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 Katie Scott, People and Change Manager, Grant Thornton As many businesses are executing or planning a return to a working world which has been entirely redefined by the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be interesting to see how many of the new practices will continue, if there will be a push to get back to…

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By Susan Moylan, People and Change Associate Director, Grant Thornton 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,…

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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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