A trainee at Hull-based accountancy firm, Smailes Goldie Group, is celebrating after scoring the highest mark of all entrants worldwide in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICAEW) Corporate Reporting exam.

Natalie Hoskins was awarded the Quilter Prize after achieving a mark of 94 per cent in the exam, which she sat in July. Natalie joined Smailes Goldie Group in 2013 as a trainee on graduation from the University of East Anglia.

The Corporate Reporting exam is one of the three advanced stage exams, which are the last of the 15 exams which trainee accountants must pass in order to receive their ACA qualification and become a fully-qualified Chartered Accountant. Natalie sat two of the three exams, also passing her Strategic Business Management exam.

Natalie said: “I was delighted to receive the letter telling me I’d been awarded the Quilter Prize. This is a tough exam, so my aim had been to pass. Passing with the highest score out of a total of 2,519 entrants was incredible.”

She added: “I’ve very much enjoyed the three years I’ve spent at Smailes Goldie Group so far, but this has certainly been the highlight. I’d like to thank everyone here for their support throughout my training.

Smailes Goldie Group Partner, Jeremy Allison said: “This is a fantastic result for Natalie, for Smailes Goldie Group and for accountancy in Humberside in general.

“Natalie’s achievement sends the message to other high-calibre graduates and school-leavers that they don’t need to go to the ‘big four’ firms to receive the very highest standards of training.

“I’d like to congratulate Natalie and our other trainees on their exam successes.”

Two other trainees at the firm, Jamie Chilcott and Amy Aistrop also passed their Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management exams, while Andy Robinson passed his Strategic Business Management exam.

Jeremy Allison with Natalie Hoskins.
Jeremy Allison with Natalie Hoskins.
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