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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KAINOS CEO HONOURED AT IoD DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS The leader of one of Northern Ireland’s largest companies has been honoured at the annual Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) Director of the Year Awards, sponsored by AIB. Kainos Group CEO Brendan Mooney, was presented with the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland In what for many of us will seem like the most traumatic and difficult year in our business lives, it will be refreshing to this week, take a moment to stop and celebrate the very best of our local economy. Months after the event…

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By Susan Moylan, People and Change Associate Director, Grant Thornton We seem to be living in the era of the slogan – something that we have inherited from politics. I’m sure everyone remembers the slogan from last US presidential race – ‘Make America Great Again’. And before that it was ‘Yes, we Can’. The UK,…

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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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