Startups in GLASGOW

Startups in Glasgow examined through the entrepreneur data sets that power the mailing co.

New Businesses Born Last Month


Total new company registrations went down from 976 to 839 ▼-14% between May and June.

Glasgow is the largest urban economic centre and one of the quickest growing cities in the UK with over 48,000 businesses (28% of Scottish companies) and supports 856,000 jobs (34% of all Scottish companies).

Glasgow generated a GVA of £29.10 per hour and a VVA of £ 47,513 per job in 2017. 

It is among the most significant financial centre in the UK and is home to some of the world’s leading financial institutions and global companies. These firms are global leaders in precision medicine, research services, and engineering.

GLASGOW Startups by Industry Classification

Measuring the top 25 most popular entrepreneurial sectors in Glasgow for recent startup births. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Other service activities n.e.c.43 ▼-4%45
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands42 ▼-24%55
Management consultancy activities other than financial management40 ▼-5%42
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate32 ▼-36%50
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet24 ▲60%15
Development of building projects21 ▲24%17
Other business support service activities n.e.c.20 ▼-50%40
Freight transport by road20 ▲11%18
Licensed restaurants19 ▼-30%27
Buying and selling of own real estate17 ▼-39%28
Unlicensed restaurants and cafes16 ▼-43%28
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment15 ▼-50%30
Other specialised construction activities n.e.c.15 ▲36%11
Electrical installation14 ▼-22%18
Residents property management13 ▲225%4
Information technology consultancy activities13 ▼-41%22
Other retail sale in non-specialised stores12 ▼-43%21
Other engineering activities12 ▲50%8
Event catering activities11 ▼-21%14
Plumbing, heat and air-conditioning installation11 ▲10%10
Painting11 ▲22%9
Other information technology service activities11 ▲38%8
Other human health activities11 ▲83%6
Joinery installation10 ▼-38%16
Construction of domestic buildings10 ▲25%8

Top GLASGOW Startup Sectors

We have grouped SIC codes to give a higher view of the startup ecosystem.  The change indicators are how far Glasgow statistics differ from national averages for the same period.  These figures represent the percentage of all startups, nationally or locally, that fall into each particular category (NB: so when comparing Glasgow to National, you’re looking at the proportional difference not absolute)
Top 15 Startup Sectors in Glasgow
Construction13.83% ▲35%
Food & Beverage Service11.10% ▲60%
Retail9.15% ▲28%
Real Estate7.01% ▼-29%
Other Professional Services6.52% ▲5%
Transportation5.26% ▲8%
Other Services4.19% ▲17%
Management Consulting3.89% ▼-6%
Wholesalers & Agents3.31% ▼-16%
Financial Services2.34% ▼-24%
Facilities Management2.34% ▲54%
Health & Medical Services2.14% ▼-23%
Other Support Activity2.14% ▼-50%
Sports1.95% ▲51%
Human Resources1.95% ▲61%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate9.85%
Food & Beverage Service6.95%
Other Professional Services6.20%
Other Support Activity4.27%
Management Consulting4.15%
Wholesalers & Agents3.94%
Other Services3.57%
Financial Services3.08%
IT Consultancy2.83%
Health & Medical Services2.77%
Software Publishing & Development1.93%
Startups Analysed By Industry

Director Profiles

Honorific Titles

Percentage frequency of different titles used by directors starting companies in the period. We can reasonably assume that the majority of “Mr” are male, and “Miss,Ms or Mrs” are female, thereby giving us a male / female ratio of .

M/F Ratio


Baroness Of Cluny0.11%


These are the approximate age ranges for the directors who are involved with the companies started in the period, along with the average number of directorships held when they started their new business.

Over 607.60%
Under 211.76%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.33 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.3)
Sample Size


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