CLES named one of the North’s Top 50

CLES, the UK’s leading progressive economics think and do tank for people and place, based in Manchester, has been selected as one of the top fifty most socially valuable organisations in the north of England by this year’s Hannah Directory.

Unlike most awards, which only cover one field, Hannah Directory looks for outstanding contributions in any activity that is for the common good of place it happens in. CLES joins artists, musicians, community groups, digital technology companies, a music festival and a volunteer-run cinema in the fifth edition of the directory, which celebrates people and organisations living and working in places in England’s north.

CLES has been selected for this year’s top 50 based on its pioneering work around community wealth building and its ongoing work to achieve social justice, effective public services and good local economies for everyone, everywhere.

More than a hundred different organisations have made it into the five editions of the directory so far, covering a geographical area from Barrow to Sheffield and Newcastle to Liverpool. Bringing them all together in one directory means ideas and inspiration can be exchanged between people and places in the north.

CLES will be building on their success this year by implementing their new manifesto, What Needs to Be Done: The Manifesto for Local Economics.

Further information

Hannah Directory is named after an inspirational figure from the north of England, Hannah Mitchell (1872–1956), a suffragette and rebel who tried to create ‘beauty in civic life’ in her work on public libraries, parks and gardens.

For more information or comment on Hannah Directory contact directory coordinator Andrew Wilson on or on 07980 224 927.

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