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Essay competition: the CMA turns 10

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Do you have any views about what the CMA does and how it could do it better?

We’re running an essay competition for students and recent graduates (within the last 2 years). This would particularly suit those who have focused on economics or law but it’s open to people who have studied any subject.

The winner will get £500 in multi-store vouchers, and there will be two runner-up prizes of £200 each.

The winner will also be announced at an event to mark our 10th anniversary in London in late April (travel and accommodation expenses will be covered).

Essay question

The question to answer is:

What are the benefits of a strong competition and/or consumer protection regime, and how can the CMA best deliver them?

Please write 1000 to 1200 words aimed at a general, non-academic audience (no need for extensive references or footnotes).

Judging panel

  • Sarah Cardell (Chief Executive, CMA)
  • Amelia Fletcher (Professor of Competition Policy at Norwich Business School and Deputy Director at the Centre for Competition Policy)
  • Richard Whish (Emeritus Professor of Law at King’s College, London)
  • Mike Walker (Chief Economist, CMA)


Please submit your entries, or address any queries, to by the 11 March 2024.
The winner will be notified by the 4 April 2024.

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