Armstrong Watson Webinars

Covid-19 Support Webinar Series

Each week we bring together financial experts and sector specialists to discuss current issues impacting British businesses and personal investments. To sign up for one of our upcoming webinars or to access our full series please click here.

A selection of our most recent recordings can also be found below.


The Summer Statement and your Business

The Chancellor announced a number of measures to help boost the economy as we transition out of COVID-19.

Much of the focus was around job retention, apprenticeships and supporting the hospitality sector and the impact these new measures may have upon your business. Our panel of Armstrong Watson experts discussed the measures in place,  alongside hospitality guest Martin Wolstencroft, CEO of ARC Inspirations and Andy Dodds, Director of Business Development and Marketing at Carlisle College.  


Phasing out of Furlough - Difficult Decisions

With the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme now in its second and winding down phase, we look at the implications for businesses that continue to rely on this support, and the difficult decisions that may now have to be made to ensure sustainability.

Job Retention Scheme Phase 2 Explained

Karen Thomson, Partner and Head of Payroll, has been working closely with HMRC to understand the new guidance and provides an overview and clarity of how the second phase of the scheme will operate, the flexibilities within it, eligibility criteria and the detail and required to calculate furlough claims.


What Law Firm Mergers Look Like in the New Normal

Legal Sector Partner Andy Poole and guests Andrew Roberts, Chairman of the Association of Law Firm Merger Advisors (ALFMA) and Mark Briegal, M&A Lawyer with Bennett Briegal discuss the future landscape for law firms looking to merge during and post-COVID.


Managing your Personal Wealth, Financial & Investment Interests

CEO Paul Dickson hosted our monthly Wealth & Investment webinar with Richard Cole, CFA, Fund Manager at Future Money LTD to provide an update on the financial market and policy responses to the economic lockdown; the impact on your equities and assets; the actions individuals can take now to protect investments; and potential opportunities during this time of crisis and beyond.


Business Owner Fatigue - What's next for your business?

As state support begins to fade, we discussed the many choices available to help you prepare and decide upon the next stage for you and your business; whether you are looking to refinance, restructure, diversify, or even sell or close down your business. Our CEO and Managing Partner Paul Dickson hosted this webinar and was joined by Restructuring, Recovery and Insolvency Partner Rob Adamson, RRI specialist Heather Bamforth, Corporate Finance Partner, Chris McCourt and Corporate Lawyer, Michael Walby, Partner at Burnetts Law Firm.

Worried about the viability and survival of your business post Covid-19?

Recovery, Restructuring & Insolvency Partner Rob Adamson, Heather Bamforth RRI Manager and Corporate Finance specialist Stephen Dinsmore were joined by special guest, Patrick Robertson, Senior Service Manager from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. Together they discussed what the “new normal” looks like for businesses and the steps involved in adapting their business for survival.


What's next for Agriculture post COVID-19 and post Brexit?

Our four industry specialists host and Head of Agriculture, Andrew Robinson, UK Head of Agriculture for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, Brian Richardson, Managing Partner of Agri-Business Managers, McGregor Farms and former Farmers Weekly winner of “Arable Farmer of the Year, Colin McGregor and Joint Managing Director of Harrison and Hetherington, Farmstock Auctioneers, Brokers and Valuers, Scott Donaldson gave their thoughts on how farming may look in the future and the steps farmers need to consider to make sure individual businesses and the wider farming industry can continue to be successful. 

Supporting Agriculture in the face of COVID-19

CEO Paul Dickson was joined by Head of Agriculture and Accounting Partner, Andrew Robinson, and Specialist Farming Tax Director, Keith Johnston, alongside Managing Director of The Farmer Network, Adam Day, and Pasture based Dairy farmer and First Milk Trustee, Robert Craig as they discussed the wide-ranging impacts, pressures and continuing implications on the agricultural sector.  They also looked into what the future holds post pandemic and explained what farming businesses can do now to help adapt to these changes. 


Covid19 - Impact and Implications for the Not for Profit-Charity Sector

As COVID-19 continues to have a devastating impact on the economy, Not for Profit Sector experts Ross Preston and Karen Rae, alongside Andy Beeforth, CEO of Cumbria Community Foundation, and restructuring specialist Heather Bamforth consider the immediate impact the virus and lockdown has had for this sector and the implications going forward.


COVID-19 & The Hospitality & Tourism Sector - Surviving the Crisis

Hospitality and Tourism has been hit hard by the COVID-19 lockdown and on-going social distancing measures will see this impact continue for much time to come. Our panel of sector partners, Richard Andrew (Accountancy), Graham Poles (Tax) alongside host CEO Paul Dickson, were joined by sector stalwarts Martin Wolstencroft, CEO of ARC Inspirations (who own and manage some of Leeds and Manchester’s best known bars), James Tasker, Director of the Lake District Hospitality Association & Proprietor of The Lamplighter Dining Rooms and Dan Visser, Vice Chairman of Cumbria Tourism.

Together they looked at the main issues affecting the sector and provided practical information and advice to hospitality and tourism business owners, to maximise their current position and prepare for the ‘new normal’. 

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