Glasgow City Region Launches Innovative Site Selection Data Portal

February 22, 2021

Invest Glasgow recently launched online data tools on their website to put the city firmly on the map for business relocation, investment and expansion.

Market research shows that more than 98% of corporate site selectors research location data online, often before contacting economic development organisations or investment promotion agencies.

Using the ZoomProspector web tool, decision-makers can search an online database of commercial properties and development sites while simultaneously analysing demographic, labour force, consumer expenditure, wages, business and talent data at both city region and local authority levels. The interactive tools are mobile-friendly and put key data at the fingertips of website visitors.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:

“In light of current COVID restrictions and social distancing, it has never been more important that we enhance Glasgow’s digital profile. These online data tools create a ‘shop window’ to showcase opportunities to the international commercial and corporate communities, allowing them to research Glasgow as potential location for their business around the clock. Specifically, it allows investors an in-depth perspective to help positively address the question of ‘Why Glasgow?’.”

The user-friendly data portal makes information, research and analysis instantly accessible to community stakeholders, site selectors, property developers, commercial property agents and existing businesses seeking city intelligence to make informed location decisions. Users have the ability to visualise data with local mapping layers, thematic heat maps, interactive tools, charts, graphs, infographics, and reports that can be dynamically sorted, shared and downloaded.

Screenshot of the new Glasgow ZoomProspector tool.

Already a mature tool for many economic development organisations in North America, Invest Glasgow is the first investment promotion agency in Scotland and only the third in the UK to take advantage of digital site selection tools. The mobile-friendly, interactive web tool uses ZoomProspector software, the industry-leading site selection and analysis tool by GIS Planning, a service from the Financial Times Group. It comprises a customised property and site search database alongside location, economic and population data for analysis by investors, businesses and decision makers.

By putting compelling, accurate and relevant information in the hands of decision-makers, the tool will be used to drive more engagement, generating new leads in order to attract additional investment and help stimulate the local economy by creating new jobs for the city region.

Glasgow’s business community enthusiastically supports the work of Invest Glasgow in demonstrating why Glasgow is the perfect city to build an enterprise. The adoption of the ZoomProspector data tool demonstrates Glasgow’s commitment to innovation and ingenuity. This digital portal allows city partners to target virtually a new audience and, at the same time, demonstrates Glasgow’s resilience and openness to investment, helping to grow further our thriving business community.”

Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

The Glasgow City Region site selection data portal can be found at: