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22 . Glasgow Business March/April 2013

Events give Chamber members the chance to see what makes flagship businesses tick under the surface



elevision studios, an exciting new live entertainment venue and the historic factory

of a much-loved biscuit company which makes 10 million biscuits a week. Tat was the variety enjoyed

by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce members on the highly popular Behind the Scenes visits over the last few weeks. Chamber members received an

idea of what the future of live entertainment in Glasgow will be like when they toured Te Hydro, Glasgow’s new purpose-built indoor entertainment arena currently under construction at the SECC. A party of 30 Chamber members were given a site tour, followed by an hour-long question and answer session – courtesy of SECC Chief Executive John Sharkey and construction company Lend Lease’s Executive General Manager Gordon Anderson. Te Hydro is a 12,000 capacity

entertainment arena which will host around 140 live events a year. Designed by Foster + Partners,

Te Hydro will open in September this year and is reckoned to have the potential to pump £131 million into the local economy. Te ambition is for it to be in

the top five busiest indoor entertainment arenas in the world and rank alongside Madison Square Garden in New York and Te O2 in London. It will add to the SECC complex

and will compliment the SECC itself and the Clyde Auditorium. Chamber Chief Executive

Stuart Patrick said: “Tis was a fantastic event, made all the beter by the time that John and Gordon spent answering queries from our members in great detail. I’d like to thank them both, as well as the Lend Lease construction team for making our visit so informative. “An indoor arena of this size will

atract events and performers, both sporting and cultural, that were not previously a target for the city. Tis will very much increase Glasgow’s potential on the international stage, puting us on a whole new level.” He added that the evidence

of what it will add to the city had already been shown with the win of the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastic Championship. He said: “Te value to Glasgow of such wins goes far beyond the event itself both in terms of the cash coming into the local economy and the prestige it brings.” Chamber members also had a

chance to see how the news is prepared and broadcast in a Behind Te Scenes visit to STV studios. Te tour of STV’s Pacific Quay studios on the banks of the Clyde gave participants an overview of how the channel’s news and current affairs programmes are made. Te tour began in the STV

Newsroom where participants learned how a news programme is put together, the different sources for news stories, and gained an idea

Behind The Scenes at The Hydro

“An informal networking event like this is a great opportunity to engage with the Glasgow business community“

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