Vendors, like Les, buy the magazine for £1.25 and sell it for £2.50, keeping the £1.25 profit they make, earning their own living and supporting themselves and their families.
I gained a real insight into what it is like to sell the Big Issue North. It was hard work. Many busy people put their heads down and rushed past while others declined the offer. However, I was pleased to finally sell a few and engage some passers-by in conversation about the great work the magazine helps achieve.
It is clear that selling the magazine to the public in all weathers demands real determination and the ability to reach busy people. Of course, every penny I earned from my sales went to Les.
Street papers like Big Issue North make a real impact around the world. It is part of the International Network of Street Papers which supports and develops 112 street paper projects in 34 countries, in 23 languages. The network has a combined readership of 6 million per edition.
I’m pleased that I was able to add a few sales to that number and offer my support to this important enterprise.