10 Sep 2018
Fist Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the 2018-19 Programme for Government this week, setting out the ministers’ plans for the year. The Programme contains 12 new bills with a focus on the environment, mental health and sustainable economic growth.
Earlier in the week, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting with Derek MacKay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, to discuss the significance of Glasgow’s economy in Scotland’s economic ambitions.
The First Minister’s plans for Glasgow can be found below:
Glasgow: Realising the potential of innovation and investment
Over the coming year we will work with Glasgow City Council and other public and private partners to help realise and connect key opportunities along the River Clyde and to capitalise on the city’s knowledge and innovation assets to deliver inclusive growth.
Key assets such as the SSE Hydro, the Media Quarter at Pacific Quay and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital are already delivering economic benefits for Glasgow and Scotland. Further investment such as Barclays’ new campus at Buchanan Wharf which will create up to 2,500 new jobs; plans for the expansion of the Scottish Event Campus (SEC); and the development of the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland and associated Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District near Glasgow Airport has the potential to deliver further significant growth.
We will work with public and private partners to help realise those opportunities and maximise their collective impact.
In particular we will work with the University of Glasgow, which is already investing over £1 billion in the transformation of its West End campus, to develop a business case for a new Clyde Waterfront Innovation Campus in Govan, bringing together world leading research and infrastructure alongside companies manufacturing components for growing industries such as quantum technology. This development would be part of the wider Glasgow West End and Waterfront Innovation District, which will help drive investment by major companies and SMEs in sectors such as precision medicine, data science and FinTech.
Elsewhere in the city, we will work with the University of Strathclyde to take forward the next phase of the Glasgow City Innovation District. Building on the success of the Technology Innovation Centre, Tontine House and the Innovo Building, the Innovation District will further transform central and east Glasgow by creating a thriving ecosystem of small, medium and large innovation companies supported by the knowledge, research and skills of the University.