Matthew McKee, Manager, Forensic & Investigation Services, Grant Thornton Northern Ireland  It is clear that the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has caused a seismic shift in how companies of all kinds conduct their day-to-day business. Unfortunately, some of those shifts have been of a negative nature, with many firms suffering unprecedented hardship and struggling to…

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By Gemma Johnston, Associate Director, Tax, Grant Thornton Northern Ireland  With the Autumn Budget having been cancelled, now may be the time to consider making the most of available tax reliefs or relatively low rates of tax – before it’s too late. Change is happening at an unprecedented level, and it can be difficult to…

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By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton Northern Ireland The quickening pace of Covid-19 transmissions, and the move towards more restrictions, has created even greater uncertainty about how or even when the economy will recover. Economic confidence is shattered, and many livelihoods are at grave risk from job losses. While the economic effects of the…

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By Darren Patterson, Associate Director, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Northern Ireland To say that HR teams are busy in the COVID-19 era would be an understatement. Now, more than ever, they are central to how companies are redesigning their people practices to build resilience and drive value. The COVID-19 crisis is accelerating pre-existing…

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Stephanie Smyth, Manager, Indirect Tax, Grant Thornton With the easing of certain lockdown restrictions, and in order to assist the UK in adapting to the ‘new normal’, the Government introduced temporary VAT measures to assist those sectors most negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and associated social distancing measures. From 15th July 2020 until 31st…

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By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton Cast our minds back to the Spring Budget announced by British Chancellor Rishi Sunak on 11th March and we recall what on that date was deemed to be a generous package designed to deal with all that the coronavirus could throw at us. At a projected cost of…

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By Katie Scott, People and Change Manager, Grant Thornton As many businesses are executing or planning a return to a working world which has been entirely redefined by the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be interesting to see how many of the new practices will continue, if there will be a push to get back to…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland In what for many of us will seem like the most traumatic and difficult year in our business lives, it will be refreshing to this week, take a moment to stop and celebrate the very best of our local economy. Months after the event…

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By Susan Moylan, People and Change Associate Director, Grant Thornton We seem to be living in the era of the slogan – something that we have inherited from politics. I’m sure everyone remembers the slogan from last US presidential race – ‘Make America Great Again’. And before that it was ‘Yes, we Can’. The UK,…

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