Building strong relationships

There are plenty of accountancy firms to choose from, so what is it that sets us apart?

As well as being one of the largest accountancy firms in the Scottish Borders, our team of experts have an unrivalled wealth of experience, providing you with a full range of specialist accountancy and financial services.

But as well as our expertise, our reputation is also built upon the hands-on approach that we take with all of our clients, by offering easy and direct access to the experts in our team, we develop strong relationships that are built to last.

Ultimately, we are here to look after the financial needs of our clients and we never forget that or take you for granted. You will receive advice that is second to none but because we also recognise that every client is totally unique, we will take the time to get to know you and your business and treat you in a very individual way.

Unrivalled wealth of experience
Reputation built on hands-on approach
Strong relationships that are built to last

Growing business together

Whatever type of financial advice that you need, whether its business or personal, our team of specialists are here to help.

Our team consult across all aspects of accountancy; from advising and supporting every size and type of business to personal tax planning to ensuring that new business ventures get off to a flying start. We are more than qualified to handle all of your accountancy needs.

Let us introduce you to the JRW team who are based at locations across the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh, but with clients right across the country we are more than happy to advise you, wherever you are located.

Kevin Crowford

Partner

Qualifications

Higher National Diploma in Accounting - Scottish College of Textiles (1985)
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (1990)

Industry Expertise

Responsible for a large portfolio of clients. Kevin has extensive experience in dealing with family owned and owner managed businesses, of all sizes, personal taxation and succession planning.

Specialist Expertise

A general accountancy practitioner with over 30 years experience in tax, Kevin has a wide range of knowledge in all matters tax, especially Personal Tax, Inheritance Tax Planning, Capital Gains Tax & Family Trusts (he currently acts as a trustee for a number of family trusts).

Achievements

Partner since 1996

About Me

Married to Shiela for over 25 years they have two children Lisa & Lewis.
Away from the office Kevin enjoys horse riding, golf and rugby.

Contact

01450 372267

Alister Biggar

Partner

Qualifications

BCom (Hons) in Business Studies and Accounting from University of Edinburgh, 1992
Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 1996 after training with in our Hawick office

Industry Expertise

Agriculture, Construction, Investment Companies, and not for profit organisations.

Specialist Expertise

Accounting, Business Advice & Tax Advice for sole traders, partnerships & limited companies.
Auditing of small & medium sized companies, charities & co-operative societies.
Firm’s Audit Compliance Partner.

Achievements

Became a partner in the firm in 2002

Surprising Skill

Completed 10 marathons - Alister enjoys running including competing in cross country races & marathons.

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Kevin Ferguson

Partner

Qualifications

BA (Accounting) from Edinburgh Napier University in 1990
Qualified as Chartered Accountancy with ICAS in 1993

Industry Expertise

Particular interest in the Agricultural and Motor sectors.

Specialist Expertise

Responsible for a broad spectrum of client types and industries with emphasis on the Owner Managed businesses.
One of the firms Registered Auditors.
Responsibility for our IT structure and computerised bookkeeping services.

Achievements

Currently serves on the Gala RFC committee and is Treasurer of the Galashiels Chamber of Trade and BID for Galashiels. Also Treasurer for Border Counties Rally and Hawick & Border Car Club.
Interests include rugby, rally marshalling, walking and reading.

Surprising Skill

Having held a first aid certificate for over 30 years this has helped when Kevin spent more than 20 years involved in mountain rescue, and when first on scene at accidents.

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John Craig

Associate

Qualifications

MA in History, 1985, University of Edinburgh
Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy, 1987, University of Stirling
Chartered Accountant, 1994, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Industry Expertise

Responsible for a broad spectrum of owner managed business clients and a number of charities of varying types and sizes.

Specialist Expertise

Many years experience in providing accountancy, tax and VAT services across a wide range of business sectors including sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and charities.
John manages the firm’s Langholm office.

Achievements

Treasurer of local charity and brass band, Hawick Saxhorn Band. Treasurer and Director of Hawick Reivers Association which organises the annual Hawick Reivers Festival.

Contact

013873 80730 (Langholm office)
01450 372267 (Hawick office)

Alan Simpson

Associate

Industry Expertise

Manages a large client base of sole trader, partnership and small limited companies. Agriculture, specifically farm accounting.

Specialist Expertise

Manages the accounts of a number of clients with particular strengths in farm accounting. Also provides bookkeeping services for a growing number of clients and assists with I.T. matters and SAGE products and software issues in particular.
Alan is based normally in the Hawick office but works from the Langholm office on Mondays, other days easily arranged by appointment.

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Robert Johnstone

Associate

Qualifications

Higher National Diploma in Accounting 1990 (Scottish College of Textiles)

Industry Expertise

Manages a varied client base of sole traders, partnerships and small limited companies

Specialist Expertise

Accountancy advice for owner managed business clients.
Based normally in the Galashiels office but works from Peebles office on Tuesdays, other days easily arranged by appointment

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Joanne Gibson

Associate

Qualifications

BA in Accountancy & Finance 2005 (Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh)
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009 (ICAS)

Industry Expertise

Wide range of sectors, including Construction and Agriculture.
Varying sizes and structures from sole traders to large companies.

Specialist Expertise

Accountancy, Tax and Audit Services

Surprising Skill

Learnt to knit at a young age and have been ever since. My little girl needs a bigger wardrobe for all the cosy cardigans she has now!

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Kenneth Logan

Associate

Qualifications

MA (Hons) in Accountancy and Finance at Heriot Watt University graduated 2001
Chartered Accountant - qualified with ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) in 2004

Industry Expertise

Broad experience across many industries in Edinburgh's City Centre where I head up our Edinburgh office.

Specialist Expertise

Family owned and owner managed SME businesses
Cloud and desktop accounting
Business start-ups
Individual personal tax affairs
Tax planning

Achievements

Qualified Chartered Accountant
European Champion in Junior Chamber International for Best President in Europe in 2010.
Member of BNI, First 4 Business, The Merchant Company of Edinburgh and JCI Edinburgh.

Surprising Skill

Can bungee jump without making a noise – 007 style!

Contact

0131 322 1860