Foundation Receives Innovation Award

The Big Issue Foundation was the recipient of an Innovation Awards at the 2019 Lotus Awards. This is the third year in a row that The Big Issue Foundation has been recognised by the awards, having previously won an award for Culture in 2017 and an award for Sustainability in 2018.

Photo Caption: CEO Stephen Robertson with former vendor George and Foundation Trustee Steve Round

The Lotus Awards recognises companies that foster a creative, collaborative workplace culture to enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage by improving employee engagement.

Launched at the end of 2016, the awards do not have one single winner or restrict entries by categories. Instead, they celebrate companies that are demonstrably investing in their workplace culture.

Our CEO, Stephen Robertson who has previously judged the awards, was delighted to have the Foundation’s work recognised once again. He said:

“It is an honour to have the work of The Big Issue Foundation recognised once again at the Lotus Awards. Having previously judged the awards, I know there are so many organisations innovating their approach out there. We believe in financial inclusion for everyone and our work with iZettle is enabling us to make this a reality for more vendors. My thanks to the judges for their support.”

Trials were launched with vendors receiving iZettle devices to enable them to take contactless payment for the Big Issue magazine. Up to 20 vendors across London, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham were able to offer contactless payments alongside regular cash payments with the intention of the technology is rolled out nationwide.

Russell Blackman, managing director of The Big Issue, said: “We have long-recognised that we are operating in an increasingly cashless society. Big Issue vendors are microentrepreneurs, effectively running their own small businesses, so understandably there are many who are keen to respond to market forces and offer their customers an alternative to cash.

“The partnership between iZettle and The Big Issue reflects our shared values and commitment to creating a more financially-inclusive society, supporting those whose lives have been blighted by poverty and a lack of opportunity.”