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The Bodyguard effect doubles Norfolk investigations experience firm’s bookings

PUBLISHED: 08:26 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:15 27 September 2018

Bodyguard - David Budd (RICHARD MADDEN), Julia Montague (KEELEY HAWES) - (C) World Productions. Photographer: Des Willie

Bodyguard - David Budd (RICHARD MADDEN), Julia Montague (KEELEY HAWES) - (C) World Productions. Photographer: Des Willie

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A firm based in Norfolk is riding high on the back of the BBC show Bodyguard, saying since the series aired demand for their “immersive experiences” has doubled.

Right Angle frequently carries out charity work in south east Asia and in Africa, building facilities and often holding sessions for local children to enjoy. Here they teach some Cambodian children the basics of martial arts. Picture: Right AngleRight Angle frequently carries out charity work in south east Asia and in Africa, building facilities and often holding sessions for local children to enjoy. Here they teach some Cambodian children the basics of martial arts. Picture: Right Angle

Right Angle was founded in Taverham a decade ago by Steve Gaskin, a former Scotland Yard detective, who alongside 20 other full-time and ex-service colleagues, runs team building courses including CSI and Line of Duty inspired investigations.

Before Bodyguard aired, the company ran 10 programmes a year aimed at companies looking to develop the relationships between their team members in a new way.

Now the team has 20 events on the diary between October 2018 and February 2019.

Mr Gaskin said that turnover for the company per annum is just shy of £2m, but is expecting to exceed this thanks to the sudden burst in interest.

He said: “Since the series aired, bookings have more than doubled. We’ve had to bring on more martial arts experts, we usually work with three and now have six.

“The show was great television, but it wasn’t very realistic. Someone of that rank would never be assigned to protect the home secretary, and any relationship with the principal would probably have resulted in dismissal from the police.

“Also the firearms he had in his home, if discovered, would probably put him in jail. Whether he’s a bodyguard or not, like you or me, he can’t have unlicensed firearms.”

He added that there were two reasons for the surge in interest for bodyguard work: “It’s not just politicians and the royal family that need protection anymore, so there’s a growing demand for bodyguards.

“We’re also seeing an increase in interest in the detective industry because previously you had to go through a two year apprentice to join the force. Now in some areas you can join at the rank of detective if you have the relevant skills; exceptional first aid training, defensive and aggressive driving training, and so on.

“A lot of people have this dream and we give a very realistic impression of the situation and pressures bodyguards are under.”

The company based in Norwich now also has bases in London and Leeds, and clients across Europe.

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