Richard Muir

Richard Muir from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce on Glasgow’s resilience and social values, the international interest in the city and how stunning countryside nearby makes for a great work life balance.

Glasgow means an incredible amount to me. I was born here but moved to England when I was three years old as my dad, a qualified CA, worked for Shanks and McEwan in Corby.  My great grandfather was the Dry Dock Harbour Master at Govan docks, so I really am Clyde Built!


I've been working in the city now for nearly 20 years between Radio Clyde, where I was marketing director, and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.  I have very early fond memories of visiting my Gran and Papa in Shawlands and being overawed by the red sandstone tenements, which were unusual if you lived in a small village in the Midlands.  I used to love going to the boating pond in Queens Park and then to the Brooklyn Cafe and having authentic Scots-Italian ice cream and tablet!


I spent 10 years at Radio Clyde, which was a dream job for a marketeer who loved music, sport and current affairs.  We had a brilliant team of people working on air and behind the scenes and it felt very special, like being in a family. I was responsible for promoting the brand and investing in advertising, marketing, PR and events.

Richard Muir

  Glasgow is a resilient city and there is a determination in people to make a success of themselves, but not forgetting their social values and putting something back in to help others.  There are many entrepreneurs who are prepared to take a risk and go from strength to strength, but they also offer others a hand up and aren't precious about sharing their experiences and contacts.  There are many that realise that it's not just about themselves and I like that.


If I had to leave Glasgow I'd miss the banter and the beautiful buildings, iconic skyline and breathtaking seasons we have.  I'd also miss Scottish football and music.  I love going to gigs and would miss the Hydro, King Tuts and Barrowlands. No-one quite does music and entertainment the way we do it in Glasgow.  I'd miss having breakfast at Cafe Gandolfi and having a pint at the Anchor Line.

  One thing that really sticks in my mind was the Summer of 2014 and the Commonwealth Games.  I was staying in the Merchant City and was lucky enough to have tickets to the sports events and loved seeing the city utterly coming to life in the sunshine, with the eyes of the world on us.  We really did rise to the occasion and I like most felt incredibly proud that we produced the best games ever.


I'm always pleasantly surprised when I'm abroad and people want to know more about the good things and changes which have happened in Glasgow in the last 30 years.  Of course, they ask which football team you support, but they also talk about the architecture, history and passion of Glaswegians. I was in Turin recently and was told that Italian artist Carlo Marochetti designed our famous Wellington statue, something I didn't know.  There's recognition too that we have some special companies headquartered or significantly represented here like Edrington, Aggreko, Clydesdale Bank, ScottishPower and BAE Systems.

One of the things which always amazes me about this part of the world is that I can leave Aberfoyle, where I moved 10 years ago, in the morning and be at the Chamber's office in George Square in under an hour. I love having that work life balance and being lucky enough to have the best of a brilliant city and the stunning countryside. Glasgow really is the gateway to Scotland.


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