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Major European powers disagree on road map

08 May 2013

On the eve of Europe Day (9 May), new research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) reveals that businesses in France and Germany, the eurozone’s two biggest economies, are a world apart in their views on the bloc’s future. 

IIRC consultation draft welcomed

25 Apr 2013

Grant Thornton welcomes the release of the IIRC's consultation draft of the International Integrated Reporting framework. The framework creates the foundations for a new reporting model which will enable a business to provide a concise communication of how it creates value over time.

Businesses in mature markets break investment inertia

08 Apr 2013

New research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) indicates that businesses in mature economies are betting on future growth, finally releasing their cash reserves and beginning to invest again. This comes as global business optimism, spurred on by improving order books, is up to its highest level since early 2011. The investment mood change is welcome evidence of businesses deciding that now is the time to lay the foundations for growth.

Mature markets set to start investing

08 Apr 2013

• Co-investment opportunities considered key to attracting LPs • New LP relationships will dominate one-in-five new funds • Fundraising sentiment improves among GPs worldwide • Dividend recap volumes set to increase as LPs push for distributions

Global research into cloud security widens

05 Apr 2013

Seeing the increased trend in cloud computing, Grant Thornton’s Forensic investigation team in the Netherlands have joined a European led consortium to address the security issues surrounding the cloud.

Rise in numbers of women in business

08 Mar 2013

To mark International Womens Day 2013 on 8 March, new research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) reveals that globally, more women are making it into senior management roles than at any time since 2010. 

Cross-border M&A activity up by a fifth

27 Feb 2013

Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR), a quarterly global business survey in 44 countries, finds an increased appetite for cross border acquisitions as demand is at its highest level since 2008. Despite the political and economic events of the past twelve months, planned cross border M&A is driving acquisitive growth increasing by 56% since 2008 and 18% in 2012.

Few businesses seek lower corporate tax rate

27 Feb 2013

A survey of more than 3,400 businesses in 44 economies finds that 67% would not relocate their business to another country for any level of reduction in their corporate tax rate.

BRIC growth wobbling on shaky foundations

12 Feb 2013

New research from Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR) reveals that businesses in the fast-growing BRIC economies increasingly view under-investment in national infrastructure as a major constraint on their ability to grow.

Skills shortage epidemic weighs on growth

05 Feb 2013

Businesses around the world are reporting a skills shortage epidemic that is weighing on growth prospects, according to new research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR).