Buchanan Street is Glasgow's top retail destination

Why Glasgow?

Glasgow has a buzz, a soul and a personality that some of its better-looking, more upmarket contemporaries may lack.
It's not just the Victorian architecture and wild nightlife that blows away visitors to Glasgow - it's the down-to-earth, friendly, sincerity of the people. And they're a creative bunch to boot. A recent 2011 survey showed that Glasgow is home to a large proportion of Scotland's creative community.
Glasgow's three universities, School of Art and countless colleges mean that the city provides thousands of graduates each year, with qualifications directly relevant to the creative industries. And, as well as teeming with young, fresh talent there's an excellent nightlife, music scene and countless happening bars, restaurants and cafés. For instance, did you know that Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music and is hosting the MOBO awards in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Add to this the sporting events, including the Commonwealth Games in 2014, and festivals such as the West End Festival, or the O2 Glasgow Mela, and the 3,456 live music performances taking place every year (excluding clubbing), which is an average of nine performances every day!

Its not just the Victorian architecture and wild nightlife that blows away visitors - Glasgow is a world-class business location in a city long-established as a major business and financial services centre. Glasgow is Scotland's largest urban economy, generating almost £17 billion Gross Value Added each year and supporting over 450,000 jobs. Some 13,000 firms are located in Glasgow, including one-quarter of Scotland's largest businesses. Glasgow has a population of some 588,000 (approx. 11.4% of the total Scottish Population) with the city's excellent public transport networks delivering around 1.5 million people from its travel to work area, providing a large recruitment pool.

With 4 universities and 3 colleges, many of which directly specialise in the creative industries, and over 200,000 students in its travel to work area it's no wonder Glasgow is a leading UK commercial centre. Key sectors in the region are finance, retail, tourism, food and drink. Also adding value to the city's economy are shipbuilding and marine technologies, enabling technologies, energy, life sciences and creative and cultural industries. Glasgow was crowned the 'Best UK retail centre' (outside London) in Experian's annual retail vitality index.  And, as well as teeming with young, fresh talent there's an excellent nightlife, music scene and countless happening bars, restaurants and cafés. For instance, did you know that Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music and has hosted the MOBO awards in 2011, 2013 and will be the host city again in 2014.

Add to this the sporting events, including the Commonwealth Games in 2014, and festivals such as the West End Festival, or the O2 Glasgow Mela, and the 3,456 live music performances taking place every year (excluding clubbing), which is an average of nine performances every day!

Glasgow's cultural activities

For when you're all danced-out there's also a glut of daytime cultural treats to inspire and make you feel clever, like the Science Centre, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Burrell Collection or even the new Riverside Museum which takes you on a tour of Scotland's transport systems.

Or failing that, a quick journey out of the city takes you to breathtaking scenery and a whole host of outdoor activities.

It's no wonder that Glasgow attracts the third largest number of tourists in the UK, with only capital cities London and Edinburgh attracting more.*

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* Source: Glasgow Life