Become a vendor

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(photo by Jason Lock)

You can become a seller of Big Issue North if you are homeless, vulnerably housed or in need of earning an income.

Here’s how you go about it:

Make an appointment at your nearest office (see list below). If you have problems getting to an office, you can contact us by phone and we will try to make alternative arrangements.

Attend an initial meeting:  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 the code of conduct by which we expect all vendors to abide.

Next steps: When you become a vendor, you will receive a Big Issue North bib and badge so people know you’re an authorised vendor and you will be be given 5 free magazines  to get you started.

How does it work again? After your initial 5 free magazines, you buy the magazine for £1.25 and sell it for £2.50, keeping the profit for yourself.

Where can I sell? We have many pitches available across the north of England (see map) and we carry out regular outreach sessions to visit vendors to see how they’re getting on. You will find out about pitches at your initial meeting.

If you need further support: Our charity, The Big Issue in the North Trust helps vendors access the services they need – whether that’s accommodation; training and education, access to GPs, dentists and other health and social support services, or other projects such as art and gardening.

By selling Big Issue North, you can earn an income, get support and advice, and build up self-esteem, confidence and motivation. We help vendors to help themselves and change their lives.

Why not get in touch today?

Leeds

Big Issue North
St Anne’s Resource Centre
66 York Street
Leeds
LS9 8AA

0113 243 9027

Liverpool

The Big Issue in the North
33-35 Cheapside
Liverpool
L2 2DY

0151 294 3013

Manchester

Big Issue North
10 Swan Street
Manchester
M4 5JN

0161 831 5550

Sheffield

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

0114 263 6064

 

Please note – we also have sub-offices in Hull, York and Preston. Please contact the Leeds office if you wish to sell the magazine in Hull or York, and the Manchester office if you wish to sell in Preston. They will then tell you how to get badged up in these areas.

28 comments on Become a vendor

  1. Michael says:

    Hi i would like to put my name on a waiting list to become a vendor in heswall or other local areas. Most of the last 6 years have been spent rough sleeping and i would like to sell the big issue to help maintain a property.My nearest branch would be liverpool and there would be no problems travelling there to pick up the big issue catalogues.

  2. christian says:

    Hi

    When you feel ready to, why not just po in and see the team in the Liverpool office? We’ll make an appointment with you to discuss if selling the magazine is right for you. You can find our contact details on this website.

  3. Mike says:

    Thanks for replying,i will organise a visit to liverpool.Cheers,Mike.

  4. Ian says:

    Is there a waiting list to become a vendor in York, or are there available pitches?

  5. Sammi-jo says:

    I would like to sell big issue as really need to earn some money I live in a hostel in hull

  6. M says:

    Hiya Ian, go in to the Leeds office and have a chat with them, if you are from york am shoure something can be worked out but that would be something you would have to discus with the office or give them a call on 0113 243 9027………..

  7. christian says:

    Hi Ian and M –

    Ian – To talk about becoming a vendor in York then, as Sammi-jo says, call the Leeds office on 0113 243 9027. We’ll set up a meeting with you at the Leeds office and will reimburse travel costs in magazines if you get badged up, or give you the cash if not.

    M – To sell the magazine in Hull you can go to our sub-office at the Jubilee Church, 62 King Edward Street, Hull 01482 328196. They are open Tues and Thursday mornings Wednesday and Friday. Ask for Ian Fawcett. Opening times may vary so it’s best to ring first.

  8. william flynn says:

    please can you tell me how to contact the big issue office in belfast thank you

  9. christian says:

    Hi William

    The details are:

    Big Issue Ireland
    Belfast Office
    110 A University Street
    BT7 1HH
    Call Steve on: 028 951 49277

    Cheers

  10. Kevin says:

    Hi I live in Stalybridge and you have a Vender there I thought the Big Issue was there to help people that need money . This Lady gets dropped of in a car that is worth more then my house the person dropping her off also drops other people off around the local towns . this lady also has a mobile phone and is always on it now if she is in need of money how can she afford the phone and who is the person that drops her off ? the money for the phone could be spent on food ? i work full time and can just about pay for a mobile . it this person really in need or could you not give the job to people that do need the money ?
    Regards
    Kevin

  11. christian says:

    Hi Kevin, thanks for the comment.

    As we understand it, some vendors do club together and buy vehicles which they can use to help with the distribution of magazines. Other people get lifts from friends and family.

    We know that people choose to sell the magazine for many different reasons. As I’m sure you are aware, people have to buy the magazine from us and then sell it on in order to make money. What people then choose to spend the money that they earn on is up to them. Many of our vendors do choose to spend some of their money on a mobile phone, so that they can keep in touch with family and friends and stay safe while out selling on the street, for example. We believe that no one would choose to sell The Big Issue in the North unless they really had to. Standing on a cold street selling a magazine is not the easiest way of earning money. There are pitches available for anyone who wants to sell the magazine.

  12. Patrick says:

    Hello. Are you aware of many (or any) cases where vendors have been forced to hand over their takings to “pimps” (for want of a better word)? If I suspect that such a thing is happening to a vendor that I know of, which would be the most appropriate authority to report it to? It’s just a hunch that I have, but it’s been nagging at me lately. Thanks in advance for any advice.

  13. christian says:

    Hi Patrick. Thanks for the comment. If you have any concerns about a vendor please contact your local Big Issue in the North office in the first instance. You can find phone numbers here: http://www.bigissueinthenorth.com/contact
    We can take the details and investigate.

  14. Michael Callan says:

    Hi I am interested in becoming a vendor in the the North Staffordshire area. I know there are some vendors in the area already but I am sure that there is scope for more. I have been living in a hostel for some years and need to move on but will find it difficult without improving my income.

    Michael

  15. christian says:

    Hi Michael

    I’ll pass your email on to the sales team who will get in touch with you.

    Many thanks

    Christian

  16. florin says:

    Hello My name is and I live in Romania Florin ..imi want a job .. I understand that you help people who have a job do not have a home! Yes I really want to work in your country! but really I do not know how I can contact you! Please tell me that you help me! if you tell me that you wait for me there I would be very happy in Manchester and I would be willing to leave Romania and cjoar this week! please e-mail scrietimi ….. you, and leave you my phone number but do not know English very well tog again ….. will answer me with a positive response a beautiful day

  17. christian says:

    Hi Florin. Thanks for the post. We provide a way for people living in the North of England to earn an income if they have no other way of doing so. We would never encourage anyone to come to the UK in order to sell the magazine.

  18. June says:

    Hi, I thought the Big Issue started out to try and give people a “leg up” from being homeless and in bad situations. How come some vendors sell it for years ? does no one monitor their situation. In Liverpool and surrounding areas it seems that a lot of the sellers are shores afar. I understand your comments about no one wanting to stand on corners in the cold etc etc etc but if selling the Big Issue does that not link in people with claiming top up benefits or even declaring themselves self employed. The reason for my questioning is I now know lots of people who say they would not contribute to buying the magazine because of the above comments.

  19. Les says:

    Hi, I thought the Big Issue started out to try and give people a “leg up” from being homeless and in bad situations. How come some vendors sell it for years ? does no one monitor their situation. In Liverpool and surrounding areas it seems that a lot of the sellers are shores afar. I understand your comments about no one wanting to stand on corners in the cold etc etc etc but if selling the Big Issue does that not link in people with claiming top up benefits or even declaring themselves self employed. The reason for my questioning is I now know lots of people who say they would not contribute to buying the magazine because of the above comments.

  20. christian says:

    Hi Les and June. Thank you for your comments. It’s true that some vendors do sell the magazine for a long time, while others manage to move on to different employment (take a look at this story, for an example: http://www.bigissuenorth.com/2015/10/counter-culture/15273). Our staff support vendors to move on in their lives, but some vendors find this much harder to do than others for all kinds of reasons.

    I’m not sure what you mean by “shores afar” but basically anyone selling the magazine, regardless of where they are from or who they are, is counted as self-employed because they buy the magazine for £1.25 and sell it for £2.50, keeping the profit they make. Depending on their individual circumstances, some vendors are entitled to claim certain benefits just like anyone else.

    We hope that the majority of people can see that by helping someone earn an income through buying a copy of Big Issue North is a positive thing. If you take a look at our vendor profiles ( http://www.bigissuenorth.com/category/magazine/vendors ) you’ll see the vital role that we play in helping people earn an income, get the support they need and, when they are ready, to move on.

  21. florin says:

    Salut christian …….am vrut sa scriu acest mesaj in romana pentru a sigur ca imi raspunzi tu …..vreau sa devin vanzator de reviste in york . dar nu stiu daca case acolo sunt scumpe ….crezi ca ma poti ajuta ? ….. Momentan nu sunt in anglia dar pe 4 voi veni ! …..sper sa imi raspunzi ……( this message is translate in RO)

  22. ADAM says:

    Hi i would like to become a vendor in Leeds or nearest areas.I would like to sell the big issue as soon as possible..My nearest branch would be Bradford or Leeds and there would be no problems travelling there to pick up the big issue catalogues.
    Please let me know when we can meet.
    thank you

  23. christian says:

    Hi there Adam

    If you would like to sell the Big Issue North magazine then you need to visit the Leeds sales office.

    Big Issue North
    St Anne’s Resource Centre
    66 York Street
    Leeds
    LS9 8AA
    0113 243 9027

    They can have a chat with you about selling the mag and help get you started if it’s right for you.

    Cheers

    Christian

  24. andrew says:

    Hi Big Issue In The North – My name is Andrew I established the first St Helens pitch some years ago amidst a lot of initial abuse usually from lads in gangs who if on their own would never say a word to me as they passed – and I was accused of being a drug abuser (I have never used illegal drugs) called a ‘scouse’ B (left Liverpool at 9 years old) and even accused of cruelty to the dog I was looking after during the day (checked out as 100% by an RSPCA officer one day after an anonymous report by a member of the public) “Cassie” who went to a marvelous home in North Wales and was cherished for 11 years by a superb owner – someone who I had met while vendor co – ordinating at The Big Issue Cymru in Llandudno in Colwyn Bay and also in Mold.

    Back to St Helens and withstanding the minority petty abuse in time I won the respect of the local people in the town who were absolutely fantastic – and ranged from general public to a guy from the council who checked out bogus street collectors and a police officer all who became regular customers – along with the staff from Thomas Cook.

    I have suffered with mental health problems for years and had a very turbulent unstable teenage having emigrated as a child – when I was then victim of a lot of anti immigrant (in Australia !!) bullying and worse.

    Amazing how immigration shifts and changes but prejudice remains !

    I was one of 1000’s of “£10 POM” kids and we were looked upon as scroungers back then and I was labelled as a ‘pale faced pommie’ B who never gets a bath laughed at for my accent and ridiculed at sport

    I was bright academically and even subject to prejudice by teachers !

    Bigoted prejudice and nasty hatred caused me to have a breakdown and ruined by secondary education. Basically I have THIS to say to the *Les and June* people out there – unless you have walked in the persons shoes do not judge anyone – chances are you will not know a fraction of their background and my motto was always LOOK AT THE MAGAZINE and NOT AT THE VENDOR – and finally one day a member of the public walked around me full circle like I was a lamp post then said “you don’t look homeless” – to which I replied “what does homeless look like I know how if feels do you ?”- he came back later and bought a magazine and then became a regular. customer.

    The best part of being a Big Issue Vendor is the social contact and I was humbled years later to be told by a vendor working in St Helens who I stopped to buy a Big Issue from who said “is your name Andy ? – gees man the amount of people here asking for you and about you and how you are what happened to you and the dog is incredible !”

    Thanks Big Issue – and I am still only one month away at a time from homelessness again – this time it’s private landlords- you guessed it *Les and June* – private landlords from “shores afar” – [Section 21’s]

    Andrew. [Veteran Vendor For Life]
    Big Issue In The North – Liverpool.
    Big Issue Cymru – Wrexham & Bangor.

    LOOK AT THE MAGAZINE (it is brilliant !) NOT AT THE VENDOR
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    (And at the Panama / UK tax havens scenario – Les and June) !

    My relevant song “Gotta Serve Somebody” — Bob Dylan.

  25. Jennifer says:

    People make a lot of assumptions about BI vendors. In the words of Mr Miyagi, “not everything is as seems”. ANDREW – inspiring story. I’m interested about your time as a vendor co-ordinator in N Wales. I wonder if you would mind talking about it?

  26. Jana says:

    I just wonder why all over the Leeds now there are seen only Romanian vendors? How would they be aloud to do so, it is beyond understanding. What happened to the previous guys and how are they able to provide themselves now since you replaced them with the Romanians? And they don`t even speak English, I can`t even ask anything to them? Should not you report them to the police to deport them instead of giving the vending spots in such a good places like Crossgates, where we used to had one guy and we took care of him with the teas, pies and money and now the Romanian woman there as well? Are you not aware that they are the crime gangs? Starts with the magazine and later on begging on the streets all over the cities and police can`t get rid of them?

    8.Under Sections 3 and 4 of the Immigration Act 1971 an Immigration Officer when admitting to the United Kingdom a person subject to immigration control under that Act may give leave to enter for a limited period and, if he does, may impose all or any of the following conditions:
    (i) a condition restricting employment or occupation in the United Kingdom;
    (ii) a condition requiring the person to maintain and accommodate himself, and any dependants of his, without recourse to public funds;

  27. christian says:

    Hi Jana,

    In January 2007 as European Economic Area nationals, Bulgarians and Romanians became able to move and reside freely in any EU member state (of which England is one). Restrictions, (which have now been lifted and meant EEA nationals can do any work) , were placed on the work they can do and their entitlement to benefits. Since 2007 we have seen an increase in the number of these EEA nationals selling the magazine since they have few other ways of earning an income.

    We have many pitches available so anyone who wishes to sell the magazine is able to do so. We would never discriminate about who can sell the magazine. It is against our values and is unethical and illegal to discriminate against people on the grounds of race or ethnicity. Big Issue North will support anyone vulnerable or in need and we believe in supporting anyone to earn an income regardless of their barriers to work.

    Kind regards,

  28. dell says:

    I have also noticed that most of the big issue sellers in liverpool city centre are romanian woman and for some reason or other all pregnant.i wonder are they trafficked and should this be encouraged? what has happended to the local big issue sellers? who were more friendly and approachable and I’m sure more successful because of this.i will no longer buy it and will give donations to the homeless directly but not in money form incase they have a habit I don’t want to feed it.

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