Former plumbing apprentice Charlie Mullins OBE is the archetypal entrepreneur having started a business from scratch and building it into a multi-million-pound enterprise, which he sold in 2021.
Outspoken and often controversial, Charlie has starred in Channel 4’s ‘Secret Millionaire’, ‘Show Me Your Money’ and the BBC’s ‘Young Plumber of the Year’ programmes. Most recently he’s featured in Channel 4’s ‘How’d You Get So Rich’ with Katherine Ryan and Micky Flanagan’s ‘Thinking Aloud’ on Sky 1. Charlie is also a regular business commentator in the national media.
He most recently appeared on Channel 5’s Million Pound Motorhomes.
Launched by Charlie in 1979 with just a bag of tools and a very old van bought at auction, Pimlico Plumbers has more than 300 professional trades people (including plumbers, carpenters, electricians, roofers, builders and locksmiths) and a support team of around 130 staff serving customers across London including some of the world’s most famous names including Simon Cowell, Dame Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley, Joan Collins, Keira Knightly, Daniel Craig and Richard Branson to name but a few.
Charlie sold the business to US-based Neighborly, which is the world’s largest franchisor of home services, in 2021.
He is a regular speaker at inspirational events and is a frequent judge of entrepreneurial competitions.
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 was awarded an OBE for services to plumbing in the 2014 Queen’s New Year’s Honours and his autobiography, Bog Standard Business was published in 2015.