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Delighted to be awarded ‘Heropreneur 2021’ for saving lives through mental health training

Updated: Jan 17, 2022

The Heropreneur of the Year Award is the most prestigious award and is presented at the annual Heropreneurs awards. It recognises an entrepreneur who has made a significant contribution to business and used their considerable skills and talents to help the extended military community. The winner is selected by the Heropreneurs board of trustees and team from a shortlist that is drawn from the recommendations of expert judges across all the categories in the awards programme. Past winners have come from a variety of different industries.

“I was completely shocked when my name was announced. Saving lives is by far a greater achievement than any money one can earn."

Paul Vicary is also a Co-Founder and Director of Hereford based X-Calibre Mental Health (XCMH) which delivers vital mental health training and consultancy to organisations nationally.

XCMH works with organisations of all sizes empowering employers and employees to create a positive mental health culture. The courses run by XCMH focus on issues such as stress, depression, anxiety and many other MH conditions and suicide intervention.

“Coming from a military background, removing the stigma of mental health issues,” said Mr. Vicary, “is the first step, and during COVID when people’s mental health was being tested to the limits, we were able to make a real difference. I later received some feedback which, highlighted we had saved lives through some of the mental health training we had delivered to different sectors and companies - something which I was not fully expecting.”

The powerful training courses and awareness campaigns delivered result in lower rates of absenteeism, staff turnover, improved performance, a positive MH culture within the workplace, and greater confidence and resilience in the employees.

Peter Mountford, Chairman of Heropreneurs paid tribute to Mr. Vicary and XCMH saying, "We are delighted to recognise Paul's achievements by awarding him the Heropreneur of the Year Award for 2021. As with all our awards where we recognise business success from the wider military community, the Heropreneur of the Year Award celebrates the contribution of a very special individual who has made exemplary progress in business and supported the military family. Paul has shown determination and great resolve, especially during the challenges of the past two years, and has grown X-Calibre Mental Health into a business that serves and supports members of the military community in a very tangible way. The course of people's lives has been radically improved and changed for the better, thanks to the work of the organisation and Paul's tenacity and commitment to the community. His passion and energy make him a very worthy winner of this year's award.”

XCMH offers Ofqual regulated courses, bespoke courses, and mental health fitness training. For further information or to book with XCMH, visit

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