The Big Issue was launched in 1991 in response to the growing number of rough sleepers on the streets, and over 30 years later we still provide homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless the opportunity to work their way out of poverty.
Since the magazine was founded, we have been in partnership with the people who sell it. As we head into the festive period this year, vendors buy The Big Issue for £2 and sell it for £4. Each seller is a micro-entrepreneur who is working, not begging. We have helped over 100,000 vendors, some of the most vulnerable people in the country, earn over £120 million in the last 30 years.
Currently there are around 1500 vendors up and down the UK who last year alone earned a total of £5.5 million through selling the magazine.
The Big Issue sells more than 70,000 copies every week and has a readership of almost 350,000.