Competitive business environment

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Glasgow is one of the most affordable locations in the UK and Europe. The city offers residents and businesses excellent value for money while delivering high quality of life and an exceptional business environment.

  • Glasgow is a price fighter in Europe with the cost of accommodation, visitor attractions, restaurants, museums and galleries providing excellent value for visitors and residents.
  • Glasgow is one of the world’s least expensive cities to post staff, ranking 148 on the global index (Mercer Cost of Living Ranking 2018). Whereas London ranks 19th.
  • Glasgow’s salary costs are some of the most affordable in the UK and 29% lower than London and 12% lower than Edinburgh.
  • Grade A office rents are typically 73% lower than London, 17% lower than Edinburgh and 10.5% lower than Manchester.

Award-winning business environment

Top Large European City of the Future 2018/19

Glasgow has achieved an outstanding set of results in the prestigious fDi Magazine ‘European Cities of the Future Awards 2018/19’. In the Large Cities categories, Glasgow was awarded: Top 10 overall Large City; Runner-up for FDI strategy; and Top 10 for Business Friendliness and Connectivity.

 Top Ten Global City for fDi Strategy 2018/19

Glasgow has achieved an outstanding set of results in the prestigious fDi Intelligence ‘European Cities of the Future Awards 2018/19’.  In the Large Cities categories, Glasgow was awarded: Top 10 overall Large City; Runner-up for FDI strategy; and Top 10 for Business Friendliness and Connectivity.


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