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About Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms.

In South Africa we have a national presence with offices in the major commercial centres, including Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth, George, Bloemfontein, Rustenburg and Pretoria/Tshwane.

South Africa is also a major force in the Sub-Saharan Africa network, with member firms in Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia. In 2013, Grant Thornton has been honoured by the International Accounting Bulletin as the “Network of the Year 2013” as a result of our strategic drive, global leadership, and remarkable growth around the world.  And we understand that this award reflects not only our strength as a global organisation, but as a collection of member firms who are all dedicated to the highest level of client service.

Teams in member firms worldwide work and train together, sharing industry experience, technical expertise, and a commitment to excellence.

Why Grant Thornton

The hospitality and tourism industry is one which has witnessed a great deal of change over the last decade with an increase in online booking portals and social media which has driven organisations to be more aware of public perceptions. This, coupled with an uncertain economic climate affecting demand for services, has led to a changeable and volatile market.

Organisations wishing to succeed in the hospitality and tourism industry face a range of business and operational challenges including fund raising, tax issues, due diligence, regulatory and compliance risks. As well as more practical decisions, such as, finding the right location, creating excellent facilities, developing long term plans and coming up with the right mix of services and features.

Grant Thornton has a multi-disciplinary team which provides assurance, tax, and advisory services to the hospitality and tourism industry across the globe. By taking a hands-on approach, based on long-term working relationships, we develop a genuine understanding of our clients’ businesses and use our sector knowledge to put the interests of our clients first.

Together with our insight, knowledge and experience we can address these issues head on, as part of our core business service, and offer tailored solutions. We have
an international team of agile, integrated, focused industry experts who take a holistic view of the issues faced to help clients unlock their potential for growth.

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Partner Details

Ian Scott - Managing Partner - Pam Golding Hospitality Partners
Ian Scott

Managing Partner

Ian completed his articles at Welby Steward, the founding firm of Grant Thornton Cape Town, which began in 1913. He studied part-time at the University of Cape Town and became a Partner in 1990. After a secondment in London, Ian immersed himself in a varied and diverse client base ranging from dynamic start-ups to larger groups.

Ian enjoys adding value and assisting clients to improve their businesses. He has experience in start-ups, property, franchises, manufacturing, farming and tourism. He has served as a director and trustee on a number of boards and is known for his hands-on practical advice, including his problem-solving abilities.

Ian’s role as Managing Partner requires him to serve on the National Executive Committee of the National Firm and he takes an active interest in marketing and business development.

In his spare time Ian is an active property investor and has interests in classic cars, art, antiques, reading and running.

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