Glasgow is the powerhouse of Scotland’s economy and one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in Europe.
Famous throughout the world as a city of shipbuilding, home to two world renowned football teams Rangers and Celtic and three world class universities, the former industrial heartland was the ‘second city’ of the British Empire.
Glasgow has a rich heritage in industry, education, sport and culture. With a population of over 600,000, the city has re-invented itself over the past 30 years to become a global leader in digital technology, financial services, health & life sciences and tourism & culture, giving the world some of its leading industrialists, engineers, architects, artists, academics and musicians.
Glasgow is now regarded as Scotland’s digital heavyweight with a range of technology sectors thriving in the city, including fintech, space technology, software and e-commerce. Indeed, the city boasts almost 26,000 digital technology jobs – the highest in Scotland – which helped generate £591million in digital GVA.
One of the flag-bearers for the digital sector is Tontine, Glasgow’s new centre for supporting technology companies. It opened in 2016 to support the development of 134 high-growth companies.
One high profile occupant is CodeClan, Scotland’s digital skills academy, which began operating in Tontine in 2017.
Further evidence of Glasgow’s leading role in the Scottish digital economy is the city’s Strathclyde Business School, which has launched a new Masters degree in fintech – the first in the UK. The FDM Group, one of the UK’s leading IT graduate employers also has its base in Glasgow.
Recently named one of Europe’s Top 10 cities for business friendliness and human resources, it’s little wonder that 19,000 companies, generating an annual turnover of £38 billion call Glasgow home. Perhaps it’s time you did.