timetable annouceWe are pleased to announce that the Timetable for MERIT 2022 has been finalised.

MERIT 2022 has been set up to model a construction industry operating in an economy emerging from a recession with up to date bank interest rates and charges and current corporation tax. Learning to survive as a construction business in tough market conditions with fierce competition is the knowledge currently needed by our industry executives.

After completing eight rounds simulating two years of trading the top six teams will be invited to experience a further six periods of simulated trading in the MERIT 2022 final, the winning team will be presented with the ICE’s Silver Salver and named the 2022 MERIT Champion.



  • November 2021 - 28 Feb 2022


  • 31 January 2022 - 09 March 2022


  • Round 1 - Wednesday 09 March 2022
  • Round 2 - Wednesday 16 March 2022
  • Round 3 - Wednesday 23 March 2022
  • Round 4 - Wednesday 30 March 2022
  • Round 5 - Wednesday 06 April 2022
  • Round 6 - Wednesday 13 April 2022
  • Round 7 - Wednesday 20 April 2022
  • Round 8 - Wednesday 27 April 2022

Online Final

  • 16 May 2022 through to 27 May 2022

merit2021 champions Team Business Gurus

Coming into the Final in the leading position, 'Business Gurus' from Atkins India maintained their first place to the end.


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The 2021 Final was on-line again. Sitting in second place but not challenging 'Business Gurus' was 'Four Strings' also Atkins India. 'AEC Ltd' from Andun Engineering Consultants Ltd battled throughout the Final with 'Standing Ove-tion' of Arups to take third place.

Business Gurus’ success can be seen in their share price which rose from fourth place to first, others declining a bit as they coped with the greater competitivity of the final.

Congratulations are also due to 'Four Strings', 'AEC Ltd', 'Standing Ove-tion', 'Next Generation Engineers' and 'Lavalin on a Prayer Construction' for all coming through the early stages and being able to compete in the final.

MERIT 2021 was the 31st edition of the annual game, and is strongly supported by the Institution of Civil Engineer’s management board, as well as by the Chartered Institute of Building and the Construction Industry Training Board.


Click here for the full MERIT 2021 results

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We are pleased to announce that Atkins India have retained the Sponsors award following the conclusion of the MERIT 2021 Early Years.

The Final ranking for the award was as follows:

Position  Sponsor  Score 
1 Atkins, India 4,107
2 Atkins, UK 3,162
3 COWI 2,522
4 Mott MacDonald 2,280


In the competition for the placings for the MERIT 2021 Final, 'Business Gurus' from Atkins India, have finally taken the top spot, after threatening for several periods. 'Standing Ove-tion' from Arup slide down to third, while 'Four Strings' also from Atkins India hold on to their second place.

Atkins India teams also make up the 4th, 7th, 8th and 9th places with 'VENUS', 'ABYUDHAY', 'CADRE' and 'Code Red' respectively, with 'AEC Ltd' from Andun Engineering Consultants Ltd staying firm on 5th, and 'Next Generation Engineers' and 'Lavalin on a Prayer Construction' both from Atkins UK make up the remaining places of 6th and 10th.

We are therfore able to announce that the teams invited* to take part in the MERIT 2021 Final are:

  • Business Gurus, Atkins India
  • Four Strings, Atkins India
  • Standing Ove-tion, Arup
  • AEC Ltd, Andun Engineering Consultants Ltd
  • Next Generation Engineers, Atkins UK
  • Lavalin on a Prayer Construction, Atkins UK

The scores are such that any team could still win especially from the first four in the finalists list. Curiously the team in the leading position at this stage fails to win more often than they’ve won in the Final, so it isn’t over yet. We look forward to the tension and excitement of the battle to come.

Many teams put in a fine performance and we trust all the teams who didn't make the final enjoyed the MERIT 2021 competition and the training experience in company, business and financial management which is usually an extension to your technical training. Together with the valuable experience of the need for team work and leadership to deliver disciplined decision making provides a skill that will have a lasting benefit. MERIT has a record of raising aspirations and influencing future training and development as individuals think about what role in the industry they aspire too. Many senior staff benefitted from the MERIT experience when they were developing. The advice in taking part was to think like a director and act like a director. If you liked the role then set out to train to be a director. The industry needs leaders.


Click here for the Full results

(* The number of teams invited to the Final from an individual Sponsor is limited to two for MERIT 2021)