Business students prove their worth

Teams from London Met reach finals of national business competition

Date: 26 March 2014

Students from the Faculty of Business and Law at London Metropolitan University proved just how business-ready they are by reaching the finals of a national competition.

Two teams from the Faculty reached the semi-finals of the University Business Challenge, which offers undergraduates the opportunity to put theory into practice and improve their knowledge of the business world.

Having progressed through earlier rounds of the competition, the students took part in a grueling, day-long semi-final contest at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Bishopsgate building in the heart of The City. Ten teams from universities across the UK competed in four challenging rounds, but the London Met students dealt with the pressure and calmly secured 2nd and 3rd places at the end of day.

“It was a fantastic experience,” said Banking and Finance student Marion Marincat. “I got to meet great people from all across the UK and abroad.”

For Business Economics and Finance student Viviana Oliver, the competition gave her a taste of what it’s like at the top of a company, as well as providing an insight into business life. “I will recommend it to anyone who wants to experience the challenge of being a Director and to experience the atmosphere of being on site in one of the sponsors of the University Business Challenge [RBS],” she said.

The students’ success is testament to the exemplary teaching and training that takes place in the Faculty of Business and Law, which carries a focus on developing employability skills. Facilities in the Faculty include a simulated Bloomberg trading floor and IBM Smarter Planet Lab where students are exposed to the cutting-edge software used in business today.

Professor Stephen Perkins, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, said: “I'm truly delighted to learn of this success – which demonstrates excellent teamwork - and places our teams in the top 30% of achievement nationwide.

“This is great news for the team members individually and collectively.”

The teams were made up of Csaba Gabor-Boldizsar, Gabriele Cippitelli, Claudio Di Petro, Viviana Oliver, Fatima Adil, Xavier Barelles, Marion Marincat and Traian Hanting. They were mentored by Chris Sale and Kat Sergiou. They were joined at the semi-final by Vanessa Airth, Head of Employability for the Faculty.

Find out more about the Faculty of Business and Law at London Metropolitan University.