A business solution to a social crisis

A business solution to a social crisis
Nigel Kershaw, chairman of the Big Issue Group Picture: Anna Gordon

Neither charity nor business, Big Issue Invest is an ethical business model of social investment built on capitalist principles, says founder Nigel Kershaw

While waiting at the baggage carousel at Gatwick Airport a few years ago, Nigel Kershaw was approached by a woman.

“She came over to me and very quietly, in a whispery voice, said ‘I just want to say thank you’,” he recalls. “She was there with her boyfriend and she didn’t want him to know.”

It’s moments like these that stand out for Londoner Kershaw, a veteran social entrepreneur, a vocal advocate for social...

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