Limavady Community Development Initiative crowned ‘Best of the Best’

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Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI) Daycare has been named overall winner at the Best Kept Health & Social Care Awards, sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport. LCDI won ‘Best Kept Daycare Centre’ in the Western region before competing in the final stage of judging and being crowned the ‘Best of the Best’. The centre…

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Pension provision may prove profitable

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By Rachel Marsden, Manager, Audit at Grant Thornton Upon concluding negotiations designed to avert strike action over employment conditions, in February 2019 the Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) took the first steps towards making ‘collective defined contribution’ (CDC) pension schemes a real possibility within UK workplaces. The adoption of CDC schemes has…

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Voxbit disrupting telecoms sector with innovative technology

: Pictured (L-R) are Dr Vicky Kell, Director of Innovation, Research & Development, Invest NI with David Whelan, Founder and Managing Director, Voxbit.

Belfast company Voxbit has won business in Great Britain worth more than £3.5 million for its innovative new internet-based business phone platform, byphone, less than 18 months after launching. The firm is challenging global players in the communications market with its Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) platform, which was developed with research and development support…

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Lighthouse Communications joins Business in the Community


Lighthouse Communications has joined the responsible business network, Business in the Community (BITC).   Alyson English, Director at Lighthouse Communications, said: “All members of the team at Lighthouse Communications are genuinely committed to achieving the strategic objectives within our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. “In recent years it has become clear that sustained company efforts to…

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R&D credits impacting your cashflow

Janine McNeill

By Janine McNeill, Assistant Manager, Tax at Grant Thornton HMRC is currently experiencing significant delays in processing Research and Development (R&D) SME tax credit claims and Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) claims. It has recently announced a recovery plan which has a target date of 30 September 2019 to get through the backlog, with…

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No use wishing away ‘no deal’ Brexit

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It is said that a week is a long time in politics – but judging by the relentless daily developments in Brexit, it seems that each day has enough activity to fill even the longest week. In one of several breaking developments yesterday, the…

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Belfast City Airport makes ‘Airport of the Year’ final

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George Best Belfast City Airport is one of three remaining airports competing for the title of ‘Airport of the Year’ at a prestigious aviation convention. After receiving 73% of a first-round public vote, Belfast City Airport has progressed to the final stage of the 2019 AIR Convention Europe Awards, alongside Heathrow Airport and Greater Toronto…

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Go forth and multiply!


By Anthony McKibbin, Associate Director, Business Risk Services at Grant Thornton  You may think, given the increasing likelihood of a no deal Brexit, that most UK based companies would be focussing on the UK market at the minute. However, a recent survey shows 37% of businesses expect to increase exporting in the coming year. Indeed,…

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Flexible working evolves to agile

Patrick Gallen

By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Flexible working as a concept has developed in recent years through both its implementation, development and acceptance within organisations. This is primarily due to an increased desire amongst employees for a greater work-life balance and technology has made this practice possible. This desire has manifested…

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