Welcome back to Galway Chamber’s Business of the Week series. This week, we spoke to Aengus Burns, Advisory Partner, Grant Thornton.
My name is Aengus Burns and I am Advisory Partner in Grant Thornton based in the Galway office. My main areas of expertise include restructuring, insolvency and corporate finance. In addition, I lead the Grant Thornton Pensioneer Trustee team which structures and manages Self -Administered Pension Schemes on behalf of clients.
What is your background?
Originally from Dublin, I completed my Bachelor of Business Studies and Languages (BBSL) degree in Trinity College Dublin. From there, I qualified with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, where I am now a fellow. I am also a member of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners (ISIP) and I am a Qualified Financial Advisor. I am currently Honorary Treasurer of Galway Chamber. I am married with four daughters and live in Barna since 2010.
Tell us about Grant Thornton.
Grant Thornton is Ireland’s fastest growing professional services firm. We deliver solutions to all business challenges. Clients choose us because the breadth of financial and business services they need is available, delivered innovatively and always to the highest standards. At Grant Thornton, we are committed to long-term relationships. We are different. We are Grant Thornton.
The firm comprises over 1300 people operating from offices in Dublin, Galway, Belfast, Cork, Kildare, Limerick and Longford. The Galway office opened in early 2011 and has 2 Partners and 80 staff offering audit, tax and advisory services to the region.
How has being a member of Galway Chamber helped Grant Thornton Galway?
The Chamber has opened doors to the business community where we have made valuable connections through the various networking events and involvement in Chamber initiatives and events. Civic duties and community involvement through the Chamber is a key policy of Grant Thornton.
What are the current challenges you are facing within your industry?
- Navigating clients through fast changing economic landscape.
- Increasing demands from clients e.g. regulatory and compliance.
- Attracting the best people talent.
What does Galway, as a city, offer your business?
- Access to a large pool of students from NUIG, GMIT and UL as well as a pool of highly skilled and experienced people resident in Galway or looking to relocate here.
- Proximity to dynamic clients located in the region.
- An enjoyable and dynamic place to live and work.
If you could give one piece of advice to somebody getting started in your industry, what would it be?
Build relationships – In this industry we are all working as part of a team and good relationships are essential for teams to work effectively and achieve results. For those taking professional exams, accountant colleagues in the same boat become an essential support and social network. Outside of the office, it is never too early to start networking to build commercial traction and profile. You never know what door may open or what opportunity may arise. It is great to have Galway Chamber events on our doorstep and we always encourage our staff to take part.
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