Charlie Mullins: 'The Chancellor's finally thinking like a businessman'

Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers, gives his verdict on the Autumn Statement: Christmas has come early for business with the fuel duty freeze, he says, and civil servants have his deepest sympathy...

by Rebecca Burn-Callander

This Autumn Statement has been very positive for businesses. The fact that Osborne is cancelling the 3p fuel rise is an absolute godsend. We spend over £1m a year on fuel at Pimlico Plumbers so you can imagine what another 3p on every litre would do to our overheads.

Corporation tax has also been cut by 1%. That’s going to draw more investors into this country. When they put the 50p tax rate in, they lost I don’t know how many billions. It's good to see Osborne thinking like a business man.

That said, I think it's fair to say that George has really had to rob Peter to pay Paul on all this. There have been a lot of cuts on the civil servants' side of things. The public sector is overloaded with people; there are two people doing a single person's job. It's grown massively over the years while our economy hasn't, but I do feel sorry for the workers that will lose their jobs.

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