Media Relations

The Big Issue Foundation is the charitable arm of the Big Issue which is completely separate from The Big Issue Magazine. They handle all content, advertising, costs and rates involved with the magazine, please contact the editorial team, advertising team or press team directly on the details below who would be able to handle your enquiry.

In 2016, The Big Issue sold its 200 millionth copy and celebrated its 25th anniversary.  It also bucked industry trends by reporting a 5% rise in its circulation figure – the second consecutive year of circulation growth.

The Big Issue magazine is read by an estimated 313,000* people across the UK every week. And circulates over 82,000 copies throughout the UK every week

The Big Issue is an award-winning publication which has challenged and shaped public perceptions, become synonymous with provocative, independent journalism, and renowned for securing high-profile exclusive interviews.

Advertising in the magazine aligns your brand with a trusted, heritage brand, and offers unique access to a desirable audience.

  • 79% of Big Issue readers are ABC1. 46% of readers are AB.
  • The Big Issue is a media phenomenon which has inspired over 120 similar magazines worldwide.

Paul McNamee, Editor of The Big Issue magazine, currently holds the position of Chair of PPA Scotland. He was named BSME’s British Editor of the Year in 2013 and 2016, and PPA Scotland Editor of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

To advertise, or further information

England & Scotland

Call – 020 7907 6662

Call - 020 3890 3899
Email -

South-West England



Call – 02920 196 700

*NRS Jan-Dec 2016 *ABC Jan-Dec 2016