Haven’t got any spare change? That’s no longer an excuse you can use.
After seeing lots of people pass him by because they didn’t have any coins to give, Simon Mott’s wily instincts set in. He sells The Big Issue in South Kensington, and is currently the only one of 2,000 vendors across Britain to accept payment by card.
London is becoming an increasingly cashless city, with contactless payments soon to be the norm, while enormous amounts of Londoners use an Oyster card every day. Mott realised that he was missing out on a big market because of this, so he invested in a card payment system from Swedish firm iZettle. Ever the entrepreneur, he even managed to negotiate them down to a lower price for the machine.
Mott used to be a train driver on the Underground’s Piccadilly line until an accident at work led to him becoming homeless. But now he dons Big Issue‘s distinctive red vendor jacket, and gets to keep half of the takings from the £2.50 publication (as do all vendors for the charity). Peter Yeung
Not one to settle with his day’s work, he has even opened up his own eBay store. Chapeau, Mr Mott.