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Games benefits for Scotland

Post-Games Report finds Games contributed £740m to Scotland’s economy

The Scottish Government and the Games Legacy Evaluation Working Group (GLEWG) co-produced the Post-Games Report which was published exactly one year since the opening ceremony.  The report found that over the eight years from winning the bid to host the event, the Games contributed more than £740 million gross to Scotland’s economy including  £390 million for Glasgow’s economy, and supported on average 2,100 jobs each year from 2007 and 2014, including on average 1,200 in Glasgow.

The report, which looks at the overall legacy of the Games, found that: 

  • the Games helped ensure a labour market boost among those who would benefit most, as proposed in the legacy plans, with over 11,000 young people across Scotland, around 6,000 from Glasgow, benefitting from the range of national and local employability programmes implemented in association with the Games; 
  • the Glasgow 2014 Culture Programme attracted a mass audience of 2.1 million attendances and 600,000 participants, increasing the size and reach of the Games events; 
  • they attracted around 690,000 unique visitors; 
  • spending by those visitors contributed, in net terms, around £73 million to the economy in 2014.

The report also found the Games brought significant investment in regeneration, particularly in the East End of Glasgow, Rutherglen and South Lanarkshire, with land remediation, transport infrastructure, and sports facilities like the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Emirates Arena and Tollcross International Swimming Centre, all of which are now being used by the public. 

The report drew from a number of supporting analysis reports which can be found on the Scottish Government website.

For more information, visit the Legacy 2014 website.

 

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