The Big Challenge – a team away day with a difference

Businesses – are you looking for an innovative ‘team away day’ that hits social and financial objectives? Then join us on The Big Challenge.

We can host The Big Challenge for up to 30 delegates, split into teams and pitched up against one another, like a challenge on ‘The Apprentice’

Big Issue vendors appreciate the camaraderie as well as benefit from the increased sales made during the day.


  • Corporate team building
  • Employee engagement
  • Learn about The Big Issue model of change – Big Issue vendors as micro-entrepreneurs
  • Work alongside Big Issue vendors to discover creative sales techniques and tactics.
  • Learn from Big Issue vendors and reflect on your own work – how their experience has enhanced both hard and soft skills.
  • Breaks down social barriers

“Loved it. Humbling, eye-opening, exhilarating, and above all humanising”
-Participant from Wellcome

“If your team are looking to take part in a truly unique exercise, whilst learning, then this is a day that will stay with you for a long time afterwards”
-Participant from Royal College of Nursing

Learning and Development Packages – ‘Sales’ Challenge, Big ‘Team’ Challenge, Big ‘Leadership’ Challenge

We have developed an innovative training package shaped around The Big Challenge. We tailor the day to meet your business and learning objectives, using The Big Challenge as the platform to put training into practice through experiential learning.

We are flexible in the format to ensure it is bespoke to your business needs, using our in-house facilitators or an external trainer, as per your objectives.

A Sample Agenda:

09:30-10:00 Opening TBI Model of change (by a big issue staff member)
10:00-11:45 Learning (relevant models & exercises – i.e. sales, leadership, team building)
11:45-12:00 Break
12:00-14:00 Selling The Big Issue magazine (with a Big Issue vendor mentor)
14:00-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-17:00 Review the experiential event & learning

The Big Sales Challenge –Sales workshop

To enhance selling skills

By the end of the day, delegates will be able to:

  • Identify different customer benefits
  • Leverage different sales techniques
  • Manage the mindset for selling
  • Identify different types of buyers

The Big Leadership Challenge – Leadership workshop

To develop leadership skills

By the end of the day, delegates will be able to:

  • Explain what motivates people
  • Learn to recognise people’s drivers
  • Improve performance through coaching
  • Recognise the impact of their own “state” on others

The Big Resilience Challenge – Resilience workshop

To better manage and deal with negative events

By the end of the day, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the source of negative thoughts
  • Recognise the thoughts and feelings (and their impact on others)
  • Apply techniques to manage such thoughts

The Big Team Challenge – Team building

To develop a more cohesive and supportive team

By the end of the day, delegates will be able to:

  • Identify the stage of team development
  • Understand their roles in teams
  • Apply different approaches to conflict
  • Work better as a team

For more information on this transformative initiative contact: Serena Crisp, Head of Partnerships at The Big Issue Foundation on or 0207 526 3452

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