Client Testimonials

As a family owned and managed manufacturing business we have the skills and experience to know what to do, when to do it and how to do it.

We have the day to day running and management of the business in hand.  That said, what we have never challenged ourselves on is the bigger picture, we all know our roles and responsibilities.

What the team at Armstrong Watson have done is to challenge how we work not in the business, but on the business.  Their input and knowledge has allowed us to stand back from the day to day operations and work on the business, looking at the bigger, more strategic plan, rather than the day to day operational issues.

We have found, and are still finding, their input challenging, insightful and of great value.  They have a wealth of knowledge and whilst we believe the issues in our family owned and managed business are unique to us, it becomes more apparent that the issues are common throughout many similar businesses.

Jon Ward Joint MD Kay Dee Engineering Limited

We recognised that we could benefit from a more effective rewards programme for our staff and fee earners in order to reward and further encourage high performance. However, we were unsure about how to structure such a rewards programme in a way which would not have an adverse affect on morale within the firm or the culture of the firm.  

We were impressed by the knowledge, experience and awareness of Andy Poole and the specialist legal sector team at Armstrong Watson.  They really understood the likely impacts of potential rewards programmes and were able to provide a comprehensive report, suggesting a bonus scheme that was bespoke to our business, helping us to drive performance in our key areas.  The presentation of the scheme, suggested rules and financial awareness training delivered to our fee earners has had a positive impact on our business.

Ian Kennerley, Partner, Silk Family Law

We let the experts help us. We’ve got up to date wills, up to date pension systems, all the financial planning goes into that. How to reduce taxation, planning for retirement, planning for everything.

We plan everything. We have two year, three year, five year, 10 year plans. We do the whole lot. Armstrong Watson control the financial side of it, that’s what we let them do. We concentrate on what we do. We use the experts, we employ contractors and any experts to do the work. I know how to grow chickens, I’m a chicken farmer, I’m not a financial consultant. They do it for me. All of it.

Mark Forster

I was looking for a financial advisor to help consolidate my pensions. I am very glad I was led to Armstrong Watson. The information and services that I received are far more than I ever expected. Not only have my various pensions been combined, but I now have a greater understanding of how everything works. For the first time I'm fully confident that my finances are in the best hands and will be for the future with the ongoing service that I will receive. By and far the best choice I could have made.

Tzvi Lindeman

My wife and myself needed a good, reliable financial advisor to manage our savings and pension funds. We have been very pleased with the service that has been provided for us by Justin Rourke and his team at Armstrong Watson in Penrith. We receive an approachable and honest service, and have felt reassured that our funds are being managed sensibly and in our best interests. On the strength of our own experiences, I would have no hesitation in recommending Armstrong Watson to others.

Mr & Mrs R

Having experienced lacklustre financial advice in the past, we were both initially reluctant to approach Justin for pension advice. We shouldn't have worried as Justin has been a breath of fresh air with his honesty and professionalism, guiding and advising us along the way from his wealth of knowledge and experience. We now feel that our finances are in safe hands and look forward to our annual review for an update on the financial world!

Mr & Mrs Newport - Cumbrian Property Services

Armstrong Watson have been my business accountants for 20 years, so when I needed retirement advice on my deferred pensions I had built up many years ago, Armstrong Watson Financial Planning Ltd were my first choice.
At the first meeting, Justin covered a wide range of topics. He came over as professional,calm, not pushy and explained technical issues in layman terms. This initial meeting with Justin gave me the confidence to continue working with him and not seek another independent financial advisor.

I have built up a good working relationship with both Justin and the investment manager which Justin recommended and I know that if I ever have any questions or requests I can contact them for assistance.
This all works so well that my partner is now looking at moving their investment portfolio to Armstrong Watson Financial Planning Ltd too. 

N - Cumbria

I first encountered Justin when he provided training for my work colleagues about the introduction of pension auto enrolment and I was impressed by the quality of the information provided and Justin’s clear and knowledgeable response to concerns and questions raised. When I was looking for someone to provide me with pension advice leading up to my retirement Justin immediately came to mind. The advise and support that Justin has provided has been excellent, just the right level of detail to allow me to make informed and realistic decisions about my pension and future finances. Justin has certainly lived up to my expectations - brilliant!

Karen Bowen

Having explored the possibility of early retirement I approached Armstrong and Watson for professional advice and was introduced to Justin Rourke and his team. The detailed and independent advice I subsequently received was invaluable in providing me with the background information and understanding I required to make a measured and informed choice on the best options to secure my future pension arrangements. Throughout the whole process Justin’s availability, professionalism, experience and guidance  provided me with reassuring support. I am confident that my funds are now being managed in a way that will meet my future requirements.

I look forward to working in partnership with Justin and his team for many years to come and based on my own experiences I would have no hesitation in recommending Armstrong and Watson to anyone seeking advice on their financial matters.


We have grown our veterinary business steadily over the past 17 years and in the last few, with the help of Justin, we have negotiated many of the major obstacles business and life can throw at you. He has helped us with our financial planning such as the setting up of our self invested pension plan, rearranging our borrowing and long term tax planning. He has also introduced us to some key people when other issues have come up. I really feel that our companies financial health is in good hands and that we are now properly pro-active rather than reactive. We know that we have a safe pair of hands and the end of the phone should we have any financial issues.

Dan & Charlie Fawcett