We became subject of a VAT enquiry from HMRC, which resulted in us owing a considerable sum of money in VAT to HMRC.

We engaged with David Graham at Armstrong Watson to manage the enquiry with HMRC and negotiate the penalties on the errors that had been identified.

David managed to achieve an outcome of a suspended penalty and a time to pay arrangement which was longer than had been reasonably hoped for, allowing our business to continue trading and employing a large number of staff.

Further to this, David has been available for any other VAT queries that have arisen within our business, providing us with efficient and valuable advice.

Business Owner, Keighley

We used the services of Steven Metcalf at Armstrong Watson to devise and manage an asset protection project that we wanted to implement.  Steven offered us some invaluable advice on how best to go forward and once we decided to go ahead with his proposal he managed the project expertly, co-ordinating with several other agencies to oversee and complete the job.  Steven is extremely knowledgeable about every accountancy matter I’ve ever discussed with him and he has a knack for explaining it in a clear, concise and interesting manner.  We can’t recommend him highly enough.

Danny Tanfield, Managing Director, Swantek

We have grown our veterinary business steadily over the past 17 years and in the last few, with the help of Justin, we have negotiated many of the major obstacles business and life can throw at you. He has helped us with our financial planning such as the setting up of our self invested pension plan, rearranging our borrowing and long term tax planning. He has also introduced us to some key people when other issues have come up. I really feel that our companies financial health is in good hands and that we are now properly pro-active rather than reactive. We know that we have a safe pair of hands and the end of the phone should we have any financial issues.

Dan & Charlie Fawcett

Victoria has looked after our tax affairs for years now.  She has coped effortlessly with the financial aftermath of my husband's death in 2015 and is now guiding me through the more complicated aftermath of my brother's death in 2016. She is always friendly and efficient, which is important to me as I have never had to worry about these matters before.  I feel safe with Victoria. 

Felicity Coulthard

We have had a dispute with our EBT scheme for many years without any success and costly.  We have tried several companies!

After 14 years of trying we were recommended to see Mr N Holmes of Armstrong Watson.

He has more than met our expectations and succeeded in bringing the scheme towards a final closure.

We are so pleased with the result after all the years of worry and stress.

We would definitely recommend Nigel for his expertise and professionalism.

Bill and Linda Moody

I have been a client of Armstrong Watson for many years now, relying on your services to complete my yearly Tax Return, and have received an excellent accounting service each and every time.

During this year I have have travelled abroad with work, and contacted you for professional advice regarding my tax situation, to understand what is the best and safest way of managing my taxes. You have always been nothing less than fully approachable, supportive and helpful and have provided me with sound, legally competent and timely advice about my tax situation on every occasion.

Thanks to your advice, I have been able to manage my tax correctly and plan my times of work and return to the UK, in a way which works best for me and my family.

Thank you again for your professionalism and I will definitely be using your services in the future. 

Dr Mourad Habib Kirollos

I contacted Nigel after reading an article in Taxation about EBTs. I liked the simplicity of the idea and how it involved working with the tax system rather than against it. The idea enabled me to reach a  favourable EBT settlement with HMRC. I have subsequently used Nigel’s knowledge of R&D tax credits to help a manufacturing business that I am a director of. Once again, I am delighted by the outcome. I am keen for Nigel and Armstrong Watson to play a bigger role with a number of companies I am involved with.

Iain Jenkins, director Aquaspira Ltd, Creditflux Ltd, Alpha Haven Ltd

​​James Cropper creates some of the world’s most distinctive and technically advanced paper products, using materials from cotton and wood to carbon fibre. We support industries from packaging to inkjet media and aerospace with products that are at the cutting edge of performance.

  • Specialist paper and nonwoven materials group with a turnover of £88M.
  • ​6th generation family business started in 1845.
  • The Group operates through: James Cropper Paper Products, James Cropper 3D Products, and Technical Fibre Products.
  • Over 540 Employees worldwide
  • Exporting to over 50 countries
  • Experts in low volume manufacture of deep coloured papers and boards
  • Creators of sustainable moulded paper packaging, a true alternative to plastic
  • Innovative manufacturer of high performance nonwoven advanced materials

Armstrong Watson have a visible presence in the R&D tax scene in the North West, close to James Cropper’s head office. Our Company benefits from informative newsletters, articles in magazines, and talks at networking events. It is easy to approach Armstrong Watson and sound out ideas and useful to explore ways in which we could benefit from the changing opportunities on the tax landscape. Armstrong Watson’s key strengths come from their expertise and administrative support in claiming for R&D.  

Our Engineers, Technical Teams, Project Managers, Research Scientists, Laboratory Assistants and Operation Managers focus on the business and routes to drive growth and profitability. Armstrong Watson provide administrative support, subject matter expertise and credibility to our claims. For Armstrong Watson do this successfully they have to understand our business, and optimise what we can simply claim, providing the clarity and confidence with minimum disruption to the business. Armstrong Watson is a natural choice for James Cropper.

Isabelle Maddock, Group Finance Director, James Cropper PLC

Discussing matters of succession planning with family members is a challenging but necessary process if you wish to try and minimise inheritance tax. In recent years with the help of Helen Thornley and the rest of the team at Armstrong Watson we been able to take proactive steps to manage our family’s affairs to the point where we are now confident about the future.

Charles Lowther, Owner, Askham Hall

David, our VAT consultant was invaluable in helping us prepare for a VAT inspection. He checked all of our records with care and advised appropriately and answered queries with the VAT inspector on our behalf, saving me time and effort. 

Emma Arnold, Financial Controller, Leeds Business Improvement District

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