A Teesside company that’s been a chauffeur to the stars as well as many of the region’s leading businesspeople is set for take-off after sealing a contract with the supplier of private jet and VIP flight services at Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Norton-based Luxury Chauffeuring Services and its sister company, Close Protection Security, will act as approved suppliers for the airport’s Consort Aviation brand, whose services include private jet, group charter and VIP flight services.
Run by owner Glenn Bartlett, Luxury Chauffeuring Services (LCS) offer their high-end taxi services via a BMW 7 Series and 5 Series, an S-class Mercedes and a Range Rover, but can provide a service in virtually any prestige motor that customers request.
Bartlett, who has worked in the industry for 10 years, has provided chauffeuring and security services to an all-star cast including business leader Duncan Bannatyne, TV double act Ant and Dec, former Middlesbrough and England manager Steve McClaren, Boro star Stewart Downing during his England days, and champion jockey Jim Crowley.
Having previously looked after the film crew for blockbuster Transformers during filming in the North-East, LCS recently provided chauffeuring services to actors, directors and camera crew involved in The Avengers movie during shooting around Durham Cathedral.
Along with senior Middlesbrough FC staff, Boro stars and their partners are also clients of LCS and Close Protection Security (CPS), which Bartlett runs with business partner Lee Nicholson, LCS and CPS have provided chauffeuring and security services for the hugely popular SkyLive airshow for the past two years, providing a smooth passage and protection for leading bands Toploader and Livin’ Joy, whilst also working for organiser Chris Petty of Cornerstone Business Solutions.
“LCS isn’t just a standard taxi company,” explains Bartlett, who was Bannatyne’s personal driver for several years. “We offer a prestige, personalised service that has reliability and confidentiality as its bedrock.
“Our clients include high-profile businessmen and women, for whom trust and confidentiality is a key factor.
“They know that what’s said in the car stays in the car. But it’s also about reliability. If they’re getting off a long flight from overseas, they need to know we’ll be there and that we’ll get them to wherever they need to be at the time they need to be there.
• To book or for more details about services provided by LCS and CPS, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07713 115809.