The city has enjoyed steady economic growth over the last few
years with an annual output of £15.7bn. Glasgow is the country's
largest centre of employment with total employment at around
443,000. Glasgow provides employment for 158,000 people who
commute into the city to work. Some 13,000 firms are located
there, including one-quarter of Scotland's largest businesses.
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
Glasgow delivers efficient, innovative office developments
and world class retail spaces suited to every size and type of
business. The city's success in attracting companies boosted the
number of jobs located in the city by more than 70,000 in the 10
years to 2005, making it one of the fastest growing cities in the
UK which is why more and more global companies are choosing to
relocate to Glasgow.
Glasgow Economic Facts 2010 is a useful
reference guide to those interested in Glasgow's economic
performance, growth and development. Where relevant, Glasgow
data is compared with data for Scotland as a whole and the English
Core Cities (Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester,
Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield).
The strategic context for Glasgow's ambitions and resilience is
articulated in the document. A Step Change for
Glasgow: Glasgow's Ten-Year Economic Development Strategy.
The strategy is underpinned by an action plan of ambitious projects
and programmes all of which can be found and downloaded from www.glasgoweconomicfacts.com