All-Island Business Monitor

The largest and most comprehensive business survey on the island

InterTradeIreland’s quarterly All-Island Business Monitor (AIBM) is the largest and most comprehensive business survey on the island, covering business owner’s views from both Northern Ireland and Ireland. A robust sample of more than 750 telephone interviews are conducted each quarter from SMEs across a range of sectors. The survey has a lengthy time series of seven years and tracks all-island economic indicators such as sales, employment, business outlook and other specific topical issues on a quarterly basis.


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The latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor (Q4 2018) points to the fact that SMEs are growing wary of a range of challenges facing them.


With Brexit dominating both the political and business landscape, many SMEs are operating in an environment of uncertainty. This is particularly true for cross-border traders and has been put into sharp focus by their performance in Q4.


Key Information


  • 44% of SMEs are worried about Brexit
  • Rising costs are a concern for over a third of SMEs (36%)
  • 1 in 5 firms are struggling to recruit people with the right skills
  • 9% of cross-border traders reported rapid growth in the period of Oct-December 2018, a 46% drop in growth from Q2 2018
  • Only 14% of firms plan to invest in new plant or equipment


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PDF, 335 KB, 15th January 2018

The latest quarterly InterTradeIreland All-Island Business Monitor Report AIBM (April-June 2018) shows that the number of firms across the island reporting growth remains high, and in fact, is at the highest level since 2011 (46%).

However, once you dig behind this top-line figure, the economic picture becomes much more complex with significant challenges on the horizon and mixed sentiment across sectors.

As expected in a competitive market there are winner and losers, and it’s not surprising to see increases at both extremes of the spectrum with more firms growing or declining.

Key Information


  • Economic landscape remains very competitive. More firms are growing but more are also declining
  • Main challenges facing businesses are energy and overhead costs
  • Number of SMES putting measures in place to engage with planning process around Brexit goes up and now stands at close to 20%


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