Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Millionaire Plumber; the Pimlico Tradesman Tapping into a Fortune

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Millionaire Plumber; the Pimlico Tradesman Tapping into a Fortune

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Byline: JONATHAN PRYNN

MEET the first million-pound plumber.

Charlie Mullins hit seven figures last year to put himself in the same league as City bankers and Premiership footballers.

Mr Mullins, 58, who spends most of his working day in a [pounds sterling]3,000 Savile Row suit rather than overalls, says his success comes from providing a high-quality service in an industry renowned for cowboys.

His pay of [pounds sterling]1.082 million - up from "just" [pounds sterling]595,770 in 2004 - was revealed in the accounts of his firm Pimlico Plumbers.

Launched in 1979 as a one-man band, it is based in Lambeth Road and now serves celebrities such as Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Eric Clapton, Michael Winner and Dame Diana Rigg. Mr Mullins employs 80 plumbers and enforces a strict policy of no earrings, no tattoos, no dirty vans and no "builders bum".

The company charges [pounds sterling]75 a hour with a minimum charge of [pounds sterling]75 - more than most rivals and far higher than most of the east European competition now in London. …

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