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Charlie Mullins left school at 15 with no academic qualifications and embarked on a four-year plumbing apprenticeship which set the foundation for his success. Once qualified he set up a plumbing firm in a basement of an estate agent in Pimlico. The firm was aptly named Pimlico Plumbers. Today, Pimlico Plumbers is the UK’s biggest independent plumbers

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Students Should Avoid 'Swindle' That They're Better Off With a University Education

(0) Comments | Posted 18 August 2014 | (17:11)

Last week we saw the overall pass rate for A levels fall for the first time in 32 years, students who achieved lower grades are being told they have an opportunity to go to university after 30,000 new places were created.

In my view young people are not always...

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Online Review Sites Need to Be Brought Under Control

(0) Comments | Posted 29 July 2014 | (12:23)

Customer review websites are pretty much the wild west of the internet and the reason for this is the owners of the sites don't think it's their responsibility to police the content that people post.

The result, like the American frontier in the early 1800s, is a lawless place where...

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Corporates Not Paying Staff Overtime Are A Bunch Of Robbing Criminals!

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2014 | (17:03)

So loads of people have got the 'ump about working an extra day a week without getting paid for it have they?

According to a survey from The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), 47 per cent of managers said that they work at least an additional day (7.5 hours...

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The Three Best Pieces of Advice I've Ever Been Given

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (19:24)

People are always giving me advice, and a lot of it gets filed in my mental skip, but there are three instances that do stick in my head as having been worth heeding, and it's a good thing I did.

The first one won't surprise anyone who...

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There's Nothing New About Flexible Working - Common Sense Companies Have Been Doing It For Years!

(0) Comments | Posted 1 July 2014 | (09:17)

Businesses that refuse reasonable flexible working time requests from loyal employees are cutting their own throats; this has always been the case, and new laws giving all workers the right to ask for altered hours change nothing.

Any employer with half a brain will treat such a request the same...

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To Win the World Cup You Need a Business Plan and England Doesn't Have One!

(1) Comments | Posted 26 June 2014 | (16:10)

It's a radical idea I know, but how about next time we send the England football team to a tournament we try to win? And by that I mean why don't we treat our national sport like a business, and give ourselves half a chance of realising our undoubted potential?

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The Minimum Wage Is Worthless Unless It's a Living One

(6) Comments | Posted 25 June 2014 | (00:00)

If you ask me we ought to get rid of the National Minimum Wage. If a man or woman puts in a decent week's graft and still doesn't have enough money to pay for a decent, basic standard of living, then the country that person lives in needs to look...

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Taxi Gridlock Action Is Urban Terrorism

(1) Comments | Posted 11 June 2014 | (00:00)

Not only is the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association's planned action to bring London grinding to a halt by gridlocking the streets today one of the most selfish pieces of industrial action I have ever heard of, but for me it's a reckless attack on our city that could easily cost...

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The People Have Spoken: Our EU Deal Must Change

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2014 | (18:07)

There is a lot of noise and hot air blowing around Westminster at the moment about the real meaning of the surge in support for UKIP in the European elections. For the most part, and in keeping with the tradition of our halls of power, I'm happy to report that...

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Iain Duncan Smith's New Reforms Are Well Fair if You Ask Me

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2014 | (14:47)

What a huge pleasure it was yesterday to have Iain Duncan Smith laying it all out from a lectern slap bang in the middle of the Pimlico Plumbers depot. Introduced by Matthew Elliott, CEO of Business for Britain, the work and pensions secretary pulled no punches in explaining...

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Reduce Diesel Duty to Fuel Economic Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted 13 March 2014 | (17:20)

Next week George Osborne will announce his budget plans, and with the recovery gaining momentum I'm expecting great things. However, if we want to reap the benefits, provisions need to be made for the SMEs who pulled this country through the recession, starting with a targeted cut to the duty...

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Let's Change Benefits Britain for the Better

(1) Comments | Posted 18 February 2014 | (12:55)

The one thing that wasn't at issue last night was that it certainly was a lively discussion on Benefits Britain: The Live Debate. Such was the passion however, that I'm not sure too many arguments were articulated particularly well, in what rapidly developed into a three ringed circus with Richard...

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You Wouldn't Sell Guns To Just Anyone - So Why Do It With Dangerous Gas Equipment?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (15:40)

The reason you can't wander into a gun shop and buy a gun, unless you have a licence, is because the thing is a lethal weapon, and in the wrong hands will kill. So why can anyone walk in off the street and buy gas equipment, boilers, valves the lot?

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Thank You, Mr Crow

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2014 | (09:09)

Thank you comrade Crow for dragging us back to the 1970s and 80s. This morning as commuters fought tooth and nail to get on packed buses or some of the few trains that were actually running, I think many Londoners and visitors to the City genuinely hate Bob Crow for...

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France's Loss Is London's Gain

(1) Comments | Posted 29 January 2014 | (13:08)

Pimlico Plumbers has been all over the news recently after placing an advert for four French-speaking plumbers on our website. Although this might not strike you as a hard hitting news story, it gives an insight into the increasing number of French people who have fled to London...

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What the Banks Can Learn From Plumbers

(1) Comments | Posted 13 November 2013 | (09:21)

Last week I did an interview for the New York Times about fixing the European banking sector, where I pointed out the mind-numbingly obvious fact that if just one bank decided to buck hundreds of years of tradition and actually give its customers a good service it could potentially corner...

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Solving the Skills Gap

(35) Comments | Posted 1 November 2013 | (23:00)

The prime minister recently announced a new type of graded apprenticeships to raise the status of apprentice ships in the UK. Although this is a great step forward in getting more highly trained skilled people into our workforce, I couldn't help but feel a little let down by the government's...

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Apprenticeship Policy in Cloud-Cuckoo-Land

(0) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (16:16)

If any further evidence was needed of how far Labour leader Ed Milliband is from living in the real world, then the opening of his party's conference drove it home.

Going for the headline grabbing policies that you'd expect from an opposition leader, Ed put his hand...

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Jamie's Right - Youngsters Need to Toughen Up

(11) Comments | Posted 29 August 2013 | (00:00)

I can't agree more with the idea that's being pitched, that one good way - and possible the only short-term method - of fighting back against the UK's chronic skills shortage, is for companies, particularly small ones, to take it upon themselves to train their own staff.

It's as...

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Apprenticeship Funding Debate Goes to Consultation - And My Scheme's on the Table

(0) Comments | Posted 1 August 2013 | (15:35)

In the last five years I have told David Cameron, George Osborne, Boris Johnson, Theresa May, Gordon Brown, Peter Jones, James Cann, half the Westminster press corps, dozens of business groups, several lobbyists and pressure groups, my friends, family, the butcher, the baker and some bloke selling torches outside Lambeth...

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