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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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I'm No Scrooge, But I'm Giving Christmas Cards a Miss This Year

(4) Comments | Posted 8 December 2014 | (12:23)

As Christmas rolls round again, I've decided against hampers, cards and parties in favour of a more community-led approach.

So you've almost got through another tough year in business. You've made a lot of the hard decisions and hopefully reaped some of the rewards. However, now you face one of...

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Apprentices Are Beating Graduates in the Jobs Race - Is Anyone Surprised By This?

(1) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (17:00)

Do people think I should be crowing about the findings of a report that says that apprentices are way more employable than graduates? Come on, you'd have to be a complete idiot to think anything else was true.

There are hundreds of thousands of kids going to university...

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Twitter Trolls: Come and Say It to My Face!

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2014 | (18:19)

I heard this morning that Jonathan Agnew quit Twitter after receiving a stream of abuse on the site after a spat with Kevin Pietersen's wife. Although I haven't (yet) been wished 'death by Ebola' by an anonymous Twitter user, I've recently had the misfortune of dealing with a few Twitter...

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Cameron Wins the Election With Barnstorming Conference Speech

(0) Comments | Posted 2 October 2014 | (11:06)

After a challenging few months the Prime Minister came out of his corner fighting. And, as a former boxer myself, it was clear he threw a few knockout punches that will have his opponents reeling.

I had the pleasure of hearing David Cameron's speech in Birmingham yesterday after spending the...

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No Vote Creates Greater Uncertainty for British Business

(0) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (13:12)

The dust has seemingly started to settle after the Scottish people decided that we are, indeed, better together, but it has led to a period of uncertainty that has the danger to damage both countries, the Union and our economy if it's not resolved.

Firstly, I am very pleased that...

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As Great Britain We Conquered The World - Politically and Economically - Why Revert to the Dark Ages?

(1) Comments | Posted 12 September 2014 | (10:09)

Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, and creating a new independent country of Scotland cannot be good for anybody as far as I can see. To me it's not just an economic argument, but one based on history; not squabbles over currency, interest rates and EU membership. It's far...

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Business Bosses Agree We're Better Together

(0) Comments | Posted 9 September 2014 | (18:06)

"It was business wot won it!" That was David Cameron's message last night at the Business Leaders' Reception at Number 10, although they may not have been the exact words used by the Prime Minister. He did however make it clear that when he moved into Downing Street four years...

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Zero Hours Contracts Will Keep People on Benefits

(17) Comments | Posted 6 September 2014 | (01:00)

I'm always talking about getting people off of benefits and into work, and I make no bones about the fact that I believe that the way to do this is to make working for a living more attractive than 'not working' for a living. It's all about incentives for me,...

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

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

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 | (13:23)

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 | (18:03)

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 | (20:24)

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 | (10:17)

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 | (17:10)

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 | (01:00)

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 | (01:00)

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 | (19:07)

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 | (15:47)

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 | (18:20)

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 | (13:55)

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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