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Investing in people pays dividends

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By Julie Smith, Associate Director, People & Change Consulting at Grant Thornton In the uncertain world we live in, one thing we can be certain of is that businesses need people and people need to have up-to-date knowledge and skills to enable businesses to succeed. No matter how the working world changes, there will always…

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Resistance to change is futile

By Áine Logan, Associate Director, Financial Services Business Consulting at Grant Thornton Change is inevitable in day-to-day life, whether we consider our personal or work lives, change surrounds us. Organisations of all sizes are in a constant state of change now more than ever. Challenging internal and external factors, include but aren’t limited to, economic…

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Statement in response to the publication by The Insolvency Service of the latest insolvency statistics for July to September 2019

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Gareth Latimer, Director, Recovery and Reorganisation at Grant Thornton in Belfast commented: “The increasing numbers of insolvencies recorded in Northern Ireland in the third quarter of 2019 is hardly surprising given the current political and economic uncertainty being experienced at a local, national, and global level. “There was a rise in both company and personal…

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Putting people at the forefront of your Brexit planning

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By Susan Moylan, Associate Director, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton  We are now into what should have been ‘Brexit week’, and yet we still don’t have clarity or a definite date. What we do know is if you are a business owner or if you are leading a business in these uncertain times, you…

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Human race, human pace

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By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton In a recent meeting with the director of Potential Project, Grattan Donnelly and I were discussing the impact of the modern work environment and the appropriate response required from leaders in order for everyone to reach their true potential. In this increasingly fast-paced, uncertain environment…

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Combining traditional and contemporary telecommunications solutions

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By David Whelan, Managing Director, Clarity Telecom As the range of available communication options expands many businesses are returning to more familiar, mobile communication methods similar to SMS or ‘text’ messaging. Business text messaging is one way that companies can adapt to suit their customers’ busy schedules and preferences and can be part of an…

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IoD NI Chairman: “Still more questions than answers in Boris’ deal”

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The current Brexit deal still has more questions than answers for local businesses, the Chairman of leading business organisation Institute of Directors Northern Ireland has said. Gordon Milligan was addressing more than 140 delegates at a major lunch event organised by the business body in Belfast. He said: “The current deal agreed by Boris Johnson,…

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Latest Brexit developments and Northern Ireland

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By Lee Squires, Director, Indirect Tax at Grant Thornton Following another tumultuous week of developments in Brexit, the final outcome remains uncertain. Last week, Boris Johnson agreed a new Brexit deal with the EU in the form of a revised Withdrawal Agreement, with a replacement Protocol on Northern Ireland. On Saturday, the House of Commons…

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How an internet phone system can actually improve reliability

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By David Whelan, Managing Director, Clarity Telecom Ask any businessperson what they view as the most important factor when choosing new technology or telecoms solutions and more often than not, they’ll say reliability. After all, having the latest technology at your disposal would be totally useless to any company if it does not actually function…

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Ahoghill triumphs at Northern Ireland Best Kept Awards

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Ahoghill has received the top honour at the Best Kept Awards 2019, in association with George Best Belfast City Airport. Crowned the ‘Best of the Best’, Ahoghill won the prestigious overall award after topping the ‘Best Kept Large Village’ category by impressing judges with its well-presented village and the obvious considerable community involvement devoted to…

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