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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

Local economic development theories and concepts - 23rd September 2014, Manchester. This CLES learning event will introduce participants to the key theories and concepts which underpin contemporary local economic development practice.   Learn more >

New research

The local economic resilience of LEPs- This CLES think-piece looks at Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the extent to which they are creating local economic resilience.   Learn more >

New publication

At CLES, we often involve community researchers in our work if we are researching a particularly sensitive issue specific to a certain social group. Working with a community also enables the research to be a two-way process, in which we can give something back to the communities who participate in our work.   Learn more >

What's new

> CLES backs VSNW conference

10th July 2014 Voluntary Sector North West’s annual conference in October will include a session backed by CLES......

> Understanding Scottish Places

9th July 2014 CLES is excited to be involved in a consortium in partnership with the Scottish Government to create a new too...

> New CLES Work pages launched

9th July 2014 The CLES website has been revamped to include a new CLES Work section detailing our key areas of activity....

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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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