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CLES has a long track record of undertaking a wide range of projects designed to inform and progress efforts to create better places.

Our independent research draws on ideas from within the CLES team and explores key issues such as public service reform and place resilience.

A core part of our work involves collaboration with members, partners, associates and consultancy clients on a variety of projects including action research, evaluation and performance management, policy briefings, best practice advice and strategy development.

If you are interested in working with CLES, email deputy chief executive Matthew Jackson or call him on 0161 236 7036.

Our Manifesto for Local Economies, a 9-point plan to create an economy for all, draws on much of our most recent work.

The themes that shape our work are outlined below – click on the links to find out more.

Progressing local economic development

New structures and vehicles of local economic development
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Assessing the impact of austerity

Collaboration and place-shaping
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Maximising the impact of public spend

Understanding the impact of procurement spend
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Tackling poverty and social exclusion

Understanding welfare and worklessness intervention
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Creating resilient places

Understanding welfare and worklessness intervention
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‘Manchester City Council has worked with CLES...
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