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Glasgow in the COVID-19 World - Virtual Event

11 November 2020 | 4pm


  • Malcolm Buchanan, Chairman, Scotland and Managing Director, Corporate & Commercial Banking Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Stephen Blackman, Principal Economist, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Prof. Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Glasgow
  • Derek Provan, Chief Executive, ASG Airports Ltd
  • Keith Anderson, Chief Executive, ScottishPower
  • Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce 


The exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 global pandemic have caused massive disruption and unprecedented interventions by governments across the world.  The impact on many businesses has been devastating and many city centres are on the brink of serious and sustained economic damage. A study by Centre for Cities shows that the impact on Glasgow is no different and places Scotland’s largest city amongst the bottom 10 of UK towns and cities for post-crisis recovery in footfall, alongside our colleagues in Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and London. The effectiveness of the latest local lockdown restrictions on the Glasgow economy will take some time to become clear, but added uncertainty surrounding their duration and effectiveness is causing considerable business distress and slowing economic recovery.

With this in mind, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Royal Bank of Scotland to offer an interactive webinar for senior business leaders to discuss where the economy of Glasgow city region is today, the effects of COVID-19 on the city and the key asks of policy makers as we head into winter.

The event will also explore possible solutions and opportunities that exist in the business community to minimise damage and help the region emerge from the crisis in a strong position to foster growth and investment.

We have invited a panel of leaders of some of our city’s key economic assets to discuss the current situation for Glasgow, and explore how they have addressed some of the key challenges that face their organisations, what strategies have they developed to adapt to the rapidly changing environment and what they believe may be key opportunities for the city to lead its way out of the crisis.

There will be an interactive Q&A session for delegates to share their own experiences and thoughts on the current situation.


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