Armstrong Watson growth as an independent sounding board

Armstrong Watson’s Yorkshire Corporate Finance team has achieved its most active period of new projects and deals completed for five years in 2014 demonstrating substantial growth as part of a new long term strategy within the region. Following the recent move to new offices at 10 South Parade in Leeds, the Yorkshire team was brought together from surrounding offices led by Partner Phil Bailey.

This success is based on the team working closely on a “day to day” basis with owner managed and family business clients. The firm’s focus is developing strong working relationships and a real understanding of the owners’ aspirations and objectives leading to a plan to generate growth and realise the longer term potential of a business.

This partnership approach has seen Armstrong Watson involved at the very early stages of a company’s development, well ahead of any discussions on a future sale, acquisition or any other transaction based event. It facilitates a high level of advisory input and develops a clear understanding of the businesses short, mid and long term development plans.

Armstrong Watson’s clients such as Badgequo, the Silsden based designer, developer and distributor of colour cosmetics and related products in to high street retail across Europe, value the service and expertise of an independent sounding board and the team approach with their senior team and any third party involvement such as the bank or other finance provider.

Badgequo Managing Director Kai Arter said “It’s about having someone who is independent to the business but who has a detailed knowledge of the business. This outside perspective is invaluable; as a business owner it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day running of the business, and lose sight of the bigger picture. This really helps us to make the right decisions.”

Phil Bailey commented “Being an independent sounding board to clients and offering advisory input on a long term relationship basis is integral to the future objectives of our corporate finance team. We have ambitious plans for growth within the Yorkshire marketplace and this genuine added value approach will only benefit the wider business community.”

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