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#VendorWeek: musicians, media heavy-weights, actors and mascots sell Big Issue

Belle and Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch, actress Maxine Peake, Guardian columnist Owen Jones and David Shrigley-designed Partick Thistle mascot Kingsley will be among the high-profile people selling street papers in the UK next week as part of #VendorWeek.

Along with a slew of business people and media luminaries, they’ll give up an hour of their time to sell The Big Issue or Big Issue North in cities across the UK, mentored by real Big Issue vendors.

Scroll down for a full list of guest vendors

Other media participants include Rachel Johnson, Empire editor Terri White, Buzzfeed’s Luke Lewis, journalist, writer and broadcaster Samira Ahmed, Radio Times editor Ben Preston, LBC Radio’s James O’Brien, Herald & Times editor Magnus Llewellin and design guru Andy Cowles.

From the world of business, participants include representatives of the Hard Rock Café, the Law Society of Scotland, Aberdeen Asset Management and creative agency MadeBrave.

The events in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Stretford aim to boost Big Issue sales at a traditionally quiet time of year, as well as raising awareness of issues around homelessness and raising money to support INSP.

Each guest vendor will also be sponsored, raising money for INSP’s poverty-reduction work around the world. See below for sponsorship links.

This year, for the first time, INSP Chief Executive Maree Aldam will be joining the guest vendors and selling The Big Issue herself in Glasgow.

INSP Chief Executive Maree Aldam

Maree said: “#VendorWeek has continued to grow in its fourth year as an international event, celebrating the many thousands of hard-working vendors who sell magazines like The Big Issue in 35 countries worldwide.

“Each year, business leaders, artists, politicians and celebrities take to streets around the world as ‘guest vendors’ to help us fundraise and raise awareness of poverty and homelessness. We are so grateful to this year’s cohort of guest vendors for their time and support.

“This year’s event is particularly special for me, as for the first time, I’ll also take to the streets of Glasgow to sell The Big Issue. Please sponsor me!”

Maree will be joined by members of The Big Issue’s editorial team.

Editor of The Big Issue Paul McNamee said: “It’s always exhilarating and humbling when people generously give up their time for this event. It’s a really important thing to do as it raises awareness of what The Big Issue vendors go through every day. I thank everybody who has signed up to do it, across Britain. There will be competition to see who can sell the most at various locations. Let battle commence!”

"KingsleyMascot" by Andrew Hendo - Taken at a media event in Glasgow.

#VendorWeek 2016 guest vendors

London, 1 February, Covent Garden, 12-3pm

Owen Jones, Guardian columnist, noon
Andy Cowles, design guru, noon
Samira Ahmed, journalist, writer and broadcaster, 12.30pm
Terri White, Empire editor, 1pm
Ben Preston, Radio Times editor, 1pm
Luke Lewis, Buzzfeed, 2pm
James O’Brien, LBC Radio, 2pm
James McMahon, editor of Kerrang!, 2pm
Rachel Johnson, editor, journalist, television presenter and author, 2.30pm
Plus teams from: AEGIS – Carat, AEGIS- Vizeum, MEDIACOM, MINDSHARE, ZENITH, THE 7 STARS, PHD, MAXUS

Sheffield, 2 February, Sheffield Town Hall

Jon McClure, Reverend & the Makers

Liverpool, 2 February

Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool

Manchester, 2 February, Royal Exchange Theatre

Matthew Gardiner, Trafford Housing Trust, 1.30pm

Cardiff, 2 February, 11am – 1pm

Gareth Jones – MD of Welsh ICE
Georgina Jones, Founder of Turn Lights On
Tyler Mears,  Journalist for Wales Online
Amy Pay, Video journalist for Made in Cardiff TV
Sara Robinson, MD of Brighter Communications

Glasgow, 3 February, Sauchiehall Street

Maree Aldam, INSP Chief Executive, 11-12pm SPONSOR ME
Hard Rock Cafe team, 11-12pm SPONSOR US
Magnus Llewellin, Herald & Times Group, 12-1pm SPONSOR ME
Jim Duffy, Entrepreneurial Spark, 12-1pm SPONSOR ME
John Mcleish, Eqator, 12-1pm SPONSOR ME
Andrew Dobbie, MadeBrave, 12-1pm SPONSOR ME
Kingsley, David Shrigley-designed Partick Thistle mascot, 12.15 – 1.15pm
Stuart Murdoch, Belle and Sebastian, 1-2pm
Michelle Davitt, BIIS, 1-2pm SPONSOR ME
Sheri Scott, top blogger, Forever Yours Betty, 1-2pm
Amanda Davies, Scottish blogger of the year 2015, Honeypop Kisses, 1-2pm
Anne Ledgerwood, St Enoch Centre, 2-3pm SPONSOR ME
Vicky Carroll, Deputy Editor of The Big Issue, 2-3pm
Steven MacKenzie, The Big Issue features editor, 2-3pm

Glasgow, 4 February, Sauchiehall Street

Grado, Scottish wrestler, 1-2pm

Edinburgh, 4 February, Princes Street 

Lorna Jack, The Law Society of Scotland, 12-1pm SPONSOR ME
Duncan Osler, Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland, 12-1pm SPONSOR ME
Edinburgh Rugby stars: Nasi Manu & Allan Dell, 12.30 – 1.30pm
Cally Russell, Mallzee,  1-2pm SPONSOR ME
Geoff Aberdein, Aberdeen Asset Management,  1-2pm

Manchester, 4 February, Royal Exchange Theatre

Ian Munro CEO, New Charter Housing Trust Group, 9.30am
Maxine Peake, actress, 11am
Dave Power, CEO One Manchester, noon
Lemn Sissay, poet, noon
Clint Boon, Inspiral Carpets, 3pm

Liverpool, 4 February, Central Station

Keith Mullin, The Farm
Ian Prowse, singer-songwriter
Gary Millar, Labour Councillor

Birmingham, 4 February

Inspector Gareth Morris, Police Inspector for Birmingham city centre
Sam Burton, West Midlands Fire Service
Wayne Roe, West Midlands Fire Service

Leeds, 5 February, House of Fraser, Briggate

Mik Artisik, artist/poet/musician, 10am SPONSOR ME

Manchester, 5 February, Royal Exchange Theatre

Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester’s Police & Crime Commissioner, 10am

Stretford, 5 February

Kate Green, MP, 4pm SPONSOR ME

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