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Butler school serves the haves and the have-mores

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 01:23

Oct. 30 - London's school for butlers sees a growth in demand for properly trained household staff from the emerging markets of China, the Middle East and Russia. Tara Cleary reports.

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Global recession is crippling many businesses, but not Bespoke Bureau in London. The school trains butlers - that distinctly British tradition. But director, Sara Westin Rahamani says although business is booming, it's not the Brits that are hiring. SOUNDBITE: Sara Westin Rahamani, director, Bespoke Bureau, saying (English): "There is I'd say up to 95% new money and it's the emerging markets, so most of our business is coming from China, we have quite a lot of business also coming from the Middle East and Russia, it's not necessarily the Brits that can afford these type of Butlers anymore; sadly. So what does it take to do this job? Veteran butler and instructor George Telford knows. SOUNDBITE: George Telford, butler and instructor at the school, saying (English): "Our very first priority as a butler is discretion; you know discretion is very, very important. Discretion is loyal, if you're loyal to your principle as we call it, you know, it's trust is very, very much the bond that you build up." Besides discretion, butlers learn skills like serving wine and food, valeting and etiquette advice. SOUNDBITE: Louis, trainee butler, saying (English): "The skills of what a Butler does are saleable in the job market, that's why I am here." And with a top salary of around $240,000 a year, it could be a lucrative career move.

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Butler school serves the haves and the have-mores

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 01:23