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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

External Affairs Manager, Manchester, £15,000 pro rata for 20 hours per week or freelance considered. CLES is recruiting an External Affairs Manager to join the team. Full details of the position and how to apply can be found on the CLES website.    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

> We need a real deal on devolution- new joint SPERI and CLES report

21st July 2016 Devolution is not without significant risks and challenges. A new joint paper ‘The Real Deal: Pushing the p...

> CLES is recruiting a new Board Trustee

19th July 2016 Additional members with different skills and experience need to be brought onto the CLES Board of Trustees to ...

> CLES is recruiting- External affairs manager

18th July 2016 It will be your job to ensure that our policy and research findings are communicated in an inspiring, suitable...

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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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