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Grant Thornton expands staff

11th October 2018

Grant Thornton, the business advisory firm, has announced it is expanding its staff in a £4m investment.

The firm will be recruiting 48 members of staff to add to its existing workforce of 100 in Northern Ireland. The roles include change management experts, IT consultants, economic advisers and cyber-specialists. Economic development agency Invest NI has offered £240,000 in support towards the new roles.

Based at Donegall Square West in Belfast in self-contained offices within Danske Bank’s headquarters, the firm has said an uplift in business is partly down to Brexit.

Richard Gillan, managing partner, said: “This is an exciting and continued period of growth for Grant Thornton locally.

“Over the last four years, we have more than trebled our turnover. More recently, we have witnessed a significant uplift in the provision of holistic strategic consulting advice, including in relation to Brexit.

“These new jobs represent a substantial investment in response to such demand.

“Our recent move to new offices on Donegall Square West in the centre of Belfast is reflective of our ambition and, given the calibre of our people, I anticipate continued rapid growth in the years to come.”

Executive director of regional business at Invest NI, Des Gartland, welcomed the investment stating: “Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading assurance, tax and advisory firms,”

“This latest investment in the Northern Ireland operation is to establish new consultancy activities in Belfast, with the average salaries above the private sector median.

“This was a mobile project with high-value jobs that could have been located elsewhere so we are pleased that our support was able to help secure the investment for Northern Ireland.”

Mr Gartland added: “The new jobs will not only help to develop the talent pool in Northern Ireland but will provide a substantial addition in annual salaries to the Northern Ireland economy including very attractive roles for managers, directors and graduates.”

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