Charlie Mullins, plumber turned entrepreneur, embodies the qualities present in the entrepreneurial hero. Living in a council estate in South London, he took a flagging industry and turned it on its head, promising the best plumbing service in London whilst slowly recruiting a highly acclaimed team. Charlie has gained nationwide attention as a shining example of British entrepreneurialism, making the humble handyman a multi-millionaire as well as a spokesperson on Government initiatives. One topic Charlie is passionate about is the use of apprentices in the workplace, believing he has the antidote to reducing unemployment. Read his interview on pages 38-41 to hear the ideas he put forward in his meetings with David Cameron and George Osborne.
Continuing the theme of the entrepreneurial champion are a series of articles that promote a wealth of opportunities in what might seem a doomed economic climate. This month, our Founder Julie Meyer writes a four-page exposé on Venture Capital in Europe (28-31), whilst Joe Haslam promotes opportunities overseas with his article on start-ups in Chile (20-23). Keeping our city capital at the forefront amidst success stories across the border is Alan Moore, looking at how London can become sustainable (44-47), with this approach harnessing the skills present within our own communities, providing jobs and independence as opposed to capitalist expansion that swallows up small businesses and local communal livelihood.
This month, we present you with a collection of opinions from our communities strongest thought leaders, business owners and key experts to allow you to open your mind to new opportunities in the face of negative forecasts. Come to Entrepreneur Country and reap a wealth of knowledge from individuals of all calibres, who have shared your journey and understand your plights, yet urge you to continue and more importantly, succeed.