The Big Issue has been nominated for five industry awards for its response to the coronavirus pandemic from the Professional Publisher’s Association.
After a year in which hundreds of vendors were unable to sell the magazine due to coronavirus restrictions, The Big Issue has been nominated for the PPA’s Best Response to Covid-19 Award, Editor of the Year, Campaign of the Year, Front Cover of the Year, and Innovation of the Year awards.
Big Issue editor Paul McNamee said: “We’re proud today that the work of so many is being held up and celebrated.
“We’re also proud that readers, new and old, came with us, helped us reinvigorate, helped us get £1million to our vendors in the teeth of this crisis, and have returned with us as we return to the streets.”
The vendors who sell The Big Issue magazine are people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, buying copies from the social enterprise for £1.50 and selling them in their local communities for £3.
But Big Issue staff were forced to reinvent the brand’s business model almost overnight after the prime minister announced pandemic restrictions in March 2020.