CLES

CLES is the national organisation for local economies – developing progressive economics for people, planet and place.

We act as a critical friend to local economies, by working with the economic actors in places to bring them together, connect them to progressive agendas, devise solutions and deliver change.

This practice-based research enables us to advocate for change to national debates. We do this by building progressive coalitions, amplifying innovative local economic approaches and stimulating governments of all scales to enable local economies to reach their full potential.

In both policy and practice, our work focusses on six areas:

  • Delivering economies for all
  • Deepening democracy
  • Community wealth building
  • Making public services excellent
  • Creating great, resilient places
  • Tackling environmental crisis
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Recent Reports

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This report from UK think tank CLES looks at the role of procurement in local economic development. This analysis was…

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By Ellie Radcliffe; Laura Williams

This report from UK think tank CLES looks at what a community wealth building approach to energy transition should look…

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This report from UK think tank CLES looks at roadmap towards a more supportive, less fragmented framework for CAT.  Across…

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By Helen Power; Tom Lloyd Goodwin

This transcript from UK think tank CLES looks at how community wealth building has advanced in the past decade. Over…

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This report from UK think tank CLES is the final report of the Liverpool City Region Land Commission. Our land,…

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This report from UK think tank CLES looks at how the UK has failed to address longstanding geographical disparities in…

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