Business advisory and accounting firm Wilkins Kennedy has announced that Mark Barrie, who has more than 20 years’ experience working in the corporate and commercial banking sector, has joined the companyas Director of their banking and finance team across their London and North Thames regions.

Barrie will be serving businesses across locations including London, Reading, Bourne End, Amersham, Hertford and Southend on Sea. He joins Wilkins Kennedy after nearly two decades at NatWest and RBS where he worked with thousands of SME businesses to access funding, analyse financial risks and overcome financial difficulty.

Barrie then set up his own consultancy three years ago – Integral Advisory Services – to support the growth of the South East SME business community before joining Wilkins Kennedy.

His new role will see him advising SME clients and non-clients on suitable ways to access traditional and alternative finance to support growth, expansion and

Tim Croft, Managing Partner of Wilkins Kennedy’s North Thames region, said “Mark typifies the personnel we have on board at Wilkins Kennedy to support the region’s businesses while also being able to mentor our younger workforce. Decisions made regarding both the type and cost of funding can be critical to a business’ long-term success, so to have somebody as experienced as Mark on board is a real coup not just for us, but for the region’s businesses who can tap into his funding knowledge.”

“He has expertise across key sectors such as retail, manufacturing, recruitment and property, demonstrating that he is able to support just about any business in need of funding support.”