Nigel Kershaw OBE is Chief Executive of Big Issue Invest and Group Chairman of The Big Issue Company. He is leading BII’s mission to create a Social Merchant Bank "By the social entrepreneurs – for the social entrepreneurs". The bank will be driven by the social entrepreneurs and backed by the social financiers. Nigel joined The Big Issue in 1994 and currently is its Group Chairman, previously being its Chief Executive. Last year 3,000 homeless and vulnerably housed Big Issue vendors sold 124,000 copies a week in the UK and earned over £8 million as an alternative to begging. The Big Issue has inspired similar publications to be set up in 100 countries around the world. He was been made an OBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List, for his services to social enterprise.