One of the UK’s fastest growing accountancy firms has strengthened its banking and finance team due to increased demand for its services.

Baldwins, a CogitalGroup company, has appointed Andrew Grundy as associate director in the North East team.

Andrew joins the firm with 14 years’ experience in the banking sector having previously worked with HSBC, Santander and Yorkshire Bank. This understanding of the marketplace and processes leaves him well-placed to work closely with clients, securing them competitive finance.

Andrew will help businesses from across the region raise finance as well as offering tailored help and advice for each client’s individual needs.

Speaking about working with Baldwins, he said: “It’s refreshing to work with a company that recognises the importance of a local presence, having 11 North East offices enables great connectivity with clients.

“This is a really exciting time to join the business as the continued expansion gives us even greater opportunity to assist clients with a range of finance and banking needs.

“I’m feeling energised and highly motivated to assist as many Baldwins and non-Baldwins clients as possible.”

Andrew joins the North East Director of Banking and Finance Phil Empson, increasing the visibility of the team across the region.

Phil said: “Demand for banking and finance services is constantly growing and our team with it.

“The appointment enables us to react to client needs quickly and effectively, as well as enhancing our profile both internally and externally.”

Baldwins’ Banking and Finance offering was set up five years ago under Department Head Martyn Shakespear. Of the team and the appointment, he said: “I’m so proud of what we do to help our clients grow and prosper by helping them navigate the weird and wonderful world of finance.

“Having impressed with his passion, drive and enthusiasm, Andrew is a perfect addition to the team, which will continue to expand as more and more clients benefit from our services combined with the continued growth of Baldwins.”

Baldwins specialises in accountancy and business advisory services, including corporate finance and specialist tax advice to all businesses from start-ups to mature companies, across a broad range of business sectors.

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