At the heart of CLES’ work is our mission to achieve social justice and effective public services by developing progressive economics for people, planet and place.
Below are some of our key work areas.
Championing economies for all
CLES seeks to counteract inequalities and disadvantage by changing local economic development thinking and practice. Our approach challenges the orthodoxy focused on economic growth for a few, instead championing social growth and economies for all.
CLES works to develop local ownership, and local supply chains and works with key public, commercial and social anchor institutions to facilitate this. We also undertake work to ensure that social value and well-being is embedded into the behaviour of all.
CLES measures the impact of policy and practice, identifying what works in creating and enhancing effective economic and social growth, and public services. This work also seeks to influence the behaviour of key decision-makers.