local economies

  • RESEARCH

    Developing Resilient Town Centres

    12th February 2015
    What makes a resilient town centre? This paper, aimed at people working to support their high street, town or city centre, provide...
  • FINDINGS

    The role of the VCS in achieving the outcomes of LEPs

    17th December 2014
    This findings document outlines what we see as the key roles for the voluntary and community sector in LEPs; and how LEPs can maxi...
  • RESEARCH

    The future of LEPs: the small business perspective

    3rd September 2014
    This report, produced in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses, examines the progress made by LEPs and sets out a wa...
  • Building a local civil economy

    The word ‘economy’ can be traced back to the Greek word oikonomos, – ‘one who manages a household’. However, the idea that the economy is intimate and social is often lost from modern day economic discussions. Indeed, all too often the social sphere, is seen as an assumed outcome of economic activity, rather than a planned for and locked-in necessity.

    This connectedness with the social sphere should be central to any local economic development. What is the point of local economic development if it does not deliver social outcomes or address poverty? In this we need to think about building a local civil economy – an economy which is decent, fair and works for people.

  • CLES 10

    Approaches to Addressing Poverty

    11th April 2014
    In this CLES 10, we introduce ten ways in which places are addressing poverty through a place and relationship based approach. ...
  • FINDINGS

    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...
  • FINDINGS

    Enhancing the value of local authority assets in town centres

    31st January 2014
    CLES and APSE have recently collaborated on a research project exploring the role and value of local authority assets in town cent...
  • CLES 10

    Better quality jobs

    31st January 2014
    The Government’s welfare reform seeks to make work pay by moving more people into paid employment. Whilst important, this much c...