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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.

Kingdom launches new Leadership Team page

Kingdom is pleased to have launched a new Leadership Team page on their website, which can be seen at http://www.kingdom.co.uk/profile/leadership-team/

The page contains profiles and photographs of the three members of Kingdom’s Main Board – CEO Terry Barton, Finance Director Nigel Whittle and National Operations Director Mark Wallace.

It also contains profiles and photographs of Kingdom’s seven directors – Tracey Boult and Sam Appleyard, Kingdom’s Regional Directors for Security South and North respectively, and John Hilbert, Barry Graham, Michael Fisher, Mark Day and Michael McDonagh – Division Directors for Retail, Logistics, Environmental Protection, Cleaning, and Intelligence & Cyber respectively.

As well as this page, posts on Kingdom’s News page will now include images of the relevant member of the Leadership Team, a link to their section on the Leadership Team, and an option to contact them.

The aim is to give Kingdom’s clients and prospective clients the opportunity to get closer to the people within the Kingdom family.

The Kingdom team have the experience, entrepreneurial spirit, passion and capability to move faster and stay closer to your business. Their managers have the time to understand, manage and support your contract and work in partnership with their local teams to ensure they are happy and motivated people who bring best practice, innovation and cost savings to the table.

To find out more about Kingdom, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/

Kingdom security supervisor takes part in charity gigs

One of Kingdom’s security supervisors, Mike Chappell (pictured right), has been helping to raise money over the course of the last year for a number of charities, including St Christopher’s HospiceMacmillan Cancer Support, Mind and Victoria’s Promise by taking part in a number of fundraising gigs alongside other members of the company he provides security services for.

Mike works at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (informally known as Freshfields), and has provided security to the prestigious law firm for the last nine years, seven of them as supervisor. Freshfields has many groups and clubs for their staff to join, including sports teams and a well established choir. Last year, a number of Freshfields staff, ranging from paralegals to partners, came together to form a rock band. The band chose the name FleetStreet Mac, combining the iconic location of Freshfields, Fleet Street, with the iconic band, Fleetwood Mac. Mike has played drums in the eight person line-up since it started.

Their first gig together was last year when the band decided to enter a competition called Law Rocks. Law Rocks is a series of live “Battle of the Bands” style rock concerts in which bands comprised of legal professionals battle it out on stage to raise money for charity. Having started in 2009 at one of the most celebrated and iconic live music venues in London, The 100 Club on Oxford Street, Law Rocks is spreading across the globe with events now in London, Boston, Chicago, Istanbul, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. The winning band is determined by a combination of factors including the votes of a panel of judges. The net event proceeds are shared across all the charities being played for on the night, with the winning band’s designated charity benefitting the most.

Last year the band came second, which was a fantastic achievement considering it was their first gig together. Since then the band has grown in popularity and there has been a slight change in the line-up. FleetStreet Mac have taken part in a number of other gigs to raise money for charity, and once again took part in the Law Rocks competition at the 100 Club on Oxford Street on the 14th May this year. Their play list included the Guns ‘N’ Roses intro, Let It Go, and I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness. Their full playlist can be viewed here, and a video of one of their performances can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de-jPim_RBI. This year they managed to improve on their fantastic performance of last year and finish an incredible joint first, scoring the same as the band from rival law firm Irwin Mitchell – a fantastic achievement! Congratulations to Mike and the band! They will now go through to the final, which will take place later in the year, after all the other heats have taken place. Fresh from their success, the band took part in another charity gig on Saturday 6th June, and is now looking forward to taking part in more gigs later in the year. To keep up-to-date with their progress, please like their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/fleetstreetmac

Freshfields was established in 1743 and is a member of the ‘Magic Circle’ of leading British law firms. Headquartered in London, they have 27 offices in 17 jurisdictions across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. They were awarded Global Law Firm of the Year in both 2013 and 2014.

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

Kingdom bring leading counter terrorism expert onto director team

Kingdom, the UK’s leading security, facilities management and cleaning services provider, has added Counter Terrorism expert Dr Michael McDonagh to its Director team.

Michael has joined Kingdom as Director of Intelligence and Cyber and will be based at the company’s central London office but will work with Kingdom’s clients across the UK in all sectors.

Dr McDonagh was formerly a Detective Chief Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police where he was commanding officer of its Counter Terrorism Protective Security Command.

He has a wealth of experience – both in the UK and abroad – and prior to becoming one of Britain’s foremost Counter Terrorism officers he served with the Met’s Homicide Command, Covert Policing, Specialist Crime Intelligence and Child Protection units. Before joining the police he served with the Corp of Royal Engineers.

Dr McDonagh holds a Masters degree in Business Management, is a nationally qualified counter terrorism security co-ordinator, a Freeman of the City of London, a member of ASIS and the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.

He was awarded his doctorate for studies utilising counter terrorism law across communities in London.

He was the senior national protective security liaison officer for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was responsible for political, personal and physical security issues.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Kingdom’s diverse portfolio of clients,” said Dr McDonagh.

“Kingdom is growing rapidly across the UK and the opportunity to lead this division was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“I see it as a two way street – I bring my set of skills to the table but I will learn a lot from Kingdom’s talented team too.

“Businesses and individuals in the UK face security issues that are evolving on an almost daily basis – it is vital that they identify those issues as quickly as possible and deal with them effectively.

“Regardless of their size or industry, businesses can even find themselves targeted because of associations with other businesses or even a case of they’re just in the wrong location – perhaps next to another business that activists are targeting.

“We’re going to be providing our clients with a one-stop shop providing them with the best possible intelligence product that will further enhance Kingdom’s reputation as a market leader.”

Dr McDonagh will host a number of breakfast meetings at Kingdom’s offices where key industry professionals will give presentations to attendees.

He will also advise Kingdom’s clients on critical incident management, executive travel, crisis management, kidnap and ransom and corporate and criminal investigation management.

Terry Barton, Kingdom’s CEO said: “Michael’s CV speaks for itself.

“He is a highly respected and talented individual and we are delighted that he has decided to join the Kingdom family.

“His wealth of experience and expertise will further enhance Kingdom’s ability to give our clients the very best security analysis and advice possible.”


Kingdom is the amazing story of a company that has changed the landscape of the security and service market in the UK. In addition to its security offering, Kingdom has facilities management, cleaning and environmental protection divisions. The St Helens-based business is recognised as one of the top 10 security firms in the United Kingdom with a significant market share. It provides its security services across both public and private sectors – including guarding, key holding & alarm response and mobile patrols.

You can find out more about Dr McDonagh by visiting
http://www.kingdom.co.uk/profile/leadership-team/#director-m-mcdonagh

Kingdom tackling litter for sixth council in Kent

clip_image002Kingdom started providing Environmental Protection services in Thanet on 1st June to tackle litter and dog fouling.

As an article in the Isle of Thanet Gazette, entitled “Litter cops to patrol isle streets” put it:

“A team of enforcement officers from private firm Kingdom will slap litter louts and those who don’t clear up after their dogs with an £80 fine.

“Anyone who doesn’t pay up will face a court case and possible conviction resulting in a hefty £2,500 in fines.

“The decision has been made by Thanet District Council which spends £1.2million a year cleaning the district’s streets. The aim is to make Thanet a cleaner place to live in and to visit.

“As well as enforcing the law, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the scheme will also include incentives to encourage people to take responsibility for their litter or dog waste. The enforcement officers will randomly enter individuals they see binning their litter or cleaning up correctly after their dog into a monthly prize draw to win £50 of shopping vouchers.”

Thanet District Council is the sixth council in Kent that Kingdom is providing Environmental Protection Services to. The others are Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Swale Borough Council, Canterbury City Council and Gravesham Borough Council.

Commenting on the new service, Thanet District Council’s Director of Operation Services Gavin Waite said: "Littering is an antisocial activity which negatively impacts both residents and visitors to the district. This scheme aims to reduce the amount of litter and dog mess on the streets in response to residents' recent feedback. The council will be trialling this scheme for a year and hope to see a marked improvement in the cleanliness and appeal of public areas."

To find out more about the services Kingdom is providing to Thanet District Council, please visit http://thanet.gov.uk/your-services/pay-your-council-bills/dog-fouling-and-littering-fixed-penalty-notices/fixed-penalty-notices-frequently-asked-questions/

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.

The Director of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is Michael Fisher. To find out more about Michael, please click here.

Kingdom receives client praise for security and cleaning mobilisation

clip_image002Kingdom is always pleased to receive feedback from clients, and was particularly delighted to receive the email below from Samantha Laycock, the Centre Manager at The Harpur Centre, Bedford’s premier shopping centre. Kingdom recently won the contract to provide security services to the shopping centre and also had their contract to provide cleaning services to the centre renewed. The email said:

“We would like to take the time to thank you and your teams for an excellent mobilisation and contract start to both our security and cleaning provisions.

“From the notification that Kingdom were successfully awarded the contract for security and cleaning, your teams immediately began to communicate fully to both us as the Client and individual team members who were involved in the TUPE process. Feedback from the teams showed they felt supported throughout the changeover and as Clients, we felt reassured as all our needs were met promptly and assistance given when required.

“You have both taken the time to personally oversee the process fully and have utilised Ryan and Michael at site level to ensure the AI’s and documents are all site specific, equipment is designed to improve current standards and uniform requests were actioned.

“We have already benefitted from the influence Satia has across Kingdom’s various teams as areas such as HR, Communication Centre etc. They have all been very helpful and communicated directly from the beginning. We have had several calls with the Communication Centre and can feedback everyone we have come into contact with has been very polite, professional and responsive.

“On my return from two week’s annual leave at the pivotal time and contract start date, I was pleased to return to a fully operational system and all teams proud and positive to begin a new term. Thank you for supporting Ryan and Michael through this time and reacting to their requests.

“The little finishing touches including Kingdom mugs and pens all adds to bringing the team fully onboard and it was great to see Robert pop by to visit a site he had an important role in securing. It has been a pleasure to meet Sharon from the cleaning division and look forward to working with you all closely.

“We look forward to enhancing our current position with you all in partnership. Please pass on our positive feedback to your Line Managers.”

Kingdom has been providing seven days a week cleaning services to The Harpur Centre for the past three years, including keeping the car park, service corridors and shopping mall clean. Kingdom also provides periodic cleaning services to the centre. The new security services that Kingdom is providing to the centre includes providing a permanent manned security presence in the shopping mall, security services for the car park and CCTV coverage throughout the centre site.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, Kingdom is one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. They offer a complete support service to their customers. They specialise in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. Kingdom is an established retail specialist with a dedicated retail division working in partnership with some of the biggest names to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment. To find out more about Kingdom’s retail division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/retail-security/ or for an immediate quote call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom’s Cleaning Division aims to show your company values in their very best light. They deliver a supervisor or site-managed cleaning and maintenance service committed to using the best people, technologies and products. For more information about Kingdom’s Cleaning Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or for an immediate quote call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom clamping down on litter in East Hampshire

clip_image002Kingdom started providing Environmental Protection services in East Hampshire on behalf of East Hampshire District Council on Monday 18th May.

A recent article in local newspaper The News entitled “Clampdown on litter launched as officers hit the streets in East Hampshire” announced the start of the Kingdom’s work, saying:

“Litter louts have been warned they will pay the price if enforcement officers catch them dropping rubbish.

“Officers from private firm Kingdom have completed their full first day on the streets of Horndean after the local authority brought them in following their work in Havant.

“East Hampshire District Council has begun a zero-tolerance campaign against people who drop chewing gum or cigarette butts, or don’t clean up after their dog.

“If caught they run the risk of a £75 fine. And if they do not pay it they will be taken to court. More than 3,000 fines were handed out in the first year in action in Havant – reducing the council’s street cleaning bill.”

Kingdom’s officers will be providing services across the district, but will be focusing on the worst affected areas. They will be uniformed with the council’s livery and carry official ID. Residents who would like to report any littering issues to the council or who have identified a litter hot spot can call the council’s litter line on 01730 234131 and officers will visit that area.

The council has said that the six-month pilot has been launched to reduce litter in the district and that there is no expectation that it will generate a profit. However, they have said that any money that is made from the new scheme will be put directly back into public services. Commenting on the campaign, Cllr Richard Millard, deputy leader of East Hampshire County Council, said:

‘Litter in East Hampshire is a big issue for all of us and has been at the forefront of our minds in recent weeks. Our environmental team works hard to collect the litter which blights our streets, parks and countryside – but as with many things prevention is better than the cure. This new campaign means that if people are caught dropping litter, such as cigarette butts and chewing gum, or allowing their dog to foul, then they will be fined. We hope people will think twice before they drop litter and that will help us all keep the district clean and clear.’

When the campaign was announced earlier in the year, Cllr Millard said: ’People who deliberately or even unthinkingly drop litter or allow their dogs to foul pavements and public open spaces are a blight on all our lives. This policy is aimed at stopping this public nuisance.’

Kingdom has been providing environmental protection services to nearby Havant Borough Council since May last year. This was mentioned in the article in The News, which said: “The introduction of Kingdom enforcement officers in Horndean follows Havant Borough Council’s use of the firm in its area. Last May the council employed the private firm to prosecute litter bugs. More than 4,000 fines have been handed out since the scheme was launched.”

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background who deliver over 130,000 environmental protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities. Kingdom’s officers 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.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division tackles street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste, waste disposal licence checks, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti and fly-tipping & posting. 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 officer’s training helps save life

Kingdom’s Keith Gallagher, Senior Officer at IKEA Glasgow, was on his way to work recently when he received a call from his mother who was with his grandmother. His grandmother was experiencing bad chest pains and was struggling to breathe.

Keith says that before he even had time to think, the first aid training that he had received a few weeks earlier kicked in. Over the phone he talked his mother through what to do, as he suspected that his grandmother was having a heart attack. With his mother doing what Keith told her to do over the phone they managed to keep his grandmother comfortable until the ambulance arrived.

Keith’s grandmother was indeed having a heart attack, and the paramedics that attended her said that Keith’s knowledge and cool head was what save his grandmother. Keith is incredibly thankful that the simple skills that he learned on the first aid training course not only helped him to save a life, but to save the life of someone who is very close to him.

All of Kingdom’s officers working on IKEA sites receive first aid training, and this just goes to show how important that training is. This training is part of Kingdom’s “commitment to quality (C2Q), which consists of five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes. To find out more about this, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/profile/quality-industry-recognition-safety-environmental/



Kingdom acquires Belfast based Property Support Services Limited

Kingdom is delighted to announce that, as of 1st May 2015, they have acquired Belfast based security company Property Support Services Limited. 

Property Support Services is a leading provider of integrated security and fire safety solutions in Northern Ireland. Their goal has always been to create safe and secure environments for their customers, and a dedication to a customer-focused service is at the heart of everything they do.

They protect people, property, assets and valuables and help prevent losses from fire, crime, accident and wastage. Their services include manned guarding and static security solutions, reception services, intruder alarms, fire alarms, CCTV systems, access control systems, remote monitoring and response, mobile patrols, and key holding & alarm response. 

The acquisition continues the expansion of Kingdom to £90+ million turnover and 4,500 people. 

Terry Barton BA Hons Law, Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom said: “For a number of years our strategic strategy has included a vision to provide a quality service throughout Ireland. This is our first step to achieving that vision. With our fresh approach to service delivery and innovative and added value solutions across all our service lines which includes cleaning we believe we have a something very different to offer Ireland. For many years our current customers and prospective customers have been asking us to support them throughout Ireland and this acquisition provides us with the structure to do exactly that. It also reflects the desire for Kingdom to significantly increase its market share and to create opportunities to cross sell all our services across our extensive customer portfolio. The PSS team remain and join the wider Kingdom family and we look forward to meeting our new customers. 

Established in 1993 with just seven security officers, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom grow to become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Kingdom is an acknowledged industry specialist in security and cleaning, and offers a variety of other services including reception & concierge, mobile patrol, key holding, environmental protection, intelligence, cyber and specialist operations.

Commercially strong, Kingdom has a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to our customers. Kingdom operates nationally and has all the power of a national organisation you would expect but they support their service provision from their National Support and Communication Centre and their extensive network of regional support offices. 

For further information about Kingdom and our services please refer to the below link

www.kingdom.co.uk

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Service in Canterbury to be expanded

clip_image002The environmental protection service that Kingdom provides to Canterbury City Council is to be expanded in three ways to cover a larger geographical period, to cover a longer time period and to have more powers.

Kingdom started providing Environmental Protection services on behalf of Canterbury City Council in May 2014, with a brief to tackle street litter in Canterbury city centre as part of a city council crackdown on litter. This was initially a six month pilot scheme, but it has now been extended until March next year, and as well as Canterbury itself, Kingdom will now also be patrolling Herne Bay and Whitstable. An article in the Canterbury Times entitled “Herne Bay litter bugs to be targeted by new patrols” reported that:

‘Herne Bay can expect new patrols to crack down on the town’s litter bugs, after the district’s litter project was extended to cover the area.

‘The scheme, which has seen staff from the Kingdom security company patrolling the streets of Canterbury city centre presenting on-the-spot fines for people who drop litter, has been running for almost a year.

‘It is now planned to roll the scheme out to Herne Bay and Whitstable and extend it until March 31 next year.

‘Speaking at a meeting of the council executive last Thursday, Councillor Rosemary Doyle said she was delighted” to have the chance to expand the project to the other towns covered by the council.

‘”It really has made a difference here,” she said.

‘”We have had two litter awareness days, one in Canterbury and one in Herne Bay, and everyone who has come up to us has condemned people who drop litter.

‘”It is very much in the public eye at the moment and anything that can help discourage or educate people about dropping litter in the street is a very good thing.”

‘Her words were echoed by retired Herne Bay GP Roger Wealdon, who volunteers for the Herne Bay Rotary Club’s community and service committee.

Mr Wealdon said there were trouble spots in Herne Bay in need of closer scrutiny, particularly around the High Street and pier.

‘”I can’t see where there is a downside to extending the pilot, it’s a good idea,” he said. “We would be more than happy to assist as volunteers.

‘”If what they did worked in Canterbury then it should equally work in this area.”’

A separate article in The Canterbury Times entitled “Canterbury litter officers armed with extra powers to tackle city centre nuisance” explained that Kingdom’s officers will be given new powers and why they are being given them. The article said:

‘Wardens normally deployed to issue on the spot fines for littering will be armed with “a wider range” of powers to tackle disruption and antisocial behaviour in Canterbury city centre.

‘The city council approved proposals to extend a pilot scheme first introduced last May, which saw officers working for the private security firm Kingdom given the power to issue on the spot £80 fines to anyone caught discarding litter.

‘Speaking at a meeting of the council executive on Thursday, Councillor Andrew Cook said the scheme had proven “very successful” although more than 500 fines were yet to be paid.

‘Councillor Cook said Kingdom officers were already helping deal with public nuisance issues, such as revellers urinating in the street on nights out.

‘He added: “We are now dealing with an issue, a very repulsive issue, which has been in the city for a long time.”

‘The report given to the council executive on the issue noted that Kingdom staff could only deal with problems related to litter under their current remit, and that these general changes would make officers be “seen to be able to deal with all enforcement issues”, alongside council staff.

Kingdom is delighted to have had their contract with Canterbury City Council extended, and to be providing more services to more areas. As well as Canterbury City Council, Kingdom also provides environmental protection services to four other councils in Kent, which are Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Swale Borough Council and Gravesham Borough Council.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. Their specialist teams deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities across the UK. They provide Environmental Enforcement by tackling street litter, dog fouling, commercial and residential waste, smoking in prohibited areas and the illegal distribution of free material. They also tackle other anti-social behaviour including criminal damage, graffiti and fly-tipping and posting. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/

Kingdom officer praised by police for bravery

clip_image002One of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers in Birmingham, Daniel Hubbard, has been praised by West Midlands Police for helping to catch two men who had assaulted and robbed a man.

Daniel Hubbard works for Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, providing Environmental Protection Services to Birmingham City Council. On Sunday 15th February, Daniel had just finished carrying out a joint patrol with city centre officers and was walking back to his car to go home when he saw three young men following an older man through the subway and acting suspiciously. Concerned, Daniel contacted Sergeant Dave Francis from the Birmingham City Centre Neighbourhood Team on his mobile, as he knew that he was on duty. Fortunately Sgt Francis was only a few streets away.

Daniel’s suspicions proved to be correct, as the young men dragged the victim into the subway, robbed him and assaulted him on the floor, leaving him with a bleeding head injury. Daniel remained on the phone, pursuing the offenders on foot whilst giving commentary to Sgt Francis, who was able to direct officers to attend the area. Military police officers on a joint patrol were dispatched to locate and treat the victim in the subway, whilst police resources went after the offenders.

Because of Daniel’s running commentary, the police were able to catch the offenders and arrest them for robbery. One was found in possession of cocaine, and another was found in possession of a knife.

Sergeant Francis subsequently submitted a report to his local police commander asking for Daniel to be recognised for his actions at the robbery incident. His reported concluded by saying:

Mr Hubbard’s keen and decisive public spirited actions helped to detain two offenders for a grave offence, PCSO Adams and PC Beard acted decisively in bringing dangerous offenders to justice especially considering the offender was armed. I ask that that PCSO Adams and PC Beard are commended and that Mr Hubbard is duly recognised for his public spirited actions”.

Commenting on what happened, Michael Fisher, Director of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division said: “Daniel is a key member of my team in Birmingham and is always mindful of what reciprocal help he can give our partners when deploying on Environmental Enforcement issues. I greatly appreciate Daniel’s efforts on a daily basis and have recommended him for internal recognition from Kingdom for his actions that night. Daniel not only showed great tenacity and bravery but had the presence of mind to keep an open line of communication with West Midlands Police which I have no doubt led to the arrest of the offenders. We are extremely proud of his efforts on this occasion.”

Kingdom has been providing environmental protection services to Birmingham City Council for over six years, tackling street litter and city centre enquiries, including graffiti, fly posting and smoking in prohibited areas. In November 2014 Kingdom was also awarded a new contract to provide Environmental Health Officers on behalf of Birmingham City Council to carry out a range of functions, including Duty of Care visits to food outlets including restaurants, cafes and kitchens.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division aims to make our streets cleaner, safer and greener. Led by experts with an ex-police and military background, Kingdom’s specialist team delivers over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities around the UK. For more information about Kingdom’s environmental protection division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call Kingdom on 0845 051 7702 for an immediate quote.

Kingdom growth leads to Head Office expansion

Kingdom is delighted to have expanded their National Support Centre recently as the company has continued to grow and offer new services.

Kingdom’s National Support Centre in St Helens has undergone extensive remodelling and now includes a new third floor which is home to two new offices, a staff meeting and break out room, and an IT support centre. The change had become essential as Kingdom’s dramatic growth and expansion meant that Kingdom’s National Support Centre was “bursting at the seams” according to Kingdom’s Ian McCaffary.

As part of the recent growth and expansion of Kingdom, the company has also recently opened two new offices - one in Sheffield and one in Cardiff.

Established in 1993 and operating 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, Kingdom has a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers. Kingdom has all the power of a national organisation you would expect, but they support their service provision from their network of regional support offices.

For more information about Kingdom, visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/. For an immediate quote, call Kingdom today on 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom to provide security at major shopping centre

clip_image001Kingdom is delighted to have been awarded the contract to provide security services to The Harpur Centre, Bedford’s premier shopping centre.

The Harpur Centre is a popular shopping mall housed within a Grade 2 listed building and is conveniently situated in the heart of Bedford’s city centre. It features over 36 well-known shops across its two floors and is open seven days a week.

Kingdom will provide a continual security presence in the shopping mall & car park as well as constant CCTV coverage across the entire site. They will also look to build relationships with shopping centre tenants, while engaging with Bedford town centre’s crime reduction team. In addition to this, Kingdom will also be responsible for introducing new security awareness initiatives like the “Think Shrink” campaign aimed at loss prevention.

Kingdom has provided cleaning services to the Harpur Centre for the past three years and has recently had their contract renewed for continued service. Mick Reynolds, will act as the new security manager and will also head up the continuation of cleaning services for the mall, together with an experienced supervisor and full security team.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, Kingdom is one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. They offer a complete support service to their customers. They specialise in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. Kingdom is an established retail specialist with a dedicated retail division working in partnership with some of the biggest names to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment. To find out more about Kingdom’s retail division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/retail-security/