By Claire West

Entrepreneur Charlie Mullins believes that the Government is following the lead of the private sector and acting like a business with the cutting of 192 Quangos.

Charlie, who is the founder of the UK’s largest independent plumbing company, Pimlico Plumbers and a fierce critic of government excess, says these cuts are the ‘tough love’ the economy needs and a victory for common sense.

“Private businesses have been forced to take drastic action over the last couple of years and hopefully this is not the last example of the public sector realising it has to become more like the rest of us in the real world.

“This is no more than old-fashioned common sense — no business could survive by paying 1,000 people to do the work of 100. There’s not a fancy economic argument that can deny that simple truth.

“The truth is, many of these pointless organisations are duplicated elsewhere and are little more than pension schemes for those attracted to the Westminster village like bees round honey.

This is the kind of tough love the economy needs and helps bin the waste that’s been suckling on public funds for years. I for one won’t be crying into my Rice Krispies if the Home Grown Cereals Authority goes the way of the Dodo!”

Charlie Mullins is an archetypal entrepreneur having started his business, Pimlico Plumbers, from scratch and then building it into a multi-million pound enterprise.

After completing a four-year plumbing apprenticeship, he launched the firm in 1979 with just a bag of tools and a very old van bought at auction.

Pimlico Plumbers now has over 133 professional plumbers and a support team of around 35 staff, with a turnover in excess of £15 million.