Glasgow Life and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce have partnered to create Glasgow House, a business hub and event space which will operate in tandem with the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, 3-13 August.
With an estimated one million spectators expected to attend an event tipped to be “the biggest event in cycling history”, including elite and amateur athletes from more than 120 countries and over 400 media representatives, Glasgow House will give local firms an opportunity to showcase their business to government ministers, business leaders and academics, as well as international delegations.
Based in the heart of the city, The Merchants House of Glasgow (George Square), it will deliver a programme of varied engagement opportunities from business breakfast talks, networking and themed seminars and evening receptions.
Featured themed days include, Built Environment, Life Sciences, Digital, Transport, Diversity and Inclusion, and Life Sciences, covering topics such as planning for net zero, the Glasgow innovation hub, circularity, digital connectivity, eco-systems development, skills, neurodiversity and investment opportunities within the city.
As a former host of COP26 and leading city in the race to net zero carbon by 2030, sustainability is a key theme running throughout the programme.
The initiative involves teaming up with Invest Glasgow and the Glasgow City Council’s economic development team to provide a programme that encourages investment and promotes the Glasgow metropolitan area as one of the most investor and business-friendly locations in the UK and Europe.
Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “This August, Glasgow will host the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, bringing together the world’s elite riders to compete at the highest level over 13 world championships. While events are taking place throughout Scotland, much of the activity will be based in the host city of Glasgow.
“Glasgow has such a rich and innovative business community and events like these are an excellent opportunity to show international dignitaries, business leaders and investors how the city is leading the way on issues such as green technologies, financial services, and life sciences.”
The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships is expected to attract the highest attendance of all time for a cycling event and will see 2,600 athletes compete throughout the event.
Leader of Glasgow City Council Councillor, Susan Aitken said: “Mega events like this are critical to our economy and over the last decade Glasgow has cemented its reputation as a world-class host for global events.
“It is estimated that the championships will add £67m to our economy and, much like during the Commonwealth Games and European Championships, businesses play a key role in ensuring that not only the event itself is successful, but that we create a lasting legacy from it.
“Having Glasgow House established for the 10 days during the Championships is excellent news for business looking to build this legacy and promote their work and services to the world.
“We know business leaders from across the globe will be in our city and having coordinated events like this provides a unique opportunity to highlight the great work our businesses are doing in tackling global issues.”
The Championships reinforce Glasgow’s reputation as a world class event city and build on the legacy of major events the city has hosted in recent years, including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships; 2015 IPC Swimming World Swimming Championships; The 2018 European Championships, 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships and UEFA Euro 2020 and of course COP26.
For more information please visit: http://glasgowhouse.co.uk/ .