunities pupils had to meet with local business people in Lancashire, offering an excellent way for young people to create networks with future employers.
“Good careers advice and practical experience is part of a good education and ICAEW’s BASE competition is a great way to make this happen.”