• Third Sector Grants Programme in Salford found to have significant positive impact

    The Salford Third Sector Fund Grants Programme is a two year partnership between Salford CVS and Salford CCG. Over the course of the last two years, the programme has provided grant funding to a range of voluntary and community sector organisations and schools in Salford to support activities around health and well-being.

    A recent independent evaluation of the programme, undertaken by CLES and partners Voluntary Sector North West, has revealed a significant positive impact, valued at over £11.4m. This is more than seven times the £1.6m awarded by NHS Salford CCG and Salford CVS in grants to 158 Salford voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises plus a consortium of 84 VCSE organisation, during 2014/15 and 2015/16. In addition, 69 Salford Primary Schools have also received funding, as have 13 partnerships between Salford schools and VCSE organisations.


    Skills policy that works for all

    23rd June 2016
    This paper builds on The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) knowledge and experience of working in different areas of the...
  • Community Wealth Building: Harnessing the potential of anchor institutions

    Our historic and contemporary work around anchor institutions has led to a realisation that in times of economic uncertainty and austerity there is a host of unrealised potential within anchor institutions in places all across the UK which needs to be harnessed further. In this CLES 10 we therefore outline ten key steps to realising this potential.


    Creating a good local economy: the role of anchor institutions

    22nd April 2015
    Anchor institutions are crucial to the functioning of our local economies. They bring wealth in the form of jobs and supply chains...
  • Austerity Uncovered- new report from CLES and TUC

    This report is based on research by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), commissioned by the TUC. It is designed to look at the impacts of austerity, focusing upon how changes in publically funded services affect both people and places across the country now and in the years to come.


    Austerity Uncovered

    16th January 2015
    This report is based on research by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), commissioned by the TUC. It is designed to lo...

    The economic impact of Belfast City Council's spend

    12th March 2014
    CLES offered Belfast City a series of recommendations as to how they could maximise the impact of their spend. Whilst directly a r...