Cool, cosmopolitan and fresh from its success as host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow continues to be a magnet for both business and leisure visitors, says Emma Allen. The city's reputation as a financial and services centre – PwC, Morgan Stanley and Aviva all have offices here – has combined with the commercial redevelopment of the River Clyde to create a jobs and investment boom in recent years
Name: The Corinthian Club
Address:191 Ingram Street, Glasgow G1 1DA
Tel:0141 552 1101
Once a court house, the elegant Corinthian Club is now a popular restaurant and event venue and has hosted the likes of Agent Provocateur and Hugo Boss. The Club has a myriad of private rooms over five floors, including the Mercer Room for up 60 people theatre-style.
PRICE: From £35pp plus VAT.
Address: 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU
Tel: 0141 276 5365
The Lighthouse once housed the offices of the Glasgow Herald, but is now Scotland’s national Centre for Design and Architecture. Inside, the Art Nouveau building feels airy and modern and there is a variety of event spaces for hire including a 150-capacity purposebuilt conference suite and the Orangebox Gallery for up to 150.
PRICE: Half-day room hire for the suite starts at £325 plus VAT
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Address: 158 Ingram Street, Glasgow G1 1EJ
Tel:0141 552 4050
Hutchesons only opened in September but has already won praise for its brasserie menu and for owner James Rusk. A ground floor café-bar serves breakfasts and light lunches, while upstairs original stained glass windows and high ceilings create an old-world glamour. A woodpanelled private dining room can accommodate 18 people.
ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Technology and Innovation Centre
Address: 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD
Tel:0141 553 4148
Opening in March this year, the University of Strathclyde's striking glass fronted Technology and Innovation Centre features a flexible 450-seat auditorium which can be divided into three soundproofed areas, eight seminar spaces, each able to seat 35, and a 150-seat lecture theatre.
Name: Radisson Blu Glasgow
Address: 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL
Tel: 0141 204 3333
The four-star Radisson Blu has some of the largest event facilities in the city, including 14 meeting rooms and three large event rooms on a dedicated floor. AV equipment, free highspeed wifi and translation services are all available.
PRICE: From £35pp plus VAT.
OUT OF TOWN
Name: Cameron House
Address: Cameron House, Alexandria G83 8QZ
Tel: 01389 310 777
Five-star Cameron House sits on the banks of Loch Lomond, a 20-minute drive from Glasgow Airport. Facilities include a spa, golf course, four restaurants, team-building activities and five meeting and event venues, the largest for up to 300 people.
PRICE: From £50pp inc. VAT & lunch.
Glasgow Airport is currently served by 28 flights a day from London as well as direct flights from the US, Canada and Dubai. A good rail network connects Glasgow with the rest of the UK, with train operators including Virgin and East Coast.
Contact the Glasgow Convention Bureau on 0141 566 0800 or see http://conventions.peoplemakeglasgow.com