Northern Ireland’s leading organics recycling firm, Natural World Products (NWP) has partnered with the Belfast Trust to support the provision of key services for those experiencing mental ill health during COVID-19. The firm which converts household food and garden waste into organic, peat-free compost has donated the equivalent of over 1,500 bags of its New…

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Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting at Grant Thornton Ireland It is very difficult these days to write something on leadership and change, without referencing either COVID or Bexit and how that will impact the way we do things going into the future. Even before either of these were referenced, it was very clear…

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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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