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Kingdom supports client’s fundraising efforts

Scott Grange open dayKingdom was very pleased to support the recent fundraising efforts of one of their client’s, Scott Grange, which is part of national social enterprise and charity Home Group. Kingdom has provided a concierge security service to Home Group nationwide, including Scott Grange, since December 2011.

Scott Grange recently held an open day to raise funds for their residents, and this included a raffle, bake off, sponsored cycle and tombola. Kingdom sponsored the event by donating £100 in high street vouchers which were used as the first prize for the raffle. The image to the right shows Vicky Husband and Stacey Dobson from Home Group management with the raffle prizes.

Home Group is one of the UK’s largest providers of high quality housing and supported housing services and products, with a turnover of over £325million. Founded in the North East by an Act of Parliament in the 1930s, their mission is “to help their customers and clients to open doors to new opportunities and healthy lives”.

Home Group’s role is to provide general needs housing, supported housing services and home ownership options targeted towards helping some of society’s most vulnerable or excluded people take control of their own lives. Home Group houses over 120,000 people a year and manages over 55,000 homes in over 200 local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales. This includes working with almost 30,000 vulnerable people each year through over 500 supported housing, justice and health services. To find out more about Home Group, please click here.

Scott Grange is part of Home Group. It is a large house in the centre of Hartlepool and is funded through rental income and Hartlepool Supporting People. It provides an accommodation and support service to 18-65 year old male ex-offenders or those at risk of offending who are homeless or in housing need. The property consists of eleven self contained flats with an additional communal kitchen, laundry and resource/training room. For more information about Scott Grange, please click here.

Safeguarding people, facilities and reputations, Kingdom’s dedicated social housing team provides a safe place, striking a balance between a building that is welcoming yet secure. They have extensive experience and an in-depth understanding to meet the special and sensitive safeguarding demands of the social housing sector and focus on the criteria that matter most to their customers. To find out more about Kingdom’s social housing security services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/security-personnel/social-housing/, click here to read their online brochure, or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom issue 1,100 litter fines in first month in Wirral

imageKingdom’s environmental protection officers have handed out more than 1,100 fines in their first month tackling litter in Wirral – a truly incredible achievement. The fantastic success has been profiled in an article in the local paper, the Wirral Globe, entitled “More than 1,000 fines handed out to Wirral litter louts in first month of new campaign”.

Kingdom started providing environmental protection services on behalf of Wirral Council on 1st July this year, and by the end of July had issued 1,176 fixed penalty notices. This was 10 times the number that had been issued in the previous five years combined, as only 90 fines were handed out by the council between 2010 and 2015.

Commenting on the fantastic results, Cllr Bernie Mooney, cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: “I think we’ve shown in the first month of having Kingdom enforcing the legislation on our behalf that we mean business when it comes to delivering the council leader’s pledge to tackle littering, as well as fly-tipping and dog fouling.

“We are absolutely committed to cleaner streets, parks and open spaces and creating a more pleasant environment for all Wirral residents as they go about their day-to-day lives and we are heartened by the level of public support we have had for this approach.”

Michael Fisher, divisional director for environmental protection at Kingdom, said: “We are pleased with how our partnership with Wirral Council is developing as we work towards our common aim of reducing street litter and making the streets both cleaner and safer for all members of the community.

“Our officers patrol in an ‘intelligence led’ manner focusing our controls on identified litter hotspots operating a robust but always proportionate methodology to tackle the problem.

"We also use a wide range of technical support, including body worn cameras and a ‘real time’ capability of verifying details provided in the event of transgressions being identified. Our patrols are instructed to communicate openly with the community with the overall aim of inclusivity for the Wirral community to play their part in the task ahead.”

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities across the UK. They issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces therefore successfully reducing anti-social behaviour. For more information about Kingdom’s environmental protection services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom tackles littering in Wolverhampton as local council “means business”

clip_image002Kingdom has started providing environmental protection services in Wolverhampton on behalf of Wolverhampton City Council.

The council announced the start of a new zero tolerance approach to littering and dog fouling in the city via a press release on their website entitled ‘litter enforcers hit Wolverhampton’. The move was also announced in a local newspaper, the Express & Star, in an article entitled “litter squad out to clean up Wolverhampton streets”.

Kingdom’s team of six uniformed officers spent the week commencing Monday 10th August training in the city, and started work full time on Monday 17th August. During their training week Kingdom’s officers gave out a total of 80 penalties, which was more than the council handed out in the previous year. They are focusing their patrols on high footfall areas like the city centre and district centres of Wednesfield, Bilston and Tettenhall. They will also target known hotspot areas elsewhere in the city.

Kingdom’s officers will be issuing 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. The new rules will apply to people as young as 16 for the first time ever. It is expected that between 10 and 15 on-the-spot fines will be given out each day and as always Kingdom’s officers will be wearing body cameras to record all interactions with the public. As part of the deal, the council will pay Kingdom £45 per notice issued and keep £30 for itself.

As the press release from the council explained, “the initiative is part of the council’s ‘Cleaner Greener Better’ campaign which aims to boost pride in Wolverhampton by improving the local environment. Tackling litter and dog fouling is a priority for residents. The innovative partnership with Kingdom will not cost taxpayers anything. The company will keep a share of the income from the fines and the remainder will be invested back into tackling environmental issues in the city.

Explaining why the council had appointed Kingdom to provide this service, Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment, said:

“Residents, business and the council are united in wanting to see action against the minority of antisocial people who litter our streets.

“The message will soon get out there that we mean business by having this full time, highly visible team of enforcement officers out there giving out £75 fines for litter and dog fouling.

“When we announced we were doing this, the reaction we got from the public was very positive indeed. People quite clearly want to see action being taken against the litter critters. Unfortunately, due to Government cuts, we haven’t had the resources to carry out much of our own enforcement in recent years, but this innovative partnership with Kingdom will see that situation change at no cost to the taxpayer.”

Commenting on Kingdom’s new contract with Wolverhampton Council, Michael Fisher, Kingdom’s Divisional Director for Environmental Protection, said: "Kingdom Environmental Protection Division is delighted to be working in partnership with City of Wolverhampton Council with the common aim of reducing street litter within the city and make the streets both cleaner and safer for all members of the community.

"Kingdom has been delivering a wide range of environmental investigations and enforcement services on a national basis since 2009 and have consequently contributed to a reduction in street litter and the associated cost of street cleaning as a result of our efforts.

"Our aim is to patrol in an intelligence led manner focusing our controls on identified litter hotspots operating a robust but always proportionate methodology to tackle the problem, utilising a wide range of technical support including body worn cameras."

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities around the UK. They issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces, therefore successfully reducing anti-social behaviour. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/

Kingdom’s security team praised by Sainsbury’s

clip_image001Kingdom is pleased to have been informed that the security they provide to one of their leading clients has been praised by one of the UK’s leading supermarkets, Sainsbury’s.

Kingdom provides security to Bakkavor, a leading international manufacturer of fresh prepared food. Founded in 1986, Bakkavor supplies over 5,500 products to the world’s largest retailers.

Kingdom provides manned guarding to four of Bakkavor’s UK sites, including their regional office in Spalding, Lincolnshire. The team has provided security to Bakkavor for over ten years. They also provide event security every year for a major fundraising event that Bakkavor holds over one weekend.

All supermarkets carry out both un-announced and announced audit checks of their suppliers on a regular basis, and Bakkavor recently received one such audit check from leading UK supermarket Sainsbury’s. Following the start of the audit check, Kingdom received an email from their client saying:

“I have been advised that the Sainsbury’s auditors who arrived on site today have mentioned how impressed they were with the level of security checks done prior to allowing them access on site ... Could I please extend my thanks to Val and the security team for ensuring that the visit got off to a strong start. Much appreciated.”

Commenting on the praise, Kingdom’s Regional Director for Security in the Midlands & South West, Dean Lockie, said:

“It is great to see that Kingdom’s high standards are meeting the expectation of not only our client, but also of their clients too. Sainsbury’s are renowned for having extremely high standards and it is great news that our guys have done well again on this occasion and represented Kingdom superbly.”

Bakkavor has manufacturing operations in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America, over 18,000 employees worldwide and are partners with the top global grocery retailers. They specialise in making and developing private label prepared foods for the top global grocery retailers and well-known international foodservice operators, and is committed to supplying outstanding quality, value and service to their customers.

Kingdom is one of the largest privately owned security companies in the UK, specialising in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. They have all the power of a national organisation but support their service provision from their network of regional support offices.

For more information about Kingdom’s security services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/security-personnel/ or call 0845 051 7700.

Kingdom issues 5,000 fines for littering in Havant

clip_image002An article has been published in Portsmouth’s local newspaper The News, highlighting how successful Kingdom’s crackdown on litter has been in Havant since it started in May last year. The full article, entitled “Havant council’s 5,000 litter fines ‘shows policy is working’”, can be read online here.

The article explains that figures released by Kingdom’s client, Havant Borough Council, show that 4,815 fines have been handed out to people in Havant town centre since the zero-tolerance crackdown started in May last year. As the article explains, “the scheme is managed by private firm Kingdom, which takes a share of the fine, meaning the initiative does not cost the council any money and is self-funding.”

The article also included some comments from Councillor Tony Briggs, who is the Council’s Cabinet Lead for Environment and Neighbourhood Quality. Cllr Briggs explained that no profit is generated for the council from the scheme and income that is not taken by Kingdom goes to pay for legal costs for pursuing court cases with people who refuse to pay the fine. He also added that any money left over has paid for extra litter bins.

Regarding the nearly 5,000 fines issued since May 2014, Cllr Briggs told The News: ‘It just shows we are doing the right thing. Four thousand or so people have littered our borough instead of taking the rubbish to a litter bin. There’s nothing worse than walking through a shopping area that’s littered with dog ends. It’s unsightly, unhygienic and it’s litter. People need to take responsibility. It’s the same old story. If you don’t drop litter, you don’t get fined.’

Cllr Briggs also added that the zero-tolerance crackdown would continue, saying: ‘There’s no point running a scheme and then stopping it. We will continue all the time there are dirty, filthy people dropping litter.’

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities across the UK, issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces, therefore successfully reducing anti-social behaviour.

To learn more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7700.

Kingdom praised for providing security at major event

clip_image001Kingdom is very pleased to have been praised by one of their leading clients, Bakkavor, for the service they provided to the company at a major event recently.

Bakkavor is a leading international manufacturer of fresh prepared food. Founded in 1986, they supply over 5,500 products to the world’s largest retailers.

They have manufacturing operations in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America, over 18,000 employees worldwide and are partners with the top global grocery retailers.

Bakkavor specialises in making and developing private label prepared foods for the top global grocery retailers and well-known international foodservice operators, and is committed to supplying outstanding quality, value and service to their customers.

Kingdom provides manned guarding to four of Bakkavor’s UK sites, including their regional office in Spalding, Lincolnshire. The team has provided security to Bakkavor for over ten years. They also provide event security every year for a major fundraising event that Bakkavor holds over a weekend at Springfields Events & Conference Centre in Spalding. Bakkavor’s Party in the Park sees company employees from around the UK attend on the Saturday, with the event opened up to the general public as well on the Sunday. Kingdom provided security throughout Saturday daytime and evening until 1am, and also for the public event on the Sunday.

Following the event, Kingdom’s Regional Director for Security in the Midlands & South West, Dean Lockie, was pleased to receive an email from the Logistics Manager at Bakkavor Logistics in Spalding, saying:

“Just wanted to drop a personal note to you to say thank you to you and the guys who worked at the fun weekend, they were a credit to your company ... once again thank you for the support.”

The General Logistics Manager at Bakkavor Logistics in Spalding said:

“I would just like to say a very big thank you from me for all your help and support over the weekend, it was an outstanding success and our best fun weekend to date. This is down to you as a team for all the hard work and commitment you have put in over the year and the weekend.

“We had over 3,000 staff and friends on the Saturday where a good time was had by all. For me just to see the face of the children on seeing the sight of the fun fair from the coaches from Bakkavor Meals London was worth all the hard work and commitment. The Party in the Park we had over 1,200 attending in the evening; the music and fireworks were fantastic.

“Sunday was a success with the car boot sale having over 60 exhibitors attracting quite a good crowd.

“Once again thank you very much for your help and support.”

Commenting on the event, Kingdom’s Dean Lockie, said:

“We are very proud to have provided security to Bakkavor for over ten years now and to have worked with them as they have gone from strength to strength. It is always a pleasure to provide security at this major event, and we were very pleased to receive praise for a job well done. It is great to be told that our team provided an excellent service to our client.”

Kingdom is one of the largest privately owned security companies in the UK, specialising in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. They have all the power of a national organisation but support their service provision from their network of regional support offices.

For more information about Kingdom’s security services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/security-personnel/ or call 0845 051 7700.

Kingdom’s litter patrols huge success in Tunbridge Wells

clip_image002An article in the Kent and Sussex Courier entitled “1,300 Tunbridge Wells littering offenders slapped with fines” has outlined three big successes since Kingdom started providing environmental protection services to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council: there has been a higher than expected payment rate of fines, a higher than expected revenue for the council, and evidence of changing attitudes towards littering and dog fouling in the town. All of these are fantastic news for the council, for residents, and for Kingdom.

Since Kingdom’s patrols started ten months ago in September 2014, 1,300 offenders have been fined for littering and dog fouling. Kingdom provides environmental protection services on behalf of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council eight hours a day, six days a week. Kingdom does not charge the local authority but pays the council half of each £80 fixed penalty notice for littering and £10 for each £50 dog fouling fine. Offenders collectively have been fined £78,000 since last September, and a higher than anticipated payment rate of 87.7% has created an income of more than £39,000 for the council. These fantastic figures were released in a report provided to the council last week.

As well as the financial success for the council of this initiative, it has also succeeded in starting to change people’s attitudes when it comes to dropping litter and letting your dog foul in a public place. The council told the paper that it had “received positive feedback including on social media and that the council’s town centre sweeper team reported a reduction in the amount of litter.” The council’s waste and street scene team leader, Edwin Burgess, was also quoted in the article as saying: “The litter enforcement trial has been a success, with behavioural change observed and evidence of less litter being dropped in Tunbridge Wells. Littering and dog fouling has a negative impact on the local environment, generates complaints and costs money to clean up.”

Meanwhile, the council’s sustainability boss, Ronen Basu, told the paper that: “No-one should think litter is acceptable. I suspect many people are unaware of the enforcement campaign because they don’t drop litter. Residents’ surveys have said that people don’t like litter and the campaign is doing something to tackle this.”

As a result of these figures and the fantastic work that Kingdom has done since starting work on this contract, the council has recently voted to keep Kingdom providing environmental protection services for another two years.

Kingdom provides environmental protection services on behalf of local authorities around the UK, including a further five councils in Kent in addition to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. These are Maidstone Borough Council, Swale Borough Council, Canterbury City Council, Gravesham Borough Council and Thanet District Council.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. The specialist teams deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities around the UK. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call Kingdom on 0845 051 7702 for an immediate quote.

Kingdom one of UK’s 100 fastest growing private companies

real business hot 100Kingdom is pleased to announce that is has been included in Real Business’s Hot 100 list of the UK’s fastest growing private companies in 2015.

Real business is the most-read SME website dedicated to high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs. They describe themselves as the “champion of UK enterprise”, and provide daily news, unique insight and invaluable guides, making them an essential resource for thriving businesses.

The Real Business Hot 100 list was first published in 1997 to showcase the UK’s fastest-growing private companies, and is has been described as “the most rigorous and definitive analysis of the UK’s mid-market economy”.

Real Business’s Hot 100 profile of Kingdom says:

‘Having recently acquired Basingstoke-based MJF Security and Sunwin Managed Security from Cardtronics, Kingdom has established itself in The Hot 100 at number 95.

‘These acquisitions have also seen it move up Infologue’s rankings of the top thirty security companies in the UK. Sunwin is a provider of manned guarding services with approximately 640 security professionals, while MJF is a multi-disciplined business with an established client base spanning London and the home counties.

‘Managing Director, Terry Barton, said the acquisitions should open up further opportunities for the company, pointing to Sunwin’s “fantastic customer base, operational structure and service delivery model”.

‘The acquisitions added £24.5m to its security services annual turnover in the first two months of 2015. This follows a pattern of sensible acquisition growth for the company, which has contributed to its position in The Hot 100, along with business retention and organic growth.’

To read Kingdom’s full profile in Real Business’s Hot 100 2015, please click here.

This is the second time in recent months that the company has been included in such a list. Kingdom was also named as one of the UK’s 100 fastest growing private companies at the end of last year when they were included in the Investec Mid-Market 100 list of fastest growing UK companies, and is a further sign of how the company continues to go from strength to strength.

Kingdom was established in 1993 and operates nationally. Commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest privately 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. They have all the power of a national organisation you would expect but support their service provision from their network of regional support offices. Kingdom’s services include security personnel, reception and concierge, commercial cleaning, mobile patrol, key holding & response, environmental protection and their intelligence & cyber division. To find out more about Kingdom, please visit their website: www.kingdom.co.uk, or call 0845 051 7700.

Kingdom makes incredible start in Wirral

clip_image002Kingdom has been praised by their latest Environmental Protection client, Wirral Council, for making a fantastic start tackling litter in the borough.

Wirral Borough Council issued a press release on the 3rd July after Kingdom had completed just two full days of their new contract, with the headline “139 fined on first two days of dedicated litter patrol”.

The press release began:

“More people received on the spot fines for dropping litter in Wirral within the first two days of a new clampdown as were fined in the previous five years.”

It went on to explain:

“Enforcement officers from Kingdom started patrols on Wednesday 1st July and have wasted absolutely no time in targeting those anti-social people who don’t dispose of their litter in a responsible way. Anyone observed dropping and leaving litter is now receiving an immediate, on-the-sport penalty of £80.”

Providing more details of the successes, the press release said:

“On their first day of the new get-tough approach, 78 fixed penalty notices were issued to people observed dropping litter by enforcement officers from Kingdom Environmental Protection Division (EPD), the company contracted by Wirral Council to deliver environmental enforcement services in the borough.

“61 people were issued with notices yesterday, bringing the total over two days to 139. Before the introduction of this dedicated enforcement team, just 90 penalty notices had been handed out since 2010.”

Kingdom’s early successes in Wirral have been reported in a number of publications so far, including:

A separate article in the Wirral Globe also included interviews with local people in Birkenhead in an article entitled “Globe readers back ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on Wirral litter bugs”. All of the responses were broadly supportive of the initiative. The council also gave interviews about the new scheme on local radio stations including Wirral Radio and Radio Merseyside, who also carried the story in their news bulletins.

Commenting on Kingdom’s success in Wirral so far, Michael Fisher, Division Director for Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division said: “We are pleased with how our partnership with Wirral Council has hit the ground running towards our common aim of reducing street litter within the district and makes the streets both cleaner and safer for all members of the community.”

Kingdom aims to make local communities cleaner, safer and greener. Their environmental protection division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background and they deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities around the UK.

To find out more about the service Kingdom is providing to Wirral Council, please see our article “Kingdom tackling litter in the Wirral”.

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

Kingdom’s Lee Sinclair completes Risk & Security Management degree

Lee Sinclair croppedKingdom’s Head of Service (Mobile), Lee Sinclair, has successfully completed his BSc (Hons) degree in Risk and Security Management, for which he has been awarded a 2:1.

This was a distance learning degree provided by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at Portsmouth University which Lee studied for over four and a half years whilst carrying on with his “day job” at the same time. The degree covered such topics as Criminology, Counter Terrorism, Private Security and Management Studies and finished with a speciality in NHS Security Management. For his 10,000 word dissertation Lee chose to write about the effectiveness of the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Commenting on why he decided to study for the degree, Lee said: “I did the degree after successfully completing the NHS Protect Local Security Management Course. This gave me 80 credits onto the degree course, and as I had never achieved anything academically in life, I wanted to challenge myself to see if I had the capacity to do something at that level. Furthermore, the units on the course were of great interest and relevance to me and the career I am currently engaged in.”

Lee joined Kingdom as an Operations Manager and Local Security Management Specialist for the NHS in December 2012. Although he still services his original client base of Blue Chip companies and the NHS, Lee has since become responsible for the company’s National Mobile Division as well. Kingdom’s UK wide mobile patrol service is a cost-effective, efficient and visible deterrent for low risk sites which provides pre-determined or roving mobile patrols ranging from a simple visual drive-by to a full walk and check or lock & unlock function.

Lee was already in his second year of university when he joined Kingdom. “MD Terry Barton was made aware of my studies and very kindly offered to foot the bill for the remainder of his degree and acted as a sponsor. Terry is renowned for investing in people through further education and relevant courses,” says Lee.

“As an accredited Local Security Management Specialist (LSMS) for the NHS, I am able to act on my NHS Clients behalf to lead on all security related matters to ensure an environment where clinical excellence can be delivered. Following the completion of my degree, I feel that I have gained a greater understanding of a variety of topics, including project management, counter terrorism and NHS security, and have improved my general management skills. All of this will enhance my current skill set which will in turn lead to stronger client relationships by ensuring service excellence.”

Congratulations Lee on your well deserved success!

Kingdom provides security services for the public sector, including central government, local authorities and health care. Kingdom’s public sector team has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the public sector and focus on the criteria that matters most to Kingdom’s customers. They know that high quality services have to be delivered in challenging public sector environments with strict compliance requirements where safety and security go hand in hand.

Kingdom adds value by securing, deploying and retaining the right people and supporting them with regional offices and a wealth of local and national management expertise and training. For more information about Kingdom’s public sector security services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/security-personnel/public-sector/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom tackling litter in the Wirral

clip_image002Kingdom has won a 3 year contract with Wirral Borough Council to provide environmental protection services in the borough.

As of the 1st July, Kingdom is now providing a team of enforcement officers, together with back office support, aimed at dealing primarily with street litter, but also providing vital intelligence and evidence from patrols to tackle all aspects of environmental crime.

Kingdom now has responsibility for enforcing legislation around litter left on streets and in parks and other open spaces. Anyone who is now caught dropping and leaving behind in public in Wirral will be hit with an on-the-spot fine of £80.

Kingdom’s officers will be taking a zero tolerance approach, with proceeds from the fixed penalties going back into environmental activities in the borough, such as tackling litter, graffiti and fly-posting.

Street-cleaning currently costs Wirral Council £3.7million per year, and last year more than 4,500 tonnes of waste was collected from street cleansing rounds.

The council’s cabinet member for the Environment and Sustainability, Councillor Bernie Mooney, said:

“I know from the feedback we get whenever we conduct public consultations, as well as more informal conversations I’ve had with local residents, that cleaning up our public spaces is a real priority for Wirral people.

“At the heart of this issue is a need to tackle that minority of people who still believe it is okay to just drop their rubbish wherever they fancy. It can’t just be about education or awareness-raising anymore, nor can we afford to just throw more money into street-cleansing – there has to be a realistic deterrent and I believe hitting these irresponsible people in the pocket is the way to go.

“Having dedicated environmental enforcement officers out there every day issuing on the spot fines to those who are caught in the act should soon get the message out there that we mean business. Dropping litter is anti-social behaviour and blights communities and I would think the majority of local people believe we are right to be targeting offenders in this way.”

Michael Fisher, Director of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Wirral Council with the common aim of reducing street litter within the district and making the streets both cleaner and safer for all members of the community. Kingdom EPD have been delivering a wide range of environmental investigations and enforcement services on a national basis since 2009 and have consequently contributed to a reduction in street litter and the associated cost of street cleaning as a result of our efforts.

“Our aim is to patrol in an ‘intelligence-led’ manner focusing our controls on identified litter hot-spots operating a robust but always proportionate methodology to tackle the problem, using a wide range of technical support including body worn cameras and a ‘real time’ capability of verifying details provided in the event of transgressions being identified. Our patrols will be instructed to communicate openly with the community with the overall aim of inclusivity for the Wirral community to play their part in the task ahead.”

Wirral Council have issued a press release entitled “On the spot fines for litter to be enforced” which can be viewed at http://www.wirral.gov.uk/news/24-06-2015/spot-fines-litter-be-enforced. Articles have also appeared about the new service in the Wirral Globe (National firm hired to launch ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on Wirral litter-bugs) and Cheshire Today (Wirral to introduce spot fines for littering).

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division delivers over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per year on behalf of Local Authorities. They are led by experts with an ex-police and military background, and issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces, therefore reducing anti-social behaviour. For more information, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom mobile patrol officer praised for heroic actions

clip_image001One of Kingdom’s mobile patrol officers, Corrina Showalter, has been praised by the police for her brave and heroic actions whilst on duty which have led to the imprisonment of a burglar and the recovery of thousands of pounds worth of stolen property.

Corrina was on duty patrolling the premises of a client in Leicester at around 2am on the 26th March 2015 when she saw a Ford Transit van parked outside of the gates of neighbouring premises. Corrina thought that this alone was suspicious, but her suspicions were strengthened when the occupants of the van jumped into it and sped off as soon as they saw her. Although she had no way of knowing with any certainty whether or not a burglary had taken place, she did not take the easy option of simply calling the police as many others in the same position would have done, and instead followed the van.

The driver of the Ford Transit quickly realised that Corrina was in pursuit and so deliberately rammed her in an attempt to escape. Thankfully, although her van was badly damaged, Corrina was not seriously injured and immediately called the police providing crucial details of the Transit van and explaining exactly what had happened. Corrina later provided a full statement to the police detailing everything she had seen.

The Transit van was soon recovered by police, having been abandoned a few streets away, having become un-driveable as a result of ramming Corrina in Kingdom’s company vehicle. It had over £2,000 of stolen property in the back which had been taken from the premises that Corrina had spotted the van outside of. The recovery of the van enabled the commencement of an effective police investigation which led to the identification of the driver, who was charged with three offences. He was tried and the evidence against him was compelling, and as a result he has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Writing to Kingdom following the incident, Glynn Jehu, a police constable with Leicestershire Police, said:

“As a direct result of Corrina’s decisive actions, not only were £2,000 of metal components recovered, but she also prevented the loss of around £1,000 in business for the victim premises and the inevitable damage to the reputation of that company through not being able to fulfil customer orders and the loss of customer property.

“Without the actions of Corrina on that night I can say with almost certainty that the stolen property would have been lost and it would have been highly unlikely the offender in this case would have been identified and brought to justice. Therefore a burglar of business premises would have been at large and free to continue to commit these types of offences.

“We are very appreciative of Corrina’s actions and I feel that Corrina deserves recognition.

There is little doubt that Corrina’s actions and the results of them must also enhance the reputation of your company. I would strongly suggest that if your company have any kind of awards system then Corrina should be considered for this.”

Corrina has received a commendation from Kingdom in recognition of her brave actions that night, and everyone at Kingdom is incredibly proud of the role she has played in helping to protect businesses in the Leicestershire area by bringing this burglar to justice. She is a credit to the company!

Kingdom’s UK wide mobile patrol service provides the perfect solution for a cost-effective, efficient and visible deterrent on low risk sites. Kingdom provides pre-determined or roving mobile patrols which range from a simple visual drive-by to a full walk and check or lock & unlock function.

Kingdom employs local people with local knowledge and all their mobile patrol personnel are Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed, uniformed and trained. Their vehicle fleet is Kingdom branded and fully equipped to visit and inspect your premises at agreed frequencies and physically patrol and check for damage or intrusion or to lock or unlock your premises.

For more information about Kingdom’s mobile patrol service, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/mobile-patrols/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom employee raises over £10,000 for Nepal earthquake disaster

clip_image002Kingdom employee Deb Gurung has raised over £10,000 for those impacted by the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Deb joined Kingdom in April 2013 and has provided security services continuously as a member of the 80 Strand security team in London, covering a range of different roles including loading bay officer, patrolling officer, reception officer, access control officer and has been a member of the onsite search team. Deb has recently successfully launched his own restaurant, and has therefore reduced his contract to a part time one.

Deb originally comes from Kathmandu in Nepal, which was catastrophically hit in quick succession by a number of earthquakes resulting tragically in loss of life, homes, families and livelihoods in and around the city. Fortunately, Deb was not directly impacted with his family all having escaped injury from the quake, but as he grew up and lived in Kathmandu he knows people who were not so lucky.

Since the earthquake struck on the 25th April 2015, Deb has campaigned tirelessly on behalf of those who were impacted and has personally raised a staggering £10,000 towards the aid effort by organising community events and collecting money in his family run restaurant business.

In recognition of his philanthropy, Deb was recognised by our client, Paul Bone, and also recently named as 80 Strand Employee of the Month, a client sponsored award. Congratulations Deb, this is an absolutely incredible achievement and all of your colleagues at Kingdom are incredibly proud of you!

Kingdom is a national security supplier working with an impressive list of customers. They specialise in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand, and have over 20 years industry experience. Their security personnel services include gatehouse, patrol, CCTV, retail, corporate (reception & concierge), store detectives and events & close protection. For more information about Kingdom’s security personnel services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/security-personnel/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom renew cleaning contract with Somerset shopping centre

Kingdom is delighted to have had their contract to provide cleaning services to the Quedam Shopping Centre in Yeovil, Somerset, extended for a further year.

Kingdom has been providing cleaning services to the shopping centre since November 2001. The services Kingdom’s Cleaning Division provide include cleaning the outside shopping mall and service yard, as well as looking after the recycling of waste streams, landscaping and pest control.

Commenting on the contract renewal, Kingdom’s Cleaning Division Director, Mark Day, said “Kingdom are proud to have retained the Quedam Shopping Centre. The relationship and partnership stretches back 14 years, and shows what can be achieved if everyone buys into the one team ethos.

“The site cleaning manager, Wayne Morgan, and his team continue to raise the bar regarding customer service and cleaning excellence, ensuring that everyone who visits the centre has a pleasurable experience and enjoys coming back again and again. Without the support and dedication of the cleaning team this would not have been possible. Well done to everyone involved.”

Situated in the heart of Yeovil Town Centre, the Quedam Shopping Centre is home to over 40 fantastic stores and restaurants including all of your favourite high street brands, the latest looks and delicious food. It is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the South West, with retailers including Topshop, Monsoon, Pandora, BHS, Boots, M&S, New Look, River Island, Laura Ashley, HMV and Iceland. It has a 3 level car park right next door with over 650 parking spaces. For more information about the Quedam Shopping Centre, please visit http://www.quedamshopping.co.uk/

Kingdom’s Cleaning Division delivers a supervisor or site-managed cleaning and maintenance service that is committed to using the best people, technologies and products to provide a leaner, smarter and more connected organisation. They believe that clean premises reflect the qualities of an organised, professional business. They add value by taking a pro-active stance towards site cleanliness and tidiness. They also advise on ways to cut cost, what tasks can be reduced, what time of day is cheaper or how to reduce electricity consumption or CO2 emissions when cleaning.

They offer basic, specialist, deep and reactive cleaning services to commercial, leisure, transport and public circulation clients. Their services include waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chewing gum removal. For more information about Kingdom’s Cleaning Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom’s successes in Barnsley praised

The success of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection team in Barnsley has been highlighted in an article in the Barnsley Chronicle entitled “People fined by officers armed with cameras”. The front page news article said:

“Hundreds of people have been fined by two camera-wearing enforcement officers in the Cudworth areas since August.

“In response to local residents’ concerns, the North East Area Council – which covers the villages of Cudworth, Royston, Grimethorpe, Shafton and Brierly – commissioned Kingdom Security to carry out patrols at hotspot areas.


“Latest figures obtained by the Chronicle show the officers – who clamp down on litter, dog fouling and illegal parking – issued 369 fixed-penalty notices for anti-social offences and 31 to inconsiderate parkers in the latest August to March figures.


“But Cudworth’s Coun Joe Hayward, who chairs the area council, says plans are in place to take a harder line on existing offenders – including absentee landlords.


“Section 92 orders, which force landlords to pay to have waste removed, could be one of the measures taken to deal with rubbish outside their properties.


“He said: ‘It has been a great success and the public feedback shows that they are very happy with the work we are doing to eradicate anti-social issues from the area.


“’The first few months were very much its running in period but its well into its swing now and the two officers have been very active. Cudworth in particular really needed it.


“’After a good start in the first and second quarters, the fixed-penalty notice numbers have increased over the last few months so the area council has decided that this must still remain one of our priorities along with tackling the problem of absentee landlords.’”


Separately, an article was published on the BBC News website on 10th June entitled “Dog poo fines ‘down by almost 20% in England and Wales’  which noted that “Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council issued the most fixed penalties last year – 187”. Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is delighted to be responsible for the best figures nationally for enforcing against dog fouling.

Kingdom started providing Environmental Protection Services to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in August 2014, after it emerged that it was costing the council £1.2million per year to tackle litter and dog fouling. Kingdom’s officers also tackle parking enforcement on behalf of the council and are attached to the local authority’s Community Safety Team and work alongside the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. They wear the uniform of the Community Safety and Enforcement Team, but also wear 'plain clothes' at times. They wear body cameras while on duty so that all environmental protection activity can be monitored. Soon after the contract with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council started, Kingdom’s services to the council were profiled by ITV’s Calendar News.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams are led by experts with an ex-police and military background, and deliver over 130,000 environmental protection hours per year on behalf of local authorities across the UK. For more information about Kingdom’s environmental protection services for local authorities, click here to visit their website, or call 0845 051 7702.