Armstrong Watson have been the appointed external auditors for Cumbria CVS for the past 4 years. Throughout this time, we have always found them to be professional, knowledgeable and reasonable.
We have been able to meet all of our filing deadlines whilst they have been appointed.
Both the auditing staff and managers are friendly but professional and very understanding of organisational need. The staff possess good communication skills and have been very helpful and approachable giving advice, especially through times of transitions within our organisation.
Armstrong Watson are also very knowledgeable of charity accounts which makes the audit process much smoother and discussions around organisational need and improvements much easier and applicable.
We have been very satisfied with the service from Armstrong Watson.
Jo Collin, Finance Manager, Cumbria CVS
Goodwin Development Trust outsourced payroll to Armstrong Watson around 2 years ago and have been very impressed with the service we receive from them as our payroll suppliers. We have a dedicated professional who ensures that our payroll is implemented smoothly. Checks are undertaken and our adviser regularly emails throughout the payroll period to establish that all changes are correct leading to a very accurate payroll system. We are so impressed with our current adviser that we emailed her manager to tell them and as a result, our adviser was successful in obtaining Employee of the Month earlier this year
When a review of the working agreement was required, Armstrong Watson provided us with assurance that all payroll checks would be undertaken in accordance with our policies and procedures. Our dedicated adviser was changed to suit the needs of our business and this was done seamlessly with an excellent handover between colleagues.
An all round excellent service that we would highly recommend
Lynne Stothard, Senior HR Adviser - Goodwin Development Trust
Armstrong Watson has been the school’s preferred Payroll service provider since April 2002.
During that time we have developed a very strong working partnership built on mutual respect and trust. I have found them to be extremely efficient and professional in all aspects of payroll.
There is always a member of their payroll team on hand, whether it be via email, telephone or face to face, to provide advice and support when needed. This, together with their continued efforts to maintain a high level of customer service whilst providing a bespoke payroll service for each of their clients, is a great strength.
This high level of customer service and the continual self-evaluation of that service ensures they provide value for money.
Mabyn Goodfellow, School Business Manager - Inglewood Junior School,
The team at Armstrong Watson were instrumental in interpreting the commercial terms of the transaction and ensuring that the disposal went as smoothly as possible through to completion. I would highly recommend them to anyone considering selling their business.
John Blacklock, Managing Director, Blacklock Harvesting Ltd
Armstrong Watson have been my accountants since becoming a businesses owner 6 years ago. They helped me throughout the set up and since. The firm has been able to keep me fully informed of any changes in legislation and were a great help in providing advice and set up for staff pensions. Through the hard work of the staff at Armstrong Watson I am able to relax and know that my accounts, pay roll and staff pension are correctly and professionally dealt with leaving me to concentrate on running the best businesses I can.
I would highly recommend Armstrong Watson to sole traders and limited companies alike who are looking for a professional and dedicated accounting firm.
Christopher Sherwin, Church Street Dental Practice
Armstrong Watson has worked with us on a variety of short and long term planning issues within our business. They have helped us to maintain a balance between the different voices in a multi-generation family business. It’s been useful to learn the outsider view of our organisation. I would recommend the strategic business advice service to any business.
Hills of Corby Hill, Carlisle
Armstrong Watson have provided our payroll services for a number of years. The team there are excellent; the whole process is user friendly, extremely efficient and very cost effective – everything I need. Any questions I’ve asked have been answered straight away (even daft ones) and they are terrific at dealing with last minute amendments!
I would thoroughly recommend the payroll team at AW to businesses of all shapes and sizes and look forward to continuing to work with them.
Scott Garson, Practice Manager, Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors
The relationship between Armstrong Watson and Simpson was initially established prior to the Management buy-out of the Simpson business, which is now some 25 years since and has proved to be a long and lasting quality relationship, developed primarily with the Audit and Tax teams who have supported us well through our business growth and succession.
We have also been able to take advantage and drive improvements and success through our business operations with the help of the Armstrong Watson Strategic Business Advice Service, which has acted as a catalyst to release the potential within our management team, and triggered further business development opportunities.
Ron & Beryl Gatenby, Directors, Simpson (York) Ltd
Gates are a global group with companies in various countries worldwide. In 2016 Armstrong Watson were awarded the audits of some of the UK entities in the group.
As Armstrong Watson have a local team they are flexible and can pop in and out as required enabling an efficient audit process. They have been friendly and professional in their approach and accommodating working with our timelines and requirements, and have delivered on their promises each year as well as being good value for money.
Financial Controller, Gates
We invited Armstrong Watson to submit a bid for our auditor tender. They were one of the few organisations who made the effort to visit us before submitting their bid. They were interested in getting to know us, understand our requirements and our strategic direction. Their written documentation was comprehensive and their presentation to the tender review panel was very professional We were unanimous in our decision to appoint Armstrong Watson.
The first year of their audit was conducted in a thorough and effective manner, working well with our Finance staff. Their presentations to Trustees and Annual General Meeting were well received by our Trustees and Members.
All of the Armstrong Watson team who we have worked with are very knowledgeable, approachable, supportive and good to work with. I have no hesitation in recommending their services.
Stephen Lester MBE, Chief Operating Officer, West Lakes Multi Academy Trust