Streets Chartered Accountants, a top 40 UK accountancy and advisory practice, have appointed experienced banking and advisory specialist, Martyn Shakespear, as its new head of banking & finance.
Martyn joins Streets with over 40 years’ experience of providing funding advice to SMEs and corporates.
During his career, Martyn has held senior roles in NatWest, Bank of Ireland and the Co-operative Bank followed by 7 years as national head of banking & finance within a top 10 UK accountancy firm and more recently as a director with BTG Advisory.
When asked about Martyn’s appointment and what it will mean to Streets and their clients, the firm’s chairman, Paul Tutin, said: “We are especially pleased to welcome Martyn to the firm.
“For a number of years we have provided clients with funding advice and we are keen to ensure we respond to the growing need for this by recruiting a dedicated specialist. We are therefore delighted to have been able to recruit Martyn, with his well-established track record and understanding of SME funding.
“In particular Martyn is experienced in raising finance, including working capital solutions, invoice finance and asset-based lending, commercial loans and mortgages, together with foreign exchange strategies
“This is a significant appointment for us as we pride ourselves on being more than just accountants. The specialist expertise that he brings will prove invaluable for our clients and colleagues, as clients are increasingly looking at their funding arrangements as we emerge from the pandemic.”
Commenting on his new role, Martyn said: “Streets are a well-respected, dynamic and forward-thinking firm. In recent times I have got to know a number of the partners, staff and clients and cannot wait to build the banking and finance service offering across the whole of practice as I am passionate about the value this will bring.”
In his new role Martyn will provide banking and funding advisory services on a firm wide basis, covering its 17 offices throughout the Midlands, East of England, Yorkshire, London and the South East.