Founder shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year

Recycling Lives is delighted to announce that the company’s founder, Steve Jackson OBE, has been shortlisted for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

The awards recognise the contribution of individuals who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement by developing successful, growing and dynamic businesses and making a real difference.

Steve has been shortlisted for the North and Midlands Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, which takes him one step closer to the national and international awards. The winners of the three UK regional awards will go on to compete for the Overall UK Entrepreneur of the Year title, with the overall winner representing the UK at the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Monte Carlo this June.

After beginning his career in the scrap metal industry at the age of just 16, Steve has turned his hand to a wide range of projects, always with the aim of shaking things up and making a real difference. His decision several years ago to turn his commercial talents to revolutionary community-focused projects such as Recycling Lives proved to be a turning point and he’s never looked back.

Since founding Recycling Lives in 2008, Steve has been a key player in the fight to highlight the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility in commercial business. By incorporating community projects and charity work into the business model of his projects, Steve has challenged the idea that charity work is supplementary to a business. Instead, charity work and community focus have become the heart of Steve’s businesses – and a key part of their success.

Most recently, Steve has developed Bulky Waste and Furniture Donation Network, national recycling schemes that make it easy for householders across the UK to seek out a charity collection agent for their unwanted or damaged furniture and household goods. The schemes offer a wealth of opportunity for UK charities to expand their services and, following the schemes’ stringent code of conduct and terms of conditions, to improve the commercial viability of the services they offer and earn valuable revenues.

Speaking about the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Steve said:

“It’s a real honour to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Recently, there’s been a real increase in the number of businesses who are responding to the Government’s call for an enterprise-led economy. That’s something I’ve always believed in – and I’d like to think it shows in the projects I’ve undertaken. It really started with Recycling Lives and has snowballed from there.

“From local community projects in the North West to national online services aimed at revitalising local authority services and supporting councils in their tough cost-cutting efforts, I’m out to prove that corporate social responsibility is everyone’s responsibility, not just a token gesture. Companies need to realise that giving something back can be the key to commercial success and charities need to improve their commercial acumen to make themselves sustainable.

Over the next few years, I aim to keep working on bringing charities and commercial companies closer together. I’m grateful for the recognition by Ernst & Young and look forward to the award ceremony in June!”