Infrastructure & support

Creative Clyde

Creative Clyde is a creative industries and digital media partnership, development project and industry initiative. Creative Clyde brings together public and private resources to foster the creative potential of Glasgow within the scope of Scotland, and globally. The creative industries are crucial to growth, and Glasgow is well-positioned to take on a leadership role as a creative hub.

Creative Clyde, while not encompassing the entire scope of creative industries in Glasgow, includes a core location on both sides of the River Clyde and extends to through the city centre and beyond. It includes the Scottish Exhibition Campus (SEC), the SEC Armadillo, the SSE Hydro and the Riverside Museum as well as the creative clusters in the Merchant City, City Centre and West End. On the south bank, it includes BBC Scotland, STV, Glasgow Science Centre, The Hub and Film City Glasgow at Pacific Quay.

Property & infrastructure

The property opportunities that exist to help the creative industries in Glasgow are many. With the Creative Clyde Enterprise Area, comprising 14.5 ha of development land at Pacific Quay (and incentives to support said development) and many other commercial development and business park opportunities available, there are abundant and flexible options available for investing in the creative sector. Other infrastructure supports this development.

  • Pacific Quay at the heart of the Enterprise Area for Creative Clyde is home to BBC Scotland and Scottish Media Group, Scotland’s largest broadcasters. To contribute further to television broadcasting growth, predicted to grow by 20 percent in coming years, a number of media buildings have been constructed, such as Medius and The Hub at Pacific Quay. The first tenant at the Hub was Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio.
  • Watermark Business Park is located adjacent to Pacific Quay, providing easy access to its so-called “Media Village”.
  • Clyde Gateway is a massive-scale urban regeneration project that encompasses much of the East End of Glasgow.
  • The Merchant City, where several projects are running to support an emerging arts quarter between Trongate and River Clyde, providing studio space for artists and other similar endeavours
  • Govan Digital Media Centre is a small business growth centre for digital media companies and a training centre to educate people for careers supporting the growing digital media industry.
  • Glasgow City of Science has an art and design component and partners with Glasgow School of Art. The partnership promotes interdisciplinary activity that can improve the lives of Glasgow’s citizens.
  • University of Glasgow is home to the Centre for Cultural Policy Research/Cultural Enterprise Office.
  • Film City Glasgow, located at the edge of Pacific Quay, has been adapted for film and sound production. The Savalas Dolby Premier Studio at Film City Glasgow is one of only three in the UK; recent Glasgow film projects include World War Z, Cloud Atlas and Fast and Furious 6.

Support

Various support and specific action plans exist to encourage growth in Glasgow’s creative industries.

  • Glasgow’s Creative Clyde Enterprise Area provides a competitive edge by offering specific incentives to encourage private investment, including a low-cost, city centre workshop and hub spaces, affordable start-up and office space to purchase or lease
  • Dedicated organisational support from services, such as Business Gateway, Creative Scotland, the Cultural Enterprise Office, Glasgow City Council, the Glasgow Film Office, Interactive Scotland, Scottish Development International, Scottish Enterprise and TalentScotland
  • The Lighthouse, a platform to highlight the impact of design, to create a Creative Entrepreneurs Network
  • Design Innovation Workshops
  • Support for Glasgow UNESCO City of Music
  • Feasibility study for film and television studio in Glasgow, including production build-space
  • Dedicated business incubation centre at the Hub at Pacific Quay
  • Various regional and venture capital schemes
  • R&D funding and tax credits
  • Specific creative industries funding, such as Ideas Bank, MEDIA Antenna Scotland, and the Cultural Enterprise Office

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