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.
I have been self employed for over 50 years using the services of accountants. This firm is quite simply the best I’ve had. I always deal with the same person, Ross Campbell. He is entirely efficient and dependable, but most importantly he understands and adapts to my personal circumstances with friendliness and endless good will. This is the genuine, old fashioned personal relationship that we all miss so much. I feel very lucky indeed to have Ross on my side.
Mr W J Muir
I'm happy with Armstrong Watson as they give me the ability to feel confident that knowledgeable attention is being paid to my financial accounts.
Mr A Johnstone
Following a recommendation made to us, we have engaged the specialist Legal Sector team at Armstrong Watson for our accounts, audit and SRA Accounts Rules compliance requirement. We have been impressed by the breadth of their specific knowledge of the sector and how that helps them to proactively advise us. We greatly appreciate the consistent use of staff, and their interaction with our accounts team works very well indeed. Their advance planning makes everything work seamlessly and they have already spotted and enacted improvements that have helped to simplify our accounts and save us money.
Philip Browell, Director, Browells Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd
I am a Sole Trader supplying the agricultural/landscaping industry and was previously in partnership with my late father and we both were clients of Armstrong Watson. It was always my father's moto to hire the best professional financial and accountancy advice you can get and Armstrong Watson deliver this. I am not from the area and logistically it would be fair to say it may be easier to move to an accountant nearby, but I have been with Armstrong Watson all my business life and I’m confident I will remain a client as they provide such an outstanding service which is second to none.
Most of my dealings are with Douglas Murray, although I also deal with Ross Campbell. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire team as they are all experts in their field and always respond to any enquiry I may have promptly, clearly and concisely. They are all extremely approachable and I have a fantastic professional relationship especially with Douglas, whom I have known and dealt with for many years.
Nothing is ever too much trouble for any member of staff and I always feel at ease when posing questions/queries to them. Overall, they provide me with a first-class service which includes all my accountancy, financial, tax and pension affairs and I have complete faith and trust in the information and service they continue to provide me with. So, if you are looking for a fantastic company lo look after your financial affairs look no further than Armstrong Watson. They will look after you very well.
Janice O'Donnell, Vianian Supplies
The team at Armstrong Watson are a valued business partner and a continued part of our growth and development at KMF.
They have offered constructive and commercial solutions when needed and are extremely approachable.
Their fee levels are extremely competitive across the key products and in my opinion their service levels exceed that of their peer group and that of the Big 4.
Jon Eeles – Finance Director – KMF Precision Sheet Metal Limited
As a manufacturing business a critical element of our MI is our stock, too much stock and we have cash tied up unnecessarily, too little and we run the risk of disappointing customers. After a number of strategic business acquisitions and attempting to integrate different types of stock into our system we realised that there was a danger that our stock recording system could be producing inaccurate results.
As a result we asked the team at Armstrong Watson to review the stock system. Their review highlighted the areas of weakness and also the areas that were performing to expectations. With their assistance we addressed the areas of concern and amended procedures and practices accordingly. Their pragmatic common sense approach backed by their experience and knowledge enabled us to achieve the right result in a reasonable timescale.
We now have full confidence that our MI is accurate and reliable.
Stephen Widdows MD DJH Group Limited
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