Welcome to Glasgow
Glasgow has been founded on trade and shipbuilding since the 16th century, with the river Clyde providing access for merchant shipping to the city and the rest of Scotland. Over the centuries Glasgow’s industrial fortunes waxed and waned and today Glasgow is a vibrant modern city with excellent national and international transport links and a business district attracting financial firms from around the globe. In 2014, Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships i 2018, cementing the city's reputation as friendly and hospitable which is captured in the ubiquitous slogan “People Make Glasgow.”
The newly launched Glasgow City Innovation District draws in innovative companies and researchers in key technological areas to support the wider Glasgow and Scottish economy. Over £100 million has been invested into Strathclyde University’s Technology and Innovation Centre, Innovo, and Tontine which together house 18 major research centres and innovation organisations and over 30 innovation companies and SMEs, including the UK’s only Fraunhofer site.
Slightly further afield, 2019 should see construction commence at the Inchinnan home of the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland. This will mark the beginning of a new chapter for Scottish manufacturing, building on a great tradition of innovation. By capitalising on world-class, industry-relevant research and supporting skills-development, the new institute will attract inward investment to Scotland to stimulate the creation of jobs and help companies compete globally.