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BLOG: Glasgow’s vision; what it means for business

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017 Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017 Time: 07:45 - 09:15 Location: Gusto, 16 Bothwell Street G2 6NU

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At the September breakfast we welcomed back Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce who shared his perspective on where Glasgow is heading and what this may mean for our business community.

Stuart opened with details about the new administration in Glasgow. The City has a new Government with a manifesto to deliver for the people of the city.  The new Leader, Susan Aitken has personally taken on the convenorship for achieving Inclusive Growth and has been actively engaging with the business community to communicate her City Government’s vision. Glasgow has a plan for growing its economy in a very challenging context.

Glasgow was heavily reliant on engineering during the 20th century; therefore the city has experienced a very swift shift from an engineering to a service economy that has been both dramatic and fundamental to how Glasgow operates today.

In recent years this has resulted in Glasgow producing it’s own manifesto to ensure the city’s plans reflect what is required. It’s the 4th largest city in the UK and in the top 30 in Europe with regards population; big enough to attract investment particularly with its wealth and depth of talent explained Stuart. “47% of the workforce is degree educated, way ahead of Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool”. The people of Glasgow also understand how to organise themselves from community to civic to business, and it’s this diversity in the city and the economy that has held it together through the dramatic changes it has experienced in recent decades.

Like any large population there are still many issues to be resolved from the legacy of the fall in manufacturing, however at least these issues are recognised and are being addressed assured Stuart “There is much yet to be done but there are solid grounds for optimism”.

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce retains a close relationship with other city stakeholders including the Airport and City Marketing Bureau (now part of Glasgow Life) who have helped develop the city as a major conference and events centre with many successes in recent years such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the development of the Clyde / SECC area. The new Hydro arena is now the second most successful events venue in the world! – quite an achievement for the ‘wee West coast town’.

The audience were certainly brought up to speed with Glasgow and it’s exciting plans for going forward in retail (re-development of City Centre areas), job prospects, the connecting of districts and the events up and coming such as the 2018 European Championships, the city is hosting in conjunction with Berlin – a truly great international partnership.

Finally Stuart wrapped up with the slogan ‘People Make Glasgow’ claiming we need to keep working towards a “Healthier and wealthier city with more opportunities for our people”

Book now for next month’s event on 5th Oct. Changing Face of Media in the Digital Age with Media Shop MD Caroline McGrath and Fiona Mills, Head of Digital. They will reveal the trends, from live streaming to interactive outdoor campaigns, that are making Britain’s cities ‘smarter’ and more ‘digitally enhanced’.