About

Argo Business Compliance helps clients add value through honest feedback on processes and systems, and by highlighting problems and risks to be considered.

Working together, we identify issues upfront and then seek to resolve them with proper and sufficient management attention. Our common objective is to have a solid business environment with little scope for any last-minute surprises.

The Argo in Greek mythology

The story of Jason and the Argonauts is the most famous tale of Greek mythology, and the story of the quest to obtain the Golden Fleece has been told and retold for countless generations.

Jason, and the band of heroes he travelled with were collectively called the Argonauts, and they were voyagers upon the ship Argo. The vessel was called the Argo the word argos in Greek means “swift”. The journey for the Argo was a long one and the sailors of the Argo faced many trials and tribulations. So, the Argonauts set to their oars with great vigour.

Sam Ahmed, 
Chartered Accountant (ICAEW)

samahmed@me.com

01932 482720 | 07769 742431

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

 

2018

Founder, Argo Business Compliance

2008

PLC Company Secretary

1997

Group financial controller,

Head of corporate compliance

1992

Principal, Sam Ahmed & Co

1990

Audit manager, Price Waterhouse

1981

Training contract, Central London accountants

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION

 

Business Finance Professional

Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered

Accountants in England & Wales

Leeds Beckett University

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Sam is a Business Finance Professional with ICAEW accreditation. He trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in central London.

 

During his articles and early career, he worked mainly with owner-managed clients before enhancing his knowledge and broadening his experience. His varied and in-depth work in public practice includes general accounting, audit, and taxation.

 

Added to that is the re-engineering of finance functions, transactional work, and integrating of businesses following corporate activity such as mergers and acquisitions. Subsequently, this advisory foundation was substantially supplemented by Sam’s direct involvement with front-line commercial activities in industry.

He worked in audit and business advisory services with Price Waterhouse Birmingham, which included a six-month receivership appointment in the automotive industry. Then, he returned to London to start his own accountant’s practice, serving SME’s and growing businesses.

After five years, he joined his largest client and Sam was appointed group financial controller to a quoted company with 8 self-storage centres. The business grew twenty-fold over the next two decades through organic and acquisitive initiatives.

 

A fresh challenge arose in 2018, and Argo was established to provide bespoke support to SME’s, by exploiting the benefits of practical and relevant aspects from larger enterprises. A return to the roots with an added armoury.

 

Sam is a trustee and treasurer of a local charity. He enjoys not smoking, the gym, time with family and friends, following Premier League football, and chasing his two Westies. Other languages include non-business oral fluency in Cantonese, Urdu, and Hindi.

SKILLS AND EXPERTISE

  • Business advisory

  • Virtual CFO

  • Management accounting and reporting

  • Taxation planning and reporting

  • Statutory accounts

  • Investment/Divestment transactions

  • Corporate restructuring

  • Property ownership and operations

  • Refinancing activities

  • HMRC liaison and negotiations

A stable tenure is evident throughout the principal’s extensive career; Sam Ahmed was able to roll his sleeves up and thereby gained wide experience in 30+ years:

  • Delivery of expectations, whilst utilising the ability to adapt

  • Cost efficiencies, restructuring and rationalisations

  • Regulatory compliance, supervision and monitoring

  • Multi-site, with UK and European subsidiaries

  • Ethics and values, with equitable attitude being paramount

  • PLC corporate governance, IPO, REITs, US private placement

  • FX and interest hedging protection

  • Tribunals, claims, and litigation support

Get in touch today to find out how Sam can support you 

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