John Bird

John Bird

John Bird MBE is an internationally renowned social entrepreneur. He was brought up in an orphanage and served time in a young offenders’ institute in his teens. Having slept rough with London’s homeless, he decided to take action. He found factory work and soon became a skilled printer. Twenty-one years ago, John harnessed his knowledge of the print industry with his social vision and founded The Big Issue – sold by the homeless, for the homeless.

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