Big Issue North is a business solution to a social problem.
It’s a limited company employing staff to produce and distribute a weekly magazine that is sold by people who have limited other ways of earning an income in the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.
As well as selling the magazine, our vendors are given advice by staff on how to get help with anything from developing their skills or accessing English language courses, to getting housing, financial or health advice, which can help them achieve their goals and improve their lives for good.
Around 250 people sell Big Issue North each week. Big Issue North vendors buy the magazine from one of our regional offices for £1.25 and then sell it on established pitches in towns and cities for £2.50. They keep the £1.25 they make on every magazine. Selling Big Issue North also gives vendors motivation and helps to boost their self-esteem.
Big Issue North sellers are making a commitment to earn an income – working not begging. 75% of vendors have never begged, and 79% of the 20% of vendors who had committed crime prior to selling the magazine say they have offended less since they have been selling.
Big Issue North Trust is a registered charity (charity number 1056041), which raises funds to provide a range of support for sellers including support accessing services, help getting ID, home furnishing packages and projects such as breakfast clubs.
The full lineup for Big Issue North and Karima Francis's Big Busk at...
At this time of year, the Big Issue North fundraising team would usually be preparing for the Big Busk, our touring live music festival. With... read more
19.06.2020 • By Big Issue North
Big Issue North and Karima Francis present the Big Busk at Home
At this time of year, the Big Issue North fundraising team would usually be preparing for the Big Busk, our touring live music festival. With the... read more
16.06.2020 • By Big Issue North
Big Issue North vendors return to the streets - with card readers and PPE
From Monday the 15th of June, our vendors will start to resume selling Big Issue North on the streets of the north. As the government has... read more
12.06.2020 • By Big Issue North
Can you provide PPE to help Big Issue North vendors back to work?
We are approaching our tenth week since Big Issue North was pulled from the street for the first time since its foundation in 1992 for the safety... read more
20.05.2020 • By Big Issue North
Big Issue North now on sale in seven retailers across the north
We are now in the seventh week since pulling Big Issue North from the street for the first time in its twenty-eight year history for the safety of... read more
29.04.2020 • By Big Issue North
Five ways to support Big Issue North vendors through the COVID-19 pandemic
On Monday 23rd March, shortly before Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, staff at Big Issue North made... read more
27.03.2020 • By Big Issue North
You can ensure Big Issue North vendors survive COVID-19
In the past fortnight, panic surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic has spread across the nation. For the millions of people who cannot work from home,... read more
23.03.2020 • By Big Issue North