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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.

Sustainable Glasgow 

Sustainable Glasgow, an initiative led by the University of Strathclyde in collaboration with the city council, major energy companies, regional development agency and investment interest, launched in 2010. Since then, Glasgow has been recognised as one of the top four cities for Sustainable Growth by the Global Destination Sustainability Index and the city’s ‘People Make Glasgow Greener’ campaign helped earn the Most Improved award. Glasgow continues its aims to become a world-leading centre for sustainable policy, innovation and action. This includes plans to become the UK’s first carbon neutral city by 2030. These efforts are exemplified in the United Nations’ decision to host the 26th Conference of the Parties Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in 2020. 

“The city has the perfect elements to stimulate innovation – from partners with the ambition and drive to help businesses succeed; an entrepreneurial environment; and a rapidly-growing community of innovators.”

Professor Sir Jim MacDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde


It is easy to get to Glasgow by air, rail or road. There are several daily scheduled flights from major British and European cities into and out of Glasgow International Airport. Edinburgh Airport with a wide choice of flights is an hour’s drive away. It is around 20 minute drive into the city from Glasgow International Airport by taxi or by regular bus. The city has two main rail stations. When you arrive you will find plenty of taxis, plus one of the best public transport systems in the country.

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