Remote working

By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland You are probably fed up reading articles on this theme over the last few months. However, there are a number of aspects of this topic that are going to shape the world of work going forward, long after the pandemic has disappeared. The key…

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Leader

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland A common misconception is that the only people to find success are those born with a silver spoon in their mouth, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. I take a look at the business leaders around me, in Northern Ireland and further…

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Internship learning

Louise Coffey, Associate Director, Tax, Grant Thornton Ireland  One of the most popular routes to becoming a Chartered Accountant or Chartered Tax Advisor is to complete a three-and-half-year Graduate Training Contract. We anticipate the number of students applying for training contracts this year will be greater as COVID has caused more graduates to return early…

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Work from home

By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton Ireland The conversation about the future of our towns and cities fascinates me. A growing body of opinion believes offices are finished, that being forced to work from home for most of this year has made us all see the folly of joining the rush hour five days…

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Commercial property

Janine McNeill, Manager, Tax at Grant Thornton Northern Ireland  Given the current climate, commercial property owners may be finding it difficult to attract tenants to lease their premises. As a result, landlords may need to offer an incentive to potential tenants in order to avoid their properties sitting vacant for long periods of time. This…

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Maritime UK award winner

Artemis Technologies has won the prestigious Maritime 2050 accolade at this year’s Maritime UK Awards. The award, sponsored by the Department of Transport, recognises the firm’s efforts to capitalise on the opportunities presented within the Government’s Maritime 2050 Strategy. Founded in 2017, Artemis Technologies, led by double Olympic sailing gold medallist Dr Iain Percy OBE…

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Finance charts

Richard Martin, Associate Director, Corporate Finance at Grant Thornton Ireland The early stage reaction of the banks to COVID-19 has been largely viewed as positive – initially coming through forbearance in the form of facility extensions, covenant waivers, and repayment holidays, as well as through significant funding advanced under government-backed loan schemes. The Bounce Back…

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Online learning image

Claire Brereton, Assistant Manager, People and Change Consulting at Grant Thornton Ireland  By now you have likely moved your corporate classroom training to Zoom or Teams and ticked ‘develop digital learning strategy’ off your to-do list. But there is more to consider than just making the content and delivery available to all. It has to…

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Northern Ireland’s leading organics recycling firm, Natural World Products (NWP) has partnered with the Belfast Trust to support the provision of key services for those experiencing mental ill health during COVID-19. The firm which converts household food and garden waste into organic, peat-free compost has donated the equivalent of over 1,500 bags of its New…

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