Charlie Mullins

Founder, Pimlico Plumbers

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.

Five tips to update your staff training
Prepare for the post-furlough blues
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4 ways apprentices can help boost small businesses
We need to do our best to make the Kickstart Scheme a success
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Avoid a lopsided economic recovery
We need to avoid a lopsided recovery
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Covid-19 shouldn't stop apprenticeships
The time for spending £40k on a Mickey Mouse degree is over
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Returning to work
Returning to work is the easiest way to stem “economic carnage”
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From furlough to a four-day week? Stop the crazy talk
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It’s time to log off Zoom and get back to work
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Will the Chancellor's new measures help fund long term apprenticeships?
Will the Chancellor’s giveaway help fund long-term apprenticeships?
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Jobs
The job market and finding talent post coronavirus
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SMEs Plea May Coroanvirus
The lingering legacy of coronavirus
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Startup funding
Are coronavirus government schemes really helping businesses?
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Why the best entrepreneurs are optimistic realists
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Does Sadiq Khan care about business?
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Commuters
Coronavirus: Have we really gone back to work?
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Don't let cash flow problems get in the way of growth
Will a new government scheme plug the SME coronavirus cash flow problem?
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worker
How businesses can ‘get back to work’ safely during COVID-19
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rise to the top
There are SME success stories amid COVID-19
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coronavirus
SMEs and the ongoing fight to survive COVID-19
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workers-nhs
Why business can show compassion during coronavirus
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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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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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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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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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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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Overcoming Adversity
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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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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How will Boris Johnson handle Brexit and the gig-economy?
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Is the demise of sole traders a myth?
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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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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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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
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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
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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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worker-desk
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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