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Guide to property investment in Glasgow

Situated on the River Clyde, Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and has the third highest GDP Per capita of any city in the UK with an economic growth rate second only to that of London.

Once famed throughout the world for its shipbuilding industry, Glasgow is now ranked as one of Europe’s top ten financial centres. The city’s world-class economy also includes biosciences, healthcare, higher education, retail, tourism, conferencing, communications and creative industries.

Major centre for higher education

The city’s population is around 600,000, with a further 2.3 million people living within an hour of the city. The number of young adults aged 20-39 living in the city increased by 20% in the last decade and is 42% higher than the Scottish average. Glasgow is also a major centre for higher education and academic research with four universities and seven colleges of higher education within 10 miles of the city centre. The city has the second highest student population in the UK of around 170,000.

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Home to the Scottish Opera, Scottish National Theatre, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Glasgow has a rich arts and cultural scene. The city is also well known for its vibrant nightlife, excellent restaurants and live music venues. Glasgow is also the second largest and most economically important retail sector after London, attracting an estimated 90 million shoppers each year. 

Glasgow is Scotland’s second most popular tourist destination attracting over 2.5 million visitors who generate more than £600 million for the local economy each year.

Transport links

Glasgow has the most extensive urban rail network outside London and also has an underground system, which extends both north and south of the River Clyde. Glasgow has two international airports: Prestwick International Airport, and Glasgow International Airport, which currently serves around 9 million passengers each year and expects to serve more than 24 million by 2030.

Top 5 reasons to invest in Glasgow

  1. One of Europe’s top ten financial centres
  2. High percentage of young adults living in the city centre
  3. Total student population of around 170,000
  4. Excellent transport links
  5. High value industry sectors

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