Charlie Mullins has built a £15m-turnover plumbing business and counts celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey and floppy-haired actor Hugh Grant as his clients. So what’s his secret? “I set strict rules of appearance for my employees. No one wants a sloppy bastard with his arse hanging out his pants wandering around their house.”
The founder of Velocity on the real educational qualifications needed to be an entrepreneur.
When I worked in television, standard procedure required that all films be seen in an early rough cut by the programme editor. These viewings filled me with dread. Not only was I revealing my work to the outside world for the first time but I also happened to work for a screamer.
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I want to be a good employer but the law won’t let me, says Richard Baister, the entrepreneur behind Velocity Drinks.
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Running a small business can be very rewarding. Unfortunately it can also be very frustrating.
So, today’s blog was going to be about my forecast for 2008 because, you know, it’s that time of the year. Despite being, well, wrong about the interest rate decision, I still thought I’d have a crack at predicting the ‘big issues’ likely to plague you lot next year.
Thinking about the people I respect in the business world, they are a fair mix of people: some have been to university; some have not; and others still who went but didn’t finish, and therefore qualify for a weird group of their own.
While most people are out buying presents for friends and family they often don’t realise that December is the perfect time to bag themselves a great deal on a new car. With most manufacturers introducing New Year models in the last quarter, industry insiders estimate that there is are a staggering 400,000 unsold existing model new cars on forecourts across the UK. And they need to be sold, believe me!
I spent last summer working in a laundry. No, I hadn’t lost my mind; I was filming an episode for Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire series.
I don’t know about polar bears, but climate change certainly isn’t in danger of driving public sector workers to extinction.