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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Learning

Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland Most firms record the number of training courses they offer their employees, the number of learners who complete them and the direct costs of these programmes. They tend to capture learner satisfaction with formal training as well through surveys or evaluation sheets that learners complete…

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Training

Kate McCann, Associate Director, Audit and Assurance, Grant Thornton Ireland  In the autumn, a new intake of graduates started their Chartered Accountant training contracts, just as further lockdown measures were introduced. In the new world of remote working for the majority of employees, what struggles will these new trainees face, and how will they gain…

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Purpose

Andrew McAuley, Assistant Manager, Audit and Assurance, Grant Thornton Ireland  Why does your organisation exist? What do you stand for? These are big questions that can feel tough to tackle among the day-to-day running of a business. However, knowing and clearly communicating why you do what you do will become increasingly vital. When it comes…

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tax

Andrew Webb, Director, Economic Advisory, Grant Thornton Ireland The recent UK budget laid out the significant costs related to the various coronavirus supports and began plotting the path to raising more revenue. With current government borrowing running at post world war highs of £355bn, a central theme in the Chancellor’s announcement was ‘repairing the public…

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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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