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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 Chair for its Board of Directors/Trustees. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to Chair the UK’s leading member and research organisation dedicated to local economic development. Celebrating 30 years anniversary and with a new business plan in place, CLES aims to maintain and develop its status as the go to Centre for progressive ideas.   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

> The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), is seeking a new Chair for its board of Directors/Trustees.

27th July 2016 This is an exciting and unique opportunity to Chair the UK’s leading member and research organisation dedica...

> 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 ...

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CLES Work

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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Publications

CLES produces a wide range of publications and reports
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