The Big Issue
The Big Issue
The Big Issue exists to help homeless people and those facing poverty and inequality by creating opportunity. The Big Issue magazine was launched in 1991 in response to the growing number of rough sleeps on the streets of London. The magazine offered — and continues to offer — a legitimate way for homeless people to earn an income by selling, not begging. Since launch, over 200 million copies of the magazine have been sold and it has won several awards. The Big Issue Group is also includes other arms of the brand. Big Issue Foundation also strives to dismantle poverty by funding sustainable social enterprises and charities across the UK, offering loans and investment from £20,000 to £3 million. Meanwhile, The Big Issue Foundation is an independently funded registered charity, which works exclusively with the Big Issue vendors, connecting them to the vital support they need to enable them to rebuild their lives and determine their own pathways to a better future. Finally, The Big Issue Shop – the newest addition to The Big Issue Group – is a social trading platform that makes ethical and social shopping truly, giving shoppers the opportunity to use their spending power to make a positive difference to the world we live in.
‘A groundbreaking initiative’: Why employers are working with Big Issue Recruit
Big Issue Recruit

‘A groundbreaking initiative’: Why employers are working with Big Issue Recruit

Big Issue Recruit aims to get Britain working
Big Issue Recruit

Big Issue Recruit aims to get Britain working

Success stories herald the future for Big Issue Recruit
Big Issue Recruit

Success stories herald the future for Big Issue Recruit

‘We’ve made a commitment to give back’: Drinks company C&C Group partners with Big Issue to deliver even more opportunities for vendors, social enterprises and communities
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‘We’ve made a commitment to give back’: Drinks company C&C Group partners with Big Issue to deliver even more opportunities for vendors, social enterprises and communities

Big Issue founder Lord Bird pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth on news of her death
Queen Elizabeth

Big Issue founder Lord Bird pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth on news of her death

The water bottles and socks helping raise money for homeless people and refugees
Ethical Shopping

The water bottles and socks helping raise money for homeless people and refugees

‘His first thought was to help others’: Tributes to former Big Issue Invest CEO as he faces cancer diagnosis
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‘His first thought was to help others’: Tributes to former Big Issue Invest CEO as he faces cancer diagnosis

Holiday activities: Make this handy harmonica
Summer survival guide

Holiday activities: Make this handy harmonica

How many people are homeless in the UK? And what can you do about it?
Housing

How many people are homeless in the UK? And what can you do about it?

Holiday activities: Make this marvellous mini mangonel with Mr Shaha
Summer survival guide

Holiday activities: Make this marvellous mini mangonel with Mr Shaha

Prince William and Big Issue vendor Dave in conversation: ‘Homelessness is an issue I want to fight for’
Prince William x Big Issue

Prince William and Big Issue vendor Dave in conversation: ‘Homelessness is an issue I want to fight for’

Landmark fund to help diverse entrepreneurs change society announced
Social enterprises

Landmark fund to help diverse entrepreneurs change society announced

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