September Newsletter 2020

Oct 05, 2020

September has been and gone and we edge ever closer to the festive season – too early to mention it? Congratulations to all the newly qualified ACA members on passing their exams – I’m sure you all remember the relief of passing these exams. Although this month has brought easing of restrictions to most of the country, Dublin and Donegal have seen tightening of restrictions. Now more than ever we encourage people to be responsible.

Interview Series…

This month we are delighted to hear from Darren Kelly - having trained with OSK (Class of 2009), Darren has built a great career through highly respected practices and PLC’s to become Vice President of Applegreen USA. In this refreshingly honest interview, Darren delves into the personal struggles that brought him to where he is today through hard work and resilience. Click here for the full interview.

In the news…

Dublin and Donegal have moved into Level 3 of the Government’s ‘Living with Covid’ plan. What does this mean for the people living in these counties? People are advised to stay in the county unless they must travel for work, education, or other essential plans. No indoor gatherings allowed and 15 people for outdoor gatherings while wet pubs stay closed.

We are delighted to see PeopleSource's own Saoirse O'Brien's article feature on 'NonVerbal Communication' in this quarters edition of Accountancy Plus Magazine. An insightful piece that has received great feedback. Check it out here.

PWC’s latest CEO Pulse Survey, gives the views of almost 700 business leaders on how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted their businesses, and their main priorities going forward.

More than a quarter of Irish chief financial officers (CFOs) said they believed it would take more than a year for their businesses to recover from the pandemic, longer than any other country in the world. Here’s some of the main statistics:

  • 50% of Irish chief executives surveyed believed low-density workplaces would become the norm after the pandemic has passed.
  • 23% ranked remote working as their highest-priority business model change – higher than global counterparts at 15%
  • 33% of Irish respondents said they had decreased financial compensation for leaders as part of their long-term business model changes.

Finally, we asked earlier if it is too early to mention the festive season and yes it is but…this year will be a very different.   As always we like to promote buying Irish where possible.  Here is a website of 100’s of Irish small businesses around the country who would usually have a stand at the RDS ‘GiftIreland’ fair each December, this event would accountant for up to 25% of their annual turnover.  Naturally the fair has been cancelled, but all their products can be found here

In sport…

After 3,482kms of cycling Sam Bennett won the green jersey in the Worlds most prestigious cycling event the ‘Tour de France’. After three gruelling weeks on the bike, the Carrick-on-Suir man followed in his neighbour Sean Kelly’s footsteps and stood on the podium of the Champs-Elysees.

In GAA circles, easing of restrictions has allowed spectators back in to watch county finals being played around the country. Winning my own county senior hurling final last week with Mullinahone, Tipperary, it meant a lot for players and the community to bring a cup and so much joy home in such a difficult year for everybody. In Dublin, underdogs Ballymun Kickhams cruised to victory to win the Senior Football Championship beating Ballyboden/St.Endas.

Competition time…
Each month we ask our brilliant readers to answer a question for a chance to win €100 One4all voucher

Last month we asked:

“In light of the recent resignations, would your opinion of your company leader change if they had made decisions similar to Michael Cawley or Phil Hogan?” Over two-thirds of the vote said ‘Yes’ with some people questioning their ethics.

Our winner this month is Craig Roche, congratulations Craig we’ll be in touch to organise your prize.

Question this month is

“With Covid numbers rising rapidly, in your opinion, do you feel Ireland should move back into a more stringent lockdown or do we keep to the current roadmap?”

‘More stringent’ or ‘Keep to the roadmap’ will suffice, but if you have time to elaborate, we’d love to hear the reason for your answer.  One sentence would be great. 

Enter here to be in with a chance to win this month’s prize of a €100 One4All voucher.

Continue to stay safe and if we can help in any way, give us a call. 

If you would like more regular updates follow our LinkedIn company page

The finance recruitment market has been growing steadily over the past month and here are a few live roles which might be of interest…

Finally – if you refer a friend to PeopleSource and we place them (there are few T&C’s but nothing too onerous) you will be given a €250 gift voucher! Not bad for helping a friend!

Thanks, Gary
M:086 781 4704

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