Three chambers in a boat

23 Sep 2009

Over one hundred business people from across Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Dunbartonshire embarked on a voyage of discovery down the River Clyde last week.

From the deck of the MV Cruiser, the members of Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Dunbartonshire Chambers of Commerce witnessed first hand the on-going transformation of the Clyde waterfront

The fact finding mission was organised by Clyde Waterfront, the strategic partnership set up to co-ordinate the regeneration of both banks of the river, along a thirteen mile stretch from Glasgow Green to Dumbarton.

Commenting on behalf of the Clyde Waterfront Partnership, Derek McCrindle director of Clydewaterfront said, "Viewing the regeneration of the Clyde from the water conveys the extent to which the river banks have changed over the past few years and it is also a great way to see how many of the projects in the pipeline are developing. We hope this trip will inspire local business people to think about the potential business opportunities associated with the Clyde's regeneration programme."

A recent in-depth economic analysis confirmed that, since 2003, 

  • Almost 17,000 new jobs have been created along the Clyde waterfront
  • Over 2.8 million sq ft of commercial and business space has been developed
  • Nearly 6,000 residential homes have been completed
  • The level of derelict land in the area has fallen by 79 hectares
  • Total investment to date amounts to £1.46 billion, of which £1.1 billion (75%) is from the private sector.

This includes regeneration projects such as;

  • The development of the International Financial Services District (IFSD) 
  • BBC Scotland's move to Pacific Quay
  • Establishment of the Digital Media Quarter
  • The Clyde Arc Bridge
  • Social Housing at Waterside St. in the Gorbals
  • Glasgow Harbour
  • Xscape at Braehead
  • The new Clydebank College
  • The Titan Crane visitor attraction

In addition, a number of publicly funded infrastructure projects and private sector investments guarantee over £2 billion of economic activity along the Clyde over the next three years.

This includes the National Arena at the SECC, the M74 extension, the on-going public realm works at the Broomielaw and Tradeston, Partick Interchange, the Riverside Museum and the re-development of the Southern General Hospital.

  • Chambers members on board the MV Cruiser