Glasgow, Scotland

Home to booming tech, finance, media and services sectors, Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural and economic hub.

A northern city — as far north as Moscow but less chilly, with mild winters and cool summers — Glasgow serves as the cultural hub of Scotland and is going through a boom.

The city has the fastest-growing economy in the country, with employment at a high (67.3%), lots of startups and busy tech, finance, media, tourism and services sectors.

It is home to three universities, plus several colleges and institutes of higher learning. They nurture vibrant engineering, sciences and tech research sectors. The city has also become a world leader in medical research and innovation.

Glasgow has the largest retail offering in the UK outside of London and there’s a Canadian connection. Earlier this year, Tim Hortons chose Glasgow’s Argyle Street for its first UK outpost. The city proved that it loves the food — the outlet sold out of stock in hours. A second location has been announced and a third is planned.


1. Keep it formal. Allow for third-party introductions, avoid using the first names of colleagues unless invited to do so and arrive on time. Avoid asking personal questions and hugging or kissing acquaintances.

2. All in the name. Scotland has a dynamic cultural history and while it is part of the UK, Scots do not like to be called English. Use the adjective Scottish, not Scotch.

3. When to tip. Tipping is not customary in pubs when grabbing a pint or food. You can, however, leave a 10% gratuity in a restaurant, when taking a cab or for porters and housekeeping staff at a hotel.


1. The city was named one of the European Entrepreneurial Regions of the Year in 2016 by the European Committee of the Regions. The honour is given to cities that nourish entrepreneurship and forward thinking.

2. The University of Strathclyde ranked seventh in the UK for spin-out company creation, where professors use the products of their university research as the central product or service in a new company.

3. Glasgow was ranked fifth in the world in 2016 by the SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City Awards. Football is huge here; Celtic Park is the largest football stadium in Scotland. The city often hosts international events, including 2017’s Badminton World Championships.


1. Explore. This is a compact city: a 15-minute walk in any direction from the city centre will take you to the majority of Glasgow’s cultural attractions and fabulous shops and restaurants. The subway — nicknamed the Clockwork Orange due to its bright orange cars — travels a circular route of only 15 stops.

2. Get cultured. The city is home to four of Scotland’s five national performing arts organizations. There are museums and galleries aplenty, many of which offer free admission, such as the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. At King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, where Oasis played a showcase that led to its first record deal, the hottest indie bands often stop by to play.

3. Love the loch. About a half-hour drive away is gorgeous Loch Lomond, containing the UK’s largest freshwater island.

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