About IBR

The Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) is the world's leading mid-market business survey. Launched in 1992 in nine European countries, the report now surveys more than 10,000 senior executives over 30 economies on an annual basis, providing insight into the economic and commercial issues affecting both listed and privately-held businesses.

Data collection

Data collection is managed by Grant Thornton International Ltd's core research partner - Experian. Questionnaires are translated into local languages with each participating country having the option to ask a small number of country specific questions in addition to the core questionnaire. Fieldwork is undertaken on a quarterly basis. The research is carried out primarily by telephone. 


IBR is a survey of mid-market listed and privately held businesses. The definition of the mid-market varies by country; for example a mid-market business in the EU would typically have 50-499 employees. The target respondents are chief executive officers, managing directors, chairmen or other senior executives.

Participating economies

Region/group Ecnomies included in IBR
Africa Botswana, Nigeria, South Africa

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

Australia, India, Japan, China (mainland), Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand


Brazil, Russia, India, China (mainland)

Developed APAC Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore
Eastern Europe Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Turkey
Emerging APAC India, China (mainland), Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam

European Union (EU)

Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom


Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States

Latin America

Argentina, Brazil, Mexico

MINT     Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey

North America

Canada, United States

Southern Europe Greece, Italy, Spain