Showcasing the Best of Welsh Business

Cardiff Students Through to National Business Final


Over 70 students from across South Wales found out 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 real chartered accountants.

  • The Cathedral School in Llandaff in Cardiff impressed the panel of judges and will go on to represent South Wales at the National Final which takes place in June in Birmingham
  • The team from Gower College in Swansea were the runners up and all teams can be rightly proud of their achievements in dealing with a very demanding business challenge
  • The South Wales round of BASE was one of 43 heats attracting over 3,000 students from across the UK

Martin Warren, ICAEW Wales Director said: 

“I was really impressed with the winners performance and strategic thinking. These budding business advisers looked beyond the numbers and 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. 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.”

Head Judge Carol Warburton, Director at KTSOwensThomas, a leading Cardiff accountancy firm said: 

“During the challenge we looked for the teams who supported their recommendations with ethical and financial evidence. The students from The Cathedral School showed excellent teamwork and time management in delivering a comprehensive proposal. 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.”