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The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) is the UK’s leading independent charitable research and member organisation with a focus on economic development, regeneration and place-making. We think and do - promoting action and implementing progressive economic activities which create positive outcomes.   Learn more >

Consultancy services for Housing

CLES offers a number of bespoke services to those involved in Housing (and regeneration more broadly) including policy and research intelligence, housing market analysis, community mapping and consultation   Learn more >

Upcoming event

Measuring social value- 26th and 27th October 2015, central Manchester. This two day CLES learning event will introduce participants to the concept of social value, and support trainees to identify the right approach for them   Learn more >

New research

Developed by CLES in collaboration with the Greater Manchester Living Wage campaign this think piece identifies a number of key roles for local government in the Living Wage agenda.   Learn more >

New publication

CLES Manifesto for local economies - the Centre for Local Economic Strategies has launched a manifesto setting out how to create local economies that serve all sections of society. Britain is in a significant moment of constitutional, social, economic, environmental and cultural change. We need policy responses which are equal to it.   Learn more >

What's new

> The Politics of the North: Governance, Territory and Identity in Northern England

22nd January 2016 CLES has contributed a chapter to a new publication by Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)....

> CLES advances a good local economy across Europe

8th October 2015 The CLES Deputy Chief Executive, Matthew Jackson, has been accepted as a validated Lead Expert for the Europea...

> Building a new local economy: Lessons from the United States

8th September 2015 This publication details the learning derived from a trip to the United States in Summer 2015 and is linked to...

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CLES undertakes a wide range of research and consultancy
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Events and training

CLES runs a range of events and training courses throughout the year
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CLES produces a wide range of publications and reports
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