Digital

Patricia Graham, Assistant Manager, Audit and Assurance, Grant Thornton Ireland  While the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination is well under way, a return to the office and pre-pandemic life still feels like a distant dream for many. The pandemic has shone a light on the need for businesses to keep up to date with…

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Remote working

Anne Phillipson, Director, People & Change Consulting, Grant Thornton, Ireland  The Irish Government has just published a National Remote Work Strategy – Making Remote Work – that is their plan for addressing the fundamental changes to the way we work post-Covid. The report is issued by their Department for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, which is…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It’s often said that adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it. Each one of us, no matter our background or circumstances has had to deal with some level of adversity at some point in our lives. This is especially true at the present time…

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Post Brexit Immigration

 Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland I attended a recent webinar organised by the NI Chamber of Commerce and delivered by Conor McCrory who is an Associate Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin specialising in business immigration law. What stood out for me were the various complexities impacting NI businesses from the…

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COVID

Sam Beattie, Associate Director, Payroll, Grant Thornton Ireland  Employers across the four home nations and beyond would universally welcome a return to normal after almost a year of adapting to change brought about by the CV-19 pandemic.  As we approach the first anniversary of the first COVID-related lockdown, this is a good time to look…

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Threat

Aine McGlynn, Assistant Manager, Forensic and Investigation Services This year we will continue to see a significant number of employees working remotely to counteract the difficulties presented by COVID-19. In recent months a vast number of cyber-attacks have made news headlines, the majority of which have been attacks from outside the organisation. Whilst external threats…

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Iconic environmental activist and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich has been revealed as a guest speaker at this year’s IoD Women’s Leadership Conference. Known for “fighting hard and winning big”, Erin will join the leading business organisation for its virtual Women’s Leadership Conference sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, taking place in March. Erin, whose story became…

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Electric foiling workboat

Artemis Technologies has moved to the next phase in the development of its Artemis eFoilerTM electric propulsion system, announcing plans to launch a technology demonstrator in 2021. Announced by Artemis Technologies COO, Prof. Mark Gillan, during a presentation to the Workboat Association’s Technical Workgroup yesterday, the first vessel equipped with the transformative Artemis eFoilerTM, will…

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Poor

By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton Ireland Marcus Rashford’s work challenging the government over food vouchers during school closures is just one of a series of recent issues that continually challenge my thinking around our economic priorities, and our seeming inability to really tackle deprivation and poverty. Other things that have brought this conundrum…

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