Cheadle Hulme High School Students Make it to National Business Final – I LOVE Cheadle Hulme High!

28 Nov 2016

Business-savvy students from the high-performing and over-subscribed Sixth Form of our very own Cheadle Hulme High School beat off some REALLY stiff  competition to win the Manchester heat of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales 

Well over 100 local students discovered what it was like to walk in the shoes of finance professionals, as they focused on key employability skills to formulate strategic business advice, for a real-life organisation, and delivered this to their board of directors, just like professional chartered accountants.

Cheadle Hulme High School Sixth Form really impressed the illustrious panel of judges – they’ll go on to represent Manchester at the National Final which takes place in June next year. Manchester Grammar School were runners-up. The competition has attracted 3,000 students from across the UK in a challenging competition format, designed to give experience of a career in finance. 

ICAEW Regional Director, Melanie Christie, said: “I was really impressed with Cheadle Hulme’s performance and strategic thinking. These budding business advisers looked beyond the numbers and they also showed they had an excellent instinct for business and ethics in order to give well-rounded advice. Congratulations to all the teams who took part. I expect I’ll be seeing more of these young people in leading business roles in the future.”

She added: “Students should not lose sight of the importance of developing skills and experience, alongside their academic achievements. It is vital that students are given opportunities such as BASE to develop these softer skills outside of the classroom.”

This year’s business challenge was based upon a media production company – something Head Judge, Elaine Coates, knows all about in her capacity as Finance Manager at ITV. Elaine commented: “It offered an interesting insight into the different financial challenges our industry faces with ever-changing competition and threats.  We were looking for how the teams included ethical and financial data to support their suggestions to the board. 

Cheadle Hulme High School Sixth Form delivered a very comprehensive recommendation, as did runners up Manchester Grammar. Both teams can be very proud of their approach, but Cheadle Hulme edged it.”

BASE links schools, students and employers to develop employability skills and provide an insight into what a career in accountancy, business and finance might be like. 

The competition has seen more than 13,000 students take part since it began in 2009.

The BASE competition was supported by local firms such as Hurst, BDO, Beever and Struthers, DTE Business Advisors, KPMG, Pomegranate Consulting, PWC, RSM and Mazars

For further information about BASE and how to participate please visit

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