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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 has launched 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. We need policy responses which are equal to it.   Learn more >

What's new

> How independent is your town? New tool shines a light on place relationships

30th April 2015 A groundbreaking new tool has been launched in Scotland that will help places plan for the future....

> Creating a good local economy: the role of anchor institutions

22nd April 2015 Anchor institutions are crucial to the functioning of our local economies. They bring wealth in the form of jo...

> New Start and NEF to map the local economic alternative across the UK

21st April 2015 New Start, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), and the New Economics Foundation (NEF) have been a...

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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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