Its position on the River Clyde made Glasgow a magnet for shipping and trade, with its economy being heavily reliant on heavy industry. However with the post-war industrial decline, Glasgow has reinvented itself with diverse economy of services, finance and innovation.
A new generation of service sector employment in tourism, finance and business services—especially in innovation and creative industries—has developed over the past twenty years. Higher education, in the form of the city’s four universities industries are also making a key contribution to the changing face of the local economy.
Housing one of Europe’s largest civic art collections, the city has a fantastic mix of world-class museums, galleries and award-winning visitor attractions including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Riverside Museum, with these and many others, free to visit. It is in the top 5 most sustainable conference cities in the world, is an experienced host of major, international sporting events and has more than 70 parks and gardens spread across the city. Notable for its nighttime economy, Glasgow is one of UNESCO’s Cities of Music.
In May 2019, Glasgow declared a climate emergency and has set an ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. With over 60 recommendations, Glasgow’s Climate Emergency Working group is providing a pathway to achieving this through innovations in energy use, transport, planning, waste management, food and finance. Glasgow is also one of 12 ‘Vanguard’ cities around the world aiming to end street homelessness by 2030.