By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton Ireland Schools are back. Happy days! Relief is not a feeling I ever thought I would experience during the annual school uniform and school shoes shopping mission, but no matter how well our schools have done at keeping the work flowing, it obviously isn’t optimal. Like many, I’m…

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By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland In today’s world, change and disruption are constant and being able to navigate change is an indispensable leadership trait. There is a fundamental difference between seeing the change challenge as one of navigating the complicated and seeing it as navigating the complex. Complicated challenges…

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By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our society and economy. As the initial shock of lockdown subsided, a great deal of thinking has been devoted to the type of economy into which we would re-emerge. The hope as we entered lockdown was that the economy…

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By Andrew Park, Manager, Economic Advisory, Grant Thornton As we make the tentative steps into the next stage of economic recovery and reopen more parts of our economy, the high street is slowly beginning to bustle again with activity, as shops, pubs, and restaurants welcome customers’ return. While this is cause for optimism, businesses are…

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By Rachel Marsden, Manager, Audit and Assurance, Grant Thornton The impact of COVID-19 has permeated every aspect of the UK national conscience since it first reached our shores earlier this year, with every aspect of our daily lives impacted by its insidious and far-reaching grasp. As the first half of 2020 has illustrated, the pensions…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated headlines for months, and rightly so, and as thoughts turn to how we will recover, a swell of opinion is building around the notion that this will be boosted by focusing on building a ‘green economy’.…

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By Cathy Walker, Assistant Manager, Payroll at Grant Thornton in Belfast HMRC, which administers the scheme, confirmed that 240,200 people in Northern Ireland are enrolled by their employers on the coronavirus job-retention scheme (CJRS) and are being supported by the government. The numbers for the whole United Kingdom as of 30 June are that approximately…

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By Clare Fitzgerald, Associate Director, Tax at Grant Thornton in Belfast The COVID-19 crisis continues to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Public health is the number one concern, and rightly so. Sometimes watching the news, it feels that there is very little of positive news on the horizon – whilst the Government is…

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Cyber security

By Sinead O’Neill, Associate Director, Forensics and Investigation Services At times like these, when minds may be focused on other things, it is easy for individuals to become complacent in protecting both their personal and professional information – fraudsters know this and are taking advantage. There are a number of widely reported scams that have…

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The government’s chief adviser on climate change has called on politicians to unite in their support of key infrastructure projects as part of the UK’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Chris Stark, CEO of the Committee on Climate Change was addressing a webinar of business leaders organised by the Institute of Directors and SONI, the…

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