Our founder

"Our purpose, has always been to demonstrate that a well thought out partnership comprising business and charity, working for mutual benefit, can produce quantifiable and sustainable social benefits to communities. Recycling Lives is committed to creating social value that is equal to, or greater than, 10% of our annual sales; something that we are pleased to publish each year in our dedicated Social Value Report.

Steven Jackson - Founder of Recycling Lives

"The virtuous circle of Recycling Lives ensures that employee strengths are maximised and Group passion for social value and good business acumen is shared by everyone. Employees of the business are not only driven for commercial growth, they also enjoy personal fulfillment that their efforts help excluded people to thrive. While employees of the Recycling Lives Charity and Social Enterprise are equally proud to be part of an organisation that can concentrate 100% of its efforts in caring for people; rather than being preoccupied with fundraising and sustainability.

"It could be said that the measure of our success is the incredible drive and passion of our employees, the communities that we feed, or the homeless that we house; or the people that we rehabilitate and who ultimately join our team of wonderful employees. But the truth is, I believe, the real measure of our success is the willingness and shared enthusiasm of the amazing organisations that join our movement and dedicate their time to ensuring that our partnerships flourish. A real measure that business is a force for good."

Steven T Jackson OBE DL

Steve has developed internet based businesses since 1995 and in 2004 he became CEO of Preston North End plc, after acquiring a controlling interest in the football club in 2002. Steve founded Recycling Lives in 2008 and was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list for services to employment and the community in Lancashire. He is Honorary Fellow for the University of Central Lancashire and a serving Deputy Lieutenant. Steve also sits on the board of Trustees for national charity FareShare. He has a passion for helping businesses create meaningful and measurable social impact to community.