Towards new local economic development

27th March 2012, London

This one day training course will look at how the function of local economic development is changing at the local authority level. It will provide an overview of the way in which we have historically undertaken economic development, framed within a number of key concepts including competitive advantage and tackling market failure. It will update participants on the contemporary policy agenda including lively debate around growth and localism. The day will also cover the future roles and activities of local economic development departments and how they apply to different places, including leading thinking around the role of procurement and the Work Programme.

Topics covered include:

  • Defining local economic development
  • Waves of local economic development
  • Key local economic development concepts
  • Approaches to tackling economic development challenges
  • Contemporary Local Economic Development issues and policy

Course fee

£200 plus VAT: £105 plus VAT for charity, voluntary sector organisations.

CLES members can use event days to book this course or receive a 20% discount on the above fees.

Course fees include detailed reference materials, refreshments and buffet lunch.


9.30am registration and refreshments for 10am start. Course ends at 4pm.