The combination of transport and technology infrastructure place Glasgow a step ahead of numerous European locations.
Transport options are plentiful. Glasgow is within an hour’s drive of three international airports, with Glasgow Airport being just 15 minutes from the city centre. Rail and motorway links are also extensive and commuter/passenger services are reliable and well-maintained.
This sector relies more than most on reliable global transport networks and supply chain. An investment infusion to Glasgow’s connectivity infrastructure has included more than £200 million in the last decade. This development has included a £10 million international pier extension and a £31 million terminal extension at Glasgow Airport. The rail and road networks are extensive and reliable, well-connected with the rest of the UK and consistently being improved to ensure less traffic congestion and to reduce journey times.
Keeping pace with the scale of development, the new Gigabit City fibre network will transform the city’s digital infrastructure, supporting internet connectivity of up to 100 times faster than the UK average. The state-of-the-art network will also future-proof the city as the demand for greater bandwidth continues to grow. Up to 7,000 city centre businesses will be within close reach of the fibre network within a year and ultimately up to 15,000 businesses across the city will benefit when the citywide roll-out is completed.
The Glasgow Economic Strategy has also identified Digital Technology as a key sector for the first time. Digital skills and technology enable all of Glasgow’s sectors, including engineering, design and manufacturing. Focusing on growing the digital sector and increasing the number of people with digital skills creates an attractive, modern location for any business to flourish.