Team celebrate branch expansion

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SCARBOROUGH’S newest bank is expanding after a surge in customer demand.

Handelsbanken, which opened in Scarborough’s new Business Park in Eastfield in February 2009, has expanded its branch team.

Managers say the move is as a direct result of a growing number of personal and corporate clients in their area.

Russ Grimshaw has joined the team as Corporate Banking manager, covering clients in Scarborough, Malton, Pickering, Whitby and Filey.

Before joining Handelsbanken Scarborough, Mr Grimshaw worked for a major high street bank for 36 years.

For the last 20 years was a corporate banking manager covering the Ryedale area.

Handelsbanken Scarborough’s branch manager Nick Sharples said: “We believe that our expansion is due to the success of our ethical and personal approach towards all of our clients and the way we conduct business.

“As an example, we give clients our personal direct line and email address details, meaning that they can consistently deal with the same people without the need for impersonal centralised services such as call centres.

“In addition, we are passionate about ensuring clients get the most from their banking and our duty of care means that we always provide responsible advice.”

In his new role as Corporate Banking manager Mr Grimsahw will be providing a range of corporate banking services to business customers, including commercial mortgages, loans and general banking.

Handelsbanken is a Swedish bank with branches throughout the Nordic market as well as 16 other countries.

The Scarborough branch was Handelsbanken’s 55th branch in the UK.

A further 39 UK branches have opened over the last two years, and more are planned for 2011.

Mr Grimshaw joins branch manager Nick Sharples, existing corporate banking manager Paul Fogal, individual banking manager Mike Gould, and account manager supporters David Gregory and Ruben Bergdahl.