John Bird MBE is a social entrepreneur. He is best known as the founder of The Big Issue, a magazine that is edited by professional journalists and sold by street vendors affected by homelessness. Bird was born in Notting Hill and during his early life he became homeless, slept rough, and went into prison a number of times. In September 1991 he launched The Big Issue with Gordon Roddick. The organisation currently supports over 2,900 homeless and vulnerably housed people across the country. The magazine is read by over 670,000 people every week and is one of the UK’s leading social businesses.