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Issue 1464 - Are You Being Served?

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Fred Sirieix
The most famous hospitality worker in the country, Fred Sirieix from First Dates and many other foodie related shows, is at the heart of an industry in crisis. After a year of lockdown, restaurants, hotels and cafes are hoping to bounce back – but they can’t find the staff. Sirieix explains why the hospitality crisis started well before Covid – but he has a solution to fix it.

Richard Cotterill
Usually found selling The Big Issue in Wadebridge, Cornwall, Richard has decided to sell all he owns and walk the length of the UK. “The walk is about my enjoyment, my creativity and my passion,” he explains. We’ll be following his progress over the coming days and weeks.

Also inside:
- Now the eviction ban is ending, how can we prevent mass homelessness and enshrine housing as a human right?
- We visit the gallery where rocker-turned-photographer Bryan Adams portraits of vendors have gone on show
- Pundit Pat Nevin says in his Letter To My Younger Self he did everything he could to prevent becoming a professional footballer but failed, which turned out to be a good thing
- Celebrated nature writer Robert Macfarlane has teamed up with acclaimed actor Johnny Flynn to make an album about taking this chance to renew
- How a new app from Big Issue Exchange will help people build their financial resilience
- Former boxer Tony Bellew gives us his top tips for when it seems life has punched you in the face
- And Travis frontman Fran Healy talks us through the Music That Made Me – watch the video online from Monday!
Plus even more!

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The Big Issue has spent over 27 years at the helm of self-help revolution. It all began with the launch of The Big Issue magazine in 1991, which was created to offer homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income by selling a magazine on the streets. Since then over 200 million copies magazine have been sold by over 100,000 people. Vendors buy the magazine upfront for £1.50 and sell it on to the public for £3.00, and in doing so each runs their own micro-enterprise. In 2005 Big Issue Invest was launched, with the aim of extending The Big Issue’s mission by financing the growth of social enterprises and charities across the UK. To date the organisation has directly invested in over 350 such organisations, and manages or advises on more than £170 million of social funds.
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