For over 25 years The Big Issue Group has strived to dismantle poverty through creating opportunity, in the process becoming one of the most recognised and trusted publishing brands in the UK.
But it’s not all about our award-winning magazine. We offer employment opportunities to people in poverty, have a multi-million pound social investment business supporting enterprises to drive social change, and support social shopping and ethical trade through our online shop.
Here are all the ways in which The Big Issue Group helps the homeless people of the UK…
The Big Issue
The Big Issue magazine launched in 1991 in response to the growing number of rough sleepers on the streets of London, by offering people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income through selling a magazine to the public.
Now 26 years on, our vendors come from a variety of backgrounds and face the myriad of problems associated with poverty and inequality. They buy the magazine or £1.25 each and sell it on for £2.50 – making each seller a micro-entrepreneur in their own right. It’s important that you take your copy of the magazine when you buy it because our vendors are working not begging.
The award-winning magazine sold its 200 millionth copy in 2016 and is read by over 400,000 people across the UK and circulates 83,073 copies every week. We’ve helped 92,000 vendors earn £115 million.