Looking Back On Another Busy Week Of PP In The Press!
Friday 14th July 2017
Last week a fair amount happened, as seen by a lot in the media – and more behind the scenes! A highlight of the week has to be hosting a table for David Davis with some of the PP team at the Conservative Summer Party. But also being back discussing Brexit with Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News and filming for the British Small Business Awards.
There’s plenty more that happened…here’s a recap
Conservative Summer Party - Brave Theresa May Fronts Up & Accepts Challenge of Leading Party to a New Tory Future!
Last week at the Hurlingham Club was the best Tory Summer Party I've ever attended; the atmosphere was a mixture of exuberance and determination, and made for a great night where all the wrangling and disquiet of the past 12 months was kicked to the sidelines.
And the vibe wasn't that of a party pulling together to put on a brave public face, it was more a genuine determination to accept where we are and commence marching forward to win over the minds of voters.
A brave Theresa May took the stage and accepted personal responsibility for calling the snap election, while pointing out that the party had increased its vote count, and in fact had captured some new seats.
It was nothing short of a powerful comeback speech which made clear what she saw as the challenge faced by conservatism, of re-engaging in the fight with the far left to re-convince a new generation of the UK electorate that policies where the bill never gets paid cannot possibly work.
We on the Pimlico Plumbers table were very pleased to host David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, for the evening, and what a great guest and wonderful company he was too. And as Remain and Leave camps had an enjoyable evening on table 12, so were Remainers and Leavers doing the same across the room.
The Pimlico crew also had the pleasure of the company of many firends old and new, including Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Philip Hammond, Liam Fox, and the Prime Minister herself, who all dropped in at our table to say hello.
Revisiting the Brexit Debate 12 Months On with Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News!
I always seem to end up speaking to Dermot Murnaghan at Sky News when I'm supposed to be some place else; last time we were at the Conservative Party Conference, and last week it was the Tory summer party.
The good news is that I managed to do the interview and still make dinner. The not so good news is that there's a few key indicators - growth, car sales, inflation, and the exchange rate, that are starting to suggest that all the Brexit related uncertainty is hurting the economy. And this is all happening while across the channel in the Eurozone the private sector has just had its best quarter since 2011.
I was on with the businessman, and Leave campaigner, John Longworth, and we went at it one more time (if I'm being honest it probably won't be the last time). It was a good debate, and we even agreed on a few things, especially the bit where we both know that whatever happens we, and all the other businesses and politicians in the UK, must now sort out the best way forward for
Filming For The British Small Business Awards 2017
I’ve always thought small businesses are the backbone of our economy, so what better way to get involved with encouraging small businesses to flourish, than to be part of the judging panel for the leading UK SME awards ceremony?!
The British Small Business Awards is organised by SmallBusiness.co.uk and GrowthBusiness.co.uk – and will be held on November 1 at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London.
The purpose of the event is to reward the disruptors of the UK small business scene, to help them start, run, grow and succeed.
Yesterday Owen Gough, one of the organisers of the event, popped down to my office to put together a quick video profile of how I started PP, to inspire the budding entrepreneurs that are nominated for the awards.
I look forward to the awards evening in November, it is set to be a memorable occasion for the SME sector!
Best of luck to all the nominees!
The Times - David Davis - A Sensible Bloke With A Business Brain!
Wednesday marked the annual Tory Summer Party, and it was honestly the best one I've ever attended.
It was a great opportunity to sit down with David Davis, and talk business over dinner. He's what you call a sensible fella, and not to mention another South Londoner.
With Brexit the buzzword on the tip of my tongue; after speaking to David it seems achieving a deal which doesn't leave us worse off, is actually doable.
The Times, Friday 7th July 2017
The New & Improved James Whale Show - Now Powered by Pimlico Plumbers!
Last week it was the launch of the New and Improved James Whale Radio Show on TalkRadio. Why is it new and improved, I hear you ask . . . .
The answer is that it's now powered by Pimlico Plumbers. I've known James for a long time and when he started a new show on TalkRadio it was a complete 'no-brainer' to get involved.
So it came to pass that I was in the studio last night just after 7:30pm to kick things off, and get amongst the issues of the day, with the first of my weekly broadcasts. I'll also be on for a co-host spot once a month with James, when we'll really get stuck in!
Real Business - There are two types of entrepreneur – and both can be a good boss!
I haven’t got to where I am today without making a few mistakes along the way, but I would like to think that now, most of the time, I’m a pretty good boss.
But trying to get that perfect good boss balance of being a firm, but fair leader, that your employees respect is tough and it can often be a double-edged sword.
According to new research conducted by Crunch Accounting, bad bosses and lousy leadership are the biggest reasons for someone handing in their notice. To be precise, indecisive leaders with no clear sense of direction were the ones that topped the list.
Bad bosses outranked pay, stress and commuting amongst reasons why people are planning to hand in their resignation. Although we might not be able to help in terms of travel and the stress a person faces, surely we can all do a little more to be a good boss?
Over the years, I’ve come to realise that there are two types of entrepreneurs. There’s the natural leaders, that inspire people and galvanise a team into working well, and there are those that . . . . read the rest of my weekly column @ www.realbusiness.co.uk
PP Support The Launch Of Fielding & Nicholson's First London Boutique!
Our appearance and the way we dress invariably acts as the window through which the world looks at us. It's why I'm so passionate about my staff having spotless and professional uniforms, whether they are in the office or out on a job!
In saying that, I like to lead by the same example, making sure my suits are sharp and well fitted! But I couldn't do it without the brilliant tailoring by Fielding & Nicholson.
Myself and my son Scott, have been getting our suits done by Fielding & Nicholson for near to a year now, and they quite honestly provide the Savile Row experience, gained from over 30 years of dedicated service.
Last week the the bespoke tailoring company launched its first boutique store in London, and what a store it is!
I love a good success story, and Ian, who started the company from scratch, has now turned it into a million-pound business.
He follows a mantra which I completely agree with; that the customer is always right and I can vouch that he strives to go the extra mile every time to make sure his clients are getting a first class service.
It was great to see the PP team supporting the launch of the new London boutique, and celebrating with the fellas at Fielding & Nicholson!
Enterprise Nation TV: There's No Business Like Your Own Business!
Always enjoy a chat about business, and here’s one on Enterprise Nation TV with O2 Business that was great to do. Covering most things from apprenticeships (of course), starting Pimlico Plumbers, what sorts of challenges came along the way and most recent subjects of Brexit and the gig economy...
Have a watch here.