Author Charlie Mullins

Charlie Mullins

Charlie Mullins, also an OBE, is the archetypal entrepreneur – having started his business from scratch and then building it into a multi-million pound enterprise. From humble beginnings growing up on an estate in South London, he left school with no qualifications, but after a four-year plumbing apprenticeship he started his own firm, Pimlico Plumbers, which now generates a turnover in excess of £30m and boasts many well-known names among its many clients including Simon Cowell, Helen Mirren and Richard Branson. He has been a regular contributor on Real Business since 2011 and is particularly about apprenticships.

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Triple-dip? Don’t listen to the doomsayers

The publication of the GDP figures for the fourth quarter of 2012 at the end of this week has the potential to knock the wind out of the sails of the business community that was given a glimmer of hope by the growth experienced in quarter three, which officially took the country out of recession.

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