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NewsForging a good local Society

27th July 2016

For too long, we have either turned a blind eye to poverty and disadvantage or hoped that a general rising tide of economic wealth would trickle down. In our new publication “Forging a good local society: Tackling poverty through a local economic reset” for Webb Memorial Trust, we set out what we could do to tackle poverty and inequality and make an economy for all.

NewsThe 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 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 – showing how we can build more socially just and inclusive local economies. In this work the Chair will work with fellow board members and with the staff team.

Press releaseWe 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 parameters of devolution deals’ from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) explores the restrictions in the current devolution agenda, and presents ideas for a new settlement to make devolution a force for progressive change.

NewsCLES 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 help meet our objectives.

NewsCLES 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 and dynamic manner, and that a diverse audience hear what we have to say. The role is broad and varied!

NewsWant to develop your community?

18th July 2016

If you belong to a community that wants to work towards seeing real economic change in your area, then you’ll be thrilled to hear that the Community Economic Development programme is relaunching. The programme is looking to support 20 groups that want to take a lead in shaping their economies for the benefit of their community.

NewsCLES continues to advance a good local economy across Europe

31st May 2016

The CLES Deputy Chief Executive, Matthew Jackson will continue to undertake work across Europe for the next two years as part of the URBACT III funded Procure network.

NewsGreater Manchester Social Value Network

19th April 2016

CLES has been involved in developing the Greater Manchester Social Value Network, the core purpose of which is to influence stakeholders, policy and strategy at the Greater Manchester level around social value.

NewsNew programme of CLES events

31st March 2016

CLES has today launched a new programme of learning events and a new series of CLES Think Time events.

NewsCommunity Wealth Building: Harnessing the potential of anchor institutions

23rd March 2016

Our historic and contemporary work around anchor institutions has led to a realisation that in times of economic uncertainty and austerity there is a host of unrealised potential within anchor institutions in places all across the UK which needs to be harnessed further. In this CLES 10 we therefore outline ten key steps to realising this potential.

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