Camtex Fabrics Ltd is a manufacturing company based in Workington, Cumbria. We undertake research and development of new products for the footwear industry.
For the last 7 years, Armstrong Watson have advised us on R&D tax claims. In particular, Nigel Holmes has been the key contact.
Nigel has a very good understanding of the rules and has been proactive in advising us how to maximise the benefit to Camtex.
His experience has enabled us to formulate a record keeping process and a presentation format that meets the needs of HMRC in a timely fashion.
Kieran O'Hare, Camtex Fabrics Limited
We have been a client of Armstrong Watson since 2009 and continue to be impressed with the standard of service from all of the team, which we believe is second to none.
Grant Smith has provided us with invaluable business advice which has been delivered in a professional and approachable manner. We have the utmost confidence in the advice he provides, which has enabled us to develop and shape our business for the future. This has taken the form of advising us in a financial capacity, within the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) and with providing H.R. Consultancy. For us it is the added value services that make our 'partnership' with Armstrong Watson so effective.
Armstrong Watson encourage 'partnership working' and this provides us with the reassurance that there is always prompt help at hand for our business, by telephone or email.
Most important of all we have been impressed that Armstrong Watson are wholeheartedly supportive in terms of genuinely wanting to see our business succeed.
We simply cannot imagine working any differently now, we are thrilled and feel fortunate to be a client of Armstrong Watson.
Grant and his team at Armstrong Watson have been with us from day one. To describe them as accountants is underestimating their abilities and wide ranging support they have given our business. From employment issues to strategic decisions and tax planning the team has been proactive in making sure we are kept up to-date with both legislation and opportunities in our market. Via there regular networking events and advisory seminars Armstrong Watson have also helped us connect with other professionals in the areas of business law, banking and other support services which have been essential to the success of our business. I would be very happy to recommend Grant and his team to any business, locally or nationally.
Steven Tweedie, Managing Director, Content Online Ltd
Armstrong Watson has supported my skiing and outdoor business for many years. Not only do they always offer the epitome of professional advice, their people take a personal interest in what I am doing in both business and outdoor activities. From complete accountancy to tax affairs to payroll; they give me complete confidence.
Grant Smith is no exception. Grant is on the ball, pro-active and takes a keen interest in modern online business methods. His advice regarding website trading, Facebook, Twitter and Ebay is most welcome. Impeccably trustworthy and straightforward, Grant would be my number one recommendation for anyone seeking an accountant.
Freetime Climb + Ski
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