COP26 - What Businesses Need to Know

Blogs 22 Oct 2021

With COP26 fast approaching, all eyes are on us here in Glasgow. The UN Climate Change Conference, taking place between 31 October and 12 November, will attract 25,000 people to the city from across the world. Like any important global event, COP26 will cause some disruption to local residents and businesses. At the same time, the tourism and hospitality sectors in the city and beyond look likely to get a welcome boost after a very difficult year and a half.

Glasgow's Riverside, featuring the Finnieston Crane, SSE Hydro and the Shoogly Bridge

Tell us what you think – COP26 Survey  

We want to know about your views on the impact of the conference. Will road closures affect your business? Are you getting a lot of bookings? Will COP26 change your thinking about sustainability and net zero? Please take part in our quick 5 min survey!

Road closures  

To get the most up-to-date information about road closures and traffic restrictions around COP26, check Get Ready Glasgow.  

According to the latest update, the roads below will close from 23 October: 

  • Congress Way, Finnieston Quay, Tunnel Street, Stobcross Road (section Parallel to A814) and Castlebank Street 
  • Clyde Arc and Lancefield Quay 
  • Finnieston Street – Houldsworth Street to Lancefield Quay 
  • Clydeside Expressway – Partick Interchange to Anderston (Jnct 19) 
  • Minerva Street – West Greenhill Place 

The official Get Ready Glasgow website also has a range of guidance to help businesses mitigate against possible disruption.   

Help from FSB 

FSB members have access to a range of benefits that help protect your business. FSB Insurance Service’s free Business Continuity Planning kits help your business survive a major disruptive event; FSB Legal Advice protects your business against the unexpected; FSB Health & Safety Advice provides workplace information from industry experts; and FSB PR & Crisis Management gives you professional PR advice with specialist crisis communications support. 

Sustainability & Net Zero 

FSB’s dedicated sustainability hub is regularly updated with the latest resources, tools and information to help your business reduce emissions and become more sustainable. We’ve also set up a Facebook group to enable businesses connect and share views and top tips on going green.