Begbies Traynor Group (BTG) has announced four new appointments to its Newcastle upon Tyne office as it strengthens its presence across the North East.\r\n\r\nAmongst the new roles, Andrew Grundy has been appointed to director in the firm's advisory division.\r\n\r\nHe has held a number of positions with high street banks including Yorkshire Bank, Santander and HSBC. In his new role he will be responsible for assisting businesses across the North East and Yorkshire to access finance.\r\n\r\nAnother hire includes Charlene Carson, who joins with 20 years\u2019 experience as the new insolvency manager having previously spent 13 years in the firm\u2019s Edinburgh office. She is joined by Josephine Humphreys who has been appointed senior administrator.\r\n\r\nFinally, John Ellis joins the Newcastle office as a trainee administrator, having worked with the firm as an intern in July 2019 and held a part-time role while he completed his degree at Northumbria University.\r\n\r\nThe extended team is led by partners Gerald Krasner, Gillian Sayburn, Ian Kings and Andrew Little, who joined the group as a partner in January 2021.\r\n\r\nSayburn said: \u201cWith the challenges facing businesses continuing, combined with further pressures as Government support measures are withdrawn, we are, unfortunately, expecting greater demand for our services later in the year.\r\n\r\n"We want to ensure that businesses in the North East know we have the experience and quality in our team to support them."\r\n\r\nLittle added: "The addition of Andrew Grundy to our BTG Advisory offering gives further strength in depth. I am looking forward to working alongside Andrew to provide turnaround, rescue and refinance options as businesses in the region navigate through some difficult times."