Big Issue Vendors

Our vendors are running their own micro-businesses

The Big Issue has approximately seven vendors in the Taunton town centre and one each in Tiverton, Wellington and Minehead. The Open Door acts as an agency for The Big Issue selling the magazines.

Without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers we would not be able to provide people with the support and respect they deserve.

The Vendors buy the magazines for £1.25 and sell them for £2.50.

Each vendor will have filled in an induction form which sets out the rules of the Big Issue to which each vendor must abide to. Each vendor is given a Photo I.D Badge and are given a pitch. Vendors have two weeks to buy a Big Issue red tabard which costs £15, this is refundable when they decide to move on.

Big Issue Logo

Meet the vendors

We are very lucky to have the support of Open Door who have always been very supportive to us, not only is it a base to buy magazines but Vendors can also get a hot meal and get a shower if they need it.

I must say Open Door is one of the best centres I have visited throughout Devon and Cornwall and Mark and the staff are all very caring and professional in their work.

Steve – Big Issue Team Leader

Below are some of our Big Issue vendors:

Taunton Big Issue Seller
Big Issue Seller - Simon


Near Iceland
Big Issue Seller - Ken


Cannon Street Car park
Big Issue Seller - Kev and Luna

Kev & Luna

Outside Vodaphone
Big Issue Seller - Michelle


Outside Debenhams

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