Here is a selection of recent client testimonials.
Chauffeur, VIP Protection and Military resettlement
Barry Devine of Take Me Home James, writing in April 2013:
“I would like to thank you for the superb in-depth training and support during the course. I had great fun and much laughter…Everything I was taught makes perfect sense.”
“I just wanted to say a big thank you – the course was absolutely brilliant. It was really well run, and covered everything in great detail. I have already recommended the course to a couple of people who are trying to get into the industry…”
ex-WO2 British Army (22 years service) Darrel W.:
“I strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in developing their driving skills. Having completed a Close Protection course, I wanted to further enhance my skill set.
“My overall impression of the course was excellent. From day one I felt the atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming. Mark Kendrick (Bespoke‘s Founder) taught from a wealth of experience, and his encyclopedic knowledge of the subject matter was outstanding. The whole course was progressive and well thought out. Questions were welcomed at any time, and were answered there and then with bags of enthusiasm and professionalism. Mark and his colleagues were patient, approachable, good humoured and genuinely keen to help and share their experiences for the benefit of everyone.
“During the course I achieved a RoSPA ‘Silver’ advanced driving award, and I believe that I am now much better prepared, and more confident with my driving abilities. Most of all I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Bespoke‘s training methods and experience in getting students prepared for the testing couldn’t have been better. The course thoroughly prepares you in advanced driving skills, and VIP Protection Driving drills and procedures.
“At the end of the course, along with your certificates you will receive a comprehensive list of contacts for close protection and chauffeur companies to help in finding work. Unlike other training providers, Bespoke are keen to help you find work.”
“I have to say thanks agan for a totally amazing week and an outstanding course; I can’t believe how much my driving had changed as I drove back to the ferry on Saturday night. People told me yours was the best course to do and I have to say I now agree with them fully.”
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to once again that you for an excellent course. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire week and found it informative, organised and well delivered…You foster an excellent sense of camaraderie and companionship between all students…I will certainly be back for future training…”
“Just wanted to say what a great course and brilliant time I had over the past week. Many, many thanks.”
“Thanks to the superb training I received from Bespoke Driver Training in 2008, and on successful completion of their Chauffeur Driving Course, I was able to secure my first chauffeuring role. I would recommend Bespoke’s Chauffeur Driving Course to anyone who not only would like to pursue a chauffeuring career, but who also aspires to improve their driving skills and gain credibility in any professional driving role.
“Three years on, having recently undertaken an up-to-date refresher with Bespoke, I have taken my RoSPA triennial advanced driving re-test. On both occasions the training I received from Bespoke was exceptionally thorough, professional and enjoyable and without doubt contributed significantly to me achieving a RoSPA ‘Gold’ grade on both occasions. I will definitely continue to invest in periodic assessment days with Bespoke.”
Military tactical/Protection driving training
British Army RLC Squadron OC:
“The training provided by Bespoke Driver Training was outstanding, and played a pivotal role in preparing British Soldiers for the task of providing protected transportation to HQ ISAF personnel around the city of Kabul. The advanced driver training included high speed driving, driving multiple vehicles as a single entity, VIP handling, route selection, vehicle handling and, perhaps most importantly, provided first hand advice and experience on reaction to live incidents. This training without doubt helped save the lives of the soldiers and those they transported who were tested repeatedly over a six month tour which included the Afghan presidential election and a period of unusually intense and sustained insurgent activity in Kabul.”
Blue light users
NHS Chief Physiologist Edd Wallis, writing in October 2013:
“I would like to say thank you for making the course so enjoyable. It’s always nice to be taught by someone who clearly has a passion for their art, and it shows in the way you teach. I think it was well structured, well though out and delivered logically. All the objectives were met; I genuinely believe the course prepares drivers well for blue light driving – and indeed has made me a better and safer driver in my routine everyday driving.”
NHS Resuscitation Officer Martin Pearce:
“Thanks very much for the training. We found the whole course to be well thought out, excellently planned and superbly executed. The tuition throughout was first class, and your trainers’ knowledge and skills were abundantly evident in the way they coached us. We learned a tremendous amount on the course which we are now able to use in our everyday driving. We would have no hesitation in recommending anyone who needs blue light training to contact Bespoke.”
“I would just like to say thank you for my blue light driving course. It far exceeded my expectations and I brought a lot away with me both work wise and personally. I shall certainly look forward to my next driving course with you.”
Fleet driver training
“I’d just like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for a very informative and enjoyable course. I, like the other guys, took away a lot from it and have been putting into practise the skills and drills each time we’ve driven since.”
“I’m delighted to report that the driving exercise was taken very much in the manner that it was meant by our employees and all have got something from it. It was like the last day of school today when I handed out the ‘reports’, and the assessment has created a very positive dialogue and an enhancement to company morale…”
“I would just like to say a huge thank you. Your patience and expertise helped me… I throughly enjoyed it, and learned an awful lot.”
“Just wanted to let you know that because of the excellent driver training you gave me I achieved a gold level in my RoSPA advanced driving test.”
Bespoke courses for individual enthusiasts
James Miller, writing in March 2013:
“Your coaching style is engaging, friendly and the advice is very clear; the aide-memoire is comprehensive and accurate, and points the way ahead. Thank you!”
Martin Holt, writing about his recent half-day on-road advanced driving course:
“In pursuit of taking my driving to a higher level, I recently decided to invest in a half a day with Bespoke.
“On arrival at Bespoke’s office I met my instructor and we started off with a cup of tea, and a chat about the email he had suggested I send to him before my course, outlining what I wished to achieve from the day. Soon into the drive my instructor highlighted a few interesting points about my cornering technique, and after a clear explanation, I was given helpful guidance throughout the rest of the drive. About half way through we stopped for another cup of tea, before spending the rest of the time building on the mornings work, and working on developing my observation skills. I’m convinced my instructor could see things that “weren’t” there, such was his skill, demonstrating well the intensive training he had received, as well as years of experience. The excellent driving roads in the area allowed some ‘offsiding’ practice, using the opposite side of the road to maintain observation, and straighten bends.
“My instructor’s technique was excellent, always calm and relaxed, and I can only recommend that you try it for yourself. I left having gained not only some new skills, but a revived interest in driving.”