Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the Free Press
8:29 PM 3rd August 2022

Armstrong Watson Leeds Marks Successful Year Of Growth With 100th Team Member

(L-R) Jamie Kelly, Tax Senior Manager, and Matt Osbourne, Partner & Head of Leeds Office
(L-R) Jamie Kelly, Tax Senior Manager, and Matt Osbourne, Partner & Head of Leeds Office
Accountants, business and financial advisers, Armstrong Watson’s Leeds team is celebrating a year of exceptional growth marked by the recruitment of the 100th colleague to join the business at their South Parade office.

Tax Senior Manager, Jamie Kelly, was the 100th Leeds employee to join the firm following a busy and successful year for the top 30 accountants.

Despite a challenging 12 months, the Leeds team has seen a 20% rise in year-on-year revenue growth from 2021 to 2022, and significant increases across service lines including audit, accountancy, corporate finance, tax, forensic accounting, and financial planning and wealth management.

This success is reflected in the recent investment within the team, whose city centre base last year underwent a major transformation to house the growing business and meet recruitment demands.

The firm continues its growth plans within the Leeds office, with further recruitment opportunities across its service lines and also follows the acquisition of long-standing Yorkshire Chartered Accountants, Grants, in February, and Volans, Leach & Schofield in June 2021.
Armstrong Watson prides itself on the support it provides to those joining the industry and this was recently evident when the firm was awarded the accolade of a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer by the Department of Education.

Matt Osbourne, the Lead Partner at Armstrong Watson Leeds office, said:
“I am incredibly proud of what the Leeds team continues to achieve through organic growth, successfully combined with experienced hires, and our commitment to training through our graduate and apprenticeship recruitment programmes.

“Why I believe we continue to do well is that we don’t just ensure that statutory requirements are met but offer the preparation and advice clients need to embrace their next big business event, be that expansion, investment, refinancing, or a sale transaction.

“The secret is our understanding of our market of private, owner-managed and family businesses, and offering the expertise and experience of larger firms, whilst retaining a personal, collaborative and responsive approach to ensure that we can meet the needs of our clients and fulfil our quest as their business advisers, to help achieve prosperity, secure our clients’ future and provide peace of mind.”

“To complement the business’s ambitious growth plans, it is soon to take on the next cohort of graduate chartered accountancy trainees, with 10 positions available at the Leeds office and, launching in late October, the AAT apprenticeship programme aimed at those 18+ years, with 4 positions available at Armstrong Watson Leeds.”