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.


PDF, 256 KB, 15th June 2018
PDF, 337 KB, 3rd August 2018
PDF, 326 KB, 1st November 2018

The latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor (Q3 2018) shows that trade has remained resilient over the past quarter reflected in the number of companies continuing to grow (41%.)


This quarter’s Business Monitor again highlights the higher growth performance of exporters and cross-border traders, almost half of all firms that trade across the border are growing, with 30% experiencing rapid growth in sales, compared to just 18% that do not export.


Key Information


  • 41% of businesses continuing to grow
  • Cross-border trading increases a business’s probability of growing rapidly by over 60%
  • 54% of SMEs say reporting issues with rising costs of overheads
  • 41% of larger firms (50+ employees) reporting skills shortages within their sector
  • 42% of exporters reporting a negative ‘Brexit’ impact on sales


PDF, 264 KB, 15th June 2017
PDF, 299 KB, 15th November 2017
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%


PPTX, 3 MB, 15th April 2016
PPTX, 3 MB, 15th October 2016
PDF, 418 KB, 23rd October 2016


PPTX, 3 MB, 15th April 2015
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PDF, 991 KB, 23rd January 2016


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PDF, 674 KB, 23rd October 2014
PPTX, 632 KB, 15th January 2015


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PDF, 689 KB, 23rd January 2014


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PDF, 116 KB, 23rd January 2013