You asked. We listened.
In this ever-growing cashless society, we have been increasingly asked when vendors would be able to take contactless payments. We are now pleased to announce that The Big Issue has partnered with contactless payments provider iZettle to launch trials of the technology for our vendors.
Up to 20 vendors across London, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham will offer contactless payments alongside regular cash payments, before the technology is rolled out nationwide. The pilot is the first of its kind.
iZettle reports that more than 70 per cent of payments in the UK are now cashless and this partnership will help boost financial inclusion for our vendors.
Ever-popular vendor Easton Christian will be among the first to get his hands on an iZettle device.
The 64-year-old, who sells the magazine at London’s White City, said: “I’ve definitely noticed a dip in the number of people carrying cash, which has had a knock-on effect on the number of magazines that I’m able to sell.”