Steve Howard: Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2009
- 09 October 2009
LONDON - The Climate Group's CEO Steve Howard has been named the Ernst & Young UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2009. He was named the London and South regional winner earlier this year.
Host Joanna Lumley presented the award to Jim Walker, The Climate Group's COO and co-founder, on Steve's behalf at this week's national awards ceremony.
The judges said: "Steve and Jim have made an impressive global impact in a niche market in only a short period of time, They have succeeded in making the company high profile, straddling both the commercial and political markets."
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.
Winners are recognised through regional, national and global awards programmes in more than 135 cities across 50 countries. They are selected by independent panels of distinguished business and socal entrepreneurs, on the basis of a number of qualities including: entrepreneurial spirit; national and global impact; and individual and corporate social responsibility.
Past winners of the UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year award include John Bird and Ian MacArthur of The Big Issue Company Limited (2009) and Camila Batmanghelidjh of Kids Company (2005), among others.
Delighted by news of the award, Steve Howard said: "We have come a long way in the last five years, both as an organisation and as a coalition of business and government leaders. There is much work still to do. But we are delighted to be recognised with a prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and alongside such distinguished company."