Month: March 2020

Luxury Natural Cleaning Products for your Home

Spring is traditionally the time in the UK to freshen our homes and prepare for the seasons ahead. Here are some of our favourite luxury natural cleaning products on the market.

Caring for delicate fabrics

Laundress is an American eco-friendly brand that specialises in detergent, fabric care and home cleaning products. Their ‘Wool and Cashmere Shampoo’ keeps your delicate clothes in the best possible condition – a god send at the moment whilst the dry cleaners are closed!

Laundress, Wool and Cashmere Shampoo
Available at Selfridges

The Sweater Stone was designed epecially to help remove pilling and lint from your clothes. The natural pumice renews the finish of jumpers, cardigans, blankets and upholstery. And we think it is an essential addition to any laundry room or wardrobe to help keep your clothes looking good for longer.

Non-toxic products for the kitchen and home

Tincture is a London based brand which has created a range of high performance, natural cleaning products. All the ingredients are 100% natural, sustainable and non-toxic. And best of all, the products are safe to use around babies, children and pets. Essential oils and botanical extracts are key ingredients in these products and they’re chemical free too!

Ashley & Co. is another luxury brand who have created a range of beautiful products that are naturally plant based. They’re also 100% biodegradable and free of SLS & parabens.

‘Benchpress’ is an all round surface spray which includes essential oils like citrus, clove bud and cinnamon bark. It is effective without the use of harsh ingredients; is gentle on skin and leaves surfaces spotless and fresh.

Reusable Towels

These reusable and sustainably sourced Bamboo Reusable Towels from Eco Egg completely replace the need for paper towels in your kitchen and home. Each sheet becomes softer and more absorbent with each wash. They won’t scratch any surfaces or leave any lint or residue and can be used for both wet spills and on dry surfaces. And for every pack sold, the company promise to Plant a Tree with Ripple Africa.

A guide to domestic staff

Private Domestic Staff

Domestic staff play an important role in maintaining the smooth running of private households. We work with each client to truly understand their needs and requirements which enables us to place the perfect employees for your home.

What’s the difference between domestic staff and housekeepers?

‘Domestic staff’ is the broad term which encompass all staff that are employed by a residential home. Housekeepers will fall into this category as they are a type of domestic worker.

How many members of domestic staff do I need?

It really is dependent on your lifestyle and the size of your house or estate. We can work with you to guide you on the number of private staff members that you may need. We place all types of domestic workers: Butlers, Chauffeurs, Private Chefs, House Manager, Housekeepers, Domestic Couples and Groundsmen.

Some clients express a need for domestic workers to live in, others prefer for staff to live out. Sometimes it is possible to consolidate several tasks with a ‘Domestic Couple’. The duo would be able to cover a full range of roles, both inside and outside the home.

How do I manage domestic employees? 

Our luxury domestic employees are fully trained and will have a wide range of experience working for clients in private homes.  However, each client has different expectations, so ensure that you walk through your home with the staff member on day one and fully explain what you require from them. To create a smooth working relationship, make sure that the brief is fully understood. 

How should I treat domestic staff?

Sometimes domestic workers often become an extension of your family, so we encourage you to treat any employee with the utmost respect.

How do I recruit domestic staff?

At AJA Partnership, we recruit the highest quality of domestic employees. We ensure that references and checks have been made so that you have complete peace of mind, and recruiting is a stress free process. Please contact us today and we will be happy to help you find the perfect candidate for your home.

How to host a virtual interview

Luxury marble desk with laptop, great space to conduct virtual interviews
Image credit – Roses Interior

Virtual interviews are an excellent way in which we can recruit for domestic and household staff in these current times of self-isolation and social distancing. We have put together a short guide which could useful for both interviewer and interviewees.

Scheduling

It’s important that the time and date has been properly scheduled and communicated to both parties. And if you have any queries, please check details ahead of time to make sure that the call runs smoothly, and it will avoid any unnecessary rescheduling.

Most virtual interviews will take place using Skype, WhatsApp video call, Zoom or Facetime; so it is vital that both parties check that they have an account to the relevant software. The log in details and passwords should be easily accessible so that you can log in promptly when the call is due to commence.

The Basics

Make sure that you have a fully charged battery to minimise any disruption during the interview.

We advise that you find a quiet space to conduct the call so that any unnecessary background noise is kept to a minimum.

Make sure that you are sitting still and facing the camera and find somewhere suitable to rest your laptop/mobile so that there is limited movement. This will make the interview run smoothly and avoid any disturbance for both parties.

Try to limit multitasking whilst the video call or interview is taking place, and make sure that you are fully engaged in the conversation at all times.

Our candidates will approach the interview dressed as they would for a face to face interview. They will be well briefed on the job description and what the client is expecting from the role.

Tips for Interviewer

Be prepared and review your questions ahead of time and make sure that you are going to cover all aspects of the job role.

If you can, use the same question for all candidates so that you know that you are interviewing all candidates fairly.

Tips for Interviewee

Practice making sure that you are comfortable in front of a camera. Use a mirror to rehearse or record yourself and play the recording back. It will be easy to spot any habits that the client may find distracting.

Look at the camera and make eye contact at all times.

It would be advisable to have a glass of water to hand in case you are suffering from any stage fright!

If you are seeking your next role, please view our current vacancies here.

Luxury gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost upon us, and what better time to show the important lady in your life how much she means to you!

We have put together our top tips to buying a perfect present this Mother’s Day, as well as showcasing some of our favourite luxury gift ideas…

  • First of all, it is important that you take into consideration the taste and style of the recipient. Don’t buy a gift that you would like to receive; it should demonstrate that you know their tastes and personality
  • Secondly, remember that it is the final touches that can make a big difference. Always make sure that the gift is well presented and it should be placed within a gift bag with tissue paper or decorated with a ribbon tie. Make sure that the present includes a gift tag, and perhaps the gift receipt
  • To avoid causing any offence, it is advisable to gift an item that isn’t size dependant – accessories are a great option in our opinion
  • Finally, the most important thing to remember is that regifting is never appropriate!

We think that these luxury gift ideas will make the perfect present this Mother’s Day.

Burberry Grainy Leather AirPods Case, the perfect luxury gift for Mother's Day
Burberry Leather Airpod Case
Chloe Darcey Earrings
Chloé Darcey earrings
YSL Lou Belt Bag
YSL Lou Belt Bag
Chanel Camélia Ajouré necklace
Chanel Camélia Necklace
Mulberry Postman's Lock Agenda - a gorgeous luxury gift idea for Mother's Day
Mulberry Postman’s Lock Agenda

Position Filled but always interested to meet new talent. WEYBRIDGE – Full Time Live Out Housekeeper £40k per annum

Highly experienced housekeeper required to work for a busy family offering full support to the principles and their 2 children. The candidate will work to the highest of standards and ensure the home is immaculately presented at all times.  Be able to communicate well and take instruction when needed.  Be child friendly, offer support when needed and at times cook for the family. The hours are Monday to Friday 7am until 7pm with substantial breaks during the day.

The role is paying £38k per annum.

If you would like to apply for this housekeeper position, please contact us and a member of the team will be in touch.

Position Filled: WEYBRIDGE – French speaking PA

Family office in private home in Weybridge require an experience PA who speaks French.

The role will be 2 days and can offer flexibility on the days. No fixed hours but someone who can offer flexibility and complete all tasks assigned.  The individual will be able to work independently and within a small team.

The brief is detailed and requires a very good communicator who can liaise with various third parties at any given time and report back to principle.

Experience with property management companies would be a bonus and someone who can communicate effectively in French.