UK police have reported a 40 percent increase in drone associated crime reports, with stalking and flight path incursions the highest. 

Police forces said they received 2,435 reports of drone incidents in 2018 – up 2% on 2017 (2,377 incidents) and 42% higher than 2016 (1,709 incidents). Reported cases included sightings above schools and nurseries, allegations of harassment/stalking, criminal damage and reported surveillance of cash points. 

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said it is now working with the government and the Civil Aviation Authority on future laws “to meet the challenges and risks posed by drones”.

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The Cheshire Group is the leading provider close protection, surveillance, and investigations in the North West. Our consultants have extensive experience in providing complex types of protective and investigative services to members of royalty, government officials, celebrities, sports professionals as well as business leaders and high profile VIPs.

In the modern era, we provide a modern solution to an age-old problem, where there is wealth there is someone who wants to take it. 

A complex and adaptable approach to Ultra High Net Worth individuals (UHNWI), Dignitaries, Business leaders, celebrities and Sports athletes is provided by the very best security professionals sourced from across all sectors of Government, police, and military branches. We are able to customize associated risk strategies for each client so to not disrupt their daily schedule. 

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The Cheshire Group provides complete residential, estate & office security for you, your family and residence.

The Cheshire Group is the leading risk management company in the north-west providing comprehensive security risk assessments to individuals, businesses, and organisations across the region on how best to mitigate against security vulnerabilities. Through a complete examination of your home, or business and lifestyle our risk management consultants are able to determine any associated risks. Advise on a course of action and apply a contingency to combat each threat. 

A detailed security survey is integral to the smooth continued operation of your life, business or operations. This way you remain one step ahead of any threat. As each threat evolves, so must your procedures and your practices.

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Do you love being around children? Enjoy being the one who takes on a challenge, then having the success of watching children grow and become the best they can be.

It’s what I thrive off. My day will start before the littles ones even wake up. I will arrive at my family home and have tidy around with anything that was left from the night before, then the fun starts. The children wake up and you get the loveliest welcome when you see their smiles in the mornings. The rush of breakfast and getting ready for nursery/school. Sometimes it feels like a military operation but once that routine is set it just becomes normal and the children get into the flow of things. Stick with it, it will all be worth it!

Then we have the school run (if it’s raining it adds to the excitement). If it be a walk or a drive I always leave plenty of time. Both myself and the children don’t want a stressful start to the day. If I have younger ones through the day we will attend a group or an activity that I would have planned.

At the end of each week I always take time to plan my following week, some groups I will attend weekly so the baby/children will become use to attending. It’s key to keep the parents involved in the planning. Some parents like you to completely plan to suit, others like to get involved. Communication plays a big part between me and the parents.

Lunch time myself and the children will eat together a healthy balanced lunch. Children love to help prepare food, I’ve always got my little helpers with me at meal times. After lunch its nap time! Again, routine is important, the more you keep to it the better it will fall into place. We love nap time, a few stories, some quiet time and then sleep. Great, time for me to sit down…Not! This is the time where I run around the house cleaning up, putting toys away from the morning, washing, ironing, evening meal prep and much more. Then if you have time for a cuppa before the little ones wake up your on to a winner! (it’s not as bad as it sounds) Like with everything the more you do it and get into the swing of things you’ll be fine!

After nap time I would usually have a craft activity or plan a trip to the park before the school home run. My aim is to always have things planned and to be organised. This is a key quality to have when being a private nanny. Children that aren’t occupied or don’t have things to do or play with tend to get very bored very quickly. Child led activities are also great to do as this gives them the responsibly of becoming independent and carrying out small tasks alone. This is where being an experienced Nanny comes into play as I know and understand what the child’s needs are.  

When we are home after the school run it tends to be a chance where we can all sit around the table or a picnic on the floor and talk about our day, have a snack, and then do any homework that needs doing. After this I’ve usually got some helpers making tea with me or the children have a play before tea. Whilst planning my week on the Friday I also plan a menu for the following week, this helps the parents have the food in ready or I can plan a food shop into my week.

Then it’s time to relax, downtime and start the bedtime routine. After years of experience I have tried and tested all ways but for me it works that no matter what the age from a baby to about the age of 8/9 we all start the routine at the same time. Most children from my experience have bath time with their siblings. This is a fun time, bath toys are great! I always end up getting splashed! When they children are ready for bed we have story time. If children have school books then we will read them together then I will read a couple of stories. Depending on the times of bed time that both myself and the parents communicate between us to suit the stages of each child.

Obviously, we are all human and sometimes the day doesn’t run a smoothly as you would hope, tomorrow is another day. If we have a bad day I asses what we did, the good and the bad. Then I’ll see where I can improve as a Nanny, adapt the routine to suit the children. Every child is different this is where the relationship between the children, parents, and myself is very important. Being a private Nanny, you become part of the family.  A happy caring family environment has happy children ready to grow, develop and learn.

At the end of the day I leave the house clean and tidy ready for the next morning, feedback to parents when they arrive home and then it’s time for home ready to go again the next morning.

Written by NS.

When considering hiring private staff we always ask our clients to carry out a self-review, what we mean by this is how much time, effort and resources are they utilising efficiently or not. Then we can suggest the correct action to put in place to maximize efficiency.

The Cheshire Group researches, sources and carries out full vetting on all of our candidates before we place them into any household, this way we can ensure all staff are of the highest calibre. An example of a typical large home will employ a cleaner, nanny, gardener to name just a few. Clients will have to manage, pay and organise all of these separate assets whilst carrying out their normal everyday work. They may have found these individuals themselves, through someone’s recommendation or via internet/ social media searches. We ask how they verify their credentials, or carry out criminal background checks?

When carrying out a self-review, we ask our clients to list the areas where they require assistance, they note how many hours it’s taking for the staff to carry each task out and what administration they needed to complete it. A large estate for example will have at least ten staff of both full/part time and contracted. This in itself may generate problems, on how to manage, communicate, and deal with issues properly. This is where an effective estate manager comes into their own, putting policies and procedures into place to minimise disruption to any estate operation. Some clients tend to utilise staff in dual roles such as housekeeper as nannies, personal assistants as estate managers and chauffeurs as security.  This this can be an effective cost reduction process; however, it may reduce staff effectiveness, and potentially endanger the client, and their family.

Whilst considering hiring private staff we recommend that clients must always run mental risk analysis. For example, the cleaner hired because they were recommended and liked during the interview, that’s great the family. Then they decide to employ them as a nanny/housekeeper to save money, but this may not be the best option for your family safety.  The chauffeur they hired who has years of experience with a large intimidating stature cannot be their personal security whilst carrying out driving duties. Personal assistants although experts in multi-tasking have one duty, and that’s to directly work with the client, arranging meetings, booking hotels, restaurants, travel plans, taking calls writing emails and responding to enquiries within their remit, to have to manage an estate and all the problems associated with it on top is a mammoth task.

A well-structured, qualified and, effective team of private staff is always the best solution, choosing the best people to provide those services is always the most cost-effective low risk option. The Cheshire Group removes all of the risks associated with recruitment, staffing, operation and, security. A stress-free solution in a hectic world, we provide leading industry standards to high net-worth individuals, celebrities and, sports personalities.

For a consultation and evaluation on your household, please call us on +44 (0)1625 251702

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To write about a typical day of a Chauffeur I thought there is no such thing, like a lot of service related jobs every day is different, the only thing that is typical is an early start & usually a late finish (9-5 it isn’t). There are many different types of Chauffeuring: Family, corporate, media & entertainment, film & music, over 25 years I’ve done most, but nowadays there is a new breed, the UHNWI (ultrahigh net worth individual) I’m fortunate enough to work for one of these.

So here we go up at 04.45 hrs which is fairly easy in summer but as winter starts to set in that becomes a lot harder, my principle lives in Hampstead Gdn suburb & as any of you that know London this is a prime area for the very wealthy. Typically I live in south London, fight your way through traffic into central London for the 1st pick up of the day 06.30 take Sir to his office, Paper in car along with all the other list of requirements Fiji water, strong mints to name a few. We exchange pleasantries “Good morning Sir (big smile and enthusiasm needed) he replies & we have a conversation that can last half a minute or 20 who knows but you soon know when it’s ended as his head looks down & he doesn’t answer. This is where you have to think on your feet, a Chauffeur has to be so many things, Driver, companion, a watchful eye but mostly a diplomate, to hold a random conversation about any subject but remain neutral in opinion without sounding like you are just agreeing with everything that is said and knowing when to talk & when to be quiet. Golden rule is talk when you’re talked to & keep it short n sweet & inoffensive. (nothing worse than a chatty driver).

Drop off Sir at 07.00 ish & a quick turnaround back to the house for the Kids & Nanny it’s the school run, no time to hang around I need to be in place with the heated seats on & all their stuff ready for 07.45 I do it.

They are as usual running late, great we now have a 20-min journey past 4 other schools & I have 17 mins to do it in, but safety 1st with kids in the car & luckily, we make it in time, wave bye to the kids (another big smile needed here) wait for the Nanny & back to the house.

Now it’s time to clean the car inside & out, in this case a huge Mercedes GLS, they have other cars of course but prefer to use this one with the kids & Sir prefers it, so I get changed & clean away (standard procedure, some days you can clean them 2 or 3 times, it’s essential to have a clean car) some chauffeurs are lucky & have 1 car to clean, not so in my case I have 4 & all have to be cleaned should they be required.

As I said earlier the role of chauffeur over the years has changed over in the past 25 yrs I have been doing it, as well as all the attributes mentioned earlier. In recent years security has become a very big part of it, you have to be very observant to anything unusual in & around the house & also whilst out & about, scooter gangs, terrorism are now an everyday threat and as a chauffeur you’re the 1st line of defence.

In addition, I have to also manage 2 house maids, a chef whilst carrying out any minor household repairs. Oh & liaise with a lifestyle P.A. Today I have a pool cleaner to clean the pool & a decorator to supervise.

Madam appears and wants to go out, so I instruct the house maids to keep an eye on things whilst I’m out & off we go, understanding your client and their habits is key to a good working relationship. You will almost predict where they want to go by the time of day and what mood they are in.

Back at the house & time to get ready to collect the kids, when the Nanny appears, off we go to collect them everything goes smoothly & we return without any dramas, time for a quick hoover of the car & back to Sir’s office for his collection, He’s on time & home for a quick bite to eat as he is travelling on business, so once dinner is out of the way & off to the airport for his flight (private jet of course) wait for wheels up & then it home for me hopefully by 22.30 Ready to do it all over again tomorrow, although Sir is only away for a couple of days things may be a bit calmer.

In summary:

There is no such thing as  a typical day for a chauffeur you are at the will of wealthy busy people with demanding lives & high expectations, some days are full on busy like the one I have just talked about, others are slow in comparison, sat in the car for hours on end waiting for your principle to exit out of a doorway, you must always be ready to open the door or pull up to them so they can just jump in and drive away.

You have to be a self-disciplined individual who’s happy to serve with a smile & a no problem approach to everything, with a vast knowledge of your city & where and how to obtain any request that may come from your principle at any time, happy to sit for hours on end but be ready to go at the drop of a hat firing on all cylinders, meticulous in detail & a good planner (it’s no good going to a meeting & getting caught out in roadworks that have been there a week) if you don’t know a place a previous recce is in order & make sure you know exactly where the best routes are.

The super-rich do not expect or accept 2nd best!

Still there’s always tomorrow the delivery of 2 large inflatable flamingos to blow up & place in the pool as a surprise for the kids & the Ferrari needs a polish!

 Written By A.R 

 

Many UK business leaders and entrepreneurs are yet to realise the potential of private talent recruitment, aside from London, as we all know the capital is the most culturally diverse area in the UK bringing people, and companies, from all over the globe, yet outside of this those with the wealth are failing to utilise such a tool.

Clients from north America and from the far east have used private staff for decades and so are comfortable with it, however, the British mindset has yet to catch up, preferring to go it alone, grind out the difficulties instead of investing in help. A nanny to help care for and educate the children, a PA to organise and assist work/ life, a driver to take the pressure of commuting, and security that ensures normal daily routines continue without risk.

The continued investment from international companies and the UK government, cities outside of the south-east will see a shift in industries towards cheaper areas, thus bringing workers and jobs with them. This will inevitably see an increase in house prices along with many new local businesses to accommodate them, therefore The Cheshire Group is ideally situated in the north-west, already established, leading the private household industry, whilst raising the standards.

In summary investing in great talent saves time, money, and relieves pressure, having a trusted person around you that works behind the scenes ensuring minimal disruption is priceless.

Graeme Edwards-Beech

Managing director

Full-time Nanny position in Altrincham, Cheshire UK

Start October 2018 subject to vetting.

Situated in the exclusive village of Hale, Altrincham. A busy young family seeks a professional and motivated person to be the sole charge of a wonderful little two year old boy, for a professional international family who travels several times a year. Work duties will include taking the child to and from nursery, cleaning, preparing meals, some shopping and minor duties around the house. Accommodation is a large double fully furnished room, access to two bathrooms and to all house facilities, 

£10 per hour 

28 days holidays per year plus bank holidays

  • Requirements:
    Childcare, BTEC, NVQ, Degree
    Pediatric first aid
    Enhanced DBS
    Full UK Drivers Licence
  • Must have own vehicle
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Today’s focus is on keeping yourself safe in everyday environments – what’s known in the security industry as ‘situational appreciation.’

When people are so engrossed in what’s on their phone when they are out and about, they ignore basic dangers such as crossing the road before looking or simply just walking along safely. And it’s not just technology that is to blame! Even sitting with one’s head buried in a book on public transport, could mean we are unaware of the potential danger of somebody watching us a little too closely.

Today I’ll give an insight into some simple steps you should take to educate yourself and your children, and most of all, how to protect yourself in everyday environments.

  1. Have an exit plan: Don’t sit with your back to an exit, even in a restaurant Maintain a clear line of sight to all areas, and plan what you might want to do before you have to do it.
  2. Don’t deprive your senses: We’ve all seen people try to avoid eye contact with each other on public transport or walking down the street, wearing headphones listening to music or playing games. While this may help you to switch off, it’s not recommended as far as safety is concerned. You need to be able to detect atmospherics – that feeling that something is wrong before it actually happens.
  3. Support: Maintain safety in numbers – stay with friends, have mutual support or sit near people you feel comfortable with.
  4. Know where to get help: Know the whereabouts of local police, local hospitals and non-emergency clinics. Do this beforehand so you are not rushed or panicked, should an incident occur.

This is basic advice which everybody can use to minimise potential risks to themselves. If you would like further information please get in touch.

Our risk management consultants can provide:

  • Situational awareness training
  • Defensive driving techniques.

 

Contact The Cheshire Group for more information.

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  • Graeme Edwards-Beech
  • Managing Director.

Knowing is half the battle, speaking about it is the rest.

‘Working with PTSD’ is an initiative I’ve created that informs employers and encourages employees with the condition back into work. Being an equal opportunity employer and able to relate to this gives me a perspective that the civilian market can’t match. I hope this article gives a glimpse into how to cope with PTSD-related issues and how to work through them.

I’ve not been diagnosed with PTSD and like most others in my situation, I never will. Preferring to suffer in silence than seek help or advice, it is only when things get out of control will we get, or be given, the help we need.

My experience started in 2005 after the previous year’s Iraq tour. The signs were there (excessive drinking, mood swings, attitude changes, anxiety in populated areas and headaches) but I couldn’t recognise them. My career and relationship began to suffer, I couldn’t handle stress in any shape or form and I began to get into trouble. The institution I was part of failed to recognise that I was suffering, choosing instead to punish my indiscretions. I went AWOL from the army and was rightly punished by my unit. I was arrested in Manchester for being involved in a fight, and taken to court. This led to a conviction which, on appeal, was reduced to an absolute discharge. The fact that my solicitor was, like me, formerly of the Household Division was a major factor in my favour.

The Squadron Leader saw that I needed some time away from the unit, and arranged a placement for me at the recruitment office in Manchester, which meant I could be home with my family. For a time this helped but it did lead to the eventual breakdown in relations with my girlfriend. I can’t blame her for anything – I wasn’t faithful and I became too hard to deal with on nights out.

2007 saw me go back to Iraq. I’d been promoted and felt a renewed sense of purpose: recognition and responsibility can do wonders for your well-being. The tour itself was tough and as it drew to a close I was sent home to complete a commanders course – 5 months’ intensive training covering all aspects of leadership, tactics, gunnery, driving, maintenance and advanced signals. This came with only one condition: I had to be part of another tour straight afterwards – to Afghanistan in 2008.

During my Crew Commanders course, I met my now wife, Shirley.  We hit it off immediately. I didn’t hold back on anything, all the infidelities, problems and gory details, so she could make up her mind about me – and luckily she stayed. She endured the toughest tour I’ve experienced, with two colleagues lost and many more injured. She still today thinks me lucky to have not been hurt or worse out there. The lowest moment came with the loss of one of the kindest men I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. In a very short time I came to admire his work ethic, his manner and his complete professionalism, whilst everything around us was literally falling apart. Trooper Ratu Sakesi Babakobau (‘Babs’) died on the 2nd May 2008, and I felt responsible. When my vehicle broke down I asked him and another of my dismounts to cross deck into another vehicle. Almost immediately afterward he was killed, whilst driving through a ravine, by an IED. My sincere condolences always go to his family.

As our tour came to a close we sadly lost another fantastic young soldier, Trooper James Munday (‘Magpie’). He had a great personality and lots of potential, yet was sadly killed on 15th October, 2008. I only spoke in passing with him, as we hadn’t worked together before, but as many of my friends and colleagues will agree, he’s sorely missed. His Mother continues his fight for justice to this day.

In 2009, upon my return to work, I was promoted and posted to London for ceremonial duties. This absolutely broke me. I felt as though I’d been betrayed because I had been promised the chance to train to be an instructor and go to one of the Army training units. Instead I had to learn to ride horses, clean kit and not sleep or eat properly for several months. During this period I found that Shirley (now my now wife) had become pregnant, and this along with my bitterness toward my situation caused me to sign off and leave the army. My stress levels soared and I literally ran away from everything – from the slightest confrontation or challenge, and I pushed people away from me. Looking back now, it’s hard to believe how low and suicidal I felt.

This time it was serious, and my wife made me seek help from a doctor. That year she experienced all of the effects someone can go through as a partner. I suffered nightmares, visions and anxiety, I spoke different languages in my sleep, called fire orders, shied away from any loud noises, I didn’t want to go out, I lost weight, lost interest in sex, I collapsed, and even tried to strangle her in my sleep.

I don’t understand how she managed, yet the year passed, our baby arrived and I became a father. I think this was my defining moment. Life wasn’t about me anymore. Someone relied on me completely, and I loved it. I began a new career outside of the army for the first time in almost a decade, and I won’t lie it was scary. However I found new ways of coping. I began to exercise daily, read more books, began courses online and spoke to like-minded people about their experiences.

Chris Vaile a young American Marine I met in Iraq 2010 became a good friend and we did everything together – eating, working, and exercising – every day. He had been through similar events but had a different perspective on life. It impressed that me he was such a very positive person at just 24 years old and having been through so much, including surviving an IED in Fallujah. Tragedy hit later that year when Chris Was killed by an IED whilst working in Afghanistan. I remember we had plans for his 25th birthday. My wife and I, along with Chris and his girlfriend, were going to hire an apartment in Vegas to celebrate the occasion. My heart truly goes out to his Mother, Cara and father, Duffy. I still miss Chris.

In total, I spent eight years away from the UK in hostile environments meeting some great people (some not so great), and I lost good friends and colleagues along the way. While in Iraq, Nick Hunt died in a car accident; Steve Hovarth suffered a sudden heart attack. People I have known have put their own lives in peril in order to provide a better life for the loved ones back home.

These events contributed towards my decision to help others in their journey through their own personal struggles, many of which I can relate to. Personally, I don’t advocate medication to solve mental illnesses. I found that exercise and speaking to the right people were more beneficial. I can’t count how many times people have sought my help or advice in these matters, but I have saved relationships, stopped people from harming themselves and encouraged people to look differently into their issues.

My experiences led to me set up a company which gives veterans a job worthy of their skill sets, working with someone who understands them without prejudice. 

Those of us in the military community are very bad at asking for help. I’m not a charity. Instead I’m giving people a way to help themselves. And if they need some guidance, I’m here to advise.

  • Graeme Edwards-Beech

Managing Director

The Cheshire Group