Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, located on the River Clyde. It grew from a small rural settlement into one of the main seaports in the world. Glasgow expanded rapidly during the industrial revolution when it was an important centre for ship building, and has continued to grow ever since. Glasgow's population peaked in the 1930s, and in the 1960s the city was the subject of a large-scale urban renewal programme. Glasgow is one of Europe's most vibrant cities and has been voted as a UK destination which is on the rise. The city centre has been built on a grid system, making it easy to navigate and get around for tourists and residents alike. To the east of the city is the commercial centre known as the Merchant City, home to Glasgow's cultural quarter.
Setting up your business here
The financial district of Glasgow lies to the west of the city centre, and is known officially as the International Financial Services District. Glasgow is a hub for many businesses, both nationally and worldwide. The location of the 2014 Commonwealth Games makes Glasgow even more of a centre for business and commerce, and the Glasgow Business Club provides great networking opportunities. Glasgow is a popular location for new businesses, and there are many different options for serviced offices. Caledonian Courier Company, Ogilvie Construction and KPMG are just a few businesses located in the city.
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Things to do in Glasgow
Glasgow is a thriving city and there is much to keep you entertained. The West End has a great choice of restaurants and bars, and Byres Road is the cosmopolitan centre. On a sunny day you can take a stroll round the Botanic Gardens, and view the internationally renowned glass houses. There are plenty of hotels in the city, and the Millennium Hotel is conveniently located and a popular destination for visitors. Treat clients to a taste of Scotland with a traditional whiskey taster at the Glasgow Malt Whiskey Company, and dine at the popular Number 16 restaurant. Glasgow is renowned as a cultural hub, and the Pavilion Theatre is home to many top musicals and plays. During an afternoon stroll round the city you will take in many sites, including buildings designed by internationally acclaimed artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. If you are looking for a traditional night out, then the Pot Still is a favoured pub with the locals.
- Tube lines: Glasgow has a suburban above-ground railway network, and an underground metro, the Glasgow Subway
- Mainline stations: Queen Street, Glasgow Central
- Nearest motorways: M8, M80, M77, M74
- Nearest airports: Glasgow International, Glasgow Prestwick International, Glasgow Seaplane Terminal
- Other: Glasgow has an extensive bus system and cycle routes