Measures to suppress the coronavirus are going to have a huge impact on Big Issue vendors.
That’s why Big Issue editor Paul McNamee put out a rallying cry in this week’s Big Issue for readers to “stay with us in these tough times” and outlined ways you can get a copy of the magazine even if you can’t get to your regular vendor.
Cardiff seller Mark Richards plays a leading role in making that possible. As well as selling the magazine on his Park Place pitch, the 44-year-old works in our sales and distribution office in the Welsh capital on a Monday sorting out all the subscriptions for across the UK and beyond.
We're getting alot of questions about how we'll help @bigissue vendors and keep things moving at this tough time. Hope this answers some of the questions. We'll update over next few days as things develop https://t.co/u8nNDNXeMt
— Paul McNamee (@PauldMcNamee) March 16, 2020
Mark spends six hours putting the brand-new magazines in envelopes and personally signing each one before sending them out to readers.
It’s a job he has valued for five years, he told The Big Issue, and Mark is ready to react to increased demand if customers need to switch to a subscription to support vendors in the weeks ahead.