Pimlico Plumbers Leads The Family Business Tributes To Margaret Thatcher
17th April 2013 Paul Andrews
As a 'Thatcher-Era' entrepreneur, her loss is a huge one for this family firm
Entrepreneur plumber Charlie Mullins, who launched his family business in 1979, has expressed his condolences at the death of former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
Pimlico Plumbers’ Managing Director says the starting his business in the year she became Prime Minister was a direct result of Mrs Thatcher’s passion for private enterprise.
As an example of the kind of entrepreneur Mrs Thatcher encouraged when she came to power, Charlie believes it was down to her and her ambitions for the UK economy that he became his own boss and launched Pimlico Plumbers.
Charlie says: “There is no doubt that Mrs Thatcher had a major influence on me and setting up Pimlico Plumbers. Her loss will be felt most by those who were given the confidence to make something of themselves, people like me who got the first big break at the time and those who remember the bad years of the 1970s."
“Her passion for private enterprise showed people they didn’t just have to get on the work treadmill, but could be entrepreneurial and make a success of themselves in business.”
Charlie added: “Mrs Thatcher would undoubtedly make a good Prime Minister today. She didn’t sit on the fence, she wasn’t afraid to tell anyone, even world leaders, what she thought, not like the politicians who led us into the mess we are in today.”
Pimlico Plumbers is going to pay tribute to Mrs Thatcher by having its 200-strong workforce wear black armbands and display a tribute in the windows of its fleet of 150 vehicles up until seven days after the funeral as a sign of respect.