By Susan Moylan, People and Change Associate Director We seem to be living in the era of the slogan – something that we have inherited from politics. I’m sure everyone remembers the slogan from last US presidential race – ‘Make America Great Again’. And before that it was ‘Yes, we Can’. The UK, too, has…

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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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By Anne Phillipson, Director, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland  When times are tough, staff training and development is often one of the first budgets to be slashed. And yet, when times are tough, we also need our people to step up, adapt to changing circumstances, and pull together in the same direction to…

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By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland In today’s world, change and disruption are constant and being able to navigate change is an indispensable leadership trait. There is a fundamental difference between seeing the change challenge as one of navigating the complicated and seeing it as navigating the complex. Complicated challenges…

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By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our society and economy. As the initial shock of lockdown subsided, a great deal of thinking has been devoted to the type of economy into which we would re-emerge. The hope as we entered lockdown was that the economy…

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By Andrew Park, Manager, Economic Advisory, Grant Thornton As we make the tentative steps into the next stage of economic recovery and reopen more parts of our economy, the high street is slowly beginning to bustle again with activity, as shops, pubs, and restaurants welcome customers’ return. While this is cause for optimism, businesses are…

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By Rachel Marsden, Manager, Audit and Assurance, Grant Thornton The impact of COVID-19 has permeated every aspect of the UK national conscience since it first reached our shores earlier this year, with every aspect of our daily lives impacted by its insidious and far-reaching grasp. As the first half of 2020 has illustrated, the pensions…

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By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland In my last article I proposed that resilience in not a fixed trait, but rather one that can be developed by focusing on a few specific areas and behaviours. In this article I build on this theme, by looking at change itself and the…

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By Cathy Walker, Assistant Manager, Payroll at Grant Thornton in Belfast HMRC, which administers the scheme, confirmed that 240,200 people in Northern Ireland are enrolled by their employers on the coronavirus job-retention scheme (CJRS) and are being supported by the government. The numbers for the whole United Kingdom as of 30 June are that approximately…

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By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, at Grant Thornton in Belfast After any economic downturn, the hunt for the green shoots of recovery begins. Every economic indicator, from consumer and business confidence surveys, car sales data, house purchases and prices data, and retail footfall counters to job listings, redundancy announcements and unemployment statistics will be pored…

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