Last updated on Jan the 1st By James Kwan
Pimlico Plumbers is a plumbing firm based in London. It is London’s largest independent plumbing company. It was established in 1979 by its current Managing Director Charlie Mullins (born 1954), who left school at 15 with no qualifications and began work as a plumber.
It is known for its effective publicity, handled by Max Clifford. The company owns a number of plumbing-related number plates, fitted to its fleet of vehicles, such as LO 02 OLD (Loo too old), BOG1, DRA1N, W4TER and others. It has gained considerable free publicity through its employment of Buster Martin, who claims to be Britain’s oldest worker, cleaning vans on a part-time basis up until his death in 2011. The firm’s boss presented BBC3 show ‘Britain’s Best Young Plumber’ and has appeared on Secret Millionaire.
The company promotes itself as providing a high-priced, high-quality service, employing ‘£100,000/year plumbers’, charging £80-£200/hour depending on time of day and service performed.
The firm has been involved with a legal dispute with Steve Cosser, an Australian TV executive accused of industrial espionage in stealing Pimlico’s celebrity client list after establishing a rival firm, Service Corps, using ex-Pimlico staff. Services Corps collapsed in January 2010 following the legal action.
The firm has also recently been involved in a flagship scheme in aid of the big society with the renovation of the Streatham Youth Centre. This was organised along with Wickes, A4e and the Co-Sponsorship Agency.
It has a smaller outlet in Marbella, Spain.
In November 2010, Mullins reported that he was considering floating the firm, with a £50m valuation, in order to fund a nationwide expansion. The firm turned over £14.7 million in 2009, with profits of £750,000. Mullins received £1.3 million in compensation in 2009.
Company: Pimlico Plumbers Ltd
Headquarters: Pimlico House, 1 Sail Street, SE11 6NQ