Many of our professional chauffeurs are former military or former emergency services drivers. All have passed stringent tests with Birmingham City Council in order to earn their ‘badge’, which is very difficult to achieve. Home James is a 5 Star Member of the Licenced Private Hire & Chauffeur Association.
All Home James chauffeurs hold advanced DBS checks, have passed a medical and the Geo Knowledge Test with Birmingham City Council.
We have a very low turnover of chauffeurs which we think speaks for itself of our organisation and how we treat our staff.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A HOME JAMES BIRMINGHAM PROFESSIONAL CHAUFFEUR
People have asked us, ‘What makes a good professional chauffeur?’ and whilst we can reel off a list of skills and experience that are a must, right at the top of the list is the right attitude. At Home James we have a customer is king attitude and all our chauffeurs are trained in customer service.
When we advertise for chauffeurs, applicants often expect that being a reasonably good driver is all that is required. How wrong they are. We have an extensive manual for our professional chauffeurs to ensure that every single passenger gets the exceptional high level of service from us every single time they travel with Home James.
- Going the extra mile as standard
- Dress code
- Immaculate presentation
- A worthy Home James ambassador
- Performance measured
- Excellent driving skills
HOME JAMES BIRMINGHAM PROFESSIONAL CHAUFFEURS GO THE EXTRA MILE
We expect our professional chauffeurs to think on their feet and anticipate our passengers’ needs. For example if it is raining meeting passengers on their doorstep, with an umbrella or phoning a passenger, when they are in the baggage hall at the airport, to confirm that we are there, and where we will be waiting to greet you. Checking that passengers have passports and tickets, before leaving their home for their airport transfer.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ETIQUTTE FOR PROFESSIONAL CHAUFFEURS
At Home James in Birmingham we believe that ‘etiquette’ is what makes us stand out, and helps us to deliver exceptional customer service and we insist that our chauffeurs use etiquette.
One of the definitions of ‘Etiquette’ is ‘formal manners and rules that are followed in social or professional settings’. For example our chauffeurs will always address our passengers by their title and surname and will only use the passenger’s first name, if they insist.
PROFFESSIONAL CHAUFEURS DRESS CODE
How our professional Chauffeurs look, is a big part of how they, and ultimately Home James will be judged by our clients.
The Home James dress code has evolved to ensure a continuity of standards between our chauffeurs, a recognition of our chauffeurs by our customers and uniformity when more than one of our chauffeurs are present.
Your chauffeur will be immaculately presented, and formally dressed in suit, shirt and tie (neck scarves for female chauffeurs).
They will not be wearing offensive colognes.
THE DISCRETION OF PROFESSIONAL CHAUFFEURS AT HOME JAMES BIRMINGHAM
We convey a lot of high profile passengers. We often transport celebrities, dignitaries, VIPs, and quite often individuals who we may not be aware, are senior personnel at our corporate clients. Therefore, we have a requirement for complete discretion by all of our staff and professional chauffeurs. It is crucially important that all of our chauffeurs, fully understand the importance that discretion plays in their role.
Chauffeurs are not chatty taxi drivers, and a lot of our passengers have chosen a chauffeur service because they want to either work, rest or converse with other passengers, whilst travelling.
THE IMMACULATE PRESENTATION OF OUR VEHICLES
The car will be cleaned by our valeters before every journey.
A WORTHY HOME JAMES AMBASSADOR
What our clients say about our professional chauffeurs is very important to us and each chauffeur has to prove themselves to be regarded as a worthy Ambassador of Home James and our high standards. For most of our clients our chauffeur is the only personal contact they have with our company.
A sunny disposition, an eye for detail, the attitude that customer is king, it is better to be half an hour early than 1 minute late and going the extra mile for clients should come naturally to them. We have many testimonials from satisfied clients but we are only as good as our last job and will never take your custom for granted.
HOME JAMES BIRMINGHAM PROFESSIONAL CHAUFFEAURS ARE PERFORMANCE MEASURED
Every Home James vehicle has an ‘Eco-bar’ fitted, this ensures the car is driven in an environmentally friendly manner and the passenger experience is second to none. The whole journey is measured and recorded. This ensures that the chauffeur abides by the speed limit, minimises sharp cornering, and harsh braking and acceleration.
A comfortable safe journey is what every passenger can expect from a Home James Professional Chauffeur in Birmingham or throughout the UK. Each chauffeur is graded and is aiming to achieve a minimum B+ which means they are driving safely for 99% of the time.