By Max Clarke

Entrepreneur Charlie Mullins has branded the CBI as ‘ridiculous’ over its demand to postpone the scrapping of the default retirement age.

Charlie, who has employees over 55-years-old making up more than 20 percent of his workforce at Pimlico Plumbers, says business organisations should be supporting this plan not disrupting its abolition.

He said: “The CBI is being totally ridiculous. They appear to becoming increasingly irrelevant as postponing the scrapping of the default retirement age is not in the best interest of business.

“To say that firms have not had enough time to adapt to the brave new world where you only let someone go if they are no longer able to perform what they are employed to do is complete rubbish.”

“Businesses need people who can do the job, whatever age they are. It’s about knowing when someone isn’t capable to do a particular job anymore. You don’t need guidelines and legislation for this, just effective personal management and a decent touch of common sense.

“There isn't, has never been, and never will be, any replacement for experience and the sooner these clueless bureaucrats get that fact into their heads the better the country and the economy will be.”

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

Launched in 1979 in Pimlico 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.