Tariff

Lee Squires, Director, Indirect Tax From 1 January 2021, the Northern Ireland Protocol to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement created a customs and regulatory border down the Irish Sea. There has been considerable focus in the media on the delays, logistical issues, and extra red tape that businesses face when moving goods from Great Britain into…

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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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R&D tax relief

Leading business advisory firm Grant Thornton has helped local firms recoup more than £10 million of tax relief from ‘Research and Development’ (R&D) spending in the past 18 months. And it is expected to increase significantly throughout 2021 as companies explore new ways to improve cashflow as the economy emerges from restrictions brought about due…

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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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Consumer spending

By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton I prefer to shop locally, and with three children who seem to get taller every night, the recent reopening of shops was a big relief (to them at least). We sat out the immediate rush on the Friday thinking the bank holiday Monday would be a bit quieter.…

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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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Modern work

Claire Brereton, Assistant Manager, People and Change Consulting If someone had have asked me 12 or 18 months ago what my idea of a ‘modern’ workplace was, I would have thought of open, collaborative office spaces with ping pong tables and a casual dress code. But this idea is now outdated. Whilst the pandemic has…

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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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