We approached Armstrong Watson for strategic business advice about one year ago. We like the fact that Nick keeps things simple and doesn’t bombard us with jargon. We have found the process to be a great help in lots of aspects of future planning. The quarterly process can feel a bit daunting, ensuring that our 90-day objectives are met on time. Our team of three owners feel the investment has been worth it as we have a more efficient business and can look to the future with more enthusiasm. We would recommend this service to business owners and leaders alike.
Link Recruitment, Carlisle and Dumfries
The strategic business advice service from Armstrong Watson has been a massive help to my business in the last year. The opportunity to use these meetings as a sounding board is invaluable. The way I have been held to account, and pushed beyond my comfort zone has, in hindsight, been quite enjoyable. I went on a trade visit to the Far East in part because AW wouldn’t stop reminding me about it. Another significant result has come from a successful introduction to different grant funding organisations. I expect my business will continue to reap rewards from this investment over the coming years. Thank you.
Glencroft Countrywear, Lancaster
Selling your family business and family home of over 40 years is not an easy decision to make and is a life changing event. Having never sold a business before there are so many unknowns and uncertainties, not to mention the doubts that enter your mind. Andrew and Darcie guided us all throughout the entire process and invested their time to ensure we had a clear understanding of the process and what things meant. Cutting through the jargon and liaising with the legal advisers made things even easier for us and without their guidance and support we may have never completed the sale. We can now enjoy our retirement and are very much looking forward to the next chapter for us all. We would have no hesitation in recommending Andrew, Darcie and team at Armstrong Watson.
The Quinion Family, formerly of Farlam Hall
Armstrong Watson has always been accessible, supportive and always there to assist us in our business journey from start up, all the way to sale and beyond. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to any one (and have done so on multiple occasions).
Phil Fraser, Jupiter Online Gaming
I would like to acknowledge the huge contribution that Andy Poole made to the success of our business planning weekend in March 2019. Andy’s pre-meeting preparation, insight, experience and clarity of thought enabled us to achieve in just one working day what it would otherwise have taken us many working days to accomplish, over a much more protracted timescale. As a result of Andy’s overall contribution and willingness to challenge, we identified and unanimously agreed the strategic aims which will form the essential foundation of our business plan for the next five years. Andy made an invaluable contribution to our business planning process that was not only highly productive and outcomes focussed but one that was inclusive and enjoyed by all who took part. I would recommend Andy to other law firms without hesitation or reservation.
Paul Bury, Managing Partner, The Endeavour Partnership LLP
Armstrong Watson have been our accountants and tax advisers for many years. We have an exceptionally good working relationship, so much so that we see them as another arm of our team here at The Lakes. They not only deal with our accounts and tax affairs, they understand our business and the way we run it, which is so important when we talk through problems or opportunities. They have supported us throughout a period of significant growth and it goes without saying that their pro-active approach to business and tax planning has been invaluable. We would not hesitate to recommend them.
The Lakes Free Range Egg Co
We use Armstrong Watson for all our VAT, Payroll and other accounting needs due to the excellent advice we recieve. Grant Smith is more than just an accountant, he gives sound practical business advice and and we value that.
Helen Mullinder, Owner at the Sandwich Club, Carlisle
We were undertaking a review of our pension scheme, a benefit which has been much valued by the members and felt that to provide the additional support during the transitional period, we needed to bring in the services of a professional financial adviser firm. It was important to us that the firm was local to Cumbria and able to create a trusted relationship with our colleagues who were trying to understand how the proposed changes would or could affect them.
The feedback from our members has been extremely positive; they valued the independent, professional and considered advice and support the team at Armstrong Watson were able to provide. Matt and his team were able to accommodate meetings on site, at home or in one of their local offices; nothing seemed to be too much trouble and the advice given to the members has been critical in allowing informed decisions to be made.
Working with Armstrong Watson has been a positive experience and we hope to continue to build on this relationship for future initiatives
Innovia Films, UK
“If Bruce and I come up with an idea, Armstrong Watson is like a sounding board. Grant will sit down and he’ll say ‘what about this?’ I used to see accountants as a bit up-tight, a bit beige – they’re not like that. A lot of accountants you’re just a number, but Armstrong Watson understand the people behind those figures and the passion they have for what they’re doing.”
Bruce and Luke, Carlisle
When changing independence rules in the Big 4 meant I had to outsource my consolidation I was nervous about using an independent firm. I needn’t have been. Simon has the experience of my audit lead in the Big 4 but the time to meet me face to face and work through it – he wasn’t just there at the end but with me on the journey.
Anne Caudwell, Head of Finance, Giacom World Networks Limited