New Global Glasgow group to help tell city’s story

Aerial view of Glasgow city centre and River Clyde

A Global Glasgow steering group has been convened from across the city’s public, private, academic and voluntary sectors to coordinate a collective response to promoting Glasgow as a vibrant, welcoming and world-class destination.

Chaired by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Susan Aitken, and with representation from the University of Strathclyde, the group will come together quarterly and comprises senior figures from city organisations with strong international networks and expertise.

Innovation district

The news comes just weeks after Glasgow City Innovation District was launched at the University of Strathclyde to transform the way academia, business and industry collaborate to bring competitive advantage to Scotland.

Professor Scott MacGregor, Vice-Principal of the University, said: “The University is incredibly proud of its global community in the heart of the City of Glasgow.

"The city is home to Scotland’s first innovation district, thriving clusters of technological and innovative companies along with talented students and world-class academics.

“Glasgow’s long history of innovation is well known. The Global Glasgow partnership underlines the great work our city is doing today to tackle global challenges, inform policy, and drive inclusive economic growth.

We’re pleased to play our part in Glasgow’s story as a place that is bursting with energy, new ideas and creativity. With its world-class skills and talent base, Glasgow deserves its growing reputation as a fantastic city to live, work, study and do business.”

The group has been tasked with creating an action plan that supports sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the city.

It will also contribute to the development of Glasgow City Council’s new International Strategy, which will ensure the city continues to collaborate and strengthen its relationships with key European and international cities.


At the University, a number of growing clusters of collaborative research are emerging, in areas including space, 5G communications, Fintech, health technology, industrial informatics and quantum technology.

At the same time, Strathclyde has become the anchor University for the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland, announced by Scotland’s First Minister in December 2017.

The Institute will help manufacturing businesses throughout Scotland to become world-leaders in innovation, and to attract further inward investment to the UK.

Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Susan Aitken, said: “Just this week Glasgow was named one of the world’s top 10 cities by Time Out magazine, with particular mentions of our people, our creative sector and our hospitality.

“From sport, arts, culture and nightlife to the unique character of our citizens, the world knows that something is happening in Glasgow.

“We need to know the story we want to tell and then tell it together, loudly and often.

"Our new Global Glasgow partnership will help write that story and ensure the world knows that Glasgow remains international, dynamic, open and welcoming.”