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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 >

CLES is recruiting

Senior Researcher, Manchester, £25k – £30k (dependent on experience). CLES is recruiting a Senior Researcher to join the team. Full details of the position and how to apply can be found on the CLES website.    Learn more >

Upcoming event

Working with beneficiaries to design, deliver and evaluate projects - Tuesday 6th September 2016, central Manchester. This one-day course will introduce techniques such as the co-design of project outcomes and training and working with community researchers, and share our learning from using these techniques in a variety of contexts.   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 recruiting!

22nd June 2016 Senior Researcher Manchester £25k – £30k (dependent on experience) CAN YOU THINK AND DO? The......

> CLES continues to advance a good local economy across Europe

31st May 2016 The CLES Deputy Chief Executive, Matthew Jackson will continue to undertake work across Europe for the next tw...

> Greater Manchester Social Value Network

19th April 2016 CLES has been involved in developing the Greater Manchester Social Value Network, the core purpose of which is...

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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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