Armstrong Watson

Accountant · Montgomery Way, Rosehill Industrial Estate, James Watson House, Carlisle, England

  • Making Tax Digital VAT Ready

    Specialist

    Making Tax Digital VAT Re…
  • Xero Migration

    Specialist

    Xero Migration
  • Platinum champion partner

    Partner status

    Platinum champion partner
  • Partner since 2011

    Experience

    Partner since 2011
  • Xero payroll certified

    Certification

    Xero payroll certified
  • Xero advisor certified

    Certification

    Xero advisor certified

About us

The complete cloud accounting solution

With over 10 years Xero experience we are the largest independent UK Accountancy and Business Advisory firm enrolled on the Xero cloud accounting platform. We have extensive knowledge of the software and, alongside providing businesses with solutions for maintaining their accounting records, we are also able to provide a huge range of additional cloud based accounting services, including bookkeeping, VAT returns, tax returns, payroll services and management accounting via Xero.

Meet the team

Armstrong Watson advisors: 450 - Xero certifications: 141

To become certified, advisors complete learning modules on Xero’s key features and pass a practical exam.

Richard Woolgar

Head of Outsourcing

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  • Xero advisor certified
    Has a strong understanding and practical knowledge of how to use Xero with clients.
  • Xero Migration
    Has training and expertise in switching clients to Xero.
  • Trade & construction
    Has training and expertise in advising on apps for trade and construction businesses.
  • Retail & ecommerce
    Has training and expertise in advising on apps for retail and ecommerce businesses.
  • Professional services
    Has training and expertise in advising on apps for professional services firms.
  • 3 years Xerocon attendance

Utilising my 10+ years' experience of Xero and its app partners, my team build beautiful integrated accounts and business systems that let our clients take control and their businesses thrive.

Stuart Matthews

Cloud Accounting Specialist

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  • Xero advisor certified
    Has a strong understanding and practical knowledge of how to use Xero with clients.
  • Xero Migration
    Has training and expertise in switching clients to Xero.

I have been migrating a broad range of businesses to Xero for the last 8 years. I Specialise in charities, Sage and the more complex conversions such as those with bespoke software and integrations.

Andrew Hemingway

Cloud Accounting Specialist

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  • Xero advisor certified
    Has a strong understanding and practical knowledge of how to use Xero with clients.
  • Trade & construction
    Has training and expertise in advising on apps for trade and construction businesses.
  • Retail & ecommerce
    Has training and expertise in advising on apps for retail and ecommerce businesses.
  • Professional services
    Has training and expertise in advising on apps for professional services firms.
  • Making Tax Digital VAT Ready
    Has training and expertise in helping UK businesses meet the HMRC requirements for Making Tax Digital for VAT.
  • Xero Migration
    Has training and expertise in switching clients to Xero.
  • 1 year Xerocon attendance

With 10+ yrs experience in accountancy I help businesses owners gain efficiencies in their work. Engaging with them to focus on performance and achieving goals. An expert in the Xero app marketplace.

Adam Pattison

Accounting manager

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  • Xero advisor certified
    Has a strong understanding and practical knowledge of how to use Xero with clients.

Working at Armstrong Watson as a Accounting Senior Manager, my key interests are working with business to assist with their growth, through strategic planning.

Matthew Hutton

Accounting Senior Manager

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  • Xero advisor certified
    Has a strong understanding and practical knowledge of how to use Xero with clients.

I joined Armstrong Watson in 2018 & have 13 years’ experience working in practice. I am ACCA qualified. I look after a wide range of owner managed businesses specialising in the hospitality sector.

David Jones

Accounting Director

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  • Xero advisor certified
    Has a strong understanding and practical knowledge of how to use Xero with clients.

I am the sector head for Family Businesses at Armstrong Watson LLP. I have extensive experience working across different size companies in a range of industries focusing on strategic business advice.

Armstrong Watson: Bank experience

Clients of Armstrong Watson connect to a range of banks via Xero. Armstrong Watson specialises in working with some of those banks; they can help with setting up bank feeds, and are knowledgeable about accessing bank loans and streamlining payments through Xero.

Bank connections


  • American Express (UK)
  • Bank of Scotland Business
  • Barclaycard Business
  • Barclaycard Personal
  • Barclays Business (UK)
  • Barclays Corporate (UK)
  • Barclays Personal (UK)
  • Capital on Tap
  • Cashplus Bank
  • Coutts (UK) - Business
  • Cumberland Building Society
  • HSBC Business (UK)
  • HSBC Corporate (UK) - HSBCnet
  • HSBC Kinetic
  • HSBC Personal (UK)
  • Handelsbanken
  • Lloyds Business (UK)
  • Lloyds Commercial (UK)
  • Lloyds Personal (UK)
  • MBNA
  • Metro Bank (UK)
  • Monzo Business
  • NatWest
  • PayPal
  • Pleo
  • Revolut
  • Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
  • Santander (UK)
  • Soldo
  • Starling Bank
  • Stripe
  • TSB (UK)
  • The Co-operative Bank (UK)
  • Tide
  • Virgin Money (UK)
  • Wise Business

Armstrong Watson: Industry experience

Armstrong Watson works with businesses across a range of industries. They specialise in helping to choose apps that integrate with Xero to boost business performance for some of those industries.

Industry Specialist


  • Trade & construction

    Specialist

    Trade & construction
  • Retail & ecommerce

    Specialist

    Retail & ecommerce
  • Professional services

    Specialist

    Professional services

Industries Served


  • Accommodation and hospitality
  • Administration and support services
  • Agriculture
  • Arts and recreation
  • Construction and trades
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Finance and insurance
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, advertising and consulting
  • Media and communications
  • Mining
  • Not-for-profit
  • Professional services
  • Public administration
  • Real estate and hiring services
  • Repairs and personal services
  • Retail
  • Transportation and storage
  • Utilities
  • Wholesale

Armstrong Watson : App experience

Armstrong Watson serves clients who use 16 different apps that connect and integrate with Xero.


Find us

Armstrong Watson has offices in 10 locations

Carlisle

Montgomery Way, Rosehill Industrial Estate, James Watson House, Carlisle, CA1, England

+44 01228 690100

Leeds

10 South Parade, 3rd Floor, Leeds, LS1 5QS, England

+44 01228 690100

Glasgow

24 Blythswood Square, 1st Floor, Glasgow, G2 4BG, Scotland

+44 01228 690100

Penrith

Gillan Way, Penrith, CA11 9GQ, England

+44 01228 690100

Skipton

Acorn Business Park, Number 3, Skipton, BD23 2UE, England

+44 01228 690100

Workington

Jubilee Road, Unit 23, Lillyhall Business Centre, Workington, CA14 4HA, England

+44 01228 690100

Kendal

Stramongate, First Floor East, Bridge Mills, Kendal, LA9 4UB, England

+44 01228 690100

Dumfries

51 Rae Street, Dumfries, DG1 1JD, Scotland

+44 01228 690100

Northallerton

Armstrong Watson, York House, Northallerton, DL6 2XQ, England

+44 01228 690100

Hexham

Burn Lane, Hexham, NE46 3RU, England

+44 01228 690100

New to Xero? Armstrong Watson can help

Xero is beautiful online accounting software for smaller businesses. Armstrong Watson can help make your switch as smooth as possible.

Contact them to find out how they can help your business.

  • 5 Years Xerocon Attendance ?
    The firm shows a commitment to Xero and to professional development by having one or more of their people attend Xerocon, Xero’s annual global conference, for the number of years shown.
  • Partner since 2011
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We don’t review advisor listings and we don’t recommend or guarantee the service provided by any one advisor, so make sure you check them out yourself and get comfortable with them yourself.

Xero certification means that some or all team members have completed courses and been assessed by Xero as proficient in the use of the Xero application.

Xero specialisation means that some or all team members have completed several short learning modules to develop skills in that area.

Xero doesn’t assess any individual advisor’s or firm’s proficiency as an accountant, bookkeeper or financial advisor. And Xero certified advisors and advisors with industry or bank specialisations are not employees of Xero.