The Big Issue and Bristol Energy: A partnership of shared social values

13 May 2019

  • The Big Issue has partnered with Bristol Energy to provide clean, renewable energy at a sustainable price.

We've partnered with The Big Issue to offer people across the UK the chance to save cash and the planet with The Big Issue Green Tariff.

The two-year fixed tariff, which offers 100% green electricity and 15% green gas, will be available nationally.

Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion protests that brought London to a standstill last month have turbocharged the conversation on climate change. Energy prices have also shot up – Ofgem announced that the default tariff price cap would increase by £117 in January while even poverty battling charity Citizens Advice recognised the price rises as “inevitable”.

People are demanding more from their energy providers and want to know where their electricity and gas is coming from, how clean and renewable it is and how much it is going to cost them.

A partnership of shared values

We believe The Big Issue partnership is a great fit with our social values. As a sustainable energy company with social value at its heart. Owned by Bristol City Council, we were created as a different kind of energy provider: one which has the community at its heart and focuses on driving profits for purpose.

We focus our community work here in Bristol and our Fuel Good Fund, established in 2018, supports vulnerable residents around the city living in fuel poverty. In 2018/19, 1 in 10 people were living in fuel poverty in the city (PDF). We work with local charities to deliver meaningful impact to vulnerable people such as helping them to manage debt and look at home improvements to support energy efficiency. To date, the fund has raised over £30,000 and supports Bristol City Council’s aim that no one suffers a cold home by 2030.

Find out more about the partnership

Bristol Energy is forging ahead with its plan to support Bristol City Council in creating a different kind of energy provider: one which has the community at its heart and focuses on driving profits for a purpose.

It’s fantastic to be launching our partnership with The Big Issue, we’re two organisations with similar social goals and shared values. It’s one way in which we can support both vulnerable people and take climate action.

- Marek Majewicz, Managing Director of Bristol Energy.

About The Big Issue

From an award-winning magazine offering employment opportunities to people in poverty, to a multi-million pound social investment business supporting enterprise to drive social change. For over 25 years The Big Issue Group has strived to dismantle poverty through creating opportunity, in the process becoming one of the most recognised and trusted brands in the UK.

We are so pleased to be partnering with Bristol Energy to offer this unique tariff.

From the get-go we recognised that we shared the same values of community and sustainability and the tariff is the result of putting our heads together to bring fairness and the opportunity to make green choices, to people across the UK.

We all have the power to make the changes needed to make the country and the world a better place. And smart ideas like Bristol Energy can play a part in that brighter future.

- Oliver Waddington- Ball, Head of Head of Custom Content & Partnerships at The Big Issue Group

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