The summary of this year’s Investor Relations Society Membership Feedback research, performed by QuantiFire, is now publicly available. Responses were obtained from 110 individuals, 76 of which were corporate members, mostly heads of IR and senior IR managers at FTSE 350 companies.
Once again, this research provides invaluable insights into how IR departments are adjusting teams, budgets and activities to meet the main challenges that are anticipated in the year ahead. These challenges and priorities are detailed in our report, along with the factors that are most expected to impact on IR programmes and the areas that have been prioritised for investment. We also summarise corporate perspectives towards buy side, sell side and supplier communities, as well as suppliers’ thoughts on the corporate marketplace.
With the geopolitical and economic outlook both looking precarious as we enter 2023, market uncertainty seems all but assured for the year ahead. For busy IR teams whose budgets are under pressure and who are competing for the attention of fewer active investors, whilst dealing with increasingly active shareholders, this backdrop means that the year ahead is certain to be challenging. However, it also means that 2023 will undoubtedly be a year when best practice IR programmes prove their value. We hope that this feedback report will be helpful to IROs and others in planning a successful year ahead.