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Our business consulting services can help you improve your operational performance and productivity, adding value throughout your growth life cycle.
Business process solutions
We can help you identify, understand and manage potential risks to safeguard your business and comply with regulatory requirements.
Business risk services
The relationship between a company and its auditor has changed. Organisations must understand and manage risk and seek an appropriate balance between risk and opportunities.
As organisations become increasingly dependent on digital technology, the opportunities for cyber criminals continue to grow.
Forensic and investigation services
At Grant Thornton, we have a wealth of knowledge in forensic services and can support you with issues such as dispute resolution, fraud and insurance claims.
Mergers and acquisitions
Globalisation and company growth ambitions are driving an increase in M&A activity worldwide. We work with entrepreneurial businesses in the mid-market to help them assess the true commercial potential of their planned acquisition and understand how the purchase might serve their longer- term strategic goals.
Recovery and reorganisation
Workable solutions to maximise your value and deliver sustainable recovery
Transactional advisory services
We can support you throughout the transaction process – helping achieve the best possible outcome at the point of the transaction and in the longer term.
We provide a wide range of services to recovery and reorganisation professionals, companies and their stakeholders.
The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are a set of global accounting standards developed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) for the preparation of public company financial statements. At Grant Thornton, our IFRS advisers can help you navigate the complexity of financial reporting from IFRS 1 to IFRS 17 and IAS 1 to IAS 41.
Audit quality monitoring
Having a robust process of quality control is one of the most effective ways to guarantee we deliver high-quality services to our clients.
Global audit technology
We apply our global audit methodology through an integrated set of software tools known as the Voyager suite.
Corporate and business tax
Our trusted teams can prepare corporate tax files and ruling requests, support you with deferrals, accounting procedures and legitimate tax benefits.
Direct international tax
Our teams have in-depth knowledge of the relationship between domestic and international tax laws.
Global mobility services
Through our global organisation of member firms, we support both companies and individuals, providing insightful solutions to minimise the tax burden for both parties.
Indirect international tax
Using our finely tuned local knowledge, teams from our global organisation of member firms help you understand and comply with often complex and time-consuming regulations.
Innovation and investment incentives
Dynamic businesses must continually innovate to maintain competitiveness, evolve and grow. Valuable tax reliefs are available to support innovative activities, irrespective of your tax profile.
Private client services
Our solutions include dealing with emigration and tax mitigation on the income and capital growth of overseas assets.
The laws surrounding transfer pricing are becoming ever more complex, as tax affairs of multinational companies are facing scrutiny from media, regulators and the public
Tax policies are constantly evolving and there are a number of complex changes on the horizon that could significantly affect your business.
Outsourcing Changes to the Outsourcing legislation, specifically when offshoringSignificant changes to the dynamic of the financial services sector in recent years have shifted the paradigms in how we work. The increased digitisation of the workforce, changes in business models, globalisation, and remote working capabilities have led to a new approach to the delivery of services.
Asset management Inflation and tax planningThe recent onset of rapid inflation is an unwelcome development that is having a widespread impact on US businesses and tax planning.
Steve Perkins on how tech firms are influencing the search for sustainable growth.
Making growth more sustainable
Technology is at the cutting edge of efforts to make growth more sustainable. As the global population swells and more people move into higher consumption classes, the demand for food, for energy, for water, will all increase. But the resources our planet offers will not. Clearly the status quo is not sustainable. So, how do we use these scarce resources more efficiently? How do we allow everyone to benefit from economic growth, without impinging on opportunities for future generations?
The answer for me, is through technology. Consider Africa: many parts of the continent suffer from famine yet its population is set to double by 2050. Clearly new production techniques and new weather resistant, high yield strains of crop are needed. Meteorological advances could help farmers predict and take preventive steps against drought or flood. Mobile technologies have already transformed the lives of millions across the continent: the proliferation of mobile phones allows farmers to check prices in local markets to see where they could get the best price. And Africa is a leader in mobile payments.
Approximately 70% of the planet's freshwater supply is used for agriculture so the demand for food is closely linked to water depletion. Having traditionally been used as a free resource, water scarcity could well be the major challenge the world faces this century. Companies from Coca-Cola and Nestle to Cadburys and Rio Tinto are investing millions in water-saving and wastewater treatment facilities. Intelligent irrigation systems could disperse water where it is needed most and reduce wastage. Smart monitoring technologies can help companies maintain the integrity of their vast water supply networks by pinpointing leaks quickly and accurately.
Likewise, as the planet warms, the use of fossil fuels becomes more socially, environmentally and, increasingly, economically risky. Clean technologies have moved on rapidly even as energy supply has become more volatile. Renewable energy sources typically require a significant down payment, but they quickly pay for themselves. Businesses and households in emerging markets can use micro generation to circumvent inefficient grid systems. Smart grid systems offer energy efficiency improvements. The next big leap could be the production of industrial-scale batteries which store energy for periods when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing.
And technology businesses themselves cannot escape the battle for scarce raw materials. In 2011, there was considerable alarm at a report suggesting that China was in control of 95% of the world’s supply of rare earths, which are used in everything from wind turbines and hybrid vehicles to computer hard drives to televisions. China's monopsony position has been diminished due to the subsequent production of alternatives, but close to two-thirds of technology businesses remain concerned by the cost and availability of raw materials.
I therefore believe the technology industry has a vital role to play in helping businesses, consumers and governments across the world achieve sustainable growth. The relative youth and dynamism of the industry make it the perfect partner for 21st century geopolitical concerns. This opportunity for technology businesses to grow, and to make the world a better place while doing so, should be explored and embraced.