Glasgow is Scotland’s first city and region to access the UK Government’s City Deal worth £1.13bn.
Glasgow is the first city in the UK to implement the Tax Increment Financing scheme.
Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire is the UK’s only conservatoire offering music, drama and dance.
Glasgow was voted No.1 friendliest city in the world by Rough Guide.
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city with a growing population of 600,000 residents and an average age of 35, 77% of the population are working age.
Glasgow makes the highest contribution to GVA of any Scottish City.
Glasgow has attracted over 3,500 new jobs since 2012.
Glasgow is the leading UK city for finance after London and ranked higher than cities such as Beijing, Madrid, Dublin and Brussels.
Glasgow is top in the UK for retail outside London’s West End.
Glasgow is the conference capital of Scotland, hosting more conferences than all 6 Scottish cities combined and is second only to London.
Glasgow is voted 54th global city for quality of life.
1.2 million working age people live within a 45 minute commute of the city; 36% of the working age population of Scotland.
Top for resilience, Glasgow was named in December 2013 in the first group of 33 cities selected through the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. One of only 5 in Europe and two in the UK, resilient cities are those who have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to building their own capacities to prepare, withstand, and bounce back rapidly form shock.
Glasgow’s world class connectivity includes 100% digital telecoms and 4G mobile.
Glasgow enjoys exceptional international access thanks to proximity to 3 international airports with Glasgow International Airport offering 2 daily flights to Dubai, gateway to the Far East.
Glasgow’s city region boasts the UK’s largest suburban rail network outside London.
Glasgow Central is the busiest railway station in Scotland and the second busiest in the UK, outside of London.
Glasgow’s historic subway is the third oldest in the world behind London and Budapest.
First Scottish city to provide free wi fi in the city centre 24/7.
Glasgow’s music credentials are second to none with the capacity and expertise to secure events such as the MTV Europe Music Awards and the MOBOs.
Glasgow’s stunning SSE Hydro is third in Pollstars Top 100 worldwide arena venues ahead of Madison Square Garden.
Glasgow boasts 8 venues in the Top 100 list of "Places to Watch Gigs”, more than any other city barring London.
Glasgow played host to Radio 1's Big Weekend in summer 2014.
Glasgow hosted the XXth Commonwealth Games in July and August 2014 involving an investment of £1.4bn. A resounding success, the Games have been dubbed the friendliest and most successful ever. With 17 sports and thousands of athletes performing at sell out world class venues across the city, Glasgow fully embraced the games and the Merchant City, George Square, Queen Street and Royal Exchange Square enjoyed a fantastic vibrancy and buzz at the heart of the celebrations in the summer sunshine. The city’s business economy and hotels sector received a major boost welcoming visitors from around the world whilst also showcasing the very best that Glasgow has to offer creating a legacy of positive images and memories which will generate benefits for years to come.
Glasgow has a long and proud tradition of education: the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world while the Glasgow School of Art is the UK’s oldest art school and the Royal Conservatoire was founded by Charles Dickens in 1847.
Glasgow boasts award winning universities: The University of Strathclyde is the 2013 Entrepreneurial University of the Year and the UK 2012 University of the year.
Glasgow Caledonian University is in the top 10 in the UK for research in allied health professions and the first UK University to set up a campus in New York City.
Glasgow has a higher percentage of residents with a qualification of N/SVQ level 4 and above than Scotland of Great Britain as a whole and school attainment is at an all time high.
Glasgow’s 5 higher Education Institutions and 3 super colleges boast a whopping 130,000 students from 135 countries, the largest student population in Scotland.
Glasgow is among the most business-friendly locations in the UK and Europe.
A world class financial centre, Glasgow is ranked in the top 20 in Europe and fiftieth globally attracting over £1 billion in investment since 2001.
52000 people work in financial services
31,000 businesses are registered in companies house
Glasgow attracts 2.3 million visitors each year and tourism generates £601 million for the local economy.
Glasgow is “a shopaholic’s paradise” according to Lonely Planet and is consistently voted as the top place to shop in the UK, second only to London’s West End.
Glasgow is a mecca for style mavens with over 1,500 shops from cool vintage shops to independent boutiques and exclusive designers.
New Arrivals in 2013
Choosing Glasgow over other UK cities, KPMG opened its first UK Tax Centre of Excellence bringing 150 jobs and handling tax compliance for its 22 UK offices.
In June 2013, Ashurst announced the opening of a new legal and business support services office in Glasgow, becoming the first international law firm to launch an office of the nature in Scotland.