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.
Founder, Argo Business Compliance
PLC Company Secretary
Group financial controller,
Head of corporate compliance
Principal, Sam Ahmed & Co
Audit manager, Price Waterhouse
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
Management accounting and reporting
Taxation planning and reporting
Property ownership and operations
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