We enjoy a strong and constructive relationship with Alison Watts and the Armstrong Watson team. They add value to our business thanks to the breadth of services that they offer, whatever the nature of the advice we need. Armstrong Watson worked with us to restructure the business. They understood exactly what we wanted to do commercially. We can now consolidate and expand our business with the support from experts who understand us, our business and its strategy moving forward.
Richard Haugh, Director, James Haugh (Dumfries) Limited
Sharon has been visiting us as our external financial resource for a couple of years. She settles all of our invoices, manages the monthly management accounts and produces a number of financial statements for us including the VAT return. We have always found her very professional, flexible, and self-motivated.
Above all she has a very happy and pleasant disposition. She is a very able ambassador for Armstrong Watson's external facing staff and we are very pleased to have the opportunity of recording our appreciation.
John Grainger, Managing Director, Invest in Cumbria
Not being from a financial background myself, Armstrong Watson deliver the information I need on a level I can understand. I trust them highly and the service I’ve had from them has been fantastic.
Croxdale Fast Fit, Kevin Parkinson
It’s about having someone who is independent to the business but who has a detailed knowledge of the business. As a business owner it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day running of the business, and lose sight of the bigger picture. The outside perspective really helps us to make the right decisions for the business going forward.
Kai Arter, Badgequo
In developing our business, to provide high speed devices for fibre-optics systems at the limit of technology today, u2t Photonics UK has needed to have a tight rein on the financial management of the company while we are focused on the technical and business challenges.
For financial support at u2t, we have relied on Armstrong Watson to provide sound financial advice but also more practical help where, for example, they have taken tasks on to allow us to get on with our main job. Responses to questions have been dealt with in an accurate and extremely timely manner which is important in a small technology business. At an early stage in the life cycle of a company it is particularly important that the development costs are well managed. Armstrong Watson educated us on the options for managing our tax affairs and ensured we made the most of tax measures which support small and medium sized enterprises. This most especially applies to the use of the tax credit offer from government which allows us to keep tight controls on our R&D costs.
In summary we have been delighted with the support, interaction and responsiveness which we experienced with Armstrong Watson, right from our first engagement with them four years ago.
Steve Clements, Managing Director, U2T Photonics UK Ltd
I contacted Nigel after reading an article in Taxation about EBTs. I liked the simplicity of the idea and how it involved working with the tax system rather than against it. The idea enabled me to reach a favourable EBT settlement with HMRC. I have subsequently used Nigel’s knowledge of R&D tax credits to help a manufacturing business that I am a director of. Once again, I am delighted by the outcome. I am keen for Nigel and Armstrong Watson to play a bigger role with a number of companies I am involved with.
Iain Jenkins, Director, Aquaspira Ltd, Creditflux Ltd, Alpha Haven Ltd
When the company of long standing, manufacturing furniture, with a strong balance sheet, was sold to a private equity firm Armstrong Watson was instrumental in assisting the future purchase in formulating the financial models, cash flow analysis and pro forma profit and loss. The representatives of Armstrong Watson involved, produced such levels of high quality results and provided invaluable contribution such that the new owners have commissioned further assistance in the post transaction.
This has been an effective transaction made so by having people with the skills in understanding the business and the requirements of the customer. These skills have been evident from the beginning of the process and mention should be given to David Richmond, a partner in the business and Andrew Padgett, a member of the corporate team, who reports to David. Andrew has a good understanding of the requirements to produce financial models with integrity. His knowledge of financials is invaluable but coupled with his knowledge of manufacturing accounting produces quality results enabling more effective management decisions at a high level.
David Richmond has an excellent understanding of business finance reporting and this experience helps to direct others, enabling results within a short time. His knowledge and the ability to understand various situations provide a valuable contribution to any strategic direction particularly in the area of finance.
They are exceptional and a credit to Armstrong Watson a very professional outfit and without doubt their contribution has made the transaction exceedingly cost effective.
John Williams, Managing Director, Ness Furniture
We engaged Andy Poole and his specialist legal sector team at Armstrong Watson as our accountants in 2012, only the second firm of accountants we have used in our 18 year history. We found that their management of the handover of responsibilities from our previous accountants was very smooth and constructive.
In the first year, we have been very satisfied with the level of specialisation which they bring to our sector. Our previous accountants were a top 10 UK firm, but we do not feel that they were able to offer the same depth of advice. Andy’s knowledge of the legal market shines through in his pro-active advice and they have been very keen to help to improve our business.
They have already suggested and implemented a change in our business structure to better suit our commercial needs. This should result in very significant tax efficiencies, even though we have not noticed any real changes to the way we run our practice on a day to day basis. We get on with running our practice and they get on with supporting us.
We are very happy with our decision to appoint Armstrong Watson and we are sure that they will bring on-going benefits to our business going forward.
John Gaunt, Senior Partner, John Gaunt & Partners
My contact is with Hilary Farish. Her work regarding my income tax and the helpful and kindly way in which she has dealt with my queries and my tax affairs which were complicated this year because of the death of my husband, have been greatly appreciated.
Daryl Warwick acted as liquidator for one of the University’s subsidiaries which had ceased trading. Daryl provided a clear timeline and prompt and tailored advice along the way. It was particularly useful to have him attend board meetings as it gave the Directors clarity on the process that was being followed and confidence in what was being proposed.
Andrew Heron, Deputy Director of Finance, University of Cumbria