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Glasgow a Top 10 city in the fDi Global Cities of the Future rankings

Glasgow has received recognition in the face of competition from across the world for its achievements in attracting business and investment in the latest fDi Global Cities of the Future 2018/19 rankings.

The city is ranked in the Top 10 overall in the Large City category that features Seattle, Frankfurt and Dublin.

Glasgow ranks highly for Business-Friendliness and also does well in the Human Capital and Lifestyle category, alongside Copenhagen, Helsinki and Vancouver.

Another category where Glasgow makes the Top 10 is in Connectivity – ranking with cities such as Dusseldorf and Antwerp.

The fDi rankings follow last week’s report by globally-renowned expert on urbanism Greg Clark, published at the State of the City Economy conference in Glasgow, which showed the city performing very well in terms of attracting business and investment, and particularly well in innovation and lifestyle.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow works tirelessly to bring investment, new jobs and new homes to Glasgow; to innovate and to create the industries of the future; to grow our population, our tax base and our city and regional economies. We know that we have a story to tell and increasingly our story is being heard around the world.

“This recognition of our endeavours within the fDi’s Global City of the Future index is a further testimony to the success of our efforts. And I’m tremendously proud of the peer cities Glasgow is keeping company with. These global cities are our comparators and our competitors.

“We want to create a city that is more vibrant, more liveable, more sustainable, healthier and more equitable; a city where the quality of life of every citizen is our abiding concern. We have a challenge now that our brand, our story, our successes reach a wider international audience – but it’s a challenge we will be proud to take on.”

fDi Intelligence, a service from the Financial Times, is the largest FDI centre of excellence globally and these awards are sign of quality and trust for foreign investors and partners with international recognition.

Glasgow was also listed among the fDi Strategy Award winners for 2018 in the ‘Encouraging Innovation’ and ‘Support for R&D’ categories.


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