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Living and Working in Glasgow

Glasgow is a city situated on Scotland's western lowlands and is a port city, on the banks of the River Clyde which leads into the Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest city within Scotland and lies within the county of Lanarkshire. Glasgow has its own international airport in Paisley. It is around 415 miles from London and a little over 40 miles from Edinburgh if travelling by car. A direct train from Glasgow Central will whisk you into London in less than five hours.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
April 5, 2024

Glasgow is a city situated on Scotland's western lowlands and is a port city, on the banks of the River Clyde which leads into the Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest city within Scotland and lies within the county of Lanarkshire. Glasgow has its own international airport in Paisley. It is around 415 miles from London and a little over 40 miles from Edinburgh if travelling by car. A direct train from Glasgow Central will whisk you into London in less than five hours.

Having an oceanic climate, Glasgow can be predisposed towards cold and wet winters and cooler summers yet enjoys a snowfall every now and again!

Glasgow can be traced back to around the sixth century and was a successful market place then later on prospered in trade, especially coal, cloth, tobacco, sugar and rum. More developments arrived at the time of the Industrial Revolution. Coal, iron, chemicals, linens, glass, soap and paper were all being produced and with a strong emphasis on ship building and locomotive construction, this further enhanced productivity.

Nowadays modern Glasgow, which is one of the largest city region economies in the UK and is an established global business destination, has a totally different economic story. With a growing jobs market, leading industries include a diverse mix of advanced manufacturing and precision engineering, public administration, distribution, financial and business, education, health, life sciences,  digital and creative, fintech, space industry, hospitality, marine, energy and green economy. Traditional shipbuilding, engineering and construction are still to this day focused around the port with the river Clyde, being a vital transportation route. Major businesses are attracted to Glasgow due to the committed and talented workforce, the diverse and forward thinking city, digital connectivity and the increasing economic and dynamic progression that it offers. The Glasgow City region generates around 34% of all Scottish jobs.

The popular University of Glasgow which dates back centuries, attracts students from all over the world and offers some of the broadest ranges of courses in the UK. You can also choose either the nearby University of Strathclyde, the Glasgow School of |Art or the Glasgow Caledonian University, amongst others, which are fantastic places to study and excel in your chosen field. It is interesting to note that statistics show that over half of the population here in Glasgow are educated to degree level.

Recently voted as friendliest city in the UK and second best city in the UK there are so many things to see and do in Glasgow which was also named as the UK’s first  UNESCO city of Music and third in the world in 2008 - the music scene here is legendary! It is now one of 59 music cities with well over 100 performances weekly within the city.

When it comes to shopping, there's an exciting mix of high street brands, independent stores and quirky, stylish markets selling everything from hand crafted candles to seasonal fruit and vegetables that have been locally sourced. The same can be said for eating out whether you want to relax in an old pub steeped in tradition or try out one of the many restaurants, bars and cafes. Glasgow can also  boast that it is one of the world's most vegan friendly cities!

Set within a rich splendour of exceptional Victorian architecture, Glasgow has a huge array of museums and galleries. For something completely different, visit the Necropolis which is known for its Gothic and Victorian designs or enjoy a sample of whisky at the Glengoyne Distillery before taking a relaxing walk around the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. The stunning medieval Glasgow Cathedral which has been welcoming congregations for more than eight hundred years is also definitely worth a visit.

Whether you want the feeling of stepping back in time or prefer to be in the midst  of a vibrant and cultural scene, there is so much variety, history and beauty within the city of Glasgow.

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on April 12th between 10am - 2pm. The venue is Hampden Park, G42 9AZ. This football stadium, where its hospitality has been voted amongst the best in the UK, is the national stadium of football in Scotland and home of the Scotland national football team.

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