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Kingdom heads to West Yorkshire to tackle litter

Kirklees famously provided the beautiful landscapes and scenery for the BBC’s long running comedy series Last of the Summer Wine for nearly forty years. Now, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers are heading to Yorkshire to help keep this beautiful part of the country looking wonderful.

The Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees includes Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite. The largest town is Huddersfield, which is where Kirklees Council is based. Starting from April 2017, Kingdom will be working across the district, tackling littering (including dropping cigarette ends and chewing gum), dog fouling and other offences, including the selling or repairing of multiple vehicles on the highway, distributing and displaying flyers and posters without permission, and not having a dog on a lead where required. They will start a 12 month trial in April, issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone caught carrying out the offences above. Kingdom’s officers will be wearing real time body cameras as they patrol as always.

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Enforcement Management, Councillor Naheed Mather, has said:

“We have really considered the risks and benefits of involving a private company but feel the time is now right to take this next trial step. We do not have the numbers of staff that can cover the district ourselves, but the company will choose when and where to go and they will issue the notices.”

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. The specialist teams deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities the length and breadth of the UK. They issue FPNs to anyone caught breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces.

Kingdom aims to keep the places where we live, work and visit cleaner, safer and greener. The annual cost of cleaning the UK’s streets has been estimated at £1billion, with around 14 million incidents of anti-social behaviour reported each year. This equates to 26 incidents every minute.

To find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom membership of top cleaning body renewed

Kingdom is pleased to have renewed its members of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc), the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry.

Being a Corporate Member of the BICSc demonstrates active and material support of the Institute in its aims to raise environmental standards through training and education.

By being a member, Kingdom agrees to abide by the principles of the code of practice of the Institute, which include:

  1. Maintain a high standard of integrity in all his or her working relationships whether inside or outside the organisation in which he or she is employed.
  2. Foster the highest possible competence and expertise among those for whom he or she may be responsible.
  3. A member should seek to take a positive role in Institute regional and national affairs, by attending meetings and assisting in appropriate ways at regional and national events. A Corporate member should also support such events and encourage employees to participate in them.
  4. Comply with both the letter and spirit of the appropriate legislation of the country in which he or she works.
  5. Discharge any obligations into which he or she may have entered in the course of their employment or matters of business.
  6. Reject working practices, which might reasonably be deemed improper and/or dangerous.
  7. Ensure the availability of appropriate training for any staff under his or her control and encourage staff to take part in such training.
  8. Raise his or her standards of professional competence by taking advantage of any training that may be made available.

The BICSc has over 10,000 individual and corporate members in the UK and internationally. Its mission is to “raise the status and standards of the cleaning industry, through education and accredited training”. By doing so, it aims to:

  • Protect the operative
  • Provide a clean and safe environment
  • Preserve assets
  • Promote sustainability
  • Produce best practice
It was formed in 1961 to give the cleaning industry recognition. Although originally set up to raise the profile of the cleaning industry as a profession, it went on to establish educational standards, with the services and training provided by the Institute evolving over the years to reflect changes within the cleaning industry. They are now the leading provider in educational accredited standards and qualifications within the cleaning industry.

To find out more about the BICSc, please visit their website: https://www.bics.org.uk/

Kingdom’s supervisor or site-managed commercial cleaning and maintenance service aims to showcase your company values in their very best light, believing that clean premises reflect the qualities of an organised, professional business. They are committed to using the best people, technologies and products to provide a leaner, smarter and more connected organisation.

They add value by taking a pro-active stance towards site cleanliness and tidiness and advise on ways to cut cost, what tasks can be reduce, what time of day is cheaper and how to reduce electricity consumption or CO2 emissions when cleaning.

Kingdom remains steadfast in its "commitment to quality" (C2Q) by embracing five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes. As a supplier to brand focused customers, their investment and dedication to quality and safety is taken extremely seriously. They regularly access experts in their field to openly audit and challenge them.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom to help keep the Gateway to England clean

For many people, Dover is the Gateway to England and will be the first town that they see when arriving in the UK. It is also a major tourist attraction. Kingdom is therefore very pleased to have won the contract to provide Environmental Protection services on behalf of Dover District Council, starting in April 2017.

Kingdom’s officers will be patrolling the district issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone caught dropping litter (which includes cigarette ends and chewing gum) and now cleaning up after their dog has fouled.

Dover is home to not only home to the major ferry port, but also the famous White Cliffs of Dover, three museums (Dover Museum, the Dover Transport Museum and the Roman Painted House), Dover Castle, Dover Western Heights, and many other places of interest. Tourism is therefore vitally important to Dover’s economy, and so it is important that it is kept clean to make residents and visitors alike feel safe, comfortable and welcome. You can find out more about Dover District Council’s policy on littering by visiting https://www.dover.gov.uk/Environment/Environmental-Crime/Litter.aspx

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They aim to make the places where we live and worker cleaner, safer and greener. In order to do so, they deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per year on behalf of local authorities across the UK. The division has seen 91% organic growth in the last 12 months alone.

Kingdom’s officers issue FPNs to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces. They tackle street litter, dog fouling, commercial and residential waste, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and posting.

Kingdom is delighted to be providing Environmental Protection Services to yet another council in Kent. This will be the ninth council in the historic county, as Kingdom also provides services to Ashford Borough Council, Tunbridge Wells District Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Swale Borough Council, Canterbury City Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Thanet District Council and Dartford Borough Council.

For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom officer to receive top police award

Kingdom officer Grzegorz (Greg) Stalmach is to receive an award – the London Borough of Hillingdon Borough Commanders Award - at this year’s Hillingdon Borough Commander’s Commendation Ceremony.

The event will be held on Monday 24th April 2017 and is described as “a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of the borough police officers and staff, along with formerly recognising significant contributions from both members of the public and colleagues from partner agencies.” Greg will receive the award from Colin Wingrove, the Borough Commander of Hillingdon Borough.

The award is in recognition of Greg’s actions and assistance towards a female near the Hillingdon Civic Centre.

In January 2016 Greg was working in the CCTV Control Room at Hillingdon Council when he effectively prevented a serious assault using a combination of his local knowledge, CCTV Systems, effective communication and physical fitness. Greg’s actions provided the police with a description of the offender, and along with CCTV footage which further supported the verbal statements, were sufficient to enable a successful arrest. The offender pleaded not guilty and after a lengthy trial, in which Greg provided compelling evidence, the offender was found guilty and sentenced to 46 months imprisonment. He is to be deported after he serves his sentence. After the trail the judge commented on the bravery and professionalism shown throughout the process by Greg.

Greg has previously been recognised by the Mayor of the Borough, by Kingdom and was also awarded an ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Award in May 2016 and received a Metropolitan Police Service CCT Award in July 2016. Kingdom is delighted that Greg is once again being recognised for his brave actions whilst on duty, and is looking forward to attending the event in April along with Greg.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom to supply Security Services for major UK university

clip_image002Kingdom is pleased to announce that they will start a new three year contract providing security services to the University of South Wales in February 2017. Their role will include providing security guarding, car park management, operating the control room and student protection.

The University of South Wales (USW) is one of the UK’s ten biggest campus universities by student numbers, with over 30,000 students. It was voted as one of the top 10 universities in the UK by its students – coming eighth at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2016.

Kingdom has a dedicated Higher education security team which has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding to meet the special demands of the Higher education sector. They safeguard people, facilities and reputations, providing a safe place to both learn and teach. They protect students, staff, property, equipment and possessions.

Kingdom’s Higher education security teams focus on the criteria that matter most to their customers. These teams complete enhanced vetting and are vigilant but discreet, helping Higher educational establishments like the University of South Wales to strike the right balance between a campus and buildings that are welcoming yet also secure. USW is a constant hive of activity, and as it is one of the UK’s largest universities it means that thousands of people passing through its campuses every day.

USW has three campuses – the Cardiff campus, the Newport City Campus, and the Pontypridd campus which consists of Treforest, Glyntaff and the Tyn y Wern sport park. Kingdom will be providing security services across all of these locations. USW has four faculties spread over these campuses – the Faculty of Business and Society, the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, the Faculty of Creative Industries and the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.

The University was formed in April 2013 by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport, but can trace its roots back to the founding of the Newport Mechanics’ Institute in 1841. The current Chancellor is the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, now Lord Williams of Oystermouth.

The University is renowned for its partnerships with major employers, and many of their courses are developed with the professional bodies and leading organisations that employ their graduates, from local government and the NHS to many of the world’s major corporations. These courses are designed to increase the skills and employability of their students and this is considered to be one of the reasons why 94% of USW students are either in employment of further study within six months of graduating.

For more information about the University of South Wales, please visit http://www.southwales.ac.uk/

Innovative, independent and driven to explore new ways Kingdom successfully manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard specialising in security, cleaning and environmental protection. Our national network of regional support offices manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard, benchmarked by all the major UK quality accreditation bodies.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest independently owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Commercially strong they have a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers.

Kingdom take a fresh approach to the support services market: adapting to the proliferation of new technologies and emerging security threats, whilst also offering their customers a leaner, smarter and more connected way of working.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk

Kingdom colleague to run marathon for local homeless shelter

clip_image002Kingdom is pleased to be supporting one of their HR Administrators, Karen Kelly, who is planning to run the 2017 London marathon in order to raise vital funds for a local homeless shelter.

Karen has been selected to run this year’s London Marathon, which this year takes place on the 23rd April, through the open ballot.

Looking forward to the marathon, Karen said: “This will be my first time attempting the 26.2 mile distance, so it will be a real challenge for me. I am not a fast runner and completed my last half marathon race in 2 hours 40 minutes. I am just hoping to finish – I’m not worried about time but would like it to be under the 6 hour mark. My training is well under way. I have joined my local Parkrun group to keep me motivated and have planned some local 5k, 10k and half marathon races leading up to the big day.”

Karen is taking part in the marathon to raise funds for the local Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe (HOmeless PEople). Her target is to raise £500. Asked why she has selected this charity, she said: “Anyone could find themselves in a situation that needs support and for many different reasons. Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe is a homeless shelter that aims to provide emergency night time accommodation and a hot meal to people who have nowhere else to sleep. In 2017 they hope to open for five nights to start with, and will be looking to go full time in the very near future. For that reason they need to try and raise some funds in order to get the right building, set it up so that they can provide a safe, warm environment for guests, plus feed what they fear will be even more people than before. Any donations will help them to do this and will be gratefully received.”

If you would like to support Karen in raising money for the Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe you can do so by visiting her MyDonate page, at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/karenkelly1

Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe was set up to give homeless people a safe and warm place to sleep during the cold winter months. Starting in January 2015 with a pilot of two nights per week for eight weeks it was clear that this was a service that is needed. That gave the founders the encouragement to do it all again in 2016. They opened at the start of January, but this time for four nights per week and for 16 weeks during which time their volunteers looked after 83 different guests, providing them with a hot meal, hot drinks, conversation and of course over 400 good night’s sleep for people who may well have ended up on the streets in freezing conditions, plus a breakfast to see them on their way. People are referred to the charity by local professional care and homeless agencies, and the service is provided at no cost to either the user of the referring agency. Instead, the costs are met by donations and grants. They are not a housing outcome, but instead their provision is to meet the emergency need until their guests can be guided into a longer term housing provision. Kingdom has previously supported the work of this local charity by collecting items for them at their National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows.

Kingdom believes that it is crucial to their core business success to act responsibly as a business, with the highest social, environmental and ethical standards. They want to achieve financial success, but also want to create value for their stakeholders - from shareholders to customers, colleagues to business partners, and society as a whole.

Corporate responsibility informs everything they do, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their colleagues, their customers and grow their business.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom helping to protect Morrisons supermarkets

Kingdom is delighted to announce that they are providing retail security to the UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain Morrisons.

Kingdom first started providing security services to the well known supermarket back in May 2016 when they were awarded an initial contract to provide security to 12 of Morrisons stores.

As the contract has developed over the past eight months and Kingdom has become a key supplier of security services to Morrisons, the number of stores that Kingdom provides protection to has risen from 12 to 75. In addition to this, in November 2016 Kingdom was also awarded a contract to provide security to 15 of Morrisons manufacturing and logistics locations around the UK, including at their key Swan Valley Distribution Centre in Northampton.

Kingdom is very proud to be working in partnership with Morrisons to keep their shoppers, staff and suppliers safe, as well as providing loss prevention and reduction services.

Innovative, independent and driven to explore new ways Kingdom successfully manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard specialising in security, cleaning and environmental protection. Our national network of regional support offices manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard, benchmarked by all the major UK quality accreditation bodies.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest independently owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Commercially strong they have a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers.

Kingdom take a fresh approach to the support services market: adapting to the proliferation of new technologies and emerging security threats, whilst also offering their customers a leaner, smarter and more connected way of working.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom to tackle litter and dog fouling in Burnley

Burnley Borough CouncilKingdom is pleased to announce that they are to start a 12-month pilot scheme providing environmental protection services in Burnley, Lancashire, starting from 12th April 2017.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers will start patrolling the streets of Burnley on behalf of Burnley Council to crackdown on littering and dog fouling. They will carry out patrols to identify “hot spot” areas where there is an issue with people dropping litter (which includes cigarette ends and chewing gum), street begging, and people allowing their dog to foul and not picking it up.

Kingdom’s officers will be able to issue on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £75 to anyone caught doing any of these. The scheme is self-financing, with the costs being covered by the income raised from the Fixed Penalty Notices. Council Streetscene officers will also continue to carry out enforcement work.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams are led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 270,000 environmental protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities, tackling offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces, and therefore successfully reducing anti-social behaviour.

Burnley Council has decided to go down this route because, despite having a zero tolerance approach to litter and already being one of the best performing local authorities in the country when it comes to prosecuting fly-tippers, a recent survey conducted by the council showed that litter and dog fouling were still considered to be the biggest problems faced by residents of the borough.

Commenting on the news, Councillor Lian Pate, Burnley Council’s executive member for community services, said: “Burnley Council means business when it comes to tackling environmental crime. Our residents are fed up with the selfish minority who spoil our neighbourhoods for everyone. Time and time again people tell us that rubbish and dog fouling are important concerns for them.

“Anyone who drops litter and chewing gum or doesn’t clean up after their dog should face the prospect of having to pay a £75 fine. Burnley Council has taken a tough approach to this kind of anti-social behaviour for years. Most people are proud of their town and want to keep it clean and tidy. However, despite years of trying to work with people to tackle these problems there are still some who persist in dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dog. It’s now time to take an even tougher approach.”

Speaking about the new contract, Kingdom said: “Kingdom is delighted to be working in partnership with Burnley Council in its efforts to keep the town clean and tidy.

“The teams we deploy are very experienced and trained to the highest standards. Our track record is reflective of our consistent level of excellence.

“Those who continue to drop litter, including cigarette butts and chewing gum, or do not pick up dog foul are a risk of receiving a fixed penalty notice as we work with Burnley Council to tackle such offences.”

The announcement was made by Burnley Council in this press release, and has been reported in two newspapers – the Lancashire Telegraph in an article entitled “Council crackdown on litter to keep the streets clean”, and in an article in the Burnley Express with the title “Council wages war on dog fouling.”

The annual cost of cleaning the UK streets has been estimated at £1 billion, with around 14 million incidents of anti-social behaviour reported each year, equating to 26 incidents every minute. To find out more about how Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division can help your local authority to tackle litter, dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour, please call us on 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/.

Kingdom to tackle litter louts in East Hertfordshire

Kingdom is to start a 12 month trial in April 2017 providing Environmental Protection services on behalf of East Hertfordshire District Council.

East Herts Council covers most of the eastern third of Hertfordshire, and is based in Bishop’s Stortford, the largest settlement in the district. The district also covers the county town of Hertford.

Kingdom will be issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone caught dropping litter (which includes chewing gum and cigarette ends) or failing to clean up after their dog in a public place.

Kingdom aims to make our communities cleaner, safer and greener. The annual cost of cleaning the UK’s streets has been estimated at £1billion, with around 14 million incidents of anti-social behaviour reported every year. This equates to 26 incidents per minute.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. The specialist teams deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities across the United Kingdom.

To find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom donates giant teddy bear to children’s hospital

clip_image002Kingdom was very pleased to donate a giant teddy bear to Manchester Children’s Hospital recently.

The seven and a half feet tall teddy bear, named Otis, was purchased by Kingdom back in early November as part of their Children in Need fundraising. He wore the Pudsey bear bandana in the run up to the event.

After Children in Need was over however, Kingdom needed to find a new home for Otis, as he was rather too big to stay at Kingdom’s National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows.

Kingdom therefore contacted Ronald McDonald House at the nearby Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (who Kingdom provide security services to) and asked them if they would like to adopt Otis.

The Children’s Hospital was very happy to accept Otis, and he was delivered there by Kingdom’s Ian McCaffary and Kingdom’s Colleague Welfare Manager Jenny Cook in January, complete with his own suitcase and security badge!

Ronald McDonald House provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with children receiving treatment in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and St Mary’s Neonatal Unit. It was opened in May 2012. In 2015, Ronald McDonald House Manchester helped 970 families to stay close to their children whilst they were in hospital. It houses 60 en-suite rooms over five floors and includes a wide range of facilities. It is also open to families coming to the hospital for day care, and is more than just a place to stay, offering comfort, support and a safe environment where families can interact, share their experiences and know that they will always have a shoulder to cry on.

Ronald McDonald House Manchester is directly opposite the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, which provides specialist healthcare services for children and young people throughout the North West, as well as nationally and internationally. Families therefore travel from far and wide to get there, which is why the services of Ronald McDonald House are so important. The hospital sees 220,000 patient visits each year across a range of specialities, including oncology, haematology, bone marrow transplant, burns, genetics and orthopaedics. With 371 beds it is the largest single-site children’s hospital in the UK.

Kingdom believes that it is crucial to their core business success to act responsibly as a business, with the highest social, environmental and ethical standards. They want to achieve financial success, but also want to create value for their stakeholders - from shareholders to customers, colleagues to business partners, and society as a whole.

Corporate responsibility informs everything they do, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their colleagues, their customers and grow their business.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom to keep one of UK’s largest cities clean

Kingdom is very excited to announce that they are to start providing environmental protection services in Liverpool on behalf of Liverpool City Council soon.

Kingdom will provide 16 Environmental Protection officers as well as a supporting administration team to start work on Monday 27th February 2017.

The officers will be deployed to tackle littering and dog fouling, issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to individuals seen dropping litter (which includes chewing gum and cigarette ends) or failing to clean up after their dog, both within the City Centre itself and on a patrol matrix covering the outer districts. In order to do this, Kingdom will be providing four vehicles and will be covering diverse times and locations in an intelligence led manner.

Liverpool City Centre is less than 20 miles away from Kingdom’s National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows. Kingdom is therefore very much looking forward to providing environmental protection services to this key city that is right on their doorstep. The City of Liverpool metropolitan borough has a population of over 470,000, and together with its surrounding areas forms the fifth largest metropolitan area in the UK.

It is therefore vital that Liverpool is kept clean, not only for the hundreds of thousands of people who live and work there, but also for the 75 million tourists who visit the city each year. Tourism is a significant part of the city’s economy. Liverpool was previously the European Capital of Culture, and several areas of the city centre – the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, which includes the Pier Head, Albert Dock and William Brown Street - were granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2004. Liverpool has been described by English Heritage as England’s finest Victorian city, and as well as being home to The Beatles (and recognised by Guinness World Records as the World Capital City of Pop), it is also home to two Premier League football clubs, the world famous Grand National horse race at Aintree, the Three Graces (the Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building on Pier Head), the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, Tate Liverpool, two cathedrals, and so the list goes on. People from all around the country and around the world visit Liverpool, and it is therefore important that the city looks the very best that it can to make visitors feel welcome, comfortable and safe. 
 
Kingdom aims to make our communities cleaner, safer and greener. Their Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background and delivers over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per year on behalf of local authorities up and down the country.

They issue FPNs to individuals seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces. They tackle street litter, dog fouling, smoking in prohibited areas, commercial and residential waste, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and posting.

The annual cost of cleaning the UK’s streets has previously been estimated at over £1billion, with 14 million incidents of anti-social behaviour reported every year. This equals 26 incidents every minute. Kingdom’s high profile, specialist enforcement teams successfully reduces this anti-social behaviour.

To find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom supporting local homeless shelter

imageKingdom is pleased to be supporting a local homeless shelter – the Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe (HOmeless PEople), a local emergency night time shelter for homeless people.

They provide a hot meal, a safe, secure, warm and friendly environment, a bed for the night, a bit of breakfast and access to shower facilities to homeless people that are referred to them by local professional care and homeless agencies. This is provided at no cost to either the user of the referring agency. Instead, the costs are met by donations and grants. They are not a housing outcome, but instead their provision is to meet the emergency need until their guests can be guided into a longer term housing provision.

Kingdom has been supporting the work of this local charity by collecting items for the Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe at their National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows throughout January. They set up a collection point in the HR department where colleagues were able to donate items.

These items included:

  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • New underwear (mens and womens)
  • Towels
  • Socks
  • Thermals

This is following the success of Kingdom’s recent food bank collection, when Kingdom set up a collection point during December for any items that colleagues wished to donate to the local Atherton and Leigh Foodbank.

The Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe was set up in the autumn of 2014 by Ian and Warren. They were concerned that they were seeing an increase in the number of people that was street homeless, and were accessing places like the Atherton and Leigh Foodbank. They met Martin, who was presenting the work of Manchester City Mission and the Narrowgate night shelter project at a prayer breakfast, and the three of them looked at running a pilot emergency accommodation service for Wigan, that would be centred on Atherton and Leigh.

This initially ran for four months in 2015 and four months in 2016. They now have a new venue for 2017 with support from Wigan Council, and are actively looking at extending their provision to run year-round emergency homeless accommodation. To find out more about the charity and their work, please visit http://www.alshelter4hope.uk/

Kingdom believes that it is crucial to their core business success to act responsibly as a business, with the highest social, environmental and ethical standards. They want to achieve financial success, but also want to create value for their stakeholders - from shareholders to customers, colleagues to business partners, and society as a whole.

Corporate responsibility informs everything they do, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their colleagues, their customers and grow their business.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom moves to key central London location

IMG_1791As of December 2016 Kingdom has moved into a new Regional Support Centre in London, having needed more space due to continued expansion.

Some photos of the new office are included with this article.

Kingdom’s new address in London is:

Kingdom – London
2nd Floor, Suite 203
18 King William Street
London
EC4N 7BP

The telephone number for the new Regional Support Centre is 0203 700 6280.

The new office is in a building in a prime location, situated right at the heart of the City of London, the “Square Mile”, near to a wide array of shops, restaurants and bars.

18 King William Street opened in 2013, and is a triangular building that meets King William Street, Cannon Street and Nicholas Lane. It is ideally situated near to the Bank, Monument and Cannon Street Underground stations.

The building has been designed to the highest specification, incorporating new ideas in design, furniture and fittings. It includes showers, meeting spaces, business lounges, high speed internet and disabled facilities.

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clip_image001[10]Innovative, independent and driven to explore new ways Kingdom successfully manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard specialising in security, cleaning and environmental protection. Our national network of regional support offices manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard, benchmarked by all the major UK quality accreditation bodies.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest independently owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Commercially strong they have a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers.

Kingdom take a fresh approach to the support services market: adapting to the proliferation of new technologies and emerging security threats, whilst also offering their customers a leaner, smarter and more connected way of working.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk

Kingdom joins the British Safety Council

PrintKingdom is pleased to announce that they have become members of the leading health and safety organisation, the British Safety Council.

The British Safety Council is dedicated to making sure no-one is injured or made ill at work. Their role is to help businesses to achieve the very highest Health and Safety standards required by law, and to protect their bottom line and staff alike.

In order to do this, they teach the right courses to the people who need them. By becoming a member of this organisation, Kingdom now gets access to key information, expert training and the right people. This includes receiving 100 free e-learning places, a monthly magazine, updates on legislation, and Kingdom is also able to attend a range of seminars, conferences and networking opportunities.

The British Safety Council has worked tirelessly since it was founded 60 years ago in 1957 to make the British workplace safer. This year they are celebrating their 60th anniversary, and it is fair to say that the British workplace is now far safer than it was back in the 1950s, and that the British Safety Council has played a key part in making sure that is the case.

The British Safety Council was founded by James Tye, a campaigner whose efforts also led to the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – a key piece of legislation that is the cornerstone of health and safety measures in the workplace today – as well as to the introduction of car seat belts.

In 2004 they became a government-regulated awarding organisation, and since then they have developed a full suite of health and safety qualifications in the national framework. Their job is to help professionals to achieve high standards, and to protect both their staff and the future of their business. They help organisations to manage legislation and compliance, as well as systematically raising health, safety and environmental standards. They help all types of businesses from small independent start-ups to large international organisations. Their central belief is that everyone has the right to safe and healthy working conditions, and in order to achieve this, they aim to:

  • Promote the importance of health and safety
  • Build understanding and capability
  • Promote leadership and workforce engagement
  • Share knowledge and experience
  • Campaign for sensible legislation and regulation

By partnering with one of the best known health and safety brands in the UK, Kingdom is confirming their commitment to good health, safety and environmental management that is also demonstrated through the numerous accreditations that they have. Kingdom remains steadfast in its "commitment to quality" (C2Q) by embracing five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes. As a supplier to brand focused customers, Kingdom’s investment and dedication to quality and safety is taken extremely seriously. They regularly access experts in their field to openly audit and challenge them. More information about Kingdom’s accreditations can be viewed here.

For more information about Kingdom, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.

Wolverhampton’s littering fines rise from 25 to 5,000 in a year under Kingdom

clip_image002We’re pleased to be able to start the year with some good news – unless you’re someone who drops litter and used cigarettes, in which case this is probably bad news! 5,000 fines for littering were issued for dropping litter in Wolverhampton during the 2015/16 financial year, with £243,966 worth of fines handed out. This was a huge increase on the 25 fines which were handed out in the 2014/15 financial year.

The figures were announced on the 2nd January 2017 and published in an article in the Express & Star entitled “Huge rise as 5,000 fines issued for dropping litter in Wolverhampton”.

Kingdom started providing Environmental Protection services on behalf of Wolverhampton City Council in August 2015. It is part of the council’s “Cleaner Greener Better” campaign and means that there is no cost to the council and therefore no cost to the taxpayer.

Kingdom’s environmental protection officers issue immediate, on the spot fines of £75 to people caught dropping litter or cigarettes in the city or letting their dogs foul without picking it up. Kingdom’s officers wear body cameras to record all interactions with the public.

They are led by experts with an ex-police and military background. Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division delivers over 270,000 hours per year on behalf of local authorities up and down the country.

Kingdom receives £45 of every fixed penalty noticed issued, with £30 going to Wolverhampton City Council. This goes towards the cost of tackling other environmental issues in the city, including the removal of fly-tipping.

Commenting on the excellent figures, Councillor Steve Evans, the Cabinet Member for City Environment at Wolverhampton City Council said: “The council takes the problem of littering seriously and residents, businesses and visitors are united in wanting a zero-tolerance approach to the issue.

“Last year we appointed Kingdom Security to provide a highly visible team of enforcement officers who are on hand to issue on the spot fixed penalty notices of £75 to people either caught dropping litter, cigarette butts or chewing gum on the street or who let their dogs foul without picking it up.

“This demonstrates that the council means business when it comes to tackling the minority of anti-social people who litter our streets, and on the whole the response from the public has been very positive.”

At the end of December, it was announced that people who dropped cigarette butts in Wolverhampton had been fined over £800,000 over the past 17 months. 10,789 people have been ordered to pay £75 each, as detailed in an article in the Express & Star entitled “Litter-lout smokers hit by £800k fines after stubbing out their cigarettes.”

A Wolverhampton Council Council spokesperson, said: “Dropping litter is selfish and anti-social. These figures make clear that if you do that in Wolverhampton you run the very real risk of being landed with a £75 fine.”

Innovative, independent and driven to explore new ways, Kingdom successfully manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard specialising in security, cleaning and environmental protection. Our national network of regional support offices manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard, benchmarked by all the major UK quality accreditation bodies.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest independently owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Commercially strong they have a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers.

Kingdom take a fresh approach to the support services market: adapting to the proliferation of new technologies and emerging security threats, whilst also offering their customers a leaner, smarter and more connected way of working.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.