Business leader

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland More often than not in Northern Ireland, our tendency is to downplay our achievements, not wanting to appear boastful or to flaunt success. Modesty is of course a good thing but in this part of the world, we have so much to celebrate. When…

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Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton As the dust settles on exam results, and schools and colleges gear up for a new term, it feels like a good time to reflect on the skills situation in one of our hottest sectors. It can’t have escaped your notice that over the past number of years, the…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland Ask any business leader about what they consider to be their greatest barrier to growth, and you will receive a myriad of responses, but many will be repeated time and time again – among them, infrastructure, or should I say a lack of it?…

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Northern Ireland

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It’s often said that in Northern Ireland, our tendency is to hide our light under a bushel, we don’t like to shout about what we are doing well. There are of course a myriad of challenges faced by local businesses, not least of course…

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Recruitment drive

The easing of lockdown restrictions has sparked another major recruitment drive at leading business advisory firm Grant Thornton. The Belfast office has experienced continued growth during the COVID pandemic, with the firm adding 45 colleagues to the team over the last 12 months. Now Grant Thornton is seeking to recruit again at all levels across…

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Leadership

Susan Moylan, Associate Director, People & Change Consulting Flexible and remote working existed in Northern Ireland by exception before COVID-19; today it is a normal way of working life. I think we have all been surprised by our adaptability in the most challenging of times and COVID-19 has enabled us to prove that flexible and…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It’s often said that adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it. Each one of us, no matter our background or circumstances has had to deal with some level of adversity at some point in our lives. This is especially true at the present time…

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JetsGo Holidays

JetsGo Holidays has announced a weekly service from Belfast City Airport to Palma de Mallorca offering package holidays to the Balearic Island for summer 2021. The charter service will operate on Saturdays throughout June, July and August 2021 utilising a British Airways aircraft, offering superior comfort and service to JetsGo passengers The fully financially protected…

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Economic recovery

By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton Ireland  As the end of a year draws near, I look back at the articles from this time a year previous and check how events panned out compared to predictions. This time last year, I was writing that consumers were in downbeat mood and that 2020 would be…

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Christmas Appeal

Leading law firm Arthur Cox has joined The Fostering Network to provide children across Northern Ireland with unique gifts for Christmas. Forty children will receive presents chosen specifically for them by staff at Arthur Cox. All children receiving a gift bundle participate in The Fostering Network’s Step Up Step Down service, where foster carers support…

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