Steve Jackson OBE, CEO of Preston-based Recycling Lives, has been awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the prestigious Growing Business Awards.
The businessman was up against some big names in the tough category, but his lifelong dedication to entrepreneurialism and his commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility saw him crowned with the top prize.
The award recognises Steve’s unique vision for Recycling Lives, in addition to recent company growth despite challenging market conditions. The acquisition of an industry-leading fragmentiser and the development of web-based community recycling services, Community Dotcoms, has prepared the business for growth over the next 5 years. Recycling Lives are now working with more blue chip clients providing national waste and metal contracts. The company also strives to find innovative solutions to divert waste from landfill, achieving up to 100% recycle rates across the business.
The unique social business model of Recycling Lives impressed the panel of judges at the Growing Business Awards. Having established his career with businesses in personalised number plates, internet domain names and a spell as CEO of Preston North End FC, Steve was inspired to go back to his roots with his family recycling company. However, after an inspirational meeting with Terry Waite CBE from homelessness charity Emmaus, Steve decided that he wanted to have a real social impact with his business.
Recycling Lives is now a successful, and growing, commercial metal and waste recycling business, which sustains a social welfare charity. The charity helps vulnerable people struggling with homelessness to get back on their feet, through a programme of accommodation, work experience, training and personal support. To find out more about the charity, go to www.recyclinglives.org.
The judges commented:
‘Steve’s definition of success is so much more than the P&L output. It’s about a social utility. He has created a scalable business which delivers profits and changes lives.’
‘I’m thrilled to have been honoured with this award. The Growing Business Awards are highly respected with the industry, and I was shortlisted alongside some incredible British entrepreneurs. To be nominated was an honour, but to win is truly humbling. This award also recognises all of the hard work of everyone at Recycling Lives, who have helped it to be the success it is today.’