Accounting & Audit Service
“I did not value our annual audit until we appointed Watsons. They highlighted a serious flaw in our delivery procedures and its resultant losses over the years. With their help we tightened our controls to ensure it did not reoccur and recovered money for the supply of goods that had gone unnoticed.”
John Fowler, manufacturing Engineers
Corporate Strategy Service
“Previously we had not really worried about the detail, as long as there were sufficient funds available we thought everything was going okay. It wasn’t until we started eating into our overdraft facility did we notice a problem. We contacted Watsons and they came in and produced accurate, up to date Management Accounts which immediately highlighted our costing problems. We now use them quarterly to review our figures and provide valuable input.”
Richard Stacey,Building Contractors
“Now that I am finally "retired" from the corporate world, I have at last found the time to set out a few words of thanks and to highlight the not insignificant role that you and your team played in helping me to attain my business objectives.
As you may recall, we first met in late 2000, on recommondation from a mutual colleague, when I was planning an MBO. Your early help and advice was invaluable during both the negotiations, money raising process and the eventual due diligence. Subsequently, members of your friendly auditing staff helped induct this humble engineer into the mysteries of double entry book keeping and the magic of Sage with much patience shown towards my "silly" questions! In 2001 we concluded the deal and within three years had become debt free.
We promptly set our sights on acquiring our main UK competitor and again your help and advice was both practical and, as we were successful - effective!
In June 2009 we concluded the sale of the enlarged company to a plc again with your personal and extensive involvement. In March this year I formally retired from the role of MD but continue to act as a non-exec with responsibility for special projects.
During this entire period Watsons provided our company with auditing and payroll services in a professional and friendly way and to a standard which made the eventual sale of the company that much easier.
At the risk of embarrassing your further Steve - it remains only to say I would have no hesitation in strongly recommending your firm to anybody who is looking for top flight support, not only in accounting but in the wider sphere of business advice, acquisition and disposal. I know that Watsons has become very successful over the years and it is easy to see why!”
Bob Kenhard, Merton Field Investments
Business Development Service
“Finding Watsons when I did changed my life. My father’s business was in a poor state and I questioned whether I should have taken it on ! Watsons supported me through the tough early days giving me sound advice and helping me raise the necessary finance – first to survive and then to grow. Then they sat me down in a series of very challenging but rewarding meetings to prepare a Business Plan that I am still following successfully today.”
I Jones, Private Hire Company
“A very involved matrimonial case landed on my desk full of accounts and valuations. I wondered how I was going to deal with the financial details but I knew Watsons provided a litigation support service for solicitors. Ever since that first phone call to them I’ve never hesitated in seeking their professional assistance. In this instance they provided me with a report detailing valuations and tax issues and appeared in Court to help settle the inevitable dispute over money. The Client was very satisfied with the outcome which would not have been so favourable had my firm and Watsons not teamed up!”
Robert Loader, Solicitor
“I was so pleased I talked to Watsons before I proceeded with the sale of my business. I had no idea that the way the deal was structured could have such an effect on the Capital Gains Tax liability. They literally saved me thousands of pounds !!”
Diana Brown, Retail Outlet
IT Support Service
“Watsons made our transition to dedicated accounting software so easy. They dealt with everything, including a regular training session at my premises to ensure things were going okay.”
John Rayney, Electrical Contractors
“Even though we are a significant employer we never regretted outsourcing our payroll to Watsons. Their professional, courteous and cost effective service is an invaluable asset to our business. Our dedicated accounts team, although well qualified, was not in the position to keep up to date with all the changes in payroll legislation. Outsourcing to Watsons ensures we adhere to all the necessary legislation, keep up-to-date and save money on training in the process.”
Ian Duncan, Electronic Engineering (40 employees)