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fDi Magazine rates Glasgow as the best large city in Europe for its foreign direct investment strategy. 

Glasgow's FDI rankings

  • Winner of best large city for foreign direct investment strategy in Europe
  • Top 25 cities overall in European Cities of the Future 2014
  • Top 10 large cities overall
  • Top 10 cities in UK and Ireland
  • Runner-up in Northern Cities for FDI strategy
  • Top 10 in large cities for human capital and lifestyle

Glasgow also consistently ranks among Europe's top ten financial centres.

Why Glasgow?

Glasgow seaplane

Glasgow is one of the few cities in the world offering a scheduled seaplane service.

Glasgow is one of the most progressive locations in the UK, committed to innovation and economic growth. Glasgow is proactively focused on business development, ensuring that potential investors have a solid support system to ease inward and foreign investment. 

A powerhouse of the Scottish economy and host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow is the cultural, sporting and academic heart of Scotland and one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, with a population of nearly 600,000. The city contributes approximately £18 billion in GVA to the Scottish economy annually and is home to almost 17,000 companies.

Since 2011, Glasgow has attracted more than £6 billion in capital investment within its support infrastructure, including housing, retail, health, education, hotels and offices. 

Capital investment and improvement has given Glasgow improved access to internal and external markets and has provided a springboard for inward and foreign investment to the city.

It's Glasgow uniqueness that makes it an increasingly competitive location for both domestic and foreign businesses.

Whitelees windfarm south of Glasgow

Whitelee, 10 miles south of Glasgow, is the UK's largest onshore windfarm.

Right for business

Glasgow has a strong economic track record. That's good news for business. It's currently placed within the top 20 of Europe’s best performing financial centres and ranked 50th worldwide (Global Financial Services Index 2012).


With initiatives, such as the International Financial Services District, City Science, Digital Glasgow and Sustainable Glasgow, the city is paving its way toward a future of job growth in fast-growing industries – at the forefront of technology integration and application – creating a smart, sustainable environment in which to build that future.

Excellent infrastructure

Glasgow is Scotland’s main international transport hub, with excellent road, rail, shipping and air services.

Skilled workforce

A well-educated and highly skilled population with a high level of labour availability makes Glasgow an attractive destination for establishing business.

Glasgow's International Financial Services District

Glasgow's strong heritage in the financial sector blends with the latest high tech grade A office buildings such as Aurora, home to BNP Paribas and Barclays Wealth.

Several economic growth sectors are strategic focus areas for Glasgow.

Key sector opportunities 

  • Low carbon 
  • Life sciences
  • Engineering, design and manufacturing
  • Financial and business services
  • Tourism and events
  • Higher and further education
  • Creative industries
  • Retail

Why not join us? 

We're proud of all that Scotland has to offer inward investors and we're here to help companies find a location that suits them in Scotland. 

Is your company ready to join us in a top European region? 

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