Your Bentley has arrived: How an ‘Uber’ for the elite is driving the chauffeur industry forward
There’s no doubt that Uber has earned its place in modern life but when travelling for business, there’s a level of luxury, service and discretion that an app-based provider simply can’t offer. Step in iChauffeur (ichauffeur.co.uk): recognised as one of the finest chauffeur companies in the world, its drivers undergo a rigorous recruitment process, which comprises no fewer than 113 stages and on-going evaluation, ensuring that the service enjoyed by clients is unsurpassable.
With a fleet of high-end vehicles, ranging from Mercedes S-Classes to Range Rovers and Rolls-Royces, those travelling for work or between meetings can be assured of their comfort, as well as the privacy with which to make calls or have discussions with colleagues. All of the vehicles in the fleet are also WiFi enabled, making it possible to fire off those all-important emails and check in with the office – while for those for whom security is an issue, close protection is also offered. And with an international service spanning Western Europe, China, the US and Hong Kong and soon to include Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, Japan and South America, international business travellers can access a seamless and consistent service across global destinations.
Time on the ground between meetings and engagements tends to be scarce when travelling on business, so it’s useful to have a reliable source of local knowledge who can make recommendations; to this end, iChauffeur has created over 90 different sets of notes to assist their chauffeurs in consolidating local knowledge. Need to find a restaurant that hits the right note for a negotiation or somewhere to pick up a client gift? Your chauffeur will have the insider knowledge, leaving you more time to get on with what you need to do.
For those who have more available time and want to combine sight-seeing with deal-making, iChauffeur’s offering goes well beyond short trips between airport and hotel, or meeting room and restaurant. Rarely will business travellers have the time to seek out hidden gems; their sensibility runs towards visiting well-known destinations that are sure to deliver on impact and enjoyment. To this end, iChauffeur offers the discerning business traveller the best of all worlds, taking care of all of the scheduling and access details so that clients can relax in the comfort of a luxury vehicle in between destinations, safe in the knowledge that they will be taken directly to the most desirable of sights and attractions.
The company has recently launched bespoke tours of Great Britain, taking in such unfailingly compelling sights as the Cotswolds, York and Scotland – while for those in need of some retail therapy, a day trip to Bicester Village can be arranged, complete with the smug knowledge that any purchases made can stowed in the boot of the car – no struggling with bags required! An exploration of Highclere Castle, of Downton Abbey fame, can be experienced individually – or, for those seeking to impress colleagues and contacts, a private reception at the castle may be arranged, complete with canapés and drinks for up to 15 people and a private tour by a senior member of the Royal Household.
No time to leave the capital? Other exclusive experiences include an after-hours walking tour of the Tower of London, complete with a three-course fine dining meal and witnessing the mysterious Ceremony of the Keys. And of course, with your driver waiting to whisk you back to your hotel, you can afford to indulge in that second glass of wine.