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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

CLES is seeking a new Associate Director to join the team at an exciting time. Given the current political and economic climate, and with the devolution process unfolding on our doorstep here in Manchester, our work and progressive stance has taken on a new significance and urgency.   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!

13th October 2016 Associate Director, Manchester, £33k - £45k ...

> Bringing community wealth to Birmingham

28th September 2016 Funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, CLES will be undertaking work in Birmingham over the next 18 months explor...

> What is a good city economy?

28th September 2016 A new report reveals the cities at the forefront of a new movement to build neighbourhood wealth and prosperit...

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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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