5 07 2011

The idea that the private sector must grow, and grow fast and, by doing so, bail the country out of its current economic woes, seems to have become de facto recession busting policy. The idea is that this growth will not only create wealth but also save us from 1980s unemployment levels, as thousands of civil servants are decommissioned to cut costs. In theory this strategy sounds plausible.

So why don’t we get on with the hiring and get the recovery on the road? I’ll tell you why: it’s because when I hire someone I’m obliged after a couple of months to give them an employment contract. The problem being that once said contract is in place getting rid of them (should they not make the grade) without facing a hefty employment tribunal claim, is practically impossible.

One of the reasons why the public sector has become so ungainly and inefficient in the first place is because for years it has been allowed to hire endlessly without ever jettisoning those who weren’t up to snuff. Thankfully the government is attempting to sort this situation out, so surely it would make good sense not to allow it to develop in private industry?

That’s why I think two years is a much more reasonable length of time for someone to be in a job before they must be offered a contract by right. I’m not saying that should be the case all the time, but offering a contract, complete with all the benefits that go with it should be the choice of the company paying the wages. In short we need far more freedom to be able to fire people who are unable to carry out their jobs to a satisfactory standard.

Now I’ve got that off my chest I’d like to add that if we can radically reform employment law along these lines, so that things aren’t so heavily stacked against the employer, many more, not less, people would end up in work.

The reason being by removing the potential hazards (and costs due to the potential of losing tribunal cases) of getting an employment decision wrong would be far less. And what’s more, the slackers, and everyone’s had a few on their books over the years, who toe the line for a few months, but once over their probation period, become disruptive and work-shy, would surely become extinct. Now there’s an environment where we might have a much better chance of tackling the recession.

Charlie Mullins




Charlie Mullins and Pimlico Plumbers Christmas Party – Royal Garden Hotel Saturday 12th December by Bradley Chapman

16 12 2009

Well if you are going to throw a xmas bash then you might as well do it in style! Charlie Mullins and the gang at Pimlico did just that on Saturday night.

I was kindly invited to attend the xmas party by Charlie. We have only met a few times but in that time we have struck a good relationship. The first time we met and I interviewed him for Raw Business Magazine he reduced me to tears with his wit and character. The second time I tried to steal his beloved Bentley – Oh I can still smell the leather! Of course I did not get the car instead he bought me a bacon sarny from his on site cafe at Pimlico HQ.

I won a Bentley at the Pimlico xmas Raffle

Three wise monkeys!

Rise of the Footsoldier meets The Bill

Who is the famous guy in the middle?

Chris I told you any time you wana go 10 rounds im your man!

On arrival at The Royal Garden Hotel we were welcomed with champagne and canapés. We met Charlie his lovely wife Linda and he beautiful family – how lucky you are Charlie.

Charlie introduced me and Mat to Chris Eubank, Craig Fairbrass, Billy Murray, Vanessa Feltz and a few other celebs a well 103 year old Buster who has made major press all over the country.

On the left is Charlies youngest son called Buster – You’ve been overworking him Charlie


Over 400 people we packed into the reception and the buzz was amazing. Charlie gave us ringside seats on the dance floor (of course I could not help strutting my stuff as usual). The entertainment was hosted by Les Bonson and we had some pretty amazing singers and cabaret acts throughout the night.

Our table was rocking and we soon discovered the party box on the table and started blowing balloons, popping party poppers and got the xmas razzle on. The food was awesome, the night was one I will remember for a long time to come and I feel so honoured that Charlie invited me.

The night eventually drew to a close around 4am and we continued to party in the reception area where I guess some continued on to 6am and beyond.

Charlie Mullins you’re the man!

Thank you from myself Matt Hickey and of course Matt Birch for photographing the event in such style.

Merry Xmas
Bradley Chapman
Founder Million Impossible and Raw Business Magazine

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