Use the lion spirit of Frank Lampard and Chelsea to propel your business out of recession

"The business community has to evoke the spirit of Stamford Bridge," says Mullins. "Not many people thought Chelsea would overcome the odds to beat Barcelona to reach the Champions League final last night."

For those that didn't see the game, at 2-0 down and with their captain sent off, Chelsea could have capitulated, but instead they dug in and produced a steely display that saw them draw the match 2-2 on the night and win 3-2 on aggregate.

Mullins fears business leaders may panic over the confirmation that the UK has entered a double-dip recession, but he believes the solution is simple, "We shouldn't get depressed; we'll just have to do more and work harder," he says. 

Pimlico Plumbers is an example of a business that's defying odds, it enjoyed additional sales of £250,000 at the start of this year, when compared to the same period in 2011. This positive energy is catching - a survey of 4,000 businesses revealed this week that the first quarter had been the best since the start of the downturn in 2007.

"In reality we've never been out of recessionary conditions so nothing has really changed.  Despite a 'double-dip' being confirmed, the world this morning is no different than it was yesterday," concludes Mullins.

Let's hope we can overcome the difficult conditions and get the UK economy to Europe's top table, just like Roberto di Matteo and his team.

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