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Richard Martin, Associate Director, Corporate Finance at Grant Thornton Ireland The early stage reaction of the banks to COVID-19 has been largely viewed as positive – initially coming through forbearance in the form of facility extensions, covenant waivers, and repayment holidays, as well as through significant funding advanced under government-backed loan schemes. The Bounce Back…

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Claire Brereton, Assistant Manager, People and Change Consulting at Grant Thornton Ireland  By now you have likely moved your corporate classroom training to Zoom or Teams and ticked ‘develop digital learning strategy’ off your to-do list. But there is more to consider than just making the content and delivery available to all. It has to…

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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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Matthew McKee, Manager, Forensic & Investigation Services, Grant Thornton Northern Ireland  It is clear that the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has caused a seismic shift in how companies of all kinds conduct their day-to-day business. Unfortunately, some of those shifts have been of a negative nature, with many firms suffering unprecedented hardship and struggling to…

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Anne Phillipson, Director, People and Change Consulting Practice, Grant Thornton Northern Ireland Over the years I have facilitated many strategic planning workshops for clients. ‘Vision 2020’ was a popular theme three to four years ago, as organisations looked to the new decade with optimism of clarity of perfect vision. Little did any of us know…

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By Gemma Johnston, Associate Director, Tax, Grant Thornton Northern Ireland  With the Autumn Budget having been cancelled, now may be the time to consider making the most of available tax reliefs or relatively low rates of tax – before it’s too late. Change is happening at an unprecedented level, and it can be difficult to…

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By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton Northern Ireland The quickening pace of Covid-19 transmissions, and the move towards more restrictions, has created even greater uncertainty about how or even when the economy will recover. Economic confidence is shattered, and many livelihoods are at grave risk from job losses. While the economic effects of the…

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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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