Digital

Patricia Graham, Assistant Manager, Audit and Assurance, Grant Thornton Ireland  While the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination is well under way, a return to the office and pre-pandemic life still feels like a distant dream for many. The pandemic has shone a light on the need for businesses to keep up to date with…

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Remote working

Anne Phillipson, Director, People & Change Consulting, Grant Thornton, Ireland  The Irish Government has just published a National Remote Work Strategy – Making Remote Work – that is their plan for addressing the fundamental changes to the way we work post-Covid. The report is issued by their Department for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, which is…

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Post Brexit Immigration

 Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland I attended a recent webinar organised by the NI Chamber of Commerce and delivered by Conor McCrory who is an Associate Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin specialising in business immigration law. What stood out for me were the various complexities impacting NI businesses from the…

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COVID

Sam Beattie, Associate Director, Payroll, Grant Thornton Ireland  Employers across the four home nations and beyond would universally welcome a return to normal after almost a year of adapting to change brought about by the CV-19 pandemic.  As we approach the first anniversary of the first COVID-related lockdown, this is a good time to look…

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Threat

Aine McGlynn, Assistant Manager, Forensic and Investigation Services This year we will continue to see a significant number of employees working remotely to counteract the difficulties presented by COVID-19. In recent months a vast number of cyber-attacks have made news headlines, the majority of which have been attacks from outside the organisation. Whilst external threats…

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Poor

By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton Ireland Marcus Rashford’s work challenging the government over food vouchers during school closures is just one of a series of recent issues that continually challenge my thinking around our economic priorities, and our seeming inability to really tackle deprivation and poverty. Other things that have brought this conundrum…

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Challenges

Andrew Park, Manager, Economic Advisory, Grant Thornton Ireland  The end of 2020 gave us all great hope that 2021 will be a year where everything will return to some sort of normality. The announcement of the Oxford AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines and the ‘Brexit’ deal (in the form of the ‘Trade and Cooperation Agreement’) resulted…

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Government assistance

Hannah Carmichael, Associate Director, Risk, Compliance & Professional Standards, Grant Thornton Ireland  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government put in place a range of financial support measures. As a business you may be availing of more, or substantially different, government support than in previous years. When preparing this year’s financial statements, you will…

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R&D claims

Alexandra Burnside, Assistant Manager, Tax, Grant Thornton Ireland  In 2020, businesses across the UK were heavily disrupted by COVID-19, with activity levels in some industries crashing almost to a halt in March. As part of its response to the pandemic, the UK government introduced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), allowing businesses in the UK…

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Priorities

By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland It’s at this time of the year, when we reflect on the past 12 months and plan our priorities for the year ahead. In the People and HR space this has become even more important with the impact of COVID on the workforce and…

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