Top businesses choose Glasgow for many reasons. Primary reasons include the quality and loyalty of the flexible and qualified workforce, the cosmopolitan feel of a large city, great access and digital connectivity, cost-effective office space, proximity to market and customers, as well as the ease of doing business. With one of the youngest populations in Scotland and 52% educated to degree level, finding and retaining talented staff is easy.
Quality of workforce
Cosmopolitan feel of a large city
Impressive digital connectivity
Cost-effective office space
Proximity to market and customers
Ease of doing business
Public, private and academic networks are well connected and there are a wealth of established regular meetups and business networks for new entrants to tap into and learn from.
Major global businesses are attracted to Glasgow as their preferred business location because it is one of the most affordable cities in the UK and Europe, offering businesses excellent value for money and access to an exceptional business environment.
"A large contingent of Glasgow’s population also works in the banking sector or in compliance. So, you tend to find more experienced middle to back-office financial professionals here in Glasgow."
– Gopal Hariharan, Founder of BlackArrow
Grade A office rents…
less expensive than London (West End)
less expensive than Manchester
less expensive than Birmingham
Inward Investment attractiveness…
capital investment since 2011
in the UK for Foreign Direct Investment in 2020
Large European City of the Future for FDI Strategy 2020/21
for business friendliness
for overall best large city
Glasgow-based global businesses employee numbers…
2500 rising to 5000
2000 rising to 2700