Charlie Mullins
Charlie Mullins 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 interested in promoting and encouraging apprenticeships.
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Green business is in vogue, and UK SMEs are leading the charge

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Will cash ever be king for consumers again?

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Swearing at work, can it make businesses more successful?

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Should employers crack down on obesity in the office?

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Have your successors instilled your company values?

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Does starting a successful business entitle you to carry on leading it?

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Should you tip your staff for a job well done?

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Does the tax system favour big businesses over the interests of SMEs?

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Brexit puts plans for SME growth on hold

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How to make your talent stay when your company is growing

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Why apprenticeships are good for business

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Are SMEs growing despite Brexit? Or are they struggling because of it?

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What my eight-year legal battle says about the gig-economy and workers' rights...

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Business owners must wise up to the new fraud threat

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Securing public contracts: Are SMEs finally getting a look in?

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In tumultuous times, it's vital to retain talented staff

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Is the entrepreneurial world the most accepting of diversity?

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How do you grow into a successful entrepreneur? It's all in the climb

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It's time to bring down workplace gender stereotypes

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Don't let Brexit uncertainty bleed our SMEs dry

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Apprenticeship schemes are a vital tool for SMEs

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The side hustle is enabling a new generation of entrepreneurs

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Will the government's Brexit obsession destroy SMEs?

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Are you clued up about the apprenticeship levy?

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Are your customers always right? Taking pointers on service from Mr Selfridge

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Don't let your work-life balance suffer this Christmas

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Late payments: SMEs don’t want favourable treatment, just fair treatment

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Would you dock pay if staff didn't hit the gym?

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Move over millennials: Starting a business at 42 is now the new norm

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There are some interesting ways to boost happiness

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Keep the ball rolling: The UK's goal should be bouncing back from failure

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Why you should follow Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' pizza rule in meetings

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Charlie Mullins challenges Uber's CEO on gig-economy

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Employers can do more to combat sickness related absences at work

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Will removing the interview process from recruitment produce better employees?

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Being an entrepreneur is stressful, but it's part of the job

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SMEs must pay serious attention to Labour's economic policies

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Late payment culture: SMEs are still at the mercy of big customers

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This isn't Star Trek: Robots won't pick up the slack in a four-day working week

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If English universities were banks, they would be investigated for mis-selling

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SMEs are saving the economy, and the government is finally acknowledging it

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Pimlico Plumbers founder advises flexibility for millennial employees

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It's shocking that executives can ask for such huge pay rises

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Ambition shouldn’t have a sell-by-date: Millions of over-50s feel unsupported

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Perception is only half the battle for a gold-plated reputation

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Let students experience the workplace early on so they can hone their skills

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Why entrepreneurs should take time away from the front line

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How a Paul Newman movie is now linked with UK entrepreneurs

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Why should a distribution centre pay less in business rates than a book shop?

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The sale of Network Rail assets could have seismic ramifications for SMEs based...

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There might be a future for the British high street, but only if we act now

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Charlie Mullins opens up about self-employment court ruling

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Supreme Court ruling on self-employed contractors could turn lives upside down

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When you forget the reason you started a business, your happiness will plummet

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Retailers should take business to their customers to ensure survival

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Scrap Apprenticeship Levy for a plan that puts employers in the driving seat

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Productivity in the UK continues to be a problem, but a helping hand could...

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Being driven and focused is a blessing, but entrepreneurs need to learn to...

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If left unchecked, cyber criminals will squeeze the life out of small firms

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Why entrepreneurs should make sure they are keeping their bedrooms tidy

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Coffee chains and fast food giants are disguising basic jobs from young people

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The Apprenticeship Levy is unworkable, and our youngsters are paying the price

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Charlie Mullins explains why looking sharp shows respect to customers

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Big is no longer beautiful amongst high street retailers

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What Philip Hammond failed to mention in Spring Statement speech

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Apprenticeship Levy: The government has made a dog’s dinner of the scheme

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Class and regional heritage is another area where discrimination is rife

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Pursuing the clarity the self-employed so desperately need

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Don’t have business meetings – leave time-wasting to those going nowhere

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Family members running a business is bad news? What absolute garbage

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Not all Brits want to watch Jeremy Kyle instead of working – lack of skills...

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Apprenticeship decline could spell extinction for university alternative

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Carillion demise exposes shameful payment practices of corporates

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The current bloke isn’t up to the job, so I’m running for London mayor,...

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Entrepreneurs over 50 are powering the UK economy for the first time

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Do you plan to rub shoulders with scale-ups in 2018?

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In memory of Toni & Guy co-founder Giuseppe “Toni” Mascolo

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We may as well have a Brexit deal party on a cliff edge

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Forget ghost of Brexit yet to come, Christmas is time to thank and reward staff

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The chancellor failed to complete simplest of equations during meek Autumn...

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Kids have a warped sense of reality about what degrees will provide them

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Productivity puzzle solved by blending graft with gratification

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When is the right age to retire You may well find recruits have returned to...

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We’re not lazy slackers, so what are we going to do about low productivity?

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We all have a role to play in creating a nation known for scaling up

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Stop blood-sucking vampire companies devastating the UK economy

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Intervention needed for SMEs to thrive in the public sector

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When will apprenticeships get championed through careers advice?

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Fraudulent university model is not serving its purpose as dropouts increase

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Do leaders really understand the issue of managing admin tasks?

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Freedom of movement crucial in ongoing quest for skilled workers

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It's been months since the BBC scandal – and another pay gap issue is under...

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For GCSEs and business performance, I'll look for a Mo Farah not a Usain Bolt

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After A-Levels: Universities promote education, so why don’t businesses...

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Making payments neglected in summer as people jet off and leave firms in pain

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University brainwashing is impacting employment of young people

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Supreme Court ruling on employment tribunal fees has boiled my blood

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BBC debacle shows wage transparency agenda must be pushed

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After being sued, the Taylor Review of the modern economy is music to my ears

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Cash-hungry fraudsters want to feed off dreams of schoolchildren

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