Recycling Lives' founder named UK's Entrepreneur of the Year

Recycling Lives' founder has been named the UK's Entrepreneur Of The Year.

Steve Jackson OBE DL, who has pioneered Recycling Lives' unique model, took home the highest accolade at Ernst & Young's prestigious Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in London on November 7.

He also won the 'Societal Impact' category award, recognising how he has developed a business that focusses on both commercial and charitable aims to deliver financial, environmental and social value.

Recycling Lives is unique in combining both business and charity operations. Recycling Lives Ltd is a nationwide recycling and waste management business recycling scrap metals, scrap cars, waste electricals and general waste for businesses, local authorities and householders. Its operations also support Recycling Lives UK, a social enterprise and charity which deliver programmes for food redistribution, offender rehabilitation and residential support for homeless men.

Mr Jackson said of his win: "I feel very proud and hopeful that the business world is changing for the better."

He founded Recycling Lives in 2008 from his family's scrap firm, Preston Recycling. Having seen the impact of homelessness first-hand he set about developing a business model which used employment as a catalyst for changing people's lives. Today, around 30% of the Recycling Lives team have come through the rehabilitation or residential programmes.

Victoria Price, Partner and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year leader in the North, said: "Steve Jackson illustrates the transformational impact entrepreneurs can have on people's lives. His natural business flair combined with his innate desire to create positive change makes him an inspirational role model for current and future business leaders."

Mr Jackson will now go on to represent the UK at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in Monaco in 2020.