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CHAMBER ROLE


DEVELOPING KEY SECTORS


Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is playing a key role in supporting the work of the Glasgow Economic Leadership (GEL) Group. The Chamber will give space in Glasgow


Business, on its website and in other forums to communicate core messages from the GEL Group and its workstreams, focusing on key sectors for the city economy. Here, we focus on three of them:


HIGHER AND FURTHER EDUCATION The Glasgow Economic Leadership Group aims to promote the city as a major international centre for Higher and Further Education. Its view is that, as the second largest


centre outside London, Glasgow should increasingly be recognised as such. This strand of the GEL’s work is focusing


on doing everything possible to build the quality of the offering and the way that it is perceived in the Scottish, UK and international marketplaces.


TOURISM The Glasgow Economic Leadership Group tourism workstream will focus on a unique selling point: Glasgow’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh heritage. A key group of organisations within


the city are going to work together to use this heritage at a strategic level for the benefit of the city economy. These bodies include the University of Glasgow, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow School of Art, the Mackintosh Society and the National Theatre of Scotland. One of the major planks of this strategy


will be to create a moving international exhibition that will promote the Mackintosh heritage abroad and Glasgow as the place to experience it.


ENGINEERING The Glasgow Economic Leadership group is seeking to build on a key sector which is a major component of the city’s reputation, both past and present. The central thrust of the group’s


workstream in this area is around building the city region’s skills platform to keep the sector at the leading edge of world engineering. A key partner in this is the University of Strathclyde, one of the largest engineering faculties in Scotland. Professor Jim McDonald, Principal


and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, is chair of the GEL Group and the university is committed to supporting this. “Engineering is more important than it


has been to the city for the last 20 or 30 years,” Professor McDonald said.


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