Quantum &

What is Quantum?

Quantum technology exploits the properties of quantum mechanics (the motion and interaction of subatomic particles) with the potential to deliver leaps in progress that will accelerate emerging areas of the economy such as AI and machine learning, next generation cryptography, nano manufacturing, quantum imaging, sensor production and more.

In the UK, there are many companies that could benefit from quantum computing tech, including those in new materials, pharma, chemicals, energy, aerospace, defence and financial services. The potential end-users are only just beginning to consider the technology and the impact it will have on their operations.

Of the key quantum computing end-user target sectors, financial services, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and energy contribute over £260 billion to the UK economy.

Quantum & Nano-fabrication Market

Quantum technologies are the focus of $4 bn worth of strategic investment by leading economies

The UK Government has invested £1 bn into quantum technologies – mostly in Scotland
(Source: UK Gov)

Quantum Computing is expected to surpass over £341 bn economic opportunities globally by 2024
(Source: UK Gov)

Why Glasgow?


Is part of the Government’s £1 billion UK Quantum Technologies Programme (UK-NQTP)

Tech Hubs

Quantic is one of four quantum technology hubs being funded through the Programme in the areas of sensing, imaging, communications and computing

Funding Opportunities

QuantIC has a £30+ million grant portfolio and has secured almost £30m in new funding and support from research grants as well as industry

There are important connections between our quantum and digital/ICT capability. Glasgow’s digital tech economy is the largest in Scotland and one of the fasted growing in the UK – it has almost 34,000 jobs and turns over more than £1 billion, making it the ideal place to start and develop a quantum business.

Lead by the University of Glasgow, both Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde are involved UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging (QuantIC), which brings together industry and academia in a collaborative project to revolutionise imaging across industrial, scientific and consumer markets.

The University of Strathclyde has a developing quantum cluster that aims to create a vibrant, internationally competitive centre of activity that will provide the translational ecosystem required to develop, test, validate and demonstrate disruptive quantum technologies, and respond to current and future market demand.

The city-region contributes to the UK-NQTP via the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC) and its commercial arm, Kelvin Nanotechnology Ltd, CENSIS and the Fraunhofer Centre for Advanced Photonics (F-CAP) and through our strong cluster of photonics and sensor companies.


The JWNC is the source of many micro- and nano-fabricated components in use throughout the UK-NQTP

National Capabilities

The JWNC provides key national capability in quantum and nano-fabrication


JWNC supports a £60 million portfolio of research grants and engages with over 200 companies worldwide.

The University of Strathclyde

The award-winning M Squared, which has established its Quantum Centre at the heart of the Glasgow City Innovation District, is leading the UK’s largest industry-led quantum computing project to date: the £10 million, three-year DISCOVERY programme. M Squared Lasers was the first business to receive investment from the newly formed Scottish National Investment Bank, the UK’s first mission-led development bank. Its customers include Nobel Prize-winning scientists, leading universities and innovative manufacturers.