Client Testimonials

Traak Systems provides real-time predictive analytics based on our award winning technology. We blend disparate live data streams from many sources including sensor networks and RFID into meaningful and actionable business information and dashboards in real-time. Our solutions enable a wide variety of applications where there is an urgent need to sense and respond in real-time to critical and dynamic situations and environments across a number of industries and sectors.
As we are at the leading edge of software development we have used our accountants Armstrong Watson to assist us with applying for R&D Tax Credits. Armstrong Watson have been an excellent and well informed adviser for this potentially tricky and complex subject. Nigel Holmes has extensive experience of this area and with Nigel’s essential support we have managed to claim back very valuable amounts

Colin Balfour, Director, Traak Systems

We engaged the services of Andy Poole of Armstrong Watson to assist us with a proposed merger with another solicitors’ practice.  We found Andy Poole to be extremely personable and his considerable experience of similar mergers proved invaluable.

Partner, Anonymous

Armstrong Watson have been Clark Door Ltd accountants and auditors for many years.  With the introduction of research and development tax relief in November 2000, Nigel Holmes approached us as a company he thought might qualify for this relief.
Since that time Armstrong Watson's proactive approach and technical knowledge of the ever changing rules has resulted in substantial tax savings from the application of this relief.  Their approach results is a very smooth procedure and claims process and we have no hesitation is recommending their service to third parties.

Paul Ashley, Clark Door Ltd

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