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Good News Glasgow round-up

It has been a week of positive news stories for Glasgow. Here are some of the best.

  • Princes Squares announce opening date for cinema

Princes Square has announced that its new Everyman cinema is to open on Friday 26 October.

The boutique cinema will boast three auditoriums, a bar which will serve food and drink to customers.

CEO of Everyman, Crispin Lilly, said: “We genuinely can’t wait to open for business in Princes Square.

“It’s our first Scottish venue and we think there’s a great community in Glasgow and an audience that will really enjoy spending the evening with us.

“Our focus is really on experience, from a fabulous bar and food and drink menu, including lovely wines and hand rolled pizzas, to comfy sofa eating and a great programme of film and events.

“We aim to make every guest’s visit special no matter what they choose to watch and make them fall in love with a night at the cinema.”

Andrew Foulds, portfolio director for Redevco which owns Princes Square, commented: “This is really exciting news as Everyman Cinemas’ unique and popular approach will add to the special environment at Princes Square.”

  • St Enoch Centre announces winners of retail awards

The winners of the fifth annual St Enoch Retailer Awards have been announced after over 4,000 members of the public voted for their favourite outlets.

The awards featured 14 categories, and winners included Boots which was crowned best for Health and Beauty, and Thomas Cook, which won the award for best customer service.

Anne Ledgerwood, general manager of St. Enoch Centre, said: “With Glasgow’s reputation as one of the greatest retail destinations in the UK, it is crucial to recognise the contribution our retailers and their staff make to the city’s success.

“People really do make Glasgow and the retail sector continues to be as vibrant as a result of the friendly staff welcoming shoppers to the city and taking their shopping experiences to the next level.”

  • Glasgow on track to hit record level of office property investment

The Glasgow city centre office market is set to achieve a record-breaking one million square feet of take up, according to figures released by international property advisors Cushman & Wakefield.

This follows strong 2017 results after Morgan Stanley moved into their 154,814 sq ft property on Waterloo Street, while the Scottish Courts & Tribunal Services and Department of Work & Pensions each took up properties at Atlantic Quay on the Broomielaw, which measure 80,498 sq ft and 84,542 sq ft respectively.

Last week, property consultants Savills released figures suggesting that investment into commercial office space in Scotland in 2018 will reach a 10-year high with the total expected to exceed £2 billion.

Fergus Maclennan of Cushman & Wakefield said that 2018 will be a “transformational year for Glasgow and in particular the International Financial Services District.”

  • Glasgow reels in profits from film industry

The Glasgow Film Office (GFO) has been celebrated after contributing an estimated £71m to the city’s economy over the last five years.

In recent years Glasgow has played host to several hit films including Trainspotting 2, Churchill, World War Z and The Wife, alongside popular TV shows The Cry, Shetland and Outlander.

Piers Tempest, producer of The Wife and Churchill, commented: “Glasgow is a fantastically diverse city to film in. Our experience from filming both The Wife and Churchill in Glasgow was excellent and the (film commissioner) Jennifer Reynolds and the GFO was extremely helpful and echoed the welcome that the city gave us.”

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