The 'Big Four' Triumph at the CIMA UK Global Business Challenge

Published: 20 June 2013

The Big Four, a team from the university, have won the UK final of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Global Business Challenge 2013.

The Big Four, a team from the University of Glasgow, have won the UK final of the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Global Business Challenge (GBC) 2013, winning a place to represent the UK at the global final in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 28 and 29 August.

The GBC is an international business management competition designed to bring out the very best in the next generation of business leaders and the team will now compete against the winning teams from 23 countries across four continents.Big Four, UK Champions of CIMA Prize

The Big Four battled past 97 other UK teams to reach the country final on 14 June in London. They produced an innovative business analysis and a particularly strong presentation. At the final they triumphed over rivals from London Metropolitan University, Leicester University and Abertay Dundee University. The UK competition was organised in partnership with Barclays, sponsored by Tesco and supported by Milkround.

The Big Four were mentored by Christopher Coles at the University of Glasgow, who said of their accomplishment: "I am delighted with the Big Four's achievement and they are a credit to themselves and the University. They worked so hard to reach the final and to actually win it was the icing on the cake. I am sure they will do themselves and all of us proud at the global final and could even follow in the footsteps of their UK counterparts last year and go on to win the trophy”

David Rowsby, Regional Director, Europe at CIMA, added: “I extend my congratulations to the Big Four on their fantastic achievement in winning the UK final of the CIMA GBC 2013. The standard of this year’s competition was higher than ever. The Global Business Challenge highlights the pool of business talent in the UK and I look forward to seeing the business leaders of tomorrow showcasing their skills at the global final. Many of the world’s most senior business leaders qualify with CIMA and we currently have over 203,000 members and students in 173 countries. I would like to wish the team every success in August.”

The CIMA GBC provides students with a great opportunity to test the depth of their financial knowledge and expand upon their business acumen. At the global final they will present a business case to an audience of CIMA delegates and a judging panel of business experts. It has previously led to internship and job opportunities with numerous global companies. CIMA offers an international qualification in management accountancy and is the world’s leading and largest professional body in this field.

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Notes to Editors

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, founded in 1919, is the world’s leading and largest professional body of Management Accountants, with over 203,000 members and students operating in 173 countries, working at the heart of business. CIMA members and students work in industry, commerce, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its qualification, professional experience requirements and continuing professional development to ensure it remains the employers’ choice when recruiting financially-trained business leaders.


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First published: 20 June 2013

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