Client Testimonials

Since changing Accountants a little over 18 months ago, we can honestly say that Armstrong Watson have been excellent.

Richard Askew has been brilliant in dealing with our accounts and very supportive in helping us convert to the Xero Accounting software and nothing has been to much hassle for him. The Payroll Department have also been amazing too, especially Lisa Grainger, who deals with our wages.

I would happily recommend Richard and Armstrong Watson to anyone looking for a proactive firm of Accountants and Business advisers

Kelly Hunter, Living for Life (Cumbria) Limited

I’ve been with Armstrong Watson for over 20 years and have worked with them on quite a range of things from accounts, corporation tax, self-assessment returns and general compliance.

What sets Armstrong Watson apart from other accountants is the personal relationship we have developed. They always go the extra mile and are always there when I need help and advice.

I trust Armstrong Watson. They always act in my best interest - and having that feeling of security is priceless. 

Ben Peters, Managing Director, BHP Associates, Harrogate

We engaged the Armstrong Watson legal sector team to provide outsourced FD services and to assist us through a period of transition following the departure of our previous in-house FD.  Their knowledge of the issues and bespoke recommendations have helped to refocus our management thought process and implementation of our strategy.  Armstrong Watson has refreshed the output of our accounting function and that has allowed our management team to focus attention where necessary. We use their user friendly KPI focused management information and this allows for a joined up approach with our strategy and informed management decisions.  All in all, we are delighted with our decision to outsource our FD function and wish that we had done it long before.

Peter Stafford, Managing Director & Head of Business Services, Cartmell Shepherd

More than accountants, a genuine trusted adviser and they’ve proven over the years they can deliver.

William Whitaker, Whitakers Chocolates Ltd

We are an amateur performing arts theatre in Carlisle and Armstrong Watson have handled our accounts and prepared our end of year balance sheet for many years, providing us with an outstanding service at all times.

More recently we have had a closer relationship as I have been working with Katy Consterdine who maintains our banking transactions and book-keeping for the past two years. Nothing is too much trouble for Katy or any other of the staff. I look forward to my monthly visits and I always feel confident leaving my company's records in their hands. It is like working with a real family: such is the quality of the teamwork. The personal touch provided, in my dealings with the staff, consolidates my confidence in Armstrong Watson.

Having experienced first hand the exquisite services they provide, I have no hesitation in recommending Armstrong Watson and shall continue to form long term business relationships with their staff.

David Wood,Treasurer of Carlisle Green Room Club

Having worked with Matt and his team at Armstrong Watson over the past few years I have been particularly impressed by their responsiveness and proactivity as well as their breadth of knowledge. They always respond quickly and expertly with queries and are keen to update me when any changes arise.

I really feel that Matt and his team take every step to understand and become a part of my business and have my best interests at heart at all times. They have also helped to develop and recruit into my finance team, which will enable to business to grow even further in the long term.

Kevin Towers – Managing Director, Techbuyer

For over 30 years Armstrong Watson has brought genuine independence, rigour, professionalism and wise advice to the audit of the Society’s arrangements and its reporting to the Board and its membership at the AGM. Not just in respect of the statutory accounts, but also in respect of its management and compliance arrangements. I would have no hesitation in commending Armstrong Watson to any prospective client whose aspirations, ideals and principles on behalf of the community which it serves, are similar to those which the  Society has adopted and benefited from over many years. 

Douglas Thomas, Vice Chairman

We appointed Armstrong Watson to assist with the production of our Year End Accounts and Annual Accounts return to the ESFA and from the first meeting to the completion of the returns, we were impressed by the professional manner in which they dealt with us as a client. The team's extensive understanding of the ESFA Accounts Direction and Academies Financial Handbook ensured that the work completed was to a very high standard and they were able to complete the task in hand in a timely manner. Their ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines ensured that the returns were available when needed.

With the good understanding of the sector, together with attention to detail and professionalism of their staff, we would be happy to recommend Armstrong Watson as a provider of accountancy services for a Multi Academy Trust and other educational setting

Delta Academies Trust

Changing accountants is always a major decision and one not to be taken lightly.  When our accountant announced his retirement in 2013 we were forced to make a move.  As a Rural Estate, we were very keen to engage a firm who had both an understanding of and an interest in Agriculture.  Peter Molyneux and his team came very highly recommended by our agricultural bank manager at the time.  On the initial meeting with Peter, Keith and Andrew, we felt instantly at ease with them.  Nostell Estate comprises of 3 farms along with residential and commercial lettings and on a day to day basis we deal predominately with Peter Molyneux or Keith Johnston.  As our trust and respect has grown for Peter and Keith, they have become increasingly more involved with major projects, succession planning and general business advice.  I now consider them an integral part of my team at Nostell Estate and I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Lord St Oswald, Nostell Estate

Douglas has been pro-active and given me advice on risks to my business. I value the personal contact that I have with the Accountant who is responsible for supervising my preparation of my annual accounts. 

Armstrong Watson is obviously a very professional business with a modern approach including regular circulation of its Agricultural publication, but it has also managed to retain its friendly approach. 

David Green