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Primary schools, postal workers and pointless meetings

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I don’t know why it’s taken the government this long to think up such a scheme. I knew I wanted to be a plumber from the age of nine. Kids who have a sense of direction from a young age go on to achieve much more.

I don’t just mean filling their heads with the message that they need to go to university. They should be encouraged to think about what different options are available to them. We need to start developing the next generation of entrepreneurs if we’re to get this country out of the mess it’s in.

I’ve been working with the Prince’s Trust. The young people I’ve met have bags of enthusiasm and common sense. There’s some pretty level-headed young business people out there. Also read this week that office workers are now having an average eight meetings a week – but they are so bored in these meeting that they are checking their phones and even falling asleep.

Have British businesses gone mad? It’s excessive and a complete waste of time. I wouldn’t stand for it at Pimlico Plumbers.

I’m sure there are many workers out there who would be happy to sit in a meeting all day, doing nothing, as long as they are getting paid for it. And if businesses are letting them get away with it, then they’re the real mugs.

I don’t do meetings and I never will. There is no reason to spend hours in a boardroom discussing things that never get done. It only takes me 60 seconds to make a decision!

The only people who really should be getting back to the boardroom are those postal workers. If they’re not careful, Royal Mail may well end up as the most hated firm in Britain.

But it hasn’t all been bad this week. The HoneyRose Foundation, one of the charities I worked with on Secret Millionaire, has had a great offer from some friends of mine in Spain.

Gordon, who is a leading hairstylist in Marbella, and his wife Bettina have offered The HoneyRose Foundation the use of their holiday apartment on the Costa del Sol.

This is a great gesture and The HoneyRose Foundation is delighted that they will be able to send someone suffering from a terminal illness and their family away for a week. It’s a beautiful apartment that sleeps up to five and there are loads of facilities on the complex.

Bettina is one of the most accommodating people and is always happy to help you out. She will be there to greet whichever family The HoneyRose Foundation sends to the apartment to make sure the guests have everything they need to enjoy their stay (she also makes great homemade cakes, which are absolutely delicious).

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