Jo Lawrence

Jo is a 44 yr old, single mother of 2. After school she started out at Oxford Polytechnic as an Occupational Therapy student, but soon realised it wasn't for her. During her year off Jo started a family and spent the next 10 years travelling, learning wood work, gaining her HGV 1 driving licence, and bringing up her children with her husband.

Once they started school full time Jo was looking for a career and stumbled upon plumbing when she fixed her friends toilet. Unable to find a plumber to take her on, Jo was forced into the real world of plumbing when she split up with her husband at the end of her 1st year at college. With 2 small mouths to feed she had to take the plunge, so she knows as well as any body how tough it can be starting out.

Over the past 11 years Jo has built up her own Pink Plumbers business, and since being approached by a number of female plumbers, with regard to apprenticeships, building their plumbing businesses or generally seeking assistance, she looked at how she could enable others to build their businesses, with the benefit of her insights and all that she has learned in setting up and running her own thriving plumbing business.

Jo set about franchising Pink Plumbers® (with a minimum of 3-6 months experience required to trade under the licence), and due to the lack of available work placements for students, decided to write Hints & Tips to help plumbers in a similar position to her.

Although Pink Plumbers® is only available for women, Jo felt it important to support both male and female students as it is not just women who are struggling to find apprenticeships and work placements, so Hints & Tips is for all plumbing students, everywhere, and all plumbers wanting to set up on their own.