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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

The Future of Town Centres, Cardiff, 3rd November. The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACE) are presenting a Sustainable Local Economies evening seminar series.   Learn more >

New research

The Centre for Local Economic Strategies and the Federation of Small Businesses are calling on the government to take a fresh look at the role of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs)   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

> Sustainable Local Economies Evening Seminar Series

21st October 2014 The Centre for Local Economic Strategies and Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLA...

> Implications of a living wage

10th October 2014 CLES has recently undertaken some research into the implications of implementing a living wage through Manches...

> Inquiry publishes Due North report on Health Equity

15th September 2014 The report details evidence on trends in health inequalities and flowing from this provides a set of recommen...

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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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