Four final year Accounting and Finance students from The Business School at Bournemouth University judged to have presented the best Company Study have recently been awarded £100 each by the Poole office of international accountancy and business advisory firm, Mazars.

The company study is a project undertaken by groups of students in their final year of the Accounting and Finance degree framework. It consists of a 10,000 word report and a 20 minute presentation analysing aspects of a company including its financial management, corporate governance and strategy.

Of 28 groups, the best four were selected to present in front of Lesley Fox, partner with Mazars, a firm which specialises in audit, tax and advisory services, and sponsors the company study project.

Lesley Fox said that all of the groups impressed with clear and incisive presentations on companies including brewery SAB Miller, Whitbread Plc (who own companies like Costa and Premier Inn), and real estate company British Land.

But she chose final year Accounting and Finance students Alexander Brooke, Daniel Frampton, Ivy Lappin and Rahim Bah as winners for their presentation on mining company BHP Billiton.

She said: “I was very impressed – they all had a professional approach to the presentations and worked well in their teams. The knowledge of the companies they were studying was also strong. It was a very difficult decision to make as the standard was so high. It was a privilege to be involved and watch them present.”

“We have sponsored the project for a number of years now. It gives the students interaction with a local business and a chance to present in front of an external contact, with an outside opinion.”

Each member of the winning team received £100 from Mazars, and will also be presented with a certificate during their graduation ceremonies.

Daniel Frampton from the team said: “The competition was really good. Everyone was great so it was really good to be named as winner. The rest of the guys did extremely well.”

Ivy Lappin added: “It has been challenging but we have come through it, and I feel more confident about my presentation skills and teamwork now.”

Mazars are currently recruiting for their graduate training programme, summer placements, annual placement and part qualified positions. Please contact Mazars on 01202 680777 for more information.