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Grant Thornton grows 10.4%

20 Dec 2012

Grant Thornton today announced record combined global revenues of US$4.2 billion driven by 10.4% growth in US dollars (18.8% in Euros, €3.2 billion) and 13.2% in local currency for the year ended 30 September 2012. Grant Thornton led the six largest global accounting organisations in reported revenue growth rate for 2012.

UNICEF donation reaches $250,000

19 Dec 2012

Grant Thornton this week donated US$60,000 to UNICEF, the leading children’s organisation, as part of its ongoing partnership through the International Business Report (IBR). This takes the total donation made through the project over the past six years to over US$250,000.

The rules of engagement for family-owned businesses by Hisham Farouk

16 Dec 2012

Managing Partner, Hisham Farouk tackles the contentious issue of succession and governance in family-owned enterprises. Family-owned businesses represent more than 90 per cent of the business community in the UAE, according to a recent study published in the UAE*. This fact alone highlights the significance this sector plays on the local economy. In order for the UAE to move further forward it is essential for these family-owned businesses to recognise how they can unlock their potential for growth.

Red tape threatens to obstruct globalisation

10 Dec 2012

New research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) reveals that the number one barrier to international expansion reported by businesses globally is legislation and regulations.

Private equity firms to ‘go global’

15 Nov 2012

• Indonesia, Peru, Colombia and Turkey top list of new “high growth” markets where private equity is likely to see the most opportunities • Deal activity expected to slow in China and India • Foreign trade buyers seen as most likely exit route, notably those from Japan, China and Korea

Business support for fiscal measures

23 Oct 2012

Business optimism fell sharply across the globe in the third quarter of 2012, according to the latest Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR). Despite attempts to encourage investment, the majority of businesses say that they will maintain or increase their cash reserves “ building on the $4trillion of cash already sitting on company balance sheets.

How to improve the auditor's report

11 Oct 2012

Grant Thornton supports the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) draft document to improve the auditors report, and suggests additional emphasis on certain key issues.

Best business growth environments unmasked

28 Sep 2012

Growing businesses would be wrong to overlook developed economies in favour of emerging economies, according to the new Grant Thornton Global Dynamism Index (GDI). The index reveals that despite facing low growth in the short-term, many developed economies still offer businesses favourable conditions for future growth.

The debate over levels of CEO remuneration

08 Aug 2012

Two-thirds (67%) of business leaders around the world say that shareholders should have greater involvement in establishing remuneration policy for senior executives at large public companies and 66% believe that senior executives are paid too much, according to a global survey of 3,000 businesses in 40 countries.

Bureaucracy threatens growth prospects

01 Aug 2012

Regulations and red tape are the greatest constraint to business growth, according to the Grant Thornton International Business Report, a global survey of 3,000 businesses in 40 countries. Regulations and red tape was cited by 34% of the businesses, followed by shortage of orders/reduced demand (33%) and the cost of finance (22%).