Armstrong Watson have been the accountants for John Prest property Management for more than 25 years. Helen has been looking after us for a number of years now and during that time has always been available for help, advice, support and dealing with my enquiries, inane or otherwise, with her usual happy and smiling disposition.
I have every confidence in her advice and support and am not afraid to tell people that I have a friend who happens to be my accountant, rather than I’m friendly with my accountant.
I have no hesitation in recommending Armstrong Watson, based on my experience of Helen’s advice, expertise and support.
John Prest, Senior Partner – John Prest Property Management
"The discussions regarding benchmarks and indicators of financial instability were really useful but I was particularly enthused as well as assisted by the KPI's and Benchmarks and the impact assessment - especially impact and getting my brain working with what differences could be applied. What was of particular use to me was understanding the KPI's and not needing to be awash with information to understand the direction and profitability of the business. The Key Indicators and suggestions were a reassuring endorsement of the direction our firm has been taking coming out of Covid and helped me understand the impact as well as reasoning behind our 3 monthly cashflow projections and our use of the pipeline procedure."
Claire Barnes, Partner Dispute Resolution of Taylors Solicitors
Alex Nicholson and Emma Forrester were fantastic throughout the process [helping us submit a retrospective claim to HMRC for overpaid VAT on removable contents sold as parts of caravans] and without them we would not be in the position we now find ourselves. We received a significant six-figure refund and now enjoy increased margins on each sale due to their work.
“As such we would urge other caravan and holiday park owners to speak to Armstrong Watson to find out if they too could benefit from their expertise in this area.”
Scott Mounsey, Finance Director of Cotterhill Limited
Armstrong Watson has been my adviser since I started my business over 26 years ago. As the business has grown and developed, so has the relationship. Margaret is part of our extended team – I don’t always take her advice, but I feel secure knowing that she will tell me the way it is. She is a sounding board for my ideas. Businesses take risks, accountants crunch the numbers, so I’m very happy is that I’m getting sound advice.
David Hayton, Peugeot
Completing the audit against a COVID 19 backdrop, the Armstrong Watson team showed a pragmatic approach to auditing both going concern and impairment, giving clear communication on what information they needed and why. This was done in a way that supported the management team and wider Board to have everything signed and delivered on time and within our governance structure.
Anthony Hill, CFO, iPortalis
Since changing accountants three years ago, it all has become much clearer to me what all the facts and figures mean due to the way Nicki Hutchinson is able to explain to a layman in a clear, simple and concise way. She explains all of the technical terms such as opening stock, closing stock, variable costs etc, so I now feel I can attend meetings and for once understand and follow her line of conversation and feel part of it much more easily.
Becky has a strong desire to understand our business and provides a level of commercial input that sees her take pride in the successes that follow. As with all of our experiences with Armstrong Watson and Becky in particular we found the support during COVID-19 invaluable. The pro-active approach to identifying issues and addressing them on our behalf meant we could in turn concentrate on the variety of other matters at hand. The extensive knowledge and the support and experience provides a level of reassurance that offers peace of mind for both the organisational and business owner/directors interests.
Neil McIntyre, Managing Director of Kingmoor Park
Jim Lockhart has been working with Cricket Scotland Limited for over a decade. We have worked closely not only on the audit and tax services, but also when hosting major events such as the World T20 qualification competition in 2015. Jim and the team have consistently delivered and have provided valuable insight when needed.
David Johnson, Financial Controller, Cricket Scotland
So much of running a business is surrounding yourselves with the right people. Be that for advice, support and professional services. In farming it also really helps if you like those people, especially your accountant, as they are someone you communicate with regularly and have to trust completely. With Nicki Hutchinson we have been incredibly lucky not only to find someone who is professionally at the top of her game, but whose genuine warmth and comprehensive understanding of agriculture makes us feel she's very much part of our team, driving forward our business. Nicki has also been pivotal in succession planning for our business and has shown empathy and foresight, providing common sense solutions and delivering everything on time and as promised. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nicki and her team at AW, I feel our business is stronger with her input, her professional knowledge is superb and personally we find her a pleasure to work with.
Clare Wise Chapman, Mr J M & Mrs M Wise & Mrs C Wise-Chapman Farming Partnership
When it comes to accounting it can feel a bit daunting. With Helen's guidance, we have navigated our business through many changes over the years. Together with her professional support and the services of Armstrong Watson, we have kept up to date, introduced new strategies, making our accounting efficient, time saving and cost effective.
Kearton Crushing & Screening Limited