Client Testimonials

Having worked within large corporations for over 40 years, the prospect of starting my own Company some 4 years ago was both exciting yet daunting at the same time.

Many friends and colleagues advised that all I had to do was go 'on-line' and register with Companies House. No doubt this was sound advice, but I couldn't get answers to all the naive questions I needed to ask!

Following a couple of recommendations I turned to Armstrong Watson who were able to talk me through the various options, answer all my queries and ultimately help establish my Company, providing peace of mind, knowing all the angles had been covered.

I still enjoy employing the services of Armstrong Watson, not only for the provision of the statutory requirements of running a Limited Company, but the ability to pick up the phone at any time and obtain professional advice from friendly, courteous and understanding staff.


I have no reservations in recommending Armstrong Watson.

Grant Gilmour

We’ve been working with Armstrong Watson since we incorporated over 20 years ago.   The quality of the service they provide has always been of the highest standard.

In recent years Nigel Holmes in their Corporate Tax department has provided us with invaluable assistance with regards to R&D tax relief.  His detailed knowledge of the system and its procedures has (from our point of view) made claiming this very straightforward.  I know from speaking to similar companies to ours that this has not often been their experience.

We’ve successfully made significant claims over the last 3 years.  In these tough times this has made a tremendous difference to our business.

Peter Williamson, Supersonic Software Ltd

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.

Campbells Decorators

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.

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