Anderson is already familiar to Big Issue customers in London as a vendor from his time selling the magazine at Oxford Circus and the BBC. But over the last few years he has gradually built up his own business, drawing on his previous experience working in biomedical research and with support from Wellcome Trust, where he worked part-time while selling the magazine. Anderson is now publishing research papers, and in 2020 aims to grow the editing service he provides for scientists whose first language is not English, through his company CRC Scotland & London. “My work as an independent researcher has resulted in over 150 publications over the past four years on a range of areas,” Anderson explains.
Driven not by profit but a vision for a better world, Charity Bank supports charities and social enterprises with loans they couldn’t find elsewhere, while simultaneously showing individuals, businesses and charities how their savings can be invested ethically for greater good. Like our social investment arm Big Issue Invest, it is run by and for organisations with a social purpose. Their loans are used for a huge spectrum of social purposes, from building affordable homes to launching renewable energy projects to promoting unity and peace among young people in divided communities. Last year more than 1,000 loans were made to organisations the length and breadth of the UK, totalling almost £289m. Arts, community, education and training, environment, faith, health and social care, sport and social housing have all benefited from the social impact of Charity Bank, and recipients report added bonuses ranging from improved financial management and services they offered to increased sustainability.
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