Armstrong Watson

Accountant · Victoria Place, Fairview House, Carlisle, England

  • Making Tax Digital Ready

    Specialist

    Making Tax Digital Ready
  • Xero Migration

    Specialist

    Xero Migration
  • Platinum champion partner

    Partner status

    Platinum champion partner
  • Partner since 2013

    Experience

    Partner since 2013
  • Xero payroll certified

    Certification

    Xero payroll certified
  • Xero advisor certified

    Certification

    Xero advisor certified

About us

Armstrong Watson have strived to provide proactive advice to our clients for over 150 years. Working with the award winning accountancy software Xero allows us to take our strategic support to our clients even further. We’re not just here to show you where you’ve been we’re here to help you get to where you want to go.

Affiliations

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Association of Taxation Technicians
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Meet the team

Armstrong Watson advisors: 450 - Xero certifications: 122

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

Grant Smith

Accounting Partner

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  • Xero advisor certified
    Has a strong understanding and practical knowledge of how to use Xero with clients.
  • Xero payroll certified
    Has knowledge and experience of setting up payroll efficiently and ensuring a smooth payroll process.
  • Making Tax Digital Ready
    Has training and expertise in helping UK businesses meet the HMRC requirements for making tax digital.
  • 7 years Xerocon attendance

Xero user since 2010 and helped set up The Armstrong Watson Experience powered by Xero. Love all things business and Xero.

Richard Woolgar

Head of Management Systems

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

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

Keren Graham

Management Systems Accountant

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  • Xero payroll certified
    Has knowledge and experience of setting up payroll efficiently and ensuring a smooth payroll process.
  • Xero advisor certified
    Has a strong understanding and practical knowledge of how to use Xero with clients.
  • Making Tax Digital Ready
    Has training and expertise in helping UK businesses meet the HMRC requirements for making tax digital.

I led the team that migrated our internal accounting clients on to Xero. I now use that expertise to help clients manage their own businesses by identifying apps and processes to improve efficiencies.

Callum Lowe

Cloud Accounting Specialist

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

Using my years of Xero experience I offer high quality advice and specialise in integration with add-ons to further enhance automation, allowing business owners to work on the future they aspire to.

Stuart Matthews

Cloud Accounting Specialist

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  • Xero payroll certified
    Has knowledge and experience of setting up payroll efficiently and ensuring a smooth payroll process.
  • Xero advisor certified
    Has a strong understanding and practical knowledge of how to use Xero with clients.

I have been migrating a broad range of businesses to Xero for the last 6 years. I Specialise in charities, Sage and the more complex conversions such as those with bespoke software and integrations.

Justine Waddington

Management Systems Accountant

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

Experienced CIMA Accountant with extensive knowledge across the finance functions. Specialist in Management Accounts Production, Business System Implementation, and Finance Process Improvement.

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


  • RBS
  • NatWest
  • PayPal
  • HSBC

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
  • Professional services

    Specialist

    Professional services
  • Retail & ecommerce

    Specialist

    Retail & ecommerce

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
  • Not-for-profit
  • Professional services
  • Real estate and hiring services
  • Repairs and personal services
  • Retail
  • Transportation and storage
  • Wholesale

Armstrong Watson : App experience

Armstrong Watson serves clients who use 9 different apps that connect and integrate with Xero.



Connected apps

Find us

Armstrong Watson has offices in 10 locations

Carlisle

Victoria Place, Fairview House, Carlisle, CA1 1EX, 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

Duke Street, Penrith, CA11 7NA, 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.

  • 4 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 2013
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