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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 >

New Publication

In our new publication “Forging a good local society: Tackling poverty through a local economic reset” for Webb Memorial Trust, we set out what we could do In the work, we argue that poverty will be solved by resetting local economic development, heralding the unleashing of progressive and innovative social action.   Learn more >

Upcoming event

Measuring Social Value- 17th January 2016- This 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 publication

CLES is 30 - CLES has been at the forefront of undertaking incisive policy research and analysis for the last thirty years. The organisation’s emphasis has always been upon ensuring that economic development activity brings maximum benefit for places, local economies and people.   Learn more >

New publication

Skills policy that works for all - This paper builds on CLES knowledge and experience of working in different areas of the country in developing skills and employment related strategies.   Learn more >

What's new

> CLES is seeking a new Chair for its board of Directors/Trustees.

6th January 2017 This is an exciting and unique opportunity to Chair the UK’s leading member and research organisation dedica...

> The social city

12th December 2016 ‘The only thing that trickles downward is the lives of people, not the wealth’.  So said......

> Autumn Statement 2016: the local economic and people perspective

24th November 2016 What does the Autumn Statement mean for local economies and people in our communities? Matthew Jackson, Depu...

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CLES undertakes a wide range of research and consultancy
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