Local Wealth Building Centre for Excellence

Our economy is failing to work for everyone and many people and places are struggling, but there is a solution…

Local wealth building is a new people-centred approach to local economic development. It reorganises local economies to be fairer. It stops wealth flowing out of our communities, towns and cities (into the pockets of distant shareholders) and instead, places control of this wealth into the hands of local people and organisations (the ones who created it).


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Local wealth building is already benefitting local places and people like you.

Over 100 places

worked with in the UK

Over £70 million

redirected into Preston’s economy

Over 5000 new jobs

created in Manchester

You may have seen the headlines heralding the success of the Preston Model or spotted the establishment of Labour’s Community Wealth Building Unit. These are just some examples of how local wealth building (as a concept and a practice) is achieving real results and beginning to rival failing neoliberal approaches to local economic development.

Read more about what local wealth building is.


To enable more people to transform and take back control of their local economies,
CLES has established the Local Wealth Building Centre for Excellence.

Across the UK, the local wealth building movement is gaining momentum. People like you, from local government, community and voluntary groups, the health sector, universities and many other organisations, are all playing a role.

The Centre for Excellence aims to support this growing network of local wealth builders so that many more people can benefit.

Read more about the Centre for Excellence or follow the links below.

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