Published: 08 October, 2012
LONDON: Pimlico Plumbers is creating up to 50 new positions for experienced plumbers and Gas Safe-registered heating engineers to meet the expected demand for its services during the winter period.
The Central London-based company, which currently employs in excess of 200, has already experienced an increase in enquires and bookings for planned maintenance work alongside its always-busy emergency call out service since the beginning of September.
To meet the demand, the company has already recruited 20 engineers during the last month expects to require, up to, an additional 30 trades people.
Pimlico Plumbers has enjoyed continued growth and reported turnover of £17m earlier this year for its 2011/12 financial year.
It also achieved a 1.5 percent increase in sales between June and August 2012, which was one of the toughest periods due to the severe disruption to business caused by the Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic road closures.
The company serves central and greater London and currently has more than 150 vans, trucks and motorbikes on the streets of the Capital.
With in-excess of 150 highly-skilled plumbers, heating engineers, carpenters, builders and locksmiths, the company operates a large contact-centre in central London, which is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Charlie Mullins, managing director of Pimlico Plumbers, said: “Autumn and winter are the busiest times of the year for this business and, based on the increase in calls we are already receiving, our predictions are this year will be no different. The demand for our services has enabled us to create 20 new jobs and, especially if we have another heavy winter, I would expect to have to take on another 30.”
He added: “It is always pleasing to create new jobs and I think we are just one example of the economy starting to pick up. Autumn is starting to feel like an ‘economic spring’. Even if there aren’t many green shoots of recovery, there are perhaps signs of a thaw.
“I am pleased with our performance over the summer despite the double difficulties of the Olympic road closures and the Jubilee celebrations. During this extraordinary period we probably spent more to make a pound than usual, but it was a case of keeping our service levels up to scratch for our customers, which meant running higher staff levels and putting in more hours than in previous years.”