Client Testimonials

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

I am my mother’s court appointed deputy after she suffered catastrophic brain injuries in a road accident. It was vital that I got the right advice and support in dealing with the financial situation and aftermath.   Matthew has shown a great deal of professionalism, but what I like the most is his personal attitude and empathy in my situation. He has carefully guided and supported me in a world I knew nothing about. His invaluable advice has been gratefully received.

Financial Planning Client, Cumbria

Our family business has been supported by Armstrong Watson over the past 40 years, this alone is testament to the quality service and invaluable advice they provide us.  They are only a phone call away, whether it be about tax, pensions, payroll, accounts or personnel queries.

We know that we can pick up the phone and our queries will be promptly dealt with in a professional but friendly manner.  To be quite frank we would be lost without them.

Fontana's Fish and Chips

We have been working with Rohan and his team at Armstrong Watson for approximately three years and this has been an extremely refreshing and positive experience since we made the decision to change accountants.  I find Rohan to be very approachable, proactive and also responsive when we need advice from him or a member of his wider team of specialists. Rohan’s knowledge of the intricacies and complexities of the construction industry mean that we can always get the right advice in a very timely manner. The audit team are friendly, knowledgeable and efficient.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Rohan to any business that wants a trusted advisor who adds real value and he has been a pleasure to work with.

Norman Wooler, Managing Director of RN Wooler & Co Limited

We approached Armstrong Watson for strategic business advice about one year ago. We like the fact that Nick keeps things simple and doesn’t bombard us with jargon. We have found the process to be a great help in lots of aspects of future planning. The quarterly process can feel a bit daunting, ensuring that our 90-day objectives are met on time. Our team of three owners feel the investment has been worth it as we have a more efficient business and can look to the future with more enthusiasm. We would recommend this service to business owners and leaders alike.

Link Recruitment, Carlisle and Dumfries

The strategic business advice service from Armstrong Watson has been a massive help to my business in the last year. The opportunity to use these meetings as a sounding board is invaluable. The way I have been held to account, and pushed beyond my comfort zone has, in hindsight, been quite enjoyable.  I went on a trade visit to the Far East in part because AW wouldn’t stop reminding me about it. Another significant result has come from a successful introduction to different grant funding organisations.   I expect my business will continue to reap rewards from this investment over the coming years. Thank you.

Glencroft Countrywear, Lancaster

Selling your family business and family home of over 40 years is not an easy decision to make and is a life changing event. Having never sold a business before there are so many unknowns and uncertainties, not to mention the doubts that enter your mind. Andrew and Darcie guided us all throughout the entire process and invested their time to ensure we had a clear understanding of the process and what things meant. Cutting through the jargon and liaising with the legal advisers made things even easier for us and without their guidance and support we may have never completed the sale. We can now enjoy our retirement and are very much looking forward to the next chapter for us all. We would have no hesitation in recommending Andrew, Darcie and team at Armstrong Watson.

The Quinion Family, formerly of Farlam Hall