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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Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting at Grant Thornton Ireland It is very difficult these days to write something on leadership and change, without referencing either COVID or Bexit and how that will impact the way we do things going into the future. Even before either of these were referenced, it was very clear…

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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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Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting at Grant Thornton Ireland A good leader encourages their team to experiment, learn and adapt. This is often easier said than done in practice, reflecting the culture of the organisation and the environment in which it operates. What is clear, is that staff do look to their leaders…

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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 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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