Really Local Fund

Really Local Fund

The Really Local Fund C.I.C. empowers the local community and supports innovative entrepreneurs by:

  • Providing funding, support and training
  • Providing modern space and facilities for community and non-profit arts groups
  • Subsidising training for young people – e.g. venue work experience placements


Preston Benson
Managing Director
Preston is the Founder and visionary behind Really Local Group.

In 2005 he moved to London and became acutely aware that the majority of developers who claimed they to be 'regenerators', were actually developing sites with a 'top down' approach, with little real consultation with the locals as to what they really wanted for the area, and with very little ‘social conscience’. This was leading to identikit high streets and a clear neglect of localism.

New to the London property market, Preston wanted to break this mould, to deliver true regeneration and to shake up cultural development by launching venues that would truly have the local community’s best interests at its core.
Chris Phillips
Chris has over five decades of Real Estate, Fund Management and Corporate Finance experience.

Since 2010, he has served as Chairman of Places for People, one of the UK's largest property management, development, regeneration and leisure companies. In this role, Chris oversees gross assets of £4.9 billion of assets and over 11,600 employees.

He is currently Chairman of London & Newcastle, Apex Airspace Development, NCL Technology Ventures Limited, Bayham Investments Limited, Deskfair, Estates & Infrastructure Exchange, Anthony Green & Spencer and Tuffbau, and chairs the advisory boards for Market Asset Management and Shetland Space Centre. Chris is also Chairman of SOHO a £400 million REIT on the main list of LSE.

During his career Chris has been at the helm of several successful residential property, retirement care, infrastructure, agriculture and environmental technology companies and both listed and private companies in London, Europe and the US and has advised clients on a number of financial transactions in Asia.

Through his family business, Centaurea, Chris is also a seed investor in a number of small to medium sized enterprises.
Albert Tucker
Chairman of the Karma Cola Foundation, supporting communities in Sierra Leone and a Director of Karma Cola UK the ethical drinks company. He has a strong track record in leading and building successful businesses, working to multiple bottom lines such as Cafedirect, Honest Burger, Divine Chocolate, and Twin Trading to name a few.
Sue Nelson
Founder of the The FoodTalk Radio Show, launched in March 2016 to showcase food tech, food innovation and to promote artisan producers as well as author of Foodtech UK and founder of TLA FoodTech. Sue has appeared on nearly every national radio programme in the UK from the Today programme and Jeremy Vine to Radio 4’s The Food Programme and Farming Today. She was formerly CEO of NW Fine Foods and has been a regular guest on television programmes as diverse as Trisha and The Culture Show.