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Local relationship banking

Handelsbanken is a local relationship bank, built on satisfied customers, financial strength and traditional values. We invest time to get to know our customers, and aim to provide the best service we can; giving sound advice, taking sensible decisions in the branch and creating unique solutions to match our customers' needs.

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Unit 3F Austin House, Sanderson Arcade
NE61 1NS
01670 513770
Opening hours
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Meet the team

Dave Elliot
Branch Manager
01670 513303
07527 521546
Grant Richardson
Individual Banking Manager
01670 513444
07814 491228
Tizzie Brass
Individual Banking Manager
01670 514 060
07436 838191
Brian Smart
Corporate Banking Manager
01670 514008
07816 165234
Max Birkinshaw
Corporate Banking Manager
01670 514180
07436 791928
Andrea Sheffer
Account Manager Support
01670 513745
Kristen Theobald
Account Manager Support
01670 514183
Lydia Graham
Account Manager Support
01670 513745
Sophie Johnston
Account Manager Support
01670 514185
Phil Griffin
Wealth Management
07423 477347
Piotr Diakowski
International Trade and Cash Management
07442 532816
Barrie Towers
International Trade and Cash Management
07442 532826
Martin Howliston
Asset Finance
07407 733496

What our customers say


"Handelsbanken is one of the reasons my business has grown and grown over recent years. They are the best bank (not saying much) AND the best partners (that is saying a lot) a business could ever have. 

When we started with Handelsbanken, my company’s systems were struggling to cope with our growing overseas markets. A few months later, Graeme and his team in Morpeth had set us up in 4 countries with 4 different currencies, advised us on managing company growth, helped us to buy a superb office in Alnwick, and eased our transition from a small company of 3 to an international team of 20+ and rising. 

Nothing is ever a bother for them. Meetings are face-to-face and at our offices at a time to suit us. Everyone in Morpeth knows the key people in my team and are always ready to listen and to help. The advice they offer is outstanding and the service second to none. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend them to other business across the region." 

James Nottingham
Founding Director, Challenging Learning

"I’ve banked with three UK banks in the past but became increasingly disillusioned with having absolutely no personal contact. If I could find a contact number, I would ring them and listen to an anonymous call centre worker address me as something like “Income Stream 8234567”.

Handelsbanken is an altogether different experience. When I ring my branch, the call is answered by somebody who knows who I am and, as often as not, they’ll say something like “Oh hi Alistair, how was your son’s rugby at the weekend?” They have an office just 10 minutes from our premises here in Northumberland and I can see my manager at very, very short notice. What’s more, he fully understands my business and personal banking needs. 

In fact, I’m so pleased with him, I bought him lunch just a couple of weeks ago! That never happened with the UK banks I can assure you! Your turn next Brian."

Alistair McLean
Managing Director, The Activity Travel Co. Limited