About Us

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.

Press releases

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

Introducing The New Issue

The creators of Big Issue North magazine have launched a new publication, telling untold stories and created to change the lives of the most... read more

13.11.2019 • By Big Issue North