The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), commonly called the Foreign Office, is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting and promoting British interests worldwide. It was created in 1968 by merging the Foreign Office and the Commonwealth Office.

The head of the FCO is the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, commonly abbreviated to "Foreign Secretary". This is regarded as one of the four most prestigious positions in the Cabinet – the Great Offices of State – alongside those of Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary.

The FCO is managed from day to day by a civil servant, the Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, who also acts as the Head of Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service.

In 2018, the UK hosted The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting organised by The FCO where leaders from all 53 Commonwealth nations gathered in London and Windsor.

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Service summary

The  Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting London 2018 spanned over 5 days and evenings covering 13 different venues. CSP were proud to be selected to provide Project Management, Traffic Management, CSAS and Vehicle check point staff on a 24-hour basis, as well as Parking and Check Point staff for one-off events at some of the UK`s most iconic and historic venues. These included Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Guildhall to name a few.

Our main function for traffic management was to manage a very busy transport hub in Hyde Park controlling 250 Protected vehicle movements as well as in excess of 500 unprotected vehicle movements per day.

The Vehicle Check point teams worked very closely with the Police, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Anti-Terrorism unit of the Metropolitan Police as well as Royal and Government Protection Officers using the latest technology, managing the ingress and egress of all of the host venues, ensuring that the Vehicle Access Permit System was Strictly adhered to.

CSP supplied a  Management and Supervision team of 20, as well as 150 staff per day to work with all of the stakeholders to deliver an amazing and successful event.