About the Centre of Excellence

The Community Wealth Building Centre of Excellence works to develop and accelerate the adoption of community wealth building practice in the UK.

Our vision

Our vision is for community wealth building to become the guiding principle of local economic development. This would result in local economies where wealth is held, owned and distributed more widely. We wish to see wealth harnessed for the benefit of local people, communities and places, those that created it.

In short, our aim is to reorganise local economies so that they truly work for local people and places.

What we do

Our work focuses on three main areas.

Connecting community wealth builders

  • We connect people in the movement
  • We deepen work in different sectors by bringing people together on a sector basis
  • We combine the economic power of local anchor institutions to realise greater impact on the local economy

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Sharing knowledge and influencing policy

  • Developing strategic policy drawing from best practice
  • Training policy makers and practitioners
  • Developing and disseminating resources

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Supporting individuals and organisations to build community wealth

  • Training and events
  • Resource toolkits
  • Tailored consultancy

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How does the Centre of Excellence work?

A steering group guides the activities of the Centre of Excellence. The aim of the group is to:

  • Draw on expertise to support the development and deepening of community wealth building work
  • Provide insight on the national policy environment and guide positioning of the Centre
  • Advocate for community wealth building principles and practice in key sectors

Meet our steering group

The Community Wealth Building Centre for Excellence is managed and run by CLES.

  • Tom Lloyd Goodwin is Director of the Centre, working with the steering group to set the strategic direction and major projects.
  • Helen Power is the Centre Manager, and leads on the day to day activities and communications relating to the Centre’s activities.

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