The definition of a bodyguard is a person or group of people employed to escort and protect an important or famous person.

The word is synonymous with the movie starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Huston in which he is charged with protecting Whitney, her family, and their property.  In many ways, this portrayal is correct barring the knife fighting in the kitchen and falling in love with your client, it is a bodyguard or Close protection operatives (CPO) “as we prefer to be known in the UK” job to protect their principle (Client) from harm. This is done in many ways as depicted in the movie, researching your client followed by a full risk analysis, identifying potential threats, weaknesses and any particular areas that you can act upon. Hiring qualified and experienced staff to carry out specific duties and, in this modern age in-depth background checks of the original staff and in some cases any family where necessary. Installing Physical, electronic barriers like gates, cameras, and sensors, but overall putting in place procedures that will endeavor to make an attack on your client so difficult it’s not worth doing. 

Training, or educating is something that is lacking from both sides of this equation, training oneself to avoid any rust and working with your principle on the actions that will be taken in case of emergency and, understanding soft skills that avoid escalating a situation.

Finally, the best CPO’s are, dedicated, drilled individuals constantly vigilant, resourceful and prepared for every eventuality. A person with a plan for each situation they encounter and not just a beefed-up Doorman pretending to play the part.

The Cheshire Group provides government-level security for Business leaders, celebrities, and sports personalities throughout the UK.

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Our stand-alone dog handler teams are professional, diligent and, trained to the highest standards. Drawing on years of experience in the armed forces and private sector, dealing with real-life situations and threats gives us an advantage over our competitors, each unit can operate covertly or as a high profile deterrent reducing manpower to whatever suits our clients’ needs 

Our teams are trained in building searches, tracking, handler protection, and each operator come with a background in close protection, manned guarding, closed-circuit monitoring. With years of experience in residential security at times, our operators work closely with the client as a personal protection officer offering far more than your regular security officers and, the canine unit is personally selected and vetted by us to our exacting standards, each task is planned with the uppermost safety in mind.

Vehicles meet BS8517 standard
Our teams are all Nasdu accredited
All operators and canines received regular continuation training making sure we are ready at short notice to provide nothing short of an excellent standard.

The Cheshire Group, Leading the standard in security.

 

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Don’t mistake her for a nanny or a personal assistant. Emma Probert is the Lady chosen to protect the Dutchess of Cambridge. 

The stereotypical image of a tall burley intimidating male character is being challenged by the highly professional yet more inconspicuous female (EPO) executive protection operative. The demand for women within the security industry has risen dramatically, we at The Cheshire Group have a some of the best in the industry.  having seen a shift in preference from our clients requiring female EPO’s to protect themselves and their families, means we have recruited former military, police, and government members to provide close protection, surveillance and investigation service to our clients.

The Cheshire Group provides government level protection like Emma for HNWI, business leaders and celebrities alike. 

For more information contact 01625 251702 

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.

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 

 

Statistics don’t lie: London is the hub of finance, tourism and fashion in the UK. However, a town in the north is beginning to buck that trend and tap into some of that wealth.

Manchester, UK’s biggest city outside of London, has seen in recent years an increase in industry, media and house building. The wealth and success of both Manchester football teams have focussed attention here, and this, along with a rise in the number of foreign students coming here to study all point to it becoming ‘the capital of the north’.

Towns and suburbs in the north west are home to many wealthy and well-known celebrities, entrepreneurs, writers and artistic leaders. The Cheshire towns of Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Prestbury and Hale comprise the ‘Golden Triangle,’ which boasts more millionaires than anywhere else in the UK outside London.

Having Manchester airport less than 10 miles from the city centre brings many travellers, both foreign and domestic, and access from the major arterial routes, the M6 and M60, enhance the attractiveness of the location.

Finally, with planned the government-backed HS2 and increased foreign investment, I can only see Manchester and the north west become a true northern powerhouse, and somewhere more people will want to live and raise their children or start a business.

 

Graeme Edwards-Beech

Managing Director

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