50,000 new jobs by 2023 in Glasgow employment push

Glasgow City Council has announced the UK's most ambitious jobs creation target, to have 50,000 new jobs and an additional 1000 new businesses by 2023.

The Scottish council also plans to increase the number of tourists visiting the city from two million to three million each year, growing tourism earnings by almost £185 million.

Part of the new Glasgow Economic Strategy 2016-2023, plans were also announced for Scotland's first city innovation district in the city centre. The area around the Technical Innovation Centre near George Square already has £150 million initial capital investment and an innovation programme worth £250 million.

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “We aim to make the next seven years the biggest jobs bonanza in Glasgow's history. We know that the 50,000 target is ambitious but we have done the sums and they add up.

"We plan to deliver 50,000 jobs across all of the city's employment sectors, from tourism to high tech, from renewables to health and life sciences. This strategy is the most ambitious on record and rightly so because Glasgow is open for business.”