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The Big Issue

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 £1.25 and sell it on to the public for £2.50, 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.
The Big Issue exists to dismantle poverty and create opportunity through self-help, social trading and business solutions.
Meet John

Meet John

It’s a very special shop because what we sell helps. It helps you because it’s something that you want to buy. It helps us because it gives us income for our work. And it helps the people who make the stuff that we sell to you!

It’s a virtuous circle. Winners all around. And it’s all social trading.

There’s a bit of a down at the moment on consumerism. But our consumerism is social consumerism. It’s useful, and it builds lives and communities and makes you a part of the whole process of improving people’s conditions that need improving.

Do browse and look. And hopefully, if there is something you want, then please buy. But if there isn’t, or there is something you want to see us sell that you know about, do let us know; and we will do our best to get hold of what you want to see us sell.

Over the next year, we hope to develop our social trading platform into something really useful to you and to us. So take a look. And enjoy our hand-picked – what do people mean by that? Not feet picked- range of products. All with a social echo.

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Issue 1199 - Exclusive Ben Eine Cover Celebrating 200 Million Sales! (Collector's Edition 3) £4.00 GBP
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Issue 1113 - Still Game £4.00 GBP
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The Big Issue Cover Print - The Typewriter £15.00 GBP
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The Big Issue Cover Print- God Only Knows £15.00 GBP
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Vote Pink Unisex T-Shirt £20.00 GBP
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25th Anniversary Mug £12.99 GBP
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Freedom T-Shirt £20.00 GBP
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25th Anniversary T-Shirt £20.00 GBP
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The Big Issue Cover Print- 25th Anniversary £15.00 GBP
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Issue 1263 - Judy Murray £4.00 GBP
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Wipe Out T-Shirt £20.00 GBP
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I, Daniel Blake T-Shirt £20.00 GBP
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How to Get Lost Mug £12.99 GBP
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Music Special Mug £12.99 GBP
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Wipe Out Mug £12.99 GBP
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The Big Issue Cover Print - Knowledge is Power £15.00 GBP
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The Big Issue Cover Print - For The Love of Dogs £15.00 GBP
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The Big Issue Cover Print - Wipe Out £15.00 GBP
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The Big Issue Cover Print - Music Special £15.00 GBP
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The Big Issue Cover Print - How to Get Lost £15.00 GBP
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Southampton FC Special Edition Cover Print £15.00 GBP
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Issue 1155 - It's Showtime! £4.00 GBP
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The Big Issue Cover Print - Next Big idea £15.00 GBP
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The Next Big Idea- Mug £12.99 GBP
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The Straights of Dover - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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Jack Straw's Castle - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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The Pencil in the Snow - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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Doris Day Loves Me - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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Gardeners Question Time - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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Jones and Sons - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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One French Water Bottle - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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Special Rates for Ex-Offenders - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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Beware of the Tourage - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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Smiley Smiled Suddenly - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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The Good Life - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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That Fecund Nature - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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Leave Me Be - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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Game of Thongs - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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Flowers - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP
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A Night Out with Flowers - Limited Edition Print by Lord Bird £200.00 GBP


Supporting the Makers (icon)

SUPPORTING THE MAKERS

Our suppliers create opportunities for disadvantaged people

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PROTECTING THE PLANET

Our products are sourced with sustainability in mind

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A HAND UP, NOT HAND OUT

We’re striving to dismantle poverty through social trading