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Bacon roll and early breakfast meetings proved so successful

DURING the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow Chamber held a Warm Up Breakfast event every day at Scotland House.

Yes, we wanted to interact with business folk from around the Commonwealth, but we also wanted to celebrate just how far our city has come in its industrial journey.

Over our 12 breakfast sessions, some 50 successful Glasgow businesses told their story to a packed room over a bacon roll, strong coffee and an Irn Bru.

Glasgow is now an economic powerhouse and each day we presented the evidence to prove it. We are a big city - in the top 30 in the European Union. We are a bright city - we hang on to our talent much more easily than many of our competitor cities.

We are a capable city - delivering the Games rather proved that point .

We are a diverse city - no longer over-reliant on any one industry. There are at least six industries including engineering, life sciences and renewables that have genuine potential for growth and where new manufacturing and export trade could be possible.

Now we are asking - what's next for the city and what economic legacy can we get from the Games?

Well, I would be astonished if we don't see an increase in leisure tourism for a start. Manchester secured an extra 300,000 annual visitors after the 2002 Games.

On a base of 2.3 million visitors already coming to Glasgow each year, that would amount to over 10 per cent more visitors in our hotels, shops, bars and restaurants in the years ahead.

Four out of every 10 tickets sold went to visitors from outside Scotland , with strong demand from the South of England where outdated perceptions of Glasgow are amongst the most stubborn.

I hope the Games have changed hundreds of thousands of minds like these. I know that Glasgow City Marketing Bureau will be using the People Make Glasgow brand to hammer home those images of the new, real Glasgow that the BBC's excellent coverage created.

But a surge in visitors is the very least we should be aiming for.

I'm hoping that the Games has changed our own perceptions too and that we can be much more bullishly confident about the prospects for our city.

It's time to move on from such as Glasgow's Miles Better and the 1990 Year of Culture. They are long past. The People Make Glasgow message captures the essence of why the Games were a success and why Glasgow has become that new economic powerhouse.

Stuart Patrick is chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

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