Intro to community wealth building

The Mechanics Centre, Manchester, M1 6DD

An introduction to the fundamentals and CLES’ latest thinking around community wealth building

About this Event

In this session you will be taken through the five pillars of community wealth building, what they are, what they mean in practice and what it looks like when action is taken on each pillar in a place. This session invites delegates to explore community wealth building in the current UK context and evaluates its key role in developing an inclusive economy. By the end of the course you will have had a comprehensive introduction to community wealth building theory and practice.

Who’s it for?

The introductory training course is for anyone who recognise that the economy is failing to work for everyone and is looking for a new approach to local economic development.

We particularly encourage elected representatives, policy-makers, and members of co-operatives, social enterprises, and the voluntary and community sector to attend.

Why attend?

Community wealth building has been proven to bring real benefits to local people and places, as exemplified by the success of the Preston Model. A growing number of towns and cities across the UK are adopting this new approach, and this course provides an introduction for those looking to do the same.

As you may have experienced, traditional economic development strategies, such as those aimed at attracting inward investment, rarely bring the economic, social and environmental benefits anticipated.

This course will demonstrate how places can harness existing wealth to strengthen local economies, and will explore the roles of anchor institutions; complementary currencies; banking practices; and community businesses.

Attend this course if you want to find out more about joining a growing movement of Community Wealth Builders who are succeeding in finding new ways to realise economic, social, and environmental benefits in their local communities.


This session will be led by one of the following CLES team members, who each bring first hand knowledge and experience of developing and implementing community wealth building Strategies in UK towns and cities:

Frances Jones, Associate Director

Tom Lloyd Goodwin, Associate Director


Tickets are priced at £120 per person with a 25% discount for social businesses. Please note, we are unable to offer any discounts other than for charities/social businesses. If you would like to book for a large group of people, please contact us regarding a bespoke session.

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