Charlie Mullins was born in Camden and grew up on the rough Elephant and Castle estate in south London. The estate taught him the value of a pound, and that he didn’t want to stay there all his life.
After leaving school at 15 with no qualifications and completing a four year apprenticeship in plumbing, Charlie started his business with just a second hand van and a bag of tools he bought at an auction. 1979 he saw the launch of Pimlico Plumbers from a basement of an estate agent in Pimlico, London. Now Pimlico Plumbers is the UK’s largest independent plumbing firm and has a roster of celebrity clients including Simon Cowell, Dame Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley, Joan Collins, Keira Knightly, Daniel Craig, Richard Branson to name but a few.
Charlie is strongly focused on apprenticeships and is a firm believer in giving young people a chance to develop their skills, in order that they reach their true potential.
He has a work placement programme in place for The Prince’s Trust’s youngsters, carries out mentoring and gives inspirational talks. He has also met with members of the Government including Prime Minister David Cameron, George Osborne, Chris Grayling and Theresa May and also Boris Johnson who have all been very supportive in helping young people into training and Pimlico’s Big Society project.