Live webinar: 'Autumn Budget Analysis 2021'
What could the Autumn Budget announcements, really mean for you and your business? As well as providing analysis of the key announcements, our panel of business specialists delve deeper into Rishi Sunak’s Autumn Budget statement, consider the impact any changes may have, and answer questions. Armstrong Watson’s CEO and Managing Partner, Paul Dickson hosts this webinar and is joined by experts from our Tax and Payroll teams.
October 28, 2021
Live Webinar: 'An Audience With... Will Evans'
Will Evans, founder and host of the ever-popular podcast, 'Rock & Roll Farming' and regular Farmers Weekly columnist joined us for episode six of our monthly 'Audience With...' webinar. Will's weekly podcast has featured over 180 farmers and characters from the industry since its launch in April 2017. He says: "British farming is about many things - world-renowned landscapes, ground-breaking innovation and technology, and incredible and varied livestock. But mostly it’s about people. The people who get up early in the morning and put their hearts and souls into what they do every single day." Andrew Robinson, Head of Agriculture for Armstrong Watson hosted, as we heard of some incredible characters Will has interviewed over the years and discussed why he is so passionate about giving farming a voice. Will and his family have been farming near Wrexham in Wales for hundreds of years. He now farms in partnership with his parents running a herd of 330 beef cattle and arable crops. Will is also Oxford Farming Conference Director and Co-Founder and community manager of eatfarmnow.com which brings together all the best farming content, showcasing our food and how it is produced. In 2017 he won 'Digital Innovator of the Year' at the British Farming Awards and in 2018, 'Emerging Leader'.
July 01, 2021
Live Webinar: 'An Audience With... Annabel Hamilton'
Borders-based arable and beef farmer Annabel Hamilton, joined Andrew Robinson, Head of Agriculture, for the fifth episode of our 'Audience With...' series. Annabel, alongside her father Will, farm 2,500 acres along the Berwickshire coast. They produce high-quality malting barley for Simpsons Malt which is then shipped all over the world. One particular heritage variety, Golden Promise is used by Timothy Taylor in West Yorkshire. Annabel and Will also fatten over 300 cattle a year, produced for quality butchers. Despite her youth, Annabel is highly experienced in farm management having gained valuable insight whilst overseeing the arable operations of large farm businesses in Northumberland and Lincolnshire before returning to the family farm in recent years. Annabel recently took the spotlight on the ‘Farmers of the UK’ Twitter page and has a large following herself. She regularly shares how she and her father are approaching the subject of succession, something she sees as a vitally important topic in Agriculture. She discussed this and revealed more details of the family’s latest diversification – a pick your own pumpkin patch. She also divulged some of the highly efficient practices her family employs on their farm to gain valuable time back and ensure the business is thriving.
June 29, 2021
Live Webinar: 'An Audience With... Jim Beary'
Progressive Yorkshire cattle, pig, and sheep farmer Jim Beary joined us for episode three of 'An Audience With...' hosted once again by our Head of Agriculture, Andrew Robinson. Jim has transformed his upland farm since taking his tenancy in 2018. Making the best of what the farm has and keeping costs down has been key to his success. Amongst other things, Jim has installed rotational grazing, looked at soil health, introduced mixed enterprises to spread costs as well as various improvements in farm infrastructure. He has gradually doubled his stocking rates and managed to cut lamb production costs by a hefty 30% since his move to Yorkshire from his previous farm tenancy in Staffordshire. Jim's story of hard work, resilience, and success is a genuine inspiration for anyone looking to get into farming. Listen in to hear his full story, his tips for efficiency, as well as how farming differs in the two very different landscapes he has worked within.
June 29, 2021
Live Webinar: 'An Audience With... Roan's Dairy'
In this second episode in the 'Audience With..' series, Andrew Robinson, our Head of Agriculture, is joined by Tracey and Aylett Roan whose family have been milking pedigree Holstein cows in Dumfries and Galloway for six generations. The Roan family’s story dates back to 1891 when the farm would deliver fresh, free-range milk to the Barnbarroch locals. In 2015 the family started processing their own milk and launched Fresher Than Udders Milk. Since then, demand has soared and free-range milk from Roan’s Dairy is now delivered to doorsteps across Dumfries and Galloway as well as being sold to shops, cafes, restaurants, and hotels. The award-winning business then went on to launch The Udder Bar, a quirky trailer kitted out with everything Aylett and Tracey need to create fresh milkshakes at events across Scotland. Listen in to hear their fascinating story; exactly how Roan's Dairy has evolved over the years and just what it was like starring in BBC Two's series 'This Farming Life' (Series 2).
June 29, 2021
Live Webinar: 'An Audience With... Sally Urwin'
Our 'Audience With..' series begins with 'Pint-Sized Farmer', Sally Urwin - probably the shortest farmer in England! Each one is hosted by Armstrong Watson’s Head of Agriculture, Andrew Robinson, and features a different guest from the farming community. Sally left her city career in 2004 to live on High House Farm in Northumberland with her husband Steve. Now they have two children and 200 sheep. She helps manage the farm, looks after the sheep, and in her spare time has written a book: “Diary of a Pint-Sized Farmer: A Year of Keeping Sheep, Raising Kids, and Staying Sane”. Andrew and Sally discuss the often-hilarious realities of farming family life with everything from stock sales to lambing sheds as well as divulging more about the inspiration for her book.
June 29, 2021
Live Webinar: 'An Audience With... Will Case'
Cumbrian mixed farmer and NFU ambassador Will Case featured in our fourth episode of 'An Audience With...Will Case.' Will and his family have created a hugely diverse farming business over the years. The key to their success has been to ensure each enterprise stacks up individually; we asked exactly how they've done that: • How their diversification into free-range hens became the most profitable part of the farm • How this allowed the family to split the business into two viable farms • How his Salt Marsh Lambs are reared for Booths and other quality butchers • How he adds further value to his business with pedigree breeding Texels and shearling ram sales For Will, who sees himself as a 'proud custodian of the countryside', his work is a family affair with a 400-year long farming legacy. He has worked with his brother and parents, focusing on diversifying into dairy and free-range hens alongside their livestock trade, to ultimately build two viable farm businesses which are now run separately by Will and his brother. Andrew Robinson, our Head of Agriculture hosted this online event and discussed with NFU ambassador Will about how the family has really made the best of what they’ve got and in turn, safeguarded the wider family’s livelihood for future generations.
June 29, 2021
Summer Statement and the Impact on the Agri Sector
Andrew Robinson, Partner and Head of Agriculture discusses the impact the Chancellor's Summer Statement measures will have on the farming sector with agri expert and Tax Director, Keith Johnston in their latest Agri podcast.
July 13, 2020
Monthly Investment Market Update - Covid-19 and the impact on consumer spending
Listen to our latest monthly podcast from Fund Manager, Richard Cole from Future Money and Iain Lightfoot, Joint Managing Director from Armstrong Watson Financial Planning & Wealth Management as they discuss what is affecting the markets in this health pandemic and the impact this is having on consumer behaviours in terms of saving and spending.
June 16, 2020
Monthly Investment Market Update - The Impact of Covid-19 and Planning for the Future
This month’s investment market update covers the latest developments in global markets and analyses the impact lockdown is having on the global economy. We also explore the questions and opportunities this raises from a financial planning perspective.
April 29, 2020
The Impact of Covid-19 on the Farming Sector
Our Accounting Partner and Head of Agriculture Andrew Robinson is joined by fellow Partner David Threlkeld and Agri Tax Director Keith Johnston as they discuss the impact Covid-19 is having on the Farming Sector and the support measure in place to help farming businesses.
April 17, 2020
Monthly Investment Market Update - The Impact of COVID-19
Armstrong Watson Financial Planning & Wealth Management Business Development Manager, Dominic Gaunt and Future Money Fund Manager, Richard Cole discuss the impact the COVID-19 outbreak is having on global investment markets.
March 26, 2020
Budget 2020 - Agriculture
Hosted by our Accounting Partner and Head of Agriculture Andrew Robinson, this podcast explores the 2020 budget from an agriculture point of view with our Tax Director Keith Johnston and Director of Agriculture Jonathan York.
March 11, 2020
Budget 2020 Summary
In this episode we're joined by our Tax Partner and Head of Tax, Jim Meakin and our Tax Director Keith Johnston who summarise the 2020 budget.
March 11, 2020
Property Investment: Profit, Compliance & Maximising your Returns
Property continues to be a popular and profitable option for investment, however, with ever increasing changes to tax and legislation, it’s important that landlords and investors consider the implications these may have. During this Podcast our host, Tax Partner Graham Poles is joined by property experts: Stephen Sewell, Director - Walton Goodland Gordon Adamson, Managing Director - Walton Goodland Helen Hayward, Partner and Head of Commercial Property - Burnetts Scott McIver, Tax Consultancy Manager - Armstrong Watson This discussion surrounds the opportunities available and actions you need to take to ensure compliance and maximise returns.
March 04, 2020
Armstrong Watson's Monthly Investment Market Update
Dominic Gaunt, Relationship Manager from Armstrong Watson and Richard Cole, Fund Manager from Future Money, provide their first monthly investment market update.
March 03, 2020
Armstrong Watson - Party Manifesto Tax Implication Summary
Armstrong Watson's Head of Tax, Jim Meakin and Private Client Partner Graham Poles discusses the two main party manifesto tax policies and the impact these will have on businesses and private individuals following the 2019 election.
November 28, 2019