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‘For Men To Talk’ shortlisted at the 2023 Startup Awards

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Potton-based startup ‘For Men To Talk’ has been named a finalist ahead of the East of England Final of the StartUp Awards. 

The StartUp Awards has been launched to recognise the booming startup scene across the UK which has accelerated since the 2019 pandemic. Over 800,000 new businesses were founded in the UK since 2021, a 4.3% increase from the year before. 

A record number of businesses applied to this year’s StartUp Awards, with 1,100 firms shortlisted across ten UK nations and regions. The contribution of these firms – all of which were started in the last three years – is significant, having created over 5,000 new jobs since they were established and generating annual sales of £584 million. 

‘For Men To Talk’ is a mens mental health peer support community interest company founded by Luke Newman, just as a voluntary group, in 2019. He then formed it as a company in August 2020. The business has been nominated for the Consumer Services StartUp of the Year. 

Luke Newman, founder of ‘For Men To Talk’, said: “I haven’t built ‘For Men To Talk’ to win accolades or awards. I’ve built it to give men opportunities to talk about they feel. But I am extremely honoured, humbled and proud to be shortlisted, it shows that you can achieve anything if you work hard at it. More importantly it acknowledges the need for mens mental health groups.”

Supported nationally by Starling Bank, British Business Bank, BT, Creative Ideaz, GS1 UK, Jeeves, Join Talent, ScoreApp and The Purposeful Project, the programme will celebrate the achievements of the amazing individuals who have turned an idea into an opportunity and taken the risk to launch a new product or service. 

The cohort of finalists will be considered for the regional prizes by a panel of seasoned judges with experience founding or supporting entrepreneurial ventures. 

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the StartUp Awards, said:  

“​​Start-up businesses are the lifeblood of any economy, being responsible for new jobs, innovation and in supporting communities in every nation and region across the UK. All of the finalists this year represent the best of those entrepreneurs who have spotted an opportunity and through their sheer hard work, talent and perseverance, have created an amazing new business that is creating real impact in its sector.” 

The StartUp Awards was created in collaboration with the team behind the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, one of the most successful awards programmes in the UK. The StartUp Awards are running for the second year after launching in 2022.  

This year’s StartUp Awards finalists can be found online at

‘For Men To Talk’ hosts physical meetings at The Crown Hotel, Weatherspoon in Biggleswade, The Roundabout Club in Sandy, St Neots Golf Club, Gamlingay Eco Hub, weekly virtual meetings via Zoom and a monthly walking event. 

‘For Men To Talk’ can be found on their website and social media channels. Luke is also available for any questions on 07709 446480. 


For more information or to request an interview, please contact Sam at or 07429 487 554 or Simon at or 07894 151 206.


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StartUp Awards 

The StartUp Awards is a collaboration between the founders of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards – an established programme nationally receiving thousands applications annually – and the Wales Start-Up Awards, the only regional awards currently celebrating new businesses in the UK. 

The StartUp Awards will recognise the achievements of those amazing individuals who have had a great idea, spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service. 

Already established and thriving in Wales, the StartUp Awards is now taking the passion and drive to celebrate new business and extending across the whole of the United Kingdom.