Armstrong Watson had been our accountants for many years, and, given that relationship, I contacted them when I was thinking about selling Gardenwise. Douglas Russell introduced me to Ian Durie, and I was pleased with the way in which he explained the process, including the steps involved, the information that would be required and the likely timescales. Perhaps most importantly, the fact that I would be able to get on with the day to day running of the business while they ran the sales process was a key factor. Once we had chosen Klondyke as our preferred purchaser, Ian and his team advised on the most appropriate structure, liaised with the purchaser’s management team, their lawyers and our lawyers and effectively managed the project through to its successful conclusion. I was delighted with the help and assistance I received from Armstrong Watson and very impressed by the professional and diligent way they handled the work. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ian as a corporate finance advisor to anyone considering selling their business.
Alistair Bertram, Gardenwise
Darcie provided excellent advice and comprehensive guidance pre-sale and post-sale of my business. Any concerns/issues I raised were dealt with quickly in a very calm and controlled manner which is important when going through the complicated sale process.
If you are looking to sell or review your business for a potential sale I would not hesitate to recommend Darcie and Armstrong Watson.
Andrew Fisher, owner of Integrity IT Solutions
We are very happy with the service all of your team has provided including Andrew Robinson, Andrew Tame and of course Tom Craddock, The whole experience has been at all times extremely efficient and very friendly and cooperative unlike our last set of accountants
Neil Appleton, Managing Director, AMK Maintenance Limited.
It was a pleasure to work with the Corporate Finance, Tax and Audit teams at Armstrong Watson during our acquisition of Finlaysons Contracts. A proactive, pragmatic and collaborative approach ensured that the opportunity was presented in the best way for all parties and the skills of the Armstrong Watson team, along with their strict attention to detail, instilled great confidence in the process. While I don’t plan on buying another business for a while, I would certainly have no problem doing it all again with this team.
Tommy Cubby, Managing Director, Cubby Construction Limited
A high level of technical ability and a proactive, friendly approach has formed a firm basis for the trusted relationship we’ve developed with the Armstrong Watson team over the past 30 years. We continue to be impressed with the standards of the services we receive, including audit, corporate and personal tax, advisory and planning, and look forward to working together further as we grow.
Andrew Booth, Finance Director, Brook Taverner, Classic Tailoring’
I have been a client of Armstrong Watson for 9 Years. Grant Smith always provides me with constructive and expert financial advice, through his comprehensive understanding of the complexities of the day nursery sector. He has helped put a number of systems in place which has allowed me to streamline my accounting practice and adopt Xero, a cloud accountancy software programme.
I highly recommend Grant and Armstrong Watson.
Joanne Routledge, Kinder Park Nursery Services Limited
I cannot praise Murdo and the team at Armstrong Watson enough, regularly going above and beyond to provide good, honest, impartial advice and support on all aspects of our business. Indeed Murdo and his team recently turned around two sets of accounts for us within 48 hours in order to support an application for funding, whilst supplying additional guidance and encouragement. Murdo’s input goes way beyond the regular accounting and financial planning, the team have become much trusted and supportive advisors across all facets of our business and quite frankly at times we would be lost without them!
H A Sanderson, Upper Senwick Farm
We engaged with Armstrong Watson in 2019 to assist with our conversion from a traditional partnership to an LLP.
We’re based in Buckinghamshire and the Armstrong Watson Legal Sector team that were assisting us with the LLP conversion are based in the far North of England, but this did not affect the support we received with all meetings being carried out over teleconference (way back in mid-2019).
As part of the LLP conversion, we also engaged with AW’s Legal Sector team for our SRA Accounts Rules work. Although the intention was always to carry this out remotely, given recent circumstances, there would have been no choice in any case!
The process was simple and easy with very little disruption. The AW team let us know in advance what we were required to deliver for them to undertake their work and when, and they facilitated this through the use of a share file. Requests for additional evidence and information were done via email allowing us to collate what they required at times convenient to us rather than disrupting the working day, and the final meeting to discuss their findings was held again via teleconference.
Finally given that this work was being undertaken in March 2020 mid-pandemic there was no interruption to the service provided.
Paul Gardener, Partner, JGA Legal LLP (trading as J Garrard & Allen)
Andrew and Becky leading the audit and tax teams at AW have both provided excellent support to us over a number of years. Tax positions change regularly, so we always hold regular face-to-face meetings with Becky and the tax team to ensure we stay ahead of these changes, and the support is always up to date and proactive. Our audits are delivered flexibly, utilising technology to ensure the audit is completed in an efficient way as possible, and Andrew and the AW team have always flexed their approach as our capabilities have evolved. Importantly, we have continuity of relationship in both audit and tax, so the service always retains relevancy and we can stay focused on key issues.
Ben Humpage, CFO, NRL Recruitment
We spent an outstanding couple of days with Andy. It has helped with our cashflow, with profitability and interestingly clients have accepted a new process and approach to fees. The profit per file will be up. It was worth the time and effort and is the most useful session I’ve been on in years.
Paul Bennett, Bennett Briegal LLP