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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Business

Áine Logan, Associate Director, Business Consulting “The whole way that we do business, that we live and that we have grown accustomed to in the industrial age, will have to be changed. We will have to leave that behind us in the next 30 years and we have to come to completely new value chains.”…

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Return to the office

Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland Many of us have been working remotely for almost 18 months by this stage, with lots of highs and lows from that experience. There is a sense around the world that we all need to transition back to the office, with some form of hybrid/blended…

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Business plan

Colin Piggott, Associate Director, Tax If one thing is clear, it is this: the COVID-19 pandemic has not affected all businesses alike. For some businesses, the objective has been merely to survive. For others, due to the nature of their business, or perhaps due to an inspired new business idea, trading during the pandemic has…

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Economy

By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton There has been a lot written about the 10x economy in the last few weeks, with the usual mix of cheerleaders and naysayers that any attempt to present a new plan brings. I have written many economic strategies over the past 15 or so years so I know…

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COVID

Gemma Johnson, Associate Director, Tax Having an abundance of cash on hand may not seem like too much of a problem for most of us, however there are potential downsides for businesses who are reporting excess cash on their balance sheets. Undoubtedly, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit many of our local businesses hard, and they…

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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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