A trainee accountant from Blackpool’s Champion Accountants has joined a roll-call of elite accountancy talent after scoring top marks on a global exam.

Of the 17,398 learners worldwide, 20-year-old Ben Clarkson, accounts & audit trainee, was one of only three UK employees to score 100 per cent in the F4 exam in Corporate and Business Law.

Of those to be awarded the Global prize from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Ben was the only North West learner to achieve full marks.

The worldwide accolade adds to his already exceptional record of academic achievements, which include five A Levels, with A*s in Economics and Law, and nine GCSEs, all at A* or A grade.

“It’s great that all my hard work has finally paid off,” said Ben.

“The biggest challenge was balancing studying with working, which meant doing a minimum amount of revision each night.

“There’s often a perception that accounting is a monotonous profession, when in fact, it’s filled with enthusiastic, passionate individuals that are driven to succeed.

“I would definitely recommend other budding accountants to pursue the same path I did, but be sure you find a company that will push you to succeed and support you throughout your training and development, which is exactly what Champion has given me.”

David Hardy, director at Champion Accountants, added: “Ben’s achievement demonstrates that the North West possesses world-class talent and puts Blackpool on the map for accountancy accomplishments.

“Over the past two years we’ve witnessed Ben’s impressive progress from a fresh-faced college graduate to a highly-skilled junior accountant and we’re extremely proud to have him part of the Champion team.”