The City is a leading UK commercial centre and a world-class business location. Key growth sectors include Creative Industries, Digital Technology, Higher Education, Financial and Business Services, Tourism and Events, Retail, Health and Life Sciences, Low Carbon and Engineering, Design and Manufacturing.

A City that really delivers

Multicultural, innovative and brimming with personality, Scotland’s largest city was ranked a ‘Top Large European City of the Future’ 2016/17.

Forming Scotland’s main transport hub, Glasgow is blessed with excellent road and air services and the largest suburban rail network outside London.

The City and surrounding area offer access to a well-trained and well-educated workforce courtesy of four universities and seven colleges.

The 2017 ‘Mercers Quality of Living Survey’ sees Glasgow beat Rome, Prague and Dubai to be named as one of the best cities in the world to live. Offering an outstanding quality of life, Glasgow is close to breathtaking countryside offering an array of outdoor activities including nearby hill walking, sailing and cycling. Some of the world’s greatest golf courses are all within an hour’s drive and the City’s arts and culture, nightlife and food are hard to surpass.


  • European Entrepreneurial Region of the Year 2016
  • Glasgow contributes £19.3 billion GVA to the Scottish economy annually
  • Strategy to create an additional 50,000 new jobs and 1,000 new businesses by 2023
  • The 4th largest city in the UK, which in the last 5 years has experienced economic growth
  • Over £1.13 billion investment via Glasgow City Deal
  • Some 19,000 businesses are located in the city
  • In the top 20 of Europe’s best performing financial centres
  • Scotland’s conference capital, second only to London in attracting international conference delegates to the UK
  • Home to 3 innovation districts supporting centres of excellence in life sciences, advanced manufacturing and technologies

Art & Culture

  • Over 20 museums and art galleries and the world renowned Glasgow School of Art
  • UNESCO City of Music with over 130 music events each week
  • Riverside Museum awarded European Museum of the Year 2013
  • SSE Hydro plays host to around 140 events a year
  • Home to some of the finest collections of civic art in Europe at the Burrell Collection and Kelvingrove Art Gallery
  • Home to national performing arts organisations; Scottish Ballet, the Royal Conservatoire, Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra & the National Theatre of Scotland


  • 4 world class universities producing 8,000 graduates annually
  • 3 super colleges which attract over 133,000 students every year from 140 countries
  • 67,000 higher education students
  • 50% of Scotland’s students in electronics, mechanics and software are in Glasgow
  • Glasgow is ranked No1 within the UK’s core cities for producing the highest number of digital technology students and graduates


  • 100% digital telecoms and 4G access
  • £50 million broadband investment
  • Gigabit CityFibre network supports internet connectivity of up to 100 times faster than the UK average

Lifestyle & Leisure

  • Third highest city in the UK for quality of life*
  • Number 1 retail centre outside London
  • Glasgow has more green space than any other UK city
    * Source Mercer 2018 City Rankings

Sport & Fitness

  • Over 40 gyms within the city centre alone
  • Ranked 5th Top Sporting City in the World by Sports Business Awards
  • £2 billion investment in world class sports facilities from the Commonwealth Games 2014

Transport & Travel

  • Largest rail network outside London
  • 70 flights per day to and from London
  • 8 trains per hour to Edinburgh
  • 38 train links per day between Glasgow and London Euston

Population & Workforce

  • Population of over 600,000 and growing
  • Population of over 621,000 and growing
  • Metropolitan population forecast to grow by 175,000 by 2035
  • Highly skilled workforce
  • 1.2 million people of working age within a 45 minute commute and 2 million within an hour
  • With Glasgow having one of the youngest populations in Scotland and 46% educated to degree level, finding and retaining staff is easy


  • 3rd most visited city in the UK by overseas tourists
  • The World’s Friendliest City*
    *Source: Rough Guide 2014

Companies Relocated to Glasgow

  • SThree
  • Skyscanner
  • Encompass
  • LendingCrowd
  • JP Morgan
  • BNP Paribas
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Barclays Wealth
  • Tesco Personal Finance