Scotland’s largest city attracts thousands of people from across the world every year. Many seek new career opportunities, while for others it’s a leisure destination or a change of scenery. So what is it about Glasgow that makes over 600,000 people proud to call it home?
The growing jobs market
Glasgow’s economy has experienced rapid growth in recent years. In the UK, it is second only to London at 4.4% per annum, while in Europe the city ranks amongst the top 10 highest growth. Glasgow’s largest job sectors include manufacturing, retail, finance, business services and healthcare.
Affordable living costs
Scotland’s largest city is remarkably affordable. Glasgow’s average property rental sits at £720 per month, compared to £1,392 in Edinburgh and £2,697 in London. Glasgow’s average house price is £163,004, while Edinburgh sits at £247,342 and London £605,684. Transport, dining and other living costs are also reasonable.
While known as a hub of industry, it may be a surprise to learn that Glasgow is also home to over 90 parks and gardens. Among the most visited are:
Kelvinsgrove Park, featuring the beautiful River Kelvin and bordering Kelvinsgrove Museum
Pollok Country Park, famous for Pollok House and its iconic Highland Cattle
Rouen Glen, an award-winning hub of wildlife, plants and greenery
Fashion lovers will feel right at home in Scotland’s style capital. Visit Argyle, Buchanana and Sauchiehall Street for the ultimate shopping experience. Glasgow’s ‘style mile’ boasts over 200 boutiques, designer stores and speciality shops.
Art and culture is largely free of charge in Glasgow. Among the best free museums are:
The Gallery of Modern Art, exhibiting international artists with Glaswegian interests and influences
Riverside Museum, home to some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, trams and locomotives
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, displaying extensive armour, artwork and natural history collections
Discover Glasgow’s distinctive architecture dotted throughout the city. Most famous are the works of Alexander Thomson (1817 – 1875 and Charles Rebbue Mackintosh (1868 – 1928).
Observe Thomson’s Greaco-Egyptian style by visiting:
- St. Vincent Street Church
- Great Western Terrace
- Holmwood House (Thomson’s villa)
Examples of the Mackintosh ‘Glasgow style’ include:
Scotland Street School
Glasgow School of Art
Considering a move to Glasgow or the surrounding areas? Contact Pickfords for a free move consultation on 0800 019 8557 or request a call back.
Pickfords recognises excellent customer service each month by awarding a ‘Moving with Quality’ award to one customer champion. The award recognises excellent service to a removal man (or woman) who goes the extra mile for his (or her) customers. In August, Stephen Millar at Pickfords Glasgow branch was recognised for averting a serious road accident when he recently moved a family to Carstairs.
Stephen’s customer had parked at the house with his two children still inside the car. The customer jumped out of the car and went into the house to get something, leaving his children still in their seatbelts. Stephen was outside the house and realised that the customer’s car was moving on a slight gradient with the children still inside it. He quickly ran over to the car and opened the door, but was unable to locate the hand brake because it was a switch on the dashboard. Unperturbed, he then decided to try and stop the car by brute force using his feet and hands. Single handedly, in addition to stopping the car, Stephen managed to steer the car away from another vehicle in the drive (by turning the steering wheel from the outside of the car) and prevented what could have been a very serious accident.
This definitely was not usual practice in the day of a life of a removal man and highlight’s Stephen’s quick thinking. Congratulations to Stephen, he is a credit to Pickfords.