Grant Thornton expansion brings investment and jobs

Des Gartland, executive director at Invest NI, and Richard Gillan, managing partner of Grant Thornton NI
Des Gartland, executive director at Invest NI, and Richard Gillan, managing partner of Grant Thornton NI

Business advisory firm Grant Thornton has announced it is creating a further 48 new jobs in a £4 million investment in its Northern Ireland operation.

The move comes as the firm pushed to grow its consulting operations and has ben backed by Invest Northern Ireland.

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

“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. Specifically we are recruiting Change Management experts, IT consultants, Economic advisers and Cyber specialists.

“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.”

Grant Thornton is a member of Grant Thornton International Limited, which operates in over 120 countries.

“Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading assurance, tax and advisory firms,” said Des Gartland, executive director of regional business at Invest NI.

“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.

“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.”

Invest NI has offered the company £240,000 of support towards the new roles.