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Heats for the national Business Game are being hailed as the 'best ever' as hundreds of local pupils from across Worcestershire and Herefordshire met business experts to tackle real life problems together.

Accountants and students met on Tuesday (22) at Worcester Warriors' Sixways Stadium for Worcestershire's first Business Game, where students had to determine the best way to solve a business problem.

More than 30 teams entered the National Business, Accounting and Skills Education Regional Heat of the competition run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants. The Game encourages and inspires students toward success in a business career, and helps mould them toward winning job opportunities.

Record numbers entered the Game, with winning students from Bromsgrove School, Pershore High, John Kyrle High School, Ross on Wye, and Worcester College of Technology going ahead to national finals in June. Students from Malvern Chase were runners-up.

Worcester Warriors' chairman Cecil Duckworth OBE, who supported the Games, said: "I really enjoyed the event. It was encouraging to see the young talent that is coming through the school system and the potential business leaders of the future engaged in such a rewarding project."

Roberta Keys from Bromsgrove School said of the winning team's mentor Elizabeth Gordon: "The winning team have done nothing but sing your praises since Tuesday and they all look forward to working with you again in June."

Business Game organiser Celia Adams, chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Worcestershire, said: "Feedback has been more positive that I could have imagined. Students were inspired by the 'buzz' of having local business experts backing their career hopes.

"The whole business community came together, and it was great to have support of Warriors' chairman Cecil Duckworth and Head Coach Richard Hill. As one mentor said, we shall never know the difference this has made in bringing the best out of our young people."

The Institute of Chartered Accountants wishes to attract bright young people to accountancy as a higher education and career option.

The Game was also supported by Worcester Chamber of Commerce, Worcestershire Education Business Partnership and Young Enterprise.

The Business Game is backed by 25 sponsors from international commercial and accountancy firms, including Ballard Dale Syree Watson of Droitwich. It links teaching staff with accountancy firms and the universities of Birmingham and St Hugh's College, Oxford, in addition to the University of Worcester, which started an accountancy degree course last year.