RIVER inspector Matthew Ryan joined the Environment Agency in Peterborough three years to the day that he won the competition that will change his life. The 29-year-old will quit his job and commit himself to A&M Covers, the business he is setting up after winning The Hunts Post's Change Your Life for £1 competition. The final of the competition, organised with Huntingdonshire District Council, took place at the Creative Exchange building in St Neots last Tuesday (September 22). Six finalists faced the Dragons - businessmen from across Cambridgeshire - to see if their idea had what it takes to win a business start-up package worth £10,000. Matthew, who lives in Yaxley with his wife Amy, was triumphant. His company will make bespoke covers for boats. Prior to working for the EA, Matthew was trained to make sails and boat covers. His old boss - who has since retired - had his own technique for making covers. This is something he passed on to Matthew and something which will form the basis of A&M Covers.