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.

entrepreneurial-resilience
Why entrepreneurs must build on their resilience right now
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What picture does the Spring Budget paint for SMEs?
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shed-economy
The merits of the ‘shed economy’
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government
What will the Government’s plans be after the ‘Boris bounce’?
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cash-wages-employees
Why are some employers not paying their staff enough?
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apprenticeships
Why UK business must end its apprenticeships snobbery
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What does a "No Deal" Brexit mean for SMEs?
My unfettered thoughts on Brexit and small business life
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4 ways to fuel customer-centric innovation
Why businesses need to innovate and prepare (or die)
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Careers advice apprentices
How to rescue the UK jobs market from disaster
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Negative reviews
Do online reviews bring new dangers to businesses?
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hope
Why the future’s bright for UK entrepreneurialism
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general election
Life (for business) after the general election
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4 ways apprentices can help boost small businesses
Why all business owners should be thinking about apprenticeships
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climate change shopping
Why I’m supporting Small Business Saturday
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entrepreneurship
Embracing the entrepreneurial talent in your workforce
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Sustainable
The future of SME Britain post general election
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dress code
How important are employee dress codes?
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customer care
Customer care, my advice? Don’t “fluff it up”
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role models
Do budding entrepreneurs need business role models?
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late payments continue to affect businesses nationwide
Late payments are getting worse – let’s address it now
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Grow your workforce and boost the Brexit economy
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The answer to the UK productivity slump? Fix the skills gap
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Brexit speech
It’s time to pull ourselves out of the Brexit black hole
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Useful business intelligence examples
Why SMEs have the upper hand over the big corporates
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Is it time to overcome the salary taboo?
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My views on the benefits and drawbacks of remote working
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The secret to finding inspiration and avoiding ‘idea paralysis’
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Diversity is crucial for VC funding.
Why A-level qualifications no longer dictate success in business
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late payments
It’s time we crack down on late payments and the big businesses that do it
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Today Translations explains why languages are so important to businesses operating globally
Business language that aids – and hinders your business
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Do your employees ‘switch off’ on their summer holidays?
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The government has done little to boost Brexit confidence
How will Boris Johnson handle Brexit and the gig-economy?
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Charlie Mullins Pimlico Plumbers
Is the demise of sole traders a myth?
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benefits-fundraising
What are the business benefits of charity fundraising?
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Businesses great and small must innovate to stay ahead
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Reduce emissions and make fuel savings at the same time
Green business is in vogue, and UK SMEs are leading the charge
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cash-wages-employees
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: Big businesses are moving abroad and uncertainty is stifling SME growth
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Learn what staff turnover is and how to stop it
Growing a company is great, but it’s worthless if you can’t make the talent stay
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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 in the UK
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Fraud
Business owners must wise up to the new digital fraud threat
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uk economy
Securing public contracts: Are SMEs finally getting a look in?
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In tumultuous times, it’s vital to retain talented and dedicated staff
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Is the entrepreneurial world the most accepting of diversity?
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entrepreneurship
How do you grow into a successful entrepreneur? It’s all in the climb
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gender stereotypes
It’s time to bring down workplace gender stereotypes
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brexit lending
Don’t let Brexit uncertainty bleed our SMEs dry
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apprenticeship
Apprenticeships are a vital way for SMEs to attract the workforce of the future
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side hustle
The side hustle is enabling a new generation of entrepreneurs
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Will the government’s obsession with Brexit stifle SMEs from growth?
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Are you clued up about the apprenticeship levy?
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salaries, rise,
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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Putting a sexy spin on duvet day: There are interesting ways to boost happiness
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rise to the top
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?
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
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
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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uk economy
SMEs are saving the economy, and the government is finally acknowledging it
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Pimlico Plumbers Founder advises Flexibility for Millennial Employees
Pimlico Plumbers founder advises flexibility for millennial employees
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It's shocking that executives can ask for such huge pay rises
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 by employers
Ambition shouldn’t have a sell-by-date: Millions of over-50s feel unsupported
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Perception is only half the battle if a business wants to gold-plate its reputation
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
Let students experience the workplace early on so they can hone their skills
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Entrepreneurs should take time away from the front line
Why entrepreneurs should take time away from the front line
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How the side hustle can help the UK economy
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 local book shop?
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 in railway arches
The sale of Network Rail assets could have seismic ramifications for SMEs based in railway arches
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There might be a future for the British high street, but only if we act now
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
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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Driving instructor
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 change the tide
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Being driven and focused is a blessing, but entrepreneurs need to learn to switch off
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UK cyber crime
If left unchecked, cyber criminals will squeeze the life out of small firms
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Is a tidy bedroom best to help spark business creativity?
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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Looking smart for customers shows respect
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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