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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 local economic spend (LM3)- Tuesday 28th April 2015, central Manchester, This CLES learning event will introduce participants to the Local Multiplier 3 (LM3) methodology. LM3 can be used to explore how the spend of a local authority service department or a project, for example, circulates in a local economy.   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 (CLES) is today launching 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. As such we need policy responses which are equal to it.   Learn more >

What's new

> CLES Manifesto for Local Economies charts a more socially just future

17th March 2015 The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) is today launching a manifesto setting out how to create local...

> Local devolution must deliver a ‘double dividend’

2nd February 2015 Devolution offers the chance to tackle poverty and inequality by doing things differently – but current thin...

> Austerity Uncovered- new report from CLES and TUC

16th January 2015 This report is based on research by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), commissioned by the TUC. ...

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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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