Digital

Patricia Graham, Assistant Manager, Audit and Assurance, Grant Thornton Ireland  While the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination is well under way, a return to the office and pre-pandemic life still feels like a distant dream for many. The pandemic has shone a light on the need for businesses to keep up to date with…

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Remote working

Anne Phillipson, Director, People & Change Consulting, Grant Thornton, Ireland  The Irish Government has just published a National Remote Work Strategy – Making Remote Work – that is their plan for addressing the fundamental changes to the way we work post-Covid. The report is issued by their Department for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, which is…

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COVID

Sam Beattie, Associate Director, Payroll, Grant Thornton Ireland  Employers across the four home nations and beyond would universally welcome a return to normal after almost a year of adapting to change brought about by the CV-19 pandemic.  As we approach the first anniversary of the first COVID-related lockdown, this is a good time to look…

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Threat

Aine McGlynn, Assistant Manager, Forensic and Investigation Services This year we will continue to see a significant number of employees working remotely to counteract the difficulties presented by COVID-19. In recent months a vast number of cyber-attacks have made news headlines, the majority of which have been attacks from outside the organisation. Whilst external threats…

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Poor

By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton Ireland Marcus Rashford’s work challenging the government over food vouchers during school closures is just one of a series of recent issues that continually challenge my thinking around our economic priorities, and our seeming inability to really tackle deprivation and poverty. Other things that have brought this conundrum…

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Challenges

Andrew Park, Manager, Economic Advisory, Grant Thornton Ireland  The end of 2020 gave us all great hope that 2021 will be a year where everything will return to some sort of normality. The announcement of the Oxford AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines and the ‘Brexit’ deal (in the form of the ‘Trade and Cooperation Agreement’) resulted…

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Government assistance

Hannah Carmichael, Associate Director, Risk, Compliance & Professional Standards, Grant Thornton Ireland  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government put in place a range of financial support measures. As a business you may be availing of more, or substantially different, government support than in previous years. When preparing this year’s financial statements, you will…

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Priorities

By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland It’s at this time of the year, when we reflect on the past 12 months and plan our priorities for the year ahead. In the People and HR space this has become even more important with the impact of COVID on the workforce and…

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New Year

Gareth Latimer, Director, Restructuring, Grant Thornton Ireland  Normally January is a time for reflection on the year just passed and optimism for the year ahead. It is hard to describe the events of 2020 without using the clichés of “a year like no other” or “a once in a lifetime event” but they have never…

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Business development

Alan Gourley, Director, Tax, Grant Thornton Ireland  COVID-19 has given us all a new perspective on in-person meetings, social events, and even remote working, but how does this new world impact Business Development? Business Development is typically geared around face-to-face interaction, taking the form of anything from networking events to quick one-on-one coffee catch-ups. As…

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