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 International 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.
As part of Glasgow’s low carbon commitment, emphasis has been placed on public transport and infrastructure. Future Cities and City Deal initiatives, in particular, are delivering green successes such as real-time traffic and transport updates, improved efficiency, and urban redevelopment programmes that deliver reliability, safety and accessibility for all the city’s residents and visitors.
Glasgow’s digital connectivity can meet and exceed the most demanding technology requirements of today’s progressive companies. 97% of the city will be covered by superfast broadband by December 2017 with a commitment to provide a true next generation fibre network in the city by 2023, providing ultrafast capability.
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 low carbon. 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.