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Star Student May 2019: Louise Putt

My name is Louise Putt and I am currently 20 years old. I started working at Bishop Fleming in September 2017 and began my level three AAT apprenticeship in February 2018 after completing my probationary period.

Before I began my accounting career, I went to Queen Elizabeth’s Academy and completed A-Levels in Business, PE and Biology, achieving ABB in my exams. I then started working as an apprentice at Bishop Fleming in the following September.

Outside of work, I am a keen sportsperson and currently, play netball in division one at the University League with my team Thorverton Stone. I also play for the team in the Crediton League, where we have recently won the winter league and complete the season undefeated. I enjoy horse riding where I used to compete in show jumping, eventing and dressage, but more recently have taken a step back from the competitions but continue to ride our horses in my spare time. I have also recently completed the Bath Half Marathon and looking out for my next challenge!

I am a very active member of young farmers and have recently completed my year as Secretary for my own club which involved organising a Grand Ball for 500 people, organising events for our members and all the associated admin and taking minutes at meetings. I have competed in numerous sports, speaking and entertainment competitions. With my public speaking, I have won the “Best Chairman Award” at the National Final in Stafford and have recently won the Intermediate Brainstrust at the South West Area round. Whilst competing in the entertainments, our team have represented the South West of England and performed at the National Final at the Blackpool Pavilion three times.

I live at home with my parents on the family farm, where my Dad farms beef and sheep which I help with when needed.

Also, I have been a buddy to several new members of staff, and this has been a great opportunity for my development. Every person that I have been a buddy to at BF has been very different and therefore this opportunity has helped me develop my interpersonal skills.

I have been volunteering with the young enterprise since September 2018 as a business advisor. My role has been to advise the team on their business decisions and be a point of contact if they need help

During my time with young enterprise, I also did a presentation to all the financial advisors in the area on how to generate their balance sheet and profit and loss account for the yearend report. I also included the double-entry basics and other accounting basics that may be useful to the teams.

by having employees volunteering with young enterprise, it is a great way for Bishop Fleming to spread the word about the firm, and also meet their Corporate Social Responsibility objectives

I am also very excited that I have recently been asked by the area manager to join the Young Enterprise board from September.

I have also attended TEDx Exeter for the past two years as a representative for Bishop Fleming and have had the opportunity to attend the talks. The talks have been incredibly insightful and very interesting. It’s great to get out of the office and talk to lots of new people and learn lots about global issues such as mental health, global warming and physical wellbeing.

As part of Bishop Fleming’s ‘Bright Futures’ programme this year, I took part in their ‘Well Being Week’. During this week, I took part in an afternoon session of kayaking, attended a talk from a nutritionist, a talk on financial wellbeing and a talk from a physiotherapist on how to stay healthy in the workplace. This was a very interesting week and got us all thinking about being healthier people in the office

Once a year, Bishop Fleming opens its doors to School Leavers and University Graduates to come and visit the office and talk to us about working for Bishop Fleming and accountancy as a profession. This year I was asked to take part in the evening and spent time with six different groups of people, talking about my daily role in the office, and my route into accountancy.

Recently, I took a trip to London with the AAT to help make new study support videos and do some photos for new marketing material. I had never done anything like this before and was a great experience to be in front of a professional film set. I also really enjoyed visiting the head office of the AAT and looking forward to seeing the new study support videos (and using it!!).

This year, I am also volunteering at work to help with the Exeter Business Games.