Amy Stevens broke down barriers last May, becoming the first Big Issue vendor to sell the magazine in a rail station, on a pitch at London’s bustling Euston.
In partership with The Big Issue Foundation, Network Rail provided customer service training, and Amy, 28, was a winner with commuters.
But she has blown the whistle on Euston, and today she departed on the Hogwarts Express for King’s Cross and a new pitch beside the Muggles hotspot at Harry Potter’s Platform 9 3/4!
“I’ve had a great time selling at Euston and would like to thank everybody for being so friendly,” said Amy, who has previously worked in Angel and Tower Hill. “I’m really looking forward to selling the magazine by the Harry Potter shop.”
Our vendors buy every copy of the magazine from us for £1.50 and sell it on to you for £3. Which is why we ask you to ALWAYS take your copy of the magazine. We believe in trade not aid.
King’s Cross station manager Laura Murphy added: “We haven’t had anything like this, we’re really excited to welcome Amy and The Big Issue to our concourse.”
A new vendor to be announced shortly will take up the pitch at Euston, and it’s hoped Liverpool Street station will be next. Big Issue London area services manager Matt Morley added that for the ideal station vendor “an interest in trains is helpful!”