My support team at Armstrong Watson always tries to explain financial matters in the simplest way and don't confuse us with "accountancy speak" which other firms seem to do to try to impress. They are sincere in wanting us to succeed and try their very best to play their part in keeping the financial side as stable as possible and less of a worry to us so we can concentrate more fully on our business strengths.
Michael Abrams , Artist
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
Armstrong Watson has been my adviser since I started my business over 26 years ago. As the business has grown and developed, so has the relationship. Margaret is part of our extended team – I don’t always take her advice, but I feel secure knowing that she will tell me the way it is. She is a sounding board for my ideas. Businesses take risks, accountants crunch the numbers, so I’m very happy is that I’m getting sound advice.
David Hayton, Peugeot
We have no doubt that many accounting firms could provide us with an audit service but I am certain that very few take the care and interest in the company and the people behind it. Armstrong Watson has been our auditors and tax advisers for 10 years and has provided us with support when it was most needed.
Jim O’Connor, Kirklees Youth Training
Because Armstrong Watson is onside, support is always at hand if we have a decision to make or an idea for the farm that we want to explore. They give us the genuine, honest advice we appreciate. They understand agriculture and they know how we operate.
James and Eleanor Irving, Stockdale Farm
After having taken the decision to diversify part of the farming business into a visitor attraction, Armstrong Watson spent a great deal of time in helping us with the financial planning; in areas of budgets, costings, staffing numbers, wages etc. This then formed part of our business plan which was submitted to Defra in applying for a Rural Enterprise Grant. Thankfully, we successfully received a grant, without which the Hesketh Farm Park would never have happened.
Chris and Sue Heseltine, Hesketh Farm Park