Grant Thornton Wants Independent Thinkers

09 Aug 2017 | 08.50 am

Grant Thornton Wants Independent Thinkers

Michael Nolan says firm is looking for like-minded people

09 Aug 2017 | 08.50 am

In September 2013, Grant Thornton in Cork opened its doors with four staff members. Today, the firm has over 45 people employed and is in expansion mode.

“We are constantly looking for suitable candidates to accommodate our growing client requirement, specifically across advisory, financial services and taxation,” says partner Michael Nolan. “We’re driven by independent thinkers throughout the firm, and we are continually are looking for like-minded people.”

Nolan (pictured) says that the Cork office has enjoyed solid growth over the last 12 months across its audit, tax, advisory and financial accounting advisory service lines. FDI deployments have been a key driver in this growth, and the same factor is boosting the wider local economy.

“We are delighted to see the confidence building in our clients again,” says Nolan. “The investment in the market is a sign of this confidence and we’re looking forward to seeing Cork’s potential flourish in the coming years.”

He adds that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union is causing concern for Grant Thornton’s automotive and export-led clients due to currency fluctuation. “Many of our clients have now adapted to this by hedging their currency exposures or de-risking their business to the UK market by seeking alternative markets for their products.”

Nolan is hopeful that new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will be mindful that improvement to the transport infrastructure is critical for Cork to create economic growth and employment, and to continue to attract FDI.

“The M20 motorway is now becoming more and more crucial to the entire western seaboard in order to create an area of the scale to compete internationally,” says Nolan. “As Dublin reaches saturation, improved train times are key to the continued marketability of Cork as an alternative destination for companies.”

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