Following the death of my grandmother, I had been helping my grandfather sort out his affairs. He wanted to get everything in order but was unsure how to go about doing so and wanted minimal disruption to his life in that he was not keen on having to go and sit in an office with someone he didn’t know or who didn't understand his situation. We were referred to Armstrong Watson following completion of a Will as it came to light that there was going to be a large inheritance tax liability upon his death. We were unsure what we could do to try and mitigate this given the fact that the majority of the wealth was in property. There was also a complicated family history and therefore it was important to my grandfather that he retained control over his assets.
Steve came to visit my grandfather in his own home and immediately put him at ease. He listened to everything he had to say and was able to explain a complicated scenario in a plain and simple language which my grandfather was able to understand. Steve was able to outline a number of scenarios and options for consideration which we had not thought about. Not only have we been able to potentially mitigate any inheritance tax liability of what we thought was originally going be over £150,000, we have been able to get everything in order exactly how my grandfather wanted while allowing him to maintain the aspect of control. He also has peace of mind that his wishes will be adhered to when he is no longer with us.
We did not think this outcome was possible, and therefore would highly recommend Steve Roberts and Armstrong Watson for their knowledge and expertise, professionalism and courtesy.
Armstrong watson have been our accountant for 10 years since our business was registered in 2003.
Offering a very professional service, they have a most approachable manner and are always keen to offer answers to any queries we have, however minor or major.
Hopefully this relationship will be maintained for some time to come.
Kevin Edgar, Director, Lakeland Dialysis Limited
Our business has been supported by Armstrong Watson since opening over seven years ago. We know that we can pick up the phone and our queries will be dealt with in a professional but friendly manner. When it comes to our tax affairs they are always on hand to advise us proactively and deal with HM Revenue & Customs so that we don’t have to!
Lakeview Guest House
Armstrong Watson work very closely with our company and we meet with Tony Bullock regularly to discuss the business and strategic matters. During one such meeting we mentioned a new craft tool that we were involved with, and some of the technical challenges we had faced in this regard.
Armstrong Watson immediately made us aware of research & development tax relief. We then met with their R&D tax relief expert who explained the relief clearly and we agreed a way forward in order to make our first claim under this relief. Armstrong Watson helped us every step of the way, making the process easy and really showing knowledge and expertise throughout.
I would strongly recommend any company involved in science or technology to seek help with R&D tax relief claims from Armstrong Watson
Brian Welch, Managing Director, UK Industrial Tapes Limited
Running a guest house on the Isle of Islay in Scotland with turnover rising from £60k to £110k we were looking for an accounting system that would help to make our working life a little bit easier and that is exactly what Xero has done for us.
Grant Smith and the staff at Armstrong Watson were so patient explaining how the system worked and how it could benefit our business. Within a few days it felt that we had always used it. It is actually a joy completing the VAT return as with everything in the one place to do this and staff at Armstrong Watson always happy to help with any queries that arise.
Andrew and Alison Jackson, Owners, The Bowmore House
I was first introduced to Xero around 12 months ago. I was starting my own business and looking to make sure everything was kept in order whilst feeling like I was in control of my companies finances. Zero gives me this and so much more. Everything is available to me no matter where I am in the world, I can see how my business is doing within a few seconds. Repetitive tasks like invoicing and filing my expenses are simple and fast. Xero has given me the freedom to spend my time doing what I set out to do, grow my business.
I have peace of mind knowing that everything is filed safely and available to me whenever I need it. Armstrong Watson can see what I can see so I know that experienced help is only ever a few clicks away. I can’t imagine running my business any other way, anything else would feel like a backward step. Grant Smith at Armstrong Watson had me up and running within a matter of minutes. The tutorial was one on one and easy to follow. Xero keep me up to date with any new features, I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Grant Beverley, Director, Beverley Associated Limited
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