Naomi Little, Assistant Manager, Tax, Grant Thornton Ireland  There has been a long history of employee movement between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The COVID-19 pandemic and the imminent end of the Brexit transition period has recently shone a brighter focus on this issue. With the relative ease of movement across the border,…

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Remote working

By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland You are probably fed up reading articles on this theme over the last few months. However, there are a number of aspects of this topic that are going to shape the world of work going forward, long after the pandemic has disappeared. The key…

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Internship learning

Louise Coffey, Associate Director, Tax, Grant Thornton Ireland  One of the most popular routes to becoming a Chartered Accountant or Chartered Tax Advisor is to complete a three-and-half-year Graduate Training Contract. We anticipate the number of students applying for training contracts this year will be greater as COVID has caused more graduates to return early…

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Work from home

By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton Ireland The conversation about the future of our towns and cities fascinates me. A growing body of opinion believes offices are finished, that being forced to work from home for most of this year has made us all see the folly of joining the rush hour five days…

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Commercial property

Janine McNeill, Manager, Tax at Grant Thornton Northern Ireland  Given the current climate, commercial property owners may be finding it difficult to attract tenants to lease their premises. As a result, landlords may need to offer an incentive to potential tenants in order to avoid their properties sitting vacant for long periods of time. This…

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Finance charts

Richard Martin, Associate Director, Corporate Finance at Grant Thornton Ireland The early stage reaction of the banks to COVID-19 has been largely viewed as positive – initially coming through forbearance in the form of facility extensions, covenant waivers, and repayment holidays, as well as through significant funding advanced under government-backed loan schemes. The Bounce Back…

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Claire Brereton, Assistant Manager, People and Change Consulting at Grant Thornton Ireland  By now you have likely moved your corporate classroom training to Zoom or Teams and ticked ‘develop digital learning strategy’ off your to-do list. But there is more to consider than just making the content and delivery available to all. It has to…

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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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Anne Phillipson, Director, People and Change Consulting Practice, Grant Thornton Northern Ireland Over the years I have facilitated many strategic planning workshops for clients. ‘Vision 2020’ was a popular theme three to four years ago, as organisations looked to the new decade with optimism of clarity of perfect vision. Little did any of us know…

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