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The team at Armstrong Watson are a valued business partner and a continued part of our growth and development at KMF.
They have offered constructive and commercial solutions when needed and are extremely approachable.
Their fee levels are extremely competitive across the key products and in my opinion their service levels exceed that of their peer group and that of the Big 4.
Jon Eeles – Finance Director – KMF Precision Sheet Metal Limited
As a manufacturing business a critical element of our MI is our stock, too much stock and we have cash tied up unnecessarily, too little and we run the risk of disappointing customers. After a number of strategic business acquisitions and attempting to integrate different types of stock into our system we realised that there was a danger that our stock recording system could be producing inaccurate results.
As a result we asked the team at Armstrong Watson to review the stock system. Their review highlighted the areas of weakness and also the areas that were performing to expectations. With their assistance we addressed the areas of concern and amended procedures and practices accordingly. Their pragmatic common sense approach backed by their experience and knowledge enabled us to achieve the right result in a reasonable timescale.
We now have full confidence that our MI is accurate and reliable.
Stephen Widdows MD DJH Group Limited
As a family owned and managed manufacturing business we have the skills and experience to know what to do, when to do it and how to do it.
We have the day to day running and management of the business in hand. That said, what we have never challenged ourselves on is the bigger picture, we all know our roles and responsibilities.
What the team at Armstrong Watson have done is to challenge how we work not in the business, but on the business. Their input and knowledge has allowed us to stand back from the day to day operations and work on the business, looking at the bigger, more strategic plan, rather than the day to day operational issues.
We have found, and are still finding, their input challenging, insightful and of great value. They have a wealth of knowledge and whilst we believe the issues in our family owned and managed business are unique to us, it becomes more apparent that the issues are common throughout many similar businesses.
Jon Ward Joint MD Kay Dee Engineering Limited
We have been a client of Armstrong Watson since 2009 and continue to be impressed with the standard of service from all of the team, which we believe is second to none.
Grant Smith has provided us with invaluable business advice which has been delivered in a professional and approachable manner. We have the utmost confidence in the advice he provides, which has enabled us to develop and shape our business for the future. This has taken the form of advising us in a financial capacity, within the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) and with providing H.R. Consultancy. For us it is the added value services that make our 'partnership' with Armstrong Watson so effective.
Armstrong Watson encourage 'partnership working' and this provides us with the reassurance that there is always prompt help at hand for our business, by telephone or email.
Most important of all we have been impressed that Armstrong Watson are wholeheartedly supportive in terms of genuinely wanting to see our business succeed.
We simply cannot imagine working any differently now, we are thrilled and feel fortunate to be a client of Armstrong Watson.
DÉCOR Property Services Ltd
I will be leaving Collaborate but I couldn't leave without saying thank you so much for being the most atypical accountant i've come across - and by that I mean, enthusiastic, kind and extremely patient, basically a god-send!
Wishing you well for the future.
Adelaide Adade, Partnerships and Project Manager, Collaborate
Grant Smith from Armstrong Watson took over our Accounts last year and has been like a breath of fresh air. It’s easy as a business owner to get bogged down by the daily grind of running the business and sometimes you need to look to the bigger picture. I’ve found Grant to be invaluable in this sense. He is both insightful and practical and is a great asset to our continued growth.
Greg Kelly, Business Owner, Ultimate Security & Investigations Ltd
Starting up as sole trader was a bit daunting regarding accounts, tax and national insurance. Scott Henderson at Armstrong Watson in Dumfries made it a lot easier and less daunting, explaining all aspects such as registering with HMRC, how best to keep my accounting records, to doing my tax return. If I had a problem or questions I could phone or email them to him and he would get right back to me with an answer or explain anything I needed clarified. Nothing is a problem to Scott; like all the other staff at the Dumfries branch he is approachable, friendly and easy to talk to. I would recommend them to anyone who needs accountancy work done.'
Property Maintenance, Dumfries
The specialist legal sector team at Armstrong Watson has been instructed by Burnetts Solicitors to prepare the firm’s financial statements, tax returns and SRA Accounts Rules reports as well as the partners’ personal tax returns since 2011. I have been in a joint managing partner position since 1 January 2014 and have worked particularly closely with them since becoming sole managing partner on 1 January 2015. In that time, I have been impressed with their speed of response. When we need something actioned, it is always done within the agreed timetable. That is in part due to their attention to ensure that we provide them with everything that they need in order to help us. Initiatives have been established to ensure that timetables are adhered to and all costs are agreed in advance.
We benefit from their pro-active advice and suggestions; particularly recently regarding our trading structure, law firm alliances and ways to reduce our costs. In addition, they have presented to our people on cross-selling initiatives and improving their understanding of their impact on the success of the firm. They have also offered one to one tax surgeries with each of our partners in order for them to plan their personal affairs, which we will benefit from this year. Their benchmarking analysis of the firm allows us to have strategic conversations with them, and also with my partners internally.
All in all, they help us to improve our business.
Nick Gutteridge, Managing Partner, Burnetts
“Having worked with Matt, Helen, and Steven at Armstrong Watson over the past few years I have been particularly impressed by their responsiveness and proactivity as well as their breadth of knowledge. They always respond quickly and expertly to queries and are keen to update me when any relevant changes arise.
I really feel that Matt and his team take every step to understand and become a part of my business and have my best interests at heart at all times. They have helped to develop and recruit into my finance team, which will enable my business to grow even further in the long term”
Kevin Towers, Pinnacle Enterprises
Armstrong Watson has been providing IBISWorld with audit services since we began operations in the UK in 2010. More recently we have also engaged them to assist with our tax services. Our experience throughout the relationship has been that of a very professional organization that provides a high level of expertise and comfort to ensure confidence in the end product. Matthew, Helen and Zoe are responsive and personable, further making Armstrong Watson a pleasure to work with
Jody Scott, Global Finance Manager, IbisWorld
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