This publication details the learning derived from a trip to the United States in Summer 2015 and is linked to CLES’ wider thinking about local economic development.
CLES deputy chief executive Matthew Jackson is to visit cutting-edge projects in the United States as part of work to develop a more socially progressive model for local economic development in the UK.
A groundbreaking new tool has been launched in Scotland that will help places plan for the future.
Anchor institutions are crucial to the functioning of our local economies. They bring wealth in the form of jobs and supply chains and are unlikely to leave the locality. CLES has been working with Preston City Council on a ground-breaking piece of work which has sought to accelerate the benefit 6 anchor institutions based in the City bring in wider local economic, social and environmental terms.
New Start, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), and the New Economics Foundation (NEF) have been awarded funding from the Friends Provident Foundation to map the local economic alternative in the UK.
In recent years there has been no shortage of reports about how bad austerity is and how it is affecting the poorest the most. However, while much of this is well meaning, it is short on what we need to do differently. In the new manifesto for local economies, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (Cles) sets out ideas which breaks out of this austerity narrative and the present timidity of some proposed alternatives. For us, decent public services and fairness work with and for prosperity and against poverty and inequality. Cles draws on a range of experiences to reclaim a local economics which work for social justice.
The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) is today launching a manifesto setting out how to create local economies that serve all sections of society. Britain is in a significant moment of constitutional, social, economic, environmental and cultural change. As such we need policy responses which are equal to it.
Local enterprise partnerships are dominated by large businesses to the detriment of growth in our communities. Small businesses account for 47% of the UK’s private sector employment and around a third of turnover, but they are being left out of the loop when it comes to shaping and nurturing local economic growth.
The Centre for Local Economic Strategies and the Federation of Small Businesses are calling on the government to take a fresh look at the role of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs).