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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 social value- 24th and 25th February 2015 This two day CLES learning event will introduce participants to the concept of social value, and support trainees to identify the right approach for them.   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

The role of the VCS in achieving the outcomes of LEPs - This findings document outlines what we see as the key roles for the voluntary and community sector in LEPs; and how LEPs can maximise the potential of the sector so that they contribute towards their core outcomes.   Learn more >

What's new

> 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. ...

> Austerity cuts are threatening the future of local authority services, says TUC 

16th January 2015 The future of local authority services is under threat from a growing funding crisis, with significant cuts al...

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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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