middot warning cancel success information linkedin google twitter facebook whatsapp user-stroke rss yacht-silhouette library user ship tel email print share lock spyglass arrow--down arrow--up arrow--left arrow--right coins city yacht warranty pin instagram

How to become private cabin crew?

  When it comes to careers in the private sector and working for high net worth individuals, what kind of jobs are out there, how do you get in and what's it really like working for the rich and famous?    We thought we'd take a look at private aviation this week.  Give you a bit of a taste of what a Private Flight Attendant does, what skills they ideally need to possess and how to land a fabulous job like that.    What does a typical day look like for a Private Flight Attendant? Exact duties obviously depend on your individual employer and your contract, but this checklist gives you a bit of an idea. The interior of the plane is your domain! Whether the plane is private or charter, you will have done your menu planning and grocery sho...

Read More

Security is Prevention

The Financial Times reported this week that in Nigeria "the kidnapping industry is thriving." A combination of increased population, unemployment, underfunding, easy access to small arms and incapable security forces have enabled kidnapping to become a boom industry in an already struggling economy, leaving Nigeria with a serious security threat.  Simeon Rosset over at Rosset Bespoke Butlers recently interviewed one of Greece's foremost security officers George Sardelis, CEO at Defensor Civitatis and himself a victim of kidnap, about the role of security teams for high net worth individuals. George explains about how to find the right team, whether you can prepare for a kidnapping situation and provides exclusive insights into how to deal wit...

Read More

"Upstairs Downstairs" divide replaced by the House Manager

Long gone are the delineating "Upstairs Downstairs" roles in the typical UK private household. Think not so much "Downton Abbey" as managing the lives of the international and elite globe-trotting UK jet-set. House Managers are the new "below stairs" staff.  More integrated into day-to-day family life, the House Manager is responsible for looking after the every need of globe-trotting families.  Michelin star Chef's responsible for cooking up 5-star meals or beans on toast while the tutors are responsible for making sure 4-year-olds get the best academic start in life. Back in the 1911 census, 1.5 million people recorded working in domestic jobs in the UK.  Elite households back then were run by a small army of domestic staff, much like a sm...

Read More

How to structure your household staff?

The smooth and successful running of your home will be in part due to the right staff but also having the right staff structure in place. The right staff structure gives every staff member clarity on what everyone's individual duties are so they're more effective and efficient. It also gives you a clear measure later on when you come up to staff reviews. Where to start? Make a list of all the areas in which you need help and concentrate on each area in turn.  Might be housekeeper, cook, driver, nanny or butler. Now get into the nitty gritty. Take the role of driver for example. Write up the job description in detail. What hours they will be required to work, what duties are expected of them, majority long or short journeys, will they be transporting family, bus...

Read More

What does an Estate Manager do?

That should probably say what doesn't an Estate Manager do? Every Estate Manager's role is different; according to the estate he or she manages, the number of staff under their supervision, the scope and complexities of the estate itself and the demands of their employer. Responsible for the upkeep, day-to-day running and profitability of the estate, he/she will oversee maintenance, supervise staff, manage budgets and events. Mainly household based estate managers will also need to focus on land and outbuilding management. One thing every estate manager has in common though, is an extremely varied and interesting workload. One of the main aspects of the Estate Manager's role is the supervision of staff who in turn are responsible for different areas of the estate.&...

Read More

How do you set a silver table service?

Whether you're designing an entire table display or simply the plate, creating an enticing table, that sets the mood and gives your guests the wow-factor requires a meticulous eye for detail and an understanding of how to set a table properly.  Here you'll learn how to set the table, different types of crockery, mapping out a basic table setting or a formal table arrangement.   What's Silver Service? It's a dining service where food is brought to the table, traditionally on silver platters, and served to individual's plates, rather than plated up in the kitchen and brought to your table. Servers use either two forks, or a fork and spoon in one hand, in a similar grip to chopsticks, to pick up a serving of food and transfer it fr...

Read More

What makes a great butler?

We posted a great role for a formally trained butler on our Villa Recruit jobs board this morning.  A full-time position based half the year in West Palm Beach, the other half the Hamptons. BUTLER ROLE:  "Responsibilities include serving at formal dinners, managing the home, assisting in the planning of events, dinner parties and running errands. Knowledge of beverages desirable. Other responsibilities include calling in repairmen and overseeing their work, as well as dealing with contractors and landscapers. Occasionally housekeeping when necessary." Posting the various responsibilities of the role, made me think about what it takes to be a really great butler. As Google would have it "chief manservant of a house," the reality of being a butler in t...

Read More

Norland Celebrates 128 years

This month we thought we'd throw the spotlight on those fabulous Norland nannies who graduate from Norland College. With their instantly recognisable uniform, we wanted to find out more about the history, heritage and values of Norland College.  Norland College was founded in 1892 by Emily Ward with children's early years education in mind. Influenced by the ideas of Friedrich Frobel - creator of the kindergarten concept - Emily recognised that every child has unique needs and capabilities and should have access to childcare that facilitates that. As the first educational establishment in the UK to offer any kind of childcare training, Norland was focused on the need for early years childcare to be more structured.  Totally centred around the child. Prior t...

Read More

The Swanky Shankly Grand Party Hotel

Have you caught up with BBC One's Grand Party Hotel yet?  The real life docu-soap based on and in Liverpool's Shankly Hotel.  A little reminiscent of the BBC's series Hotel Babylon (2006-9), only with flamboyance, colour and a splash of Big Brother!  I can't decide whether it's decadent, exciting or kitsch in the extreme!  Love it or hate it this extraordinary hotel has cornered the "party-dream" market.  With 83 uniquely themed rooms and suites, from bridal, communal (sleeps 24!) to sporting themed in memory of Liverpool's football manager, Bill Shankly OBE.  Some boasting pink flamingos on the ceiling, some with lion's heads on the walls, even toilets fashioned into thrones, and don't forget your...

Read More

Flower Arranging Made Easy

We can all appreciate the impact of a beautiful flower arrangement, but how do you achieve it with little or no training?  Here are some really simple tips for making an impact without the stress. Choose your colour palette – decide which colours you want to feature but remember classy, elegant displays are often achieved with the simplest of colour ways. So, stick to 1 or 2 colours, that's all you need to create a simple, elegant but impactful floral display.  For example: only buy white and green flowers.  TIP: Often the more colours you choose, the more hectic, crazy and distracting the effect.   Flower finds - If you can't get to your gorgeous local flower market (you'll probably have to get up super early but it's worth th...

Read More

Page 1 of 4

  • Advert for Yotspot Connect