Scott Baxter, Associate Director, Business Consulting It is no secret that technology is significantly changing the banking landscape. In addition to the challenge of low interest rates squeezing the bottom line of banks, competition within the market is further driven by new entrants who are well placed to offer the agile, quicker and more accessible…

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Katie Scott, Associate Director, People and Change Consulting Right now the hot topic most people are considering is ‘where’ staff are going to work, after more than a year of remote working it is no wonder it is at the fore. However, with the recent news that in the US, UK, and Ireland investment is…

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Online Safety Bill

Samuel McCormick, Assistant Manager, Forensic and Investigation Services Figures disclosed by the UK’s police forces have revealed that there have been over 416,000 reports of fraud and cyber-crime during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fraudsters were most prevalent between April and May 2020, and again in January 2021, when national lockdowns were in place. This is the…

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Remote working

Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland One of the big topics for business leaders at the moment is how to embrace remote working post the pandemic, whilst at the same time maintaining their competitiveness and productivity. I was therefore delighted to see a publication from the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council…

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legal

Matthew McKee, Manager, Forensic and Investigation Services The legal system in Northern Ireland has begun the integration of technology into daily practice, similar to its counterparts in England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. A major step forward was recently taken with the announcement of the publication of a tripartite Paper by the Northern Ireland…

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IR35

Naomi Little, Assistant Manager, Tax IR35 or ‘off payroll worker’ legislation is a complex set of rules, which has been in place since July 2000. There are far reaching changes to this legislation taking effect from today, 6 April 2021, so it’s clear to see why this is such a hot topic of conversation for…

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Finance charts

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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