Online Safety Bill

Samuel McCormick, Assistant Manager, Forensic and Investigation Services Figures disclosed by the UK’s police forces have revealed that there have been over 416,000 reports of fraud and cyber-crime during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fraudsters were most prevalent between April and May 2020, and again in January 2021, when national lockdowns were in place. This is the…

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Business

Áine Logan, Associate Director, Business Consulting “The whole way that we do business, that we live and that we have grown accustomed to in the industrial age, will have to be changed. We will have to leave that behind us in the next 30 years and we have to come to completely new value chains.”…

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Northern Ireland

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It’s often said that in Northern Ireland, our tendency is to hide our light under a bushel, we don’t like to shout about what we are doing well. There are of course a myriad of challenges faced by local businesses, not least of course…

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Economy

By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton There has been a lot written about the 10x economy in the last few weeks, with the usual mix of cheerleaders and naysayers that any attempt to present a new plan brings. I have written many economic strategies over the past 15 or so years so I know…

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COVID

Gemma Johnson, Associate Director, Tax Having an abundance of cash on hand may not seem like too much of a problem for most of us, however there are potential downsides for businesses who are reporting excess cash on their balance sheets. Undoubtedly, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit many of our local businesses hard, and they…

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People

Richard Gillan, Managing Partner, Grant Thornton Northern Ireland We all know it. The importance of people in an organistion. But in professional services firms, people aren’t just important – they are, just about, “everything”. The outbreak of COVID-19 and the economic lockdowns that followed brought obvious difficulties – not just for our people, but for…

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M&A

Charlie Kerlin, Director, Corporate Finance Levels of M&A activity are 18% higher than the same month last year, according to the latest statistics (February 2021). At first glance this appears remarkable, given the potential uncertainties around COVID-19 and legacy Brexit issues. This month-on-month increase has been a trend since the middle of last year, with…

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Recruitment drive

The easing of lockdown restrictions has sparked another major recruitment drive at leading business advisory firm Grant Thornton. The Belfast office has experienced continued growth during the COVID pandemic, with the firm adding 45 colleagues to the team over the last 12 months. Now Grant Thornton is seeking to recruit again at all levels across…

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