The Preston-based businessman, who picked up the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the BIBAs in 2010, began his career in the scrap metal business and founded a wave of businesses.
Whether it is personalised car registration business, newreg.com, or his award-winning commercial recycler, Recycling Lives, he has enjoyed success.
Speaking after picking up his BIBA, Steve said: “People think commerce and charity do not mix and see corporate social responsibility as a box they have to tick.
“My aim throughout my business life has been to show it’s not just a token gesture, it’s everyone’s responsibility.
“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.”