The challenges posted by the coronavirus pandemic could be a "catalyst for change" which could improve how many Northern Ireland businesses work, it's been claimed.
Ian Kelall, who has been appointed audit partner for professional services firm Deloitte in Belfast, said many businesses had used the pandemic as a time to restructure and improve governance. They were now hoping to thrive again, he said.
"The virus has been disruptive and difficult but it may be seen as a catalyst for change, with many using the time to refocus on processes which enable their business to operate more effectively, to plan better and to make more strategic decisions," he said.
"It is, undoubtedly, a time of uncertainty across the economy. But the difficulties thrown up by coronavirus serve as a reminder that an audit can have huge value and should be seen as more than a compliance exercise."
Mr Kelsall has joined Deloitte in Belfast from its office in Newcastle.