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Rapid growth predicted as Grant Thornton expands staff

Exciting time: Richard Gillan
Exciting time: Richard Gillan

Business advisory firm Grant Thornton has announced it is creating nearly 50 new jobs in a £4m investment.

The firm, which said an uplift in business is partly down to Brexit, is recruiting 48 new staff including change management experts, IT consultants, economic advisers and cyber-specialists.

Grant Thornton, which employs around 100 people here, is now based at Donegall Square West in Belfast in self-contained offices within Danske Bank's headquarters.

Economic development agency Invest NI has offered £240,000 in support towards the new roles.

Managing partner Richard Gillan 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."

Des Gartland, executive director of regional business at Invest NI, welcomed the investment.

"Grant Thornton is one of the world's leading assurance, tax and advisory firms," he said.

"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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