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Maintaining Glasgow's position as top retail destination outside London

Glasgow is the UKs top shopping destination outside London and the retail sector is a key contributor to the city economy. One in every seven jobs in Glasgow is in retail and the sector contributes £2.6bn annually.

The City Centre Retail Association (CCRA) was established to provide a forum for city centre retailers to discuss issues and priorities to support the sector.

Key priorities to maintain position in European retail hierarchy are to encourage footfall, promote key attributes and to position the city centre as the destination of choice for shoppers and retail investors.

The CCRA is chaired by Anne Ledgerwood (General Manager Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre) and includes representation from city centre shopping malls, major retail chains and small / independent Glasgow retailers.

Since its establishment the CCRA has worked to progress activity on a range of areas including:

  • securing retail support to extend city centre trading hours to 7pm
  • championing the retail sector in the development of the new City Centre Strategy (2014 - 2019) including calling for the establishment of a co-ordinated city centre management team
  • working with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and partners to delivered co-ordinated city centre retail marketing campaigns to drive footfall
  • maximising retail opportunity in  major events including the 2014 Commonwealth Games


Key priorities

Going forward, the City Centre Retail Association is focused on undertaking activity that supports Glasgow’s positioning as a retail destination. This includes:

 - Working with Glasgow City Council and partners on the successful delivery of the Glasgow City Centre Strategy and actively engaging in relevant projects

 - Supporting the delivery of activity that drives footfall and enhances the visitor experience including marketing campaigns and events


The City Centre Retail Association is open to city centre retailers and if you would be interested in attending the quarterly meetings or would like any further information please email

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