Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, located on the River Clyde. Once a small rural area, Glasgow grew to be the largest seaport in Scotland. During the industrial revolution, the population and economy of Glasgow grew rapidly, becoming one of the most important centres for shipbuilding. In addition to engineering, Glasgow also grew as a major centre in textiles, tobacco making, pottery, printing and publishing.
Today, Glasgow is a bustling city and home to a multitude of trades and industries. East of the city is Merchant City, a large commercial and residential centre. The area was rejuvenated from the 1980s, and is now home to luxury apartments, warehouse conversions, cafés and restaurants and high-end shops. The Merchant City is the home of Glasgow’s growing cultural quarter, with a growth of art galleries, studios, theatres and concert venues, attracting creative firms and media companies to office space in the area.
The financial district of Glasgow is on the west of the city centre, occupying the area of Blythswood Hill and Anderston. The area is officially known as the International Financial Services District, but is colloquially referred to as “Wall Street on Clyde”. The construction of many modern office developments from the 1980s resulted in the area becoming one of the UK’s largest financial quarters. A number of the largest general insurance companies and key banking companies have their headquarters in Glasgow’s financial district. With a reputation as an established financial services centre, Glasgow continues to attract business to the office space in the area.
Office Space in Glasgow
Since the 1980s, many modern office developments and high rise blocks have been built, and the area is now one of the UK’s largest financial locations. There are a wide range of serviced offices and coworking spaces available in and around the city, many offering high-quality facilities such as meeting rooms and conference space, business lounges and professional reception teams providing concierge services.
Shopping, Restaurants and Leisure
South and west of George Square in the city are the shopping precincts of Sauchiehall Street, Argyle Street and Buchanan Street featuring a wide range of high street chains, department stores, luxury fashion brands and upmarket retailers, independent traders and eclectic boutiques. Princes Square is the main location for speciality shops whilst the Italian Centre in Ingram Street specialises in designer labels. There are a plethora of entertainment and cultural venues including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Theatre Royal, the Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Lighthouse Museum of Architecture.
Glasgow has a large urban transport system, ideal for companies renting office space in the city. Central and Queen Street stations are the main two railway terminals, running services to Euston in London as well as all major cities and towns of Scotland. Four direct railway links connect the city to Edinburgh, while the Glasgow Subway runs services across the city. In addition, there are plenty of bus services that serve the city and its surrounding districts. The M8 goes round the city centre, connecting with the M73, M74, which is directly towards Carlisle, and M77 motorways. The A82 links the city to Argyll and the Highlands, and the East End Regeneration Route provides an easier access to the East End, and connects the M8 to the M74. Glasgow has two dedicated airports, Glasgow Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport, whilst Edinburgh Airport is just 35 miles to the east.