Big Issue North

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Working not begging

Big Issue North produces a wide range of socially conscious media content, including a weekly magazine sold by people in the north of England with no other means of earning an income. Our team supports these people – our vendors – to change their lives and achieve their goals.

Big Issue North is here for anyone who needs us. You don’t need any qualifications, work experience or ID or an address or bank account to get started. As long as you’re 17 or older, you can work with us, even if you have a criminal record. While a third of our vendors are homeless, the majority are not – people sell Big Issue North for a wide variety of reasons, and if you want to work with us, we want to work with you!

Vendors are working, not begging. They’ve taken a decision to earn an income through selling the magazine on the streets. You kind find out much more about the content we produce, the people we support and how you can join us on the dedicated Big Issue North website

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Big Issue North website

Address:

Big Issue North
The Big Life group
463 Stretford Road
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M16 9AB

Phone Number:

0161 848 2430

Big Issue North is here for anyone who needs us. You don’t need any qualifications, work experience or ID or an address or bank account to get started. As long as you’re 17 or older, you can work with us, even if you have a criminal record. While a third of our vendors are homeless, the majority are not – people sell Big Issue North for a wide variety of reasons, and if you want to work with us, we want to work with you!

We offer immediate employment, with no need for ID, qualifications, a bank account, interviews or references.

To become a vendor, make an appointment at your nearest office (see our “Where we see to you?” tab). If you have problems getting to an office, you can contact us by phone and we will try to make alternative arrangements.

A member of our team will chat with you to assess whether or not selling Big Issue North is right for you and to look at any additional support you might need. We will also outline our vendor expectations by which we expect all vendors to abide.

When you become a vendor, you will receive a Big Issue North bib and badge so that people know you’re an authorised vendor and you will be be given 10 free magazines to get you started. After your 10 free magazines, you buy magazines from your nearest office for £1.50 each and sell them on for £3, keeping the profit for yourself.

We have many pitches available across the north of England (see map) and we carry out regular outreach sessions to see how vendors are getting on. You will find out more about pitches at your initial meeting.

We help our vendors to access the services they need, including accommodation, training and education, access to GPs, dentists and other health and social support services, provisions such as breakfast clubs and home furnishing packages, and much more!

The New Issue is a quarterly magazine, which contains real stories – beautifully told. It offers stunning photography combined with high-quality independent writing, covering everything from changing landscapes and social issues to lifestyle and fiction. It’s a long read, something to take time over and savour.

While The New Issue is sold directly to subscribing individuals and businesses, its ethos remains that of Big Issue North. All profits from sales of the new publication go back into supporting the people who sell Big Issue North on the streets, creating more opportunities for people not currently earning an income, and facing homelessness or vulnerable living situations.

As well as its beautiful aesthetic, clear social purpose and broad editorial remit, the other thing that sets The New Issue apart is what isn’t in it – advertising. It means the content of the magazine is truly independent. It’s beholden to no one, but the peoples whose stories are told, and its readers.

Who is The New Issue for?

It’s for people who want to know more about the world around them, and who value the permanence and beauty that The New Issue offers in an increasingly transient world. Equally, it’s for people who want to make responsible, ethical purchasing decisions, at a time when so much of what we consume can be bound up in unethical, irresponsible consequences.

It’s for organisations that have a customer base that value the kind of insightful content that we provide, bound up in an aspirational, coffee-table package. Equally, it’s for organisations with a clear sense of social responsibility, who recognise their place in their communities, and the importance of taking every opportunity to do good and change lives.

How to subscribe

Pay upfront

Annual subscriptions and single issues of The New Issue are available on our online shop.

Spread the cost

Spread the cost of The New Issue through annual or ongoing subscriptions, with a direct debit taken from your bank account every three months.

If you want to buy The New Issue as a gift, or have it sent to a different address to your billing address, you’ll have that option once you’ve set up the direct debit.

Subscribe as an organisation

Subscriptions to The New Issue cost £40 a year. To discuss taking multiple subscriptions for your organisation, contact George Wright on 07870 509 965 or george.wright@bigissuenorth.com.

Buy everything from subscription packages to high-quality merchandise from our online shop, with all profits going to support the people who sell Big Issue North magazine on the streets.

We have four main offices: Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield. We also have a number of smaller offices around the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, but you will need to contact the main office that is nearest to you to get started. They can then refer you on to a more local office to buy your magazines after your initial assessment.

Leeds

Address

Big Issue North
66 York Street
Leeds
LS9 8AA

Phone: 0113 243 9027 OR 07764 892934

Email: nic.backhouse@thebiglifegroup.com

Accessibility

Opening times

Monday: 8am – 4pm
Tuesday: 8am – 3:30pm
Wednesday: 8am – 1pm
Thursday: 8am – 3:30pm
Friday: 8am – 3:30pm
Saturday: 8am – 1pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Liverpool

Address

Big Issue North
The Basement
56-60 Parr Street
Liverpool
L1 4JN

Phone: 0151 294 3013

Email: lindsay.rimmer@thebiglifegroup.com

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 8am – 1pm
Saturday: 8am – 12pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Manchester

Address

Big Issue North
Raven House
113 Fairfield Street
Manchester
M12 6EL

Phone: 0161 831 5550

Email: ruth.tuck@thebiglifegroup.com

Accessibility

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 8am – 1pm
Saturday: 8am – 12pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

Sheffield

Address

Big Issue North
c/o Sheffield Cathedral
Church Street
Sheffield
S1 1HA

Phone: 0114 263 6064 OR 07920 848 814

Email: ben.stevenson@thebiglifegroup.com

Accessibility

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 8am – 1pm
Saturday: 8am – 12pm
Sunday: CLOSED