Partnering with The Big Issue Group offers your stakeholders access to exciting volunteering, team-building and mentoring opportunities. Partnership also places your business at the heart of The Big Issue Group’s influential community of readers, supporters, investees and investors.
We seek to establish long-term, flexible partnerships and offer a range of engagement opportunities, including:
- We recognise that selling magazines on the street isn’t for everyone. So we set out to create a subscription scheme offering different work-based opportunities to people facing poverty. By becoming a Corporate Subscriber you enable us to offer supported employment to vulnerable people, whilst demonstrating your business’ commitment to tackling poverty.
- Subscribers receive an annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, detailing the impact that the subscription scheme and your contribution has made in the lives of those you help. Plus of course, our multi award-winning news and entertainment magazine will be delivered to your office every week! Corporate subscriptions start at just £250 per year.
- Vendor Days see your staff try their hand at selling the magazine alongside our vendors as part of a fully facilitated team building session.
Supported employment placements provide existing and ex-vendors with the opportunity to further develop their skills in a supportive environment, and make a crucial step towards mainstream work. These placements also offer your staff valuable mentoring opportunities, and the opportunity to witness social change first-hand.
Sheltered pitches inside office buildings and shopping centres can provide vendors with a more secure and predictable environment, helping to increase self-esteem and improve skills such as time management. In turn, business owners are able to build a relationship with the individual vendor, and demonstrate to staff and customers a commitment to creating social change.
- Big Issue Invest’s Corporate Social Venturing (CSV) programme develops early stage social businesses through investment, advice and business partnerships. Partners provide support and mentoring to enable social businesses to deliver greater impact.
- Our programme of managed fundraising events allow staff participate either individually or as part of a team.
We have been running the corporate vendor placement programme with the Big Issue Foundation since 2010. We saw it as a fantastic opportunity to increase the understanding of homelessness within the firm and more importantly, as a chance to improve the vendor’s employability skills. The vendors have had a really positive impact on staff and it’s great to see the vendor’s confidence grow. We also use the skills of our people to deliver training and offer one to one mentoring and our first vendor, Joel, is now working in our billing department.Raj Parker Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- As an award-winning media brand we offer sponsorship opportunities across print, web and social channels, as well as unique street level opportunities via our network of 1500 Big Issue vendors nationwide.
- The Big Issue Group runs a range of events throughout the year, including fundraising events, conferences, receptions, exhibitions and gigs, all of which provide direct access to a socially aware and motivated audience.
- Our team of highly respected journalists and designers work with partners to produce tailored content in a variety of forms to meet specific marketing and CSR objectives. This includes customer magazines, supplements, reports, event collateral or marketing materials.
- Big Issue Invest’s Social Enterprise Lending (CITR) programme lends from £50k to £250k to social enterprises and charities, and investment can take the form of a grant or repayable debt. Currently we manage a portfolio around £10 million, invested in 100 high impact social enterprises. CITR also allows partners to claim Corporation Tax relief.
- The second Social Enterprise Investment Fund L.P. (SEIF II) aims to invest in businesses with ambitious social impact goals, whilst also delivering robust financial returns to investors. SEIF II reached its first close of £21 million in 2015, and is now seeking to bring total commitments to the targeted fund size of £30 million.
I would definitely recommend partnering with Big Issue Invest. They have given us a chance to contribute to society through direct involvement, but also a chance for corporate employers to grow and develop their own staff, who will have their horizons broadened through the experience and potentially be more benefit in the long term.Richard Hallam, Experian
Plus: Payroll Giving : Advertising : Media Partnerships : Big Issue Vendor Office Placements
For more information please contact:
Publishing & Business Development
Chief Executive Officer
The Big Issue Foundation