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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Leadership

Susan Moylan, Associate Director, People & Change Consulting Flexible and remote working existed in Northern Ireland by exception before COVID-19; today it is a normal way of working life. I think we have all been surprised by our adaptability in the most challenging of times and COVID-19 has enabled us to prove that flexible and…

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COVID-19

By Rosemary Lundy, Partner, Employment Law, Arthur Cox A recently leaked proposal by the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock to make vaccinations against COVID-19 mandatory for care workers in England garnered significant media interest and no shortage of controversy around the rights and wrongs of the idea. It also sparked a debate around the obligations…

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Randox

Belfast City Airport has announced an onsite covid testing centre in partnership with leading global diagnostics firm, Randox, in preparation for the return of its international flights in the coming months. The centre will offer both PCR tests and antigen (lateral flow) tests and will give passengers access to quick and safe testing. Judith Davis,…

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Gender

According to a recent report, the number of women on the boards of leading UK companies has increased by 50% in the past five years to 1,026. The data was contained in the final report of the Hampton-Alexander Review, a government backed initiative to increase the representation of women in leadership and in the boardroom.…

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Remote Working

By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting at Grant Thornton Ireland There has been a lot written on the future of work recently, which is quite timely, with lots of organisations pondering what they need to do over the next few months as restrictions start to ease and employees transition back to the office…

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Performance management

Darren Patterson, Associate Director, People and Change, Grant Thornton Ireland  Many employers have adapted their approaches to performance management over the last few years and the COVID-19 crisis is accelerating the shift in how organisations manage and reward employees. It is not difficult to access a range of recent articles and publications challenging the wisdom…

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