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Amstrong Watson and specifically Grant Smith have been invaluable to the set up and successful running of Stapleton Creative Ltd. As a Creative I have very limited knowledge of all things tax and finance related, I am very logical, but sometimes even I can't work out all the jargon and the funny ways HMRC word things, so it is a massive help that Grant is always there to answer any questions I might have. Even the really strange ones.
Grant has guided me through VAT, tax and everything that relates to keeping my business, and its funds ticking over nicely. He is a pleasure to work with and always patient, I couldn't recommend Armstrong Watson more. The whole team are friendly and make me feel less ignorant than I am.
Jane Stapleton, Art Director, Stapleton Creative Ltd
Just to say thank you again to you and your team for the great efforts to get the &co accounts completed to meet the 31 July filing deadline. I understand we will be having a final Trustees meeting in September to finalise the wind down. I know Alison and Chris were very impressed by the service they have received from Armstrong Watson and I hope they keep up this relationship when they start up the new CIC.
Helen Dobson, Financial Director, Opera North
Armstrong Watson have audited and advised Mumtaz Food Industries through a major period of high growth. Armstrong Watson have been available at all times to help provide focus to the management and dealt very professionally with difficult situations. Their support has been invaluable and I am particularly happy to see that their enthusiasm and commitment to getting a job done, (even the annual audit) still remains after a 12 year relationship.
Rab Nawaz khan Akbar, Director, Mumtaz Food Industries Limited
Armstrong Watson have been accountants, auditors and tax advisors to Cartonage for over 15 years. During a difficult trading period we took the hard decision to move our affairs over to another firm of accountants but having experienced Armstrong Watsons support and excellent advice we reappointed the firm at our earliest opportunity.
The level of service and Partner involvement was a key factor in us moving back. Outside of the audit they have been invaluable in advising us on our group structure, minimising our corporate tax and assisting with a number of acquisitions.
Philip Webster , Chairman, Cartonage Limited
Our family business has been supported by Armstrong Watson over the past 40 years, this alone is testament to the quality service and invaluable advice they provide us. They are only a phone call away, whether it be about tax, pensions, payroll, accounts or personnel queries.
We know that we can pick up the phone and our queries will be promptly dealt with in a professional but friendly manner. To be quite frank we would be lost without them.
Fontana's Fish and Chips
Our family have been clients since 1975 and we’ve been very pleased with the friendly, approachable partners who have looked after our accounts over the years. Armstrong Watson’s advice meant we became a Limited Company – which saved us a lot of tax. We wouldn’t consider going anywhere else.
Mark and Marvin Herrmann, Marvins
'I was very 'raw' in a sense, not having started up my own business before. Armstrong Watson told me everything I needed to know and held my hand throughout the process. By introducing me to other clients who had been through the same process, it gave me confidence in my abilities and that little push I needed to make the business succeed. I trust the team implicitly and could not have done it without them. I never thought I could become good friends with my accountant but it has happened and I’m pleased that I’m with such a forward thinking firm.'
Vicky Houseman, Doyly’s tearooms
It’s no exaggeration to say that without Armstrong Watson we would not be where we are today. I don’t think we would have achieved our MBO - when we initially sought advice, we decided to go to the firm with the best reputation in the area – and we haven’t been disappointed. Without Armstrong Watson's help I doubt we would have been able to complete the deal. I am delighted with the support Armstrong Watson gives us - they totally deliver on what they promise.
Bill Dixon, Cumbria XPress Logistics
One word sums up the support I get from Armstrong Watson - tremendous. The firm understands my business and allows me to concentrate on growth. They take care of the accounting and have provided strategic advice that has helped me to develop the business. When an opportunity came to buy out a partner, advice from the corporate finance team hit the spot. As my support team, they really do get the job done.
Brian Welch, UK Industrial Tapes Ltd
HVCA is one of the largest trade associations in the UK and is the controlling entity of seven operating subsidiaries. The Group is not large in financial terms when compared with the general level of UK businesses but it operates on commercial lines wherever possible, particularly at subsidiary company level.
In 1997, it was decided to emulate the practices being adopted by bigger businesses by the creation of an Audit Committee and an internal audit function. This was operated by Finance Department staff initially and then, in 2000, a decision was taken to transfer all internal audit functions to an external firm. After a carefully structured selection process, Armstrong Watson were appointed.
We have never regretted the decision. Every element of the Group has now been subject to rigorous review at least once, and there has been a clearly recognisable improvement in our systems, internal control procedures and reporting functions. The quality of reporting by Armstrong Watson, both for management and the Audit Committee, is very high with no punches being pulled.
Internal audit has become an integral part of our operations. We are now entering the next phase of internal audit review processes with Armstrong Watson and look forward to even more improvement in our underlying systems and controls.
Ray Barraclough, HVCA
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