London-based plumbing firm Pimlico Plumbers plans to expand its workforce by 25 per cent during 2010.
The move to add to its 165-strong workforce is necessary in order to meet growing demand
for its services, the firm has said.
The company is currently handling between 1,800 and 2,000 jobs a week, and is receiving many more enquiries from new customers in the Greater London area.
Another reason for the increase is the fact that during the recession, the number of major bathroom installation and building projects has been surpassed by a considerable rise in smaller repair jobs.
Managing director Charlie Mullins said: “We are regularly swamped with unsolicited job applications and we are now in a position to turn enquiries into employment.
“We are already servicing thousands of plumbing, heating and maintenance jobs every week and we can undoubtedly grow that number, especially outside Central London.
“Whether it’s our reputation or the tough economy that is affecting other plumbing firms,
are definitely more in demand,” he added.
Mr Mullins was bullish about the outcome of this year’s election and what it might mean for trading conditions: “I seriously believe that there will be change of government at the election,” he said, “which will bring a new air of confidence to the country.
“It will be a government that will want to work with business and make changes that will benefit firms.”
Pimlico Plumbers is also backing the Repairing Britain campaign to lower VAT on property
repairs and maintenance to help secure employment in construction and building services.
The campaign, which is funded and spearheaded by Rok and supported by a number of leading industry organisations, is calling on the Government to reduce VAT on property repairs to 5 per cent.
Repairing Britain is designed to boost the UK economy by encouraging local authorities and
the public to take an interest in the maintenance of their homes and community buildings.
Mr Mullins said of the campaign: “The Government needs to listen to the common sense of
campaigns like Repairing Britain to see that these businesses, who add so much to the economy, are not going quietly into the night, but are taking positive action to protect their futures.”