CORPORATE recovery specialist Begbies Traynor has bolstered its growing team in Southampton with the

appointment of a new partner who will head up the business in the city.

Steve Powell joins Begbies Traynor bringing with him more than 20 years’ experience in business

rescue, having also worked at top 10 firms and more recently with a smaller independent practice.

A member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals and a fellow of the Association of

Chartered Certified Accountants, Steve will lead a Southampton team of eight, which includes three new administrators.

Working closely with the regional head office in Salisbury and regional managing partner Julie Palmer, he will pdevelop the firm’s presence along the south coast, covering Southampton, Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, Bournemouth and beyond.

Steve said: “I’m really looking forward to leading the Southampton office on a journey of growth and development, as we add value to clients, thanks to the team’s compelling skillset which enables us to support and advise both businesses and individuals.

“Over the coming months, we are likely to see toughening conditions thanks to Brexit and a slowing down

of consumer spending. For businesses facing problems it’s beneficial to seek advice early, in order to

maximise rescue options.”

Outside work Steve, who has been a licensed insolvency practitioner since 2006, is a keen mountain walker

and enjoys competitive sailing.