Glasgow’s new multi-million pound conference facility, the Technology and Innovation Centre, has been open for business for only three months but is already a huge contributor to the local economy.
This year the state-of-the-art conference centre which is owned by the University of Strathclyde, has more than 40conferences on its books worth more than £5million to Glasgow’s restaurants, hotels, shops and other city businesses.
The building, which opened in March this year, was created with a number global research areas in mind, tying in with the city’s overall strategic focus to attract meetings in sectors including; energy, manufacturing, health and the development of future cities.
Located in the heart of the city and easily accessible, the Technology and Innovation Centre is a hub for world-leading research, enabling close collaboration between academics, business, industry and the public sector.
The building has been a welcome addition to Glasgow’s extensive venue portfolio increasing capacity with a number of options available to conference organisers looking to host their event in the city in a versatile, hi-tech environment.
Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Thenew Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde has been a huge success since it opened only three months ago. It has already hosted leading conferences including the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy and CleanTech Innovate Scotland; both remarkable meetings at the forefront of their subject areas, using their conference as a platform for ground-breaking announcements.The future of the TIC is very bright with a number of confirmed meetings already in the diary. Not only is this new facility contributing significantly to the local economy but it is driving world-leading research across a multitude of key focus areas.”
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University and Chair of Glasgow Economic Leadership, said: “The city of Glasgow has an enviable reputation for research and innovation, and here at the University of Strathclyde, we are proud of our track record in creating successful partnerships between business and industry, policy makers and academia.Glasgow has become a conference powerhouse in recent years and we are delighted that our new Technology and Innovation Centre in the heart of the city is already attracting international meetings of the highest calibre.”
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