Charlie Mullins is founder of Pimlico Plumbers - London's largest independent plumbing company. Leaving school at 15 with no qualifications and working as a plumber, Charlie had a vision to change the stigma of the existing plumber industry, with the company now boasting a celebrity client base and the most prestige service in the industry. Pimlico has become a family business that is part of the Pimlico Group plc, providing all trades with a workforce of around 200, 160 vehicles and turnover in excess of £16 million. Charlie has also appeared on BBC1's Posh Plumbers and Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire.
If you would like to read more of Charlie's, honest, straight-talking approach on business, current affairs, social initiatives and entrepreneurship, find his blog here.
Charlie spoke at the past Entrepreneur Country Forum, to find out who will be at this year's Forum on the 27th February please click here for more information.
Website URL: http://about-us.pimlicoplumbers.com/media/blogs
Any start-up or small business will tell you cash flow is critical when you’re first starting out. Indeed any business, whether it’s growing or battling difficult markets, needs to stay on top of it, as getting it wrong could quickly prove fatal.
I am very, very sad to hear the dreadful news of Lady Thatcher’s passing. I think it is a devastating loss for us all; she is a British icon. I would like to pass my condolences to her family at this very sad time.
In years to come will I be recalling the details to my grandchildren of the day I sat a few feet away from the Prime Minister, as he mapped out 'once and for all' the future relationship between the UK and the rest of Europe? Only time will tell on that one.
After last week's rubbish from the opposition it was nice to see some common sense from the Conservative Conference in Birmingham. The reality of the situation is that currently the economy is out of balance; the sums just don't add up and there are too many people acting in a passive way when it comes to the part they play in the economy.
Bad reviews, often only written in the heat of a moment, and unfairly hard to remove, are a modern company's Achilles' heel.
"A lot of small businesses are worrying that if they take on a new employee and they’re not sure whether they perform well and they turn out not to be of help to their firm, that it’s going to be very expensive and will take up management time to get rid of them."
I have been thinking a bit more about the refurbishment of the Houses of Parliament, and I think this project offers a huge opportunity to SME's to make a statement of intent, as well as rejuvenate an internationally iconic piece of architectural history.
If the Olympic motto was ‘inspire a generation’, the motto of the unemployment figures due out this morning should be ‘invest in a generation.’