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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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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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A Return to Consumer Confidence?

(1) Comments | Posted 28 May 2013 | (14:32)

After some turbulent economic times, there are signs that things are looking up for consumers this spring.

I've written over the past few months about noticing an increase in consumer confidence, based on the experience of my business and through anecdotal evidence from fellow business owners in the trades....

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I Agree With the Chamber Of Commerce - There Will Be No Triple Dip in 2013!

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2013 | (21:59)

The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) yesterday said that the UK will avoid a triple dip recession and I for one believe they are right on the money. The BCC surveyed more than 7,000 companies in the UK which showed strong exports bolstered the services sector in the first three...

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We Must Celebrate Our Older Workers

(4) Comments | Posted 10 February 2013 | (23:00)

It was very encouraging to see centenarian Jim Clement celebrated in the news last week for still working in his office job, in the ongoing battle to change the perception of older workers in the UK.

Seeing Jim in action was a real inspiration and a perfect example of...

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The Debasement of a Once Proud Institution

(5) Comments | Posted 11 January 2013 | (23:00)

I founded Pimlico Plumbers in 1979, and before that had completed a four-year apprenticeship which set me on the path to where I am today, owning the most successful independent plumbing company in the UK. Because of my early life shaping experiences as an apprentice, I'm passionate about giving our...

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Vince Cable's £110 Million Funding Announcement

(1) Comments | Posted 13 December 2012 | (13:37)

Vince Cable's announcement that small businesses are to be awarded £110 million of funding is nothing new.

It was essentially a re-announcement, disguised as an announcement, and just a note on who got the money. Disingenuous to say the least!

It's no secret that I'm one of the Government's biggest...

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