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Kingdom sponsors client’s open day

Scott Grange Open Day 2016Kingdom recently enjoyed attending the open day of one of their clients, Scott Grange in Hartlepool, and was proud to support their fundraising efforts. Scott Grange is part of the national social enterprise and charity Home Group, which Kingdom has provided a concierge security service to since December 2011.

Scott Grange held an open day to raise funds for their residents on Tuesday 23rd August 2016. People attending the open day were able to see all of the new changes at Scott Grange, as well as helping their clients to raise funds for activities which will improve their life skills. Fun activities included a tombola, raffle, name the boy competition, sponsored bike ride and cake sale. There were also stands providing information about all of Home Group’s services in the area and information stalls about other services within the area too. Kingdom sponsored the event by donating £100 in high street vouchers as a prize for the raffle.

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 £327million and assets valued at £2.8 billion. 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. They are the UK’s largest provider of care and support services with 36 years experience. 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 service provides individuals with accommodation within a supportive and nurturing environment. This support offered is aimed at working with clients to meet their individual needs, develop skills and enable a successful transition into independent living. The service works in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure service provision is effective, focused and responsive to local needs. The property consists of eleven self contained flats with an additional communal kitchen, laundry and resource/training room. The project is well established having been open since 1984 and is well supported and accepted by the local community.

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.

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

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

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

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

Wrexham litterbugs in court for failing to pay fines

clip_image002Forty-five people who dropped litter in the County Borough of Wrexham and failed to pay their resulting £75 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) found themselves in front of Wrexham Magistrates Court this week.

All forty-five offenders were fined between £75 and £100 for dropping litter, with costs of £50 awarded in all cases, along with a victim surcharge. Unfortunately the fines levied at court are not payable to Wrexham Council, going instead to central government. If the offenders had paid their original £75 FPN then the money would have gone to the local council and could have been used locally.

The £75 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) had been issued by Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Officers as part of Wrexham Council’s crackdown on litter and dog fouling. Kingdom started providing this service to Wrexham Council on the 1st April 2016. Kingdom also operates a “Bin it to Win it” campaign to encourage people to dispose of their litter properly. The scheme gives people who are spotted by Kingdom’s officers putting their litter in the bin the chance to be entered into a monthly prize draw for £50 of local shopping vouchers.

Bryony Tomlinson, prosecuting, told the magistrates that littering was a big problem, explaining that: “It is estimated to cost a local authority in Wales more than £40 million a year to remove litter from our streets.” She added that dropped cigarette butts in particular have become a big problem for the environment, as “cigarette ends that go into drains have an impact on their efficiency at times of heavy rain which increases the chance of flooding.”

Commenting on the fines, Cllr David A Bithell, lead member for environment and transport on Wrexham Council, said: “I am very pleased the magistrates ruled in our favour in each of these instances. I hope this shows that we will use all our powers under the law to follow all environmental enforcement action to its end. I’ve repeatedly stated that if you don’t drop litter or allow your dog to foul, you have nothing to fear from our action. Our zero-tolerance approach to dog fouling and littering continues.”

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

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

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

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

Kingdom now an Altius Assured Vendor

Altius Assured Vendor LogoKingdom has just added another accreditation to its list, having become an Altius Assured Vendor.

Altius has carried out a thorough risk management assessment of Kingdom, assessing us to the highest possible standard, and as a result we are very pleased to have been awarded this accreditation.

This accreditation will help to reduce the costs and the risks to Kingdom’s clients and potential clients that also use Altius, and show to them quickly and easily that we meet their requirements.

Kingdom embraces five key components in its “commitment to quality” (C2Q): Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes. As a supplier to brand focused customers our investment and dedication to quality and safety is taken extremely seriously. We regularly access experts in their field to openly audit and challenge us, and when we do it well recognition follows. To see our full range of accreditations for quality, industry recognition, safety and environmental, please click here.

Altus was founded in 2007 to provide significant benefits to clients with supply chains as well as those working in supply chains. They have extensive experience in complex, large and demanding supply chains as well as a proven track record of using modern technology which gives them a unique ability to quickly deliver valuable benefits to their clients.

clip_image002Every business that uses suppliers in the way that our clients use us has a need to assess them. Whether this is a basic insurance check or a heavyweight health and safety assessment, this assessment needs to be based on the risk that using the supplier brings to the business. Altius’s vendor assessment services are designed to reduce that risk. They target assessments according to risk, only assessing suppliers against the requirements deemed applicable to them, thus reducing costs.

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

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

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

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

More fines issued to Wrexham litter bugs in July

clip_image002There was a 16% increase in the number of fixed penalty notices given out by Kingdom’s officers to people dropping litter and dog owners who failed to clean up after their pets in Wrexham last month compared to the previous month.

619 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were given out in the county borough in July 2016, resulting in £46,425 worth of fines. This was 61 more FPNs than the total number handed out in June, and an increase on the £39,975 value of June’s fines.

When Wrexham Council previously ran a similar programme in house, a total of 21 tickets were issued over the whole year. It was expected that Kingdom would issue around 8 tickets per day, but are currently issuing double that amount, meaning that the fees generated for the local authority are well in excess of what was thought possible.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division started tackling litter and dog fouling in the streets and parks of the County Borough of Wrexham on 1st April 2016. They are issuing £75 fixed penalty notices to anyone caught dropping litter and not cleaning up after their pets as part of the council’s “zero tolerance” approach. Kingdom also launched their “Bin it to Win it” campaign to encourage people to dispose of their litter properly. The scheme gives people who are spotted by Kingdom’s officers putting their litter in the bin the chance to be entered into a monthly prize draw for £50 of local shopping vouchers.

Kingdom is also adapting their campaign in Wrexham to tackle dog fouling more effectively. Officers are now starting their foot patrols earlier in the morning and continuing later at night in an effort to catch those people who continue to not clean up after their dogs, making sure that they have a presence at the times when more people exercise their pets.

Ashley Houston-Birch, Kingdom’s Team Leader in Wrexham said: “We have increased our patrols around country parks and identified dog-fouling hotspots, but have admittedly struggled to issue many fixed penalty notices for dog fouling this last month. In a bid to tackle dog fouling, we have carried out more patrols outside of usual working hours, with patrols starting at 6am and some enforcement officers patrolling until 9pm. We will also continue to increase patrols and follow-up reports to combat the problem.”

Commenting on the change in strategy, Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport at Wrexham Council, added: “I’m glad to see that patrols are being carried out earlier in the morning and later in the evening in a bid to catch dog walkers who fail to pick up after their pets – we want to continue to press on this with this, and if numbers do drop, I’m keen for that to be as a result of enforcement and people getting the message. We can’t let people drop litter or cigarettes, nor allow their dogs to foul without cleaning up after them – it’s not fair on the huge majority of residents and dog owners who are responsible and want to see their towns and villages kept clean.”

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

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

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

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

Kingdom’s Terry Barton receives top CEO Award

Terry Barton CEO AwardHuge congratulations to Kingdom’s CEO Terry Barton who has received a Finance Monthly CEO Award 2016, recognising him as an outstanding leader heading up one of this country’s most successful and innovative companies.

Explaining what the annual Finance Monthly CEO Awards are, the Finance Monthly website says: “Every year Finance Monthly CEO Awards celebrate the success, innovation and strategic vision of CEOs across a wide variety of sectors and industries globally.

“Finance Monthly’s research department has spent the past several months carefully researching and identifying some of the most outstanding, ambitious and forward-thinking CEOs in the corporate world today.”

They describe the award winners as “senior individuals who have been instrumental in achieving their companies’ desired aims and driving their businesses forward.” Terry was among 50 other CEOs from across the UK to receive an award along with a further 56 from around the world. The booklet detailing all of the winners of The Finance Monthly CEO Awards 2016 can be found online here.

Commenting on the award winners, the Editor-in-chief of Finance Monthly, Mark Palmer, said: “It is vital for every business striving for success to have a leader whose diligence, innovative thinking and ingenuity inspire their team to demonstrate the same qualities and achieve excellence. We are happy that all of the individuals that are listed within Finance Monthly’s 2016 CEO Awards are corporate leaders who aspire to these qualities and whose enthusiasm and hard work help their companies successfully accomplish their goals.”

Finance Monthly is a global publication delivering news, comment and analysis to those at the centre of the corporate sector. It reports on the news and topics that matter to CEOs, CFOs, investors, company directors, entrepreneurs, and SMEs.

Terry started Kingdom 23 years ago with just seven security officers. He had previously worked in the police, completed a law degree and trained to be a solicitor. When a local business asked him to recommend a security business, he didn’t know any so set up one himself. Since founding Kingdom Terry has led and driven the team from the front line with passion and energy.

CEOA16-LogoSpeaking after receiving his award, Terry said: “When I started Kingdom in 1993 I started it with the very firm belief that we had to be different and that the company had to continually evolve, keep learning about our customers’ needs and desires, embrace the latest technology and invest in our most important asset – our people. Since then I am very proud to say that Kingdom has stuck rigidly to those beliefs and we have built what I regard as the best teams in the industries we operate in at every level.”

Under Terry’s leadership Kingdom has grown to now employ 5,600 people and has a turnover of £105 million. The company recently started providing security services in India. Terry works hard to ensure the reputation and growth that Kingdom has built over many years is protected through fair but robust internal disciplines and controls. He ensures that he has consistent dialogue with Kingdom’s customers to keep improving the services that Kingdom provides and tailors them to the clients’ needs.

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

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

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

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

Kingdom supports client’s charity fun day

clip_image002One of Kingdom’s clients – ABP Langport – held a charity fun day on Saturday 6th August which Kingdom was pleased to once again support.

This was ABP Langport’s second annual charity fun day and took place at their site in Somerset. It was open to site employees and their families who were able to take part in fete activities such as “beat the goalie” and face painting, as well as see a falconry display and enjoy a range of foods and ice creams. During the event there was a tombola and a raffle. Kingdom donated £100 of Love to Shop vouchers as a prize for the raffle, having provided an experience voucher for a champagne meal for two at a spa last year. The proceeds of the event are donated to local worthy causes, with this year’s funds being donated to a local school that is raising money for a construction project to develop their sporting facilities.

Kingdom has provided a manned security team to ABP Group’s site in Langport since March 2015, where they manage the physical security of the complex food processing facility. As this is a heavily regulated and compliance lead industry, Kingdom’s team are not only engaged in managing robust security protocols to support the client in providing physical security but also are engaged in wider aspects such as supporting technical and operational compliance systems. Kingdom provides security services to ABP Group’s businesses units throughout the UK from Somerset to Kent and as far north as Perth in Scotland.

ABP Food Group is one of Europe’s leading food processors, providing quality beef to thousands of customers across the world. Established in 1954, they have developed a reputation for quality, efficiency and innovation in the industry over the last 60 years. They work with a network of over 35,000 farmers and contribute an estimated €1.3billion each year into the rural economy in which they operate. Their core business – ABP Beef – is supported by its renewable, pet food and protein divisions, which combine to ensure the value of by-products is maximised and the environmental impact of their business and customers is minimised. To find out more about ABP Food Group please visit https://abpfoodgroup.com/

Kingdom believes that it is crucial to their core business success to act responsibly as a business, with the highest social, environmental and ethical standards. They want to achieve financial success, but also want to create value for their stakeholders - from shareholders to customers, employees to business partners, and society as a whole. Corporate responsibility informs everything they do and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their employees, their customers and grow their business.

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

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

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

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

Kingdom NHS officers complete conflict resolution training

Conflict Management MRI 1Sixteen of Kingdom’s security officers that are based at the Manchester Royal Infirmary recently attended a conflict resolution training course to further help and assist them in carrying out their roles. The course was held on the 28th July 2016 and was provided by Health and Safety Solutions North West.

Kingdom provides bed watch security at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Bed watch duties are wide ranging and are put into place to protect patients, staff and visitors. The requests are ad hoc depending on the hospital requirements at any given time. Due to the unpredictable nature of the requirements it is important for Kingdom to have a large pool of trained security officers to call upon at short notice. As well as providing bed watch security, Kingdom also provides security at the hospital’s four staff car parks.   

The aim of this course was to enable participants to develop the knowledge and skills needed for the prevention of violence and aggression and the management of challenging behaviour. This included knowing:

  • how communication can be used to solve problems and reduce the likelihood of conflict.
  • the factors that influence human responses in conflict situations
  • how to assess and reduce risks in conflict situations
  • how to communicate effectively and deescalate conflict in emotive situations
  • good practice to follow after conflict situations

Conflict Management MRI3By the end of the course, the attendees were able to:

  • describe the roles that may help in dealing with conflict in the NHS
  • state the importance of positive communication as a way of reducing the likelihood of conflict
  • identify how managing patient/family expectations can reduce the likelihood of conflict
  • identify the differences between assertiveness and aggression
  • state the importance of viewing a situation from the aggressors perspective
  • identify strategies that can be used to solve problems
  • identify human responses to emotional or threatening situations
  • identify factors that can trigger or inhibit an angry response in others
  • identify the stages of escalation in conflict situations
  • state how to apply a dynamic risk assessment to a conflict situation and identify measures that can reduce risks for people who may be involved in the conflict
  • state the importance of following policies & guidance and understand the law
  • identify how to use non-verbal communication
  • identify communication techniques to defuse conflict
  • identify how to overcome barriers to communication
  • state the importance of space and exit routes when dealing with an angry person
  • state the importance of accessing help and support after an incident
  • identify the benefits of reflecting on and learning from conflict situations
  • identify the benefits of sharing good practice and contributing to solutions to recurring problems

The course was well attended and the officers gained a lot of knowledge to assist them in their every day jobs. Kingdom believes in adding value to their clients by securing, deploying, training and retaining the right people. This has resulted in Kingdom having one of the most loyal, well, trained and thoroughly professional workforces in the industry.

Kingdom knows that high quality services have to be delivered in challenging public sector environments with strict compliance requirements and where safety and security go hand in hand. Their public sector team has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the public sector. They undertake a full range of security and associated services, including incident management and business continuity planning, and are able to respond effectively to the needs of their customers, often at short notice and operating to full customer confidentiality.

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

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

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

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

“Fit Friday” introduced in Kingdom’s Bristol Office

clip_image002It is increasingly popular in offices and other workplaces across the country for employees to take part in “Fat Friday”. This is where everyone in the workplace has something unhealthy – such as bacon rolls for brunch or fish and chips or burgers for lunch – as a reward for getting to the end of another long week at work.

Without meaning to sound like kill joys, whilst there is nothing wrong with the occasional treat, it is important to eat everything in moderation, and with one in four British adults now classed as “obese”, employers need to help and facilitate employees to lead a healthy, active lifestyle, rather than encourage the opposite.

That is why employees based at Kingdom’s Bristol office are now bucking the national trend, and rather than having a “Fat Friday” are taking part in “Fit Friday” instead.

clip_image004Explaining why, Kingdom’s Midlands Business Manager Chris Burman-Day said: “As part of our regional drive to motivate and encourage our team members, over coming months we will be looking at innovative ways to promote health and encourage a healthy and physically active lifestyle to the wider regional team. Healthy living and physical fitness are great ways to improve lifestyle, productivity and mental health, and we have started locally.”

Chris regularly races in endurance and adventure races and has planned weekly group cross-training sessions. These are comprised of a circuit session incorporating free-weight, plyometrics and sprints, providing variable HIIT sessions for all abilities, and which will change each week. The first one was held on Friday 22nd July in the field behind the car park of Kingdom’s Bristol office, with a second session held on Friday 29th July. Although this has so far only been rolled out to Kingdom team members at the Bristol office, Chris is intending to roll this out regionally over the coming months. Explaining his plans, Chris said:

“Over coming months, staff from regional sites will be invited to participate in the weekly workout and will also start to receive regular email briefing documents on subjects surrounding healthy eating and exercise and will have the opportunity to join in a regional challenge around weekly / monthly step-counts or similar. Where others have a ‘Fat Friday’, we’ll be promoting a ‘Fit Friday!’”

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Kingdom invests in their people, believing that they drive their success. They want their people to achieve great things and be rewarded for their efforts and a job well done. Kingdom adds value to your business by securing, deploying, training and retaining the right people and supporting their contracts with regional offices and a wealth of local and national management expertise. This has resulted in Kingdom having one of the most loyal, well trained and thoroughly professional workforces in the industry. Their local managers are given the time to understand, manage and support your contract and to ensure their people on the ground are happy and motivated. They have the experience, entrepreneurial spirit and capability to move faster and stay closer to your business and deliver through passionate people.

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

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

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

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

Image 1: Nathan McKinnon, Charles Edwards, Chris Burman-Day and Mark P Wallace

Image 2: Charles Edwards, Nathan McKinnon and Chris Burman-Day

Image 3: Chris Burman-Day, Nathan McKinnon and Mark P Wallace

Kingdom arranges counter terrorism training for client

clip_image002The West Midlands Counter Terror Police unit recently delivered a free counter terror awareness one day course to employees of one of Kingdom’s clients, CEVA Logistics, and to Kingdom’s security officers.

The event was organised by Kingdom’s Business Manager Alex Collins and was held at CEVA’s facilities in Dordon, Tamworth, on the 25th July 2016.

It was a very informative course that benefited both Kingdom’s and CEVA’s teams. 17 people attended from both Kingdom and CEVA. The course was suitable for all staff and especially those involved in security.

The presentation contained all of the required component parts of a Project Griffin event.

Project Griffin is the national counter terrorism awareness initiative for businesses to protect cities and communities from the threat of terrorism. It aims to encourage and enable members of the community to work in partnership with the police to deter and detect terrorist activity and crime. It seeks to enlist the help and support of individuals and groups interested in maintaining the safety and security of buildings, business areas or neighbourhoods. They hold briefing events to increase public and staff awareness of how best to reduce and respond to the most likely types of terrorist activities, and on how to protect yourself, your staff, your business and your community. Project Griffin currently covers the following topics:

  • Current Threat
  • Firearms & Weapons Attacks
  • Hostile Reconnaissance
  • Document Awareness
  • Methods of Attack
  • Drones
  • Bombs
  • Responses to Suspicious Items
  • Social Networking
  • Cyber
  • Postal Threat
  • Insider Threat
  • Domestic Extremism

clip_image004Kingdom is proud to provide manned guarding and security services for a number of sites for CEVA Logistics. They have been providing security services to this client for a number of years now and are currently providing services to 15 sites nationwide.

CEVA Logistics is a full service transportation and logistics company and is one of the world’s leading non-asset based supply chain management companies. They have freight management and contract logistics operations spanning 1,000 locations in 160 countries. Many of the world’s best-known brands count on CEVA to serve their markets. They design and implement industry-leading solutions in both freight management and contract logistics. They have over 41,000 dedicated employees working in 17 regional clusters around the globe. They make businesses flow, and provide viable answers to the most challenging supply chain questions. They apply their renowned operational expertise to provide best-in-class services across their integrated worldwide network, and their focus is on general business and the specialist needs of the automotive, consumer and retail, energy, healthcare, industrial & aerospace and technology sectors.

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

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

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

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

Less dog mess in Wirral thanks to Kingdom

clip_image002Kingdom is playing a vital role in helping to reduce the amount of dog fouling on the streets and in public places in Wirral.

Kingdom started tackling dog fouling in Wirral less than 3 months ago on the 9th May 2016, and is issuing immediate fixed penalty notices of £50 to anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog. Kingdom had already been tackling litter on behalf of Wirral Borough Council since July 2015.

As part of the council’s zero tolerance crackdown on dog fouling there is also an awareness-raising campaign focusing on the groups of people most affected by dog mess, such as wheelchair users, parents with prams and buggies and children playing in parks and open spaces. Dog owners are being reminded that bagged dog mess can be put in any of the 4,000 public litter bins in the borough, or can be taken home and put in their waste bin. People caught disposing of dog mess inappropriately are being fined under litter legislation with a fixed penalty of £80.

Since Kingdom started tackling dog fouling in addition to their duties tackling litter, officers have observed more than 600 people "bag it and bin it" after their dog made a mess. 25 fixed penalty notices have been issued over that period. This has led Kingdom’s officers to say they have never encountered such a high level of compliance with the law.

Michael Fisher, Division Director at Kingdom, said: “We work on behalf of 30 local authorities across the country to enforce environmental legislation on their behalf but my officers tell me they have rarely encountered such a clean borough as Wirral when it comes to dog fouling. It does appear that the vast majority of dog owners in Wirral go out of their way to ensure public spaces are kept clean and they are to be commended for that.”

Councillor Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “It is not surprising to hear that so many Wirral owners are doing the right thing when it comes to dog fouling. However, if anything, this just makes us even more determined to crackdown on the small minority who think they can get away with not cleaning up after themselves.

“We have an ongoing, eye-catching campaign to try to highlight to these people what a horrible impact their actions can have on others who might inadvertently come into contact with their mess. The ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaign is backed by numerous environmental groups, including the New Brighteners – a team of volunteers dedicated to keeping streets, beaches and open spaces clean and tidy."

The enforcement is intelligence led, with officers spending most of their time in areas where there are particular dog fouling problems reported. People can let the council know about dog fouling problems by reporting them online.

Kingdom’s specialist teams aim to make our environment cleaner, safer and greener. They are led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum 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.

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

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

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

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

Support for junior football club project from Kingdom

imageKingdom has donated to a junior football club to help them raise money to complete a project during the school summer holidays.

The Year 5 Wilberfoss Mavericks Junior football team has signed up to the Humberside Police Lifestyle Project. This was set up in 1989 to challenge young people to get involved with their communities, using their spare time to make a real difference, especially over the school summer holidays.

Adam, Ethan, Charlie, Georgia and Archie have formed the Wilberfoss United Lifestyle Group, and their project is to raise the funds to create an access route between their school playing fields and the larger village playing fields behind. The reason for this is so that the school can use the village playing fields and the Wilberfoss Mavericks Junior Football Club can use the school grounds on a Saturday and Sunday.

Because there is a dyke between the two fields, their plan is to build a timber bridge and install a secure gate to allow not only the children and adults to cross, but also to allow the village playing fields lawn mower to cross too.

The group of school children are hoping to raise £1500 in order to do this through fun events, stalls and sponsorship, and have asked sponsors to give £100 towards the fund. In return, they will install a permanent sign on the bridge with the sponsors’ company logo on. In addition, they are planning other fund raising events including a cake stall at their school and a sweet and drinks stall during the village football training on a Saturday morning.

Back in October, Kingdom announced that they were to sponsor the Wilberfoss Mavericks Under 11s football team for the season by purchasing their kit, and in return Kingdom’s logo was displayed on the front and back of the kit. Kingdom also arranged for the team to attend a Wigan vs Leeds match at the DW Stadium in Wigan last year as VIP day guests. The Mavericks are managed by Kingdom Director Mark Wallace.

Kingdom believes that it is crucial to their core business success to act responsibly as a business, with the highest social, environmental and ethical standards. They want to achieve financial success, but also want to create value for their stakeholders - from shareholders to customers, employees to business partners, and society as a whole. Corporate responsibility informs everything they do and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their employees, their customers and grow their business.

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

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

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

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

Kingdom employee raises over £900 for charity

Shaun Blanchard 1Huge congratulations to Kingdom’s Shaun Blanchard, security supervisor at the Malls shopping centre in Basingstoke, who has so far raised over £900 for charity after taking part in and successfully completing the London 2 Paris 24 2016 bike ride.

Kingdom was very pleased to sponsor and support Shaun, who cycled the 280 miles from capital city to capital city in 23 hours and 42 minutes on the 16th and 17th July with 18 minutes to spare on the 24 hour target! This epic effort was to raise money for the disability charity Scope.

Shaun’s cycle ride started at lunch time on Saturday 16th at Blackheath in London when he and 148 other cyclists took part in a 90 mile dash through the countryside to Dover. There they caught a ferry (that wasn’t going to wait!) and then cycled all through the night down through France. They finally finished at lunchtime the next day at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. This was not a race but was instead an endurance cycle challenge which aimed to test the cyclists’ determination and stamina. The route was broken down into seven 40 mile stages and included 12,100 feet of climbing. More information about the cycle ride itself can be found on http://www.london2paris24.com/

Speaking about his fundraising endeavour, Shaun said: “It was both a fantastic and a gruelling experience, and one that I would love to do again! When riding throughout the night stages, which was the toughest part, I was just thinking about all the amazing people who sponsored me and what their money is going to do for Scope and all involved. Thank you to everyone who supported me.

Shaun took part with his best friend Ryan, and Ryan’s nephew Maison. His target was to raise £1000 for this very worthy cause, and so far he is just shy of that at 93% of his target - £930.51. If you would like to sponsor Shaun and donate money to Scope it is not too late – any contributions big or small will be very much appreciated. You can do so via Shaun’s JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/Shaun-Blanchard24. Making a donation through JustGiving is simple, fast and secure, and once you donate they send your money directly to the charity, making it the most efficient way to donate, saving time and cutting costs for the charity. There you can also find out more about Shaun’s fundraising efforts and the work that Scope does.

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Scope, in their own words, “is a charity that exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we’ll be here”. Scope provides support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year, raising awareness of important of important issues. For more information about Scope, please visit http://www.scope.org.uk/.

Kingdom believes that it is crucial to their core business success to act responsibly as a business, with the highest social, environmental and ethical standards. Kingdom wants to achieve financial success, but also wants to create value for their stakeholders – from shareholders to customers, employees to business partners, and society as a whole. Corporate responsibility informs everything they do, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their employees, their customers and grow their business. This is why Kingdom is pleased to both support the fundraising efforts of one of their employees and to be able to give money to a very worthy charitable cause.

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

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

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

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

Kingdom rises to the challenge at IKEA Reading opening

clip_image002IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer and one of Kingdom’s clients, opened their newest UK store last week, and a team of 30 plus Kingdom Officers were pleased to be on hand to help make the event a success.

IKEA’s 19th UK store, IKEA Reading, officially opened to the public on Thursday 14th July, with the grand opening carrying on over four days until Sunday 17th July. In addition to this there were also events in the days leading up to the official opening, including a VIP event on Monday 11th and a friends and family day on Tuesday 12th, meaning that it was effectively an opening week.

Less than two weeks before the opening week, Kingdom was asked if they could supply an events team of 35 officers per day for seven days to provide security for the week’s events, which Kingdom was pleased to do.

Kingdom’s John Barrett, Business Manager for the South, said: “Operationally it is no small task to get 35 officers and a management team in place at short notice for a seven day period, but Kingdom did it and received glowing commendations from their client for their officers’ professionalism and engagement. Once again this showed that Kingdom can achieve great things, even at very short notice. It also demonstrated the importance of the IKEA contract to us and the importance of effective leadership, which the security industry overlooks at their peril.”

Following the opening, IKEA’s Deputy Country Risk Manager, Christian Featherstone, said:

“I am immensely happy with the service provided by Kingdom last week. Throughout the week and after your team performed impeccably. To an individual, I witnessed a high level of competence as well as an excellent level of engagement and customer service. I was very pleased to see a high level of personal presentation and attendance and it is clear to me that without the Kingdom team the opening would not have been the great success that it was”

clip_image004Kingdom is pleased to provide retail security to all of IKEA’s UK stores (including Belfast), and two distribution centres. The nationwide security, cleaning and environmental protection company first started providing security services to IKEA in the UK in 2010 alongside three other security companies. In 2014 it was announced that Kingdom would be the sole security provider to IKEA in the UK. Kingdom provides IKEA with a unique security service, tailored specifically to match the IKEA environment and work ethos, and includes manned guarding teams, mobile patrol, key holding, customer service and reception teams as well as loss prevention and return on investment analysis.

IKEA is a multinational group of companies that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances and home accessories, and since January 2008 has been the world’s largest furniture retailer. The company is known for its modern architectural designs for various types of appliances and furniture, and its interior design work is often associated with eco-friendly simplicity. In addition, the firm is known for its attention to cost control, operational details, and continuous product development. Their vision is “to create a better everyday life for the many people”.

The new store is expected to be very important to the company. This is because of its key location and also because the new product lines and services that they will be testing there are not seen at any other stores in the world. There are going to be further activities, workshops, games and product demos happening at IKEA Reading throughout July and August for all ages to take part in. Visit http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/store/reading/homepage for more information.

Kingdom is an established retail specialist with a dedicated retail division that works in partnership with some of the biggest names in retail to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment (ROI).

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

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

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

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

Prestigious Metropolitan Police Award for Kingdom Officer

clip_image002Kingdom is very proud to announce that one of their officers, Grzegorz (Greg) Stalmach, has won a Metropolitan Police Service CCTV Award. Greg won the award for Best CCTV Operator in the Metropolitan Police area.

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

Greg was presented with the award at the Metropolitan Police CCTV Award Ceremony on Friday 15th July 2016 at the iconic New Scotland Yard. Greg received the last ever award to be presented there, as the building has been sold and the Metropolitan Police Service are vacating. The Master of Ceremony, Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville stated that the bravery and professionalism exhibited by Greg was a testament to the security service as a whole.

Greg was also previously awarded with an ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Award. He was one of only 13 award winners from across the whole of the UK, and was presented with this award at the third ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards Lunch at the Royal Windsor Racecourse on 24th May 2016. Greg is also to receive a Borough Commander’s commendation for his actions.

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

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

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

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

Photo: Greg Stalmach (left) with Kingdom’s security consultant Andrew Howe.

Littering and dog fouling successes for Kingdom in Wrexham

clip_image002Two pieces of good news have been reported today about the success of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division in the County Borough of Wrexham.

Firstly, a total of 533 fines were issued in June to people dropping their litter and cigarette butts on the floor and failing to clean up after their dogs. Of these, 490 were for people dropping cigarette butts, 32 were for dropping other litter and 11 were for dog owners for not cleaning up after their pets.

According to the website Wrexham.com:“The fines come as a result of a crackdown on littering and dog fouling across the County Borough, with enforcement officers from Kingdom Security brought in earlier this year by Wrexham Council to tackle the issue.”

Secondly, there has been an overall decrease in dog fouling across the County Borough. Wrexham.com went on to say:

“The reduction in dog fouling, which has been a well documented problem across the County Borough has been welcomed by Ashley Houston-Birch, Team Leader at Kingdom Security.

“He said: ‘We are seeing a lot more people picking up after their dogs have fouled, and being responsible. After following up customer service requests, we have found some areas which have a high level of dog fouling, and we are paying regular visits to those areas. We are also speaking to people in those areas to try to find the best times to patrol.’”

Kingdom started tackling litter and dog fouling in the streets and parks of the County Borough of Wrexham on behalf of Wrexham Council just three and a half months ago on 1st April 2016, and so is delighted to see the dramatic effect that their Environmental Protection services are having there already. This is part of the council’s “zero tolerance” approach to litter and dog fouling that sees people who are caught littering, dropping cigarette butts or not cleaning up after their pets being issued with a £75 fine.

As part of this, Kingdom also launched their “Bin it to Win it” campaign to encourage people to dispose of their litter properly. The scheme gives people who are spotted by Kingdom’s officers putting their litter in the bin the chance to be entered into a monthly prize draw for £50 of local shopping vouchers. Commenting on this, Ashley Houston-Birch said: “We continue to hand out Bin It to Win It cards to those who dispose of their litter, and that has received good feedback – people are happy that we are giving something back”.

There was also praise from Councillor David A Bithell, the Leader Member for Environment and Transport at Wrexham Council, who said: “I’m very pleased to hear that more dog owners are taking on board the consequences of failing to pick up after their pets – dog waste and litter are an unsightly blight on many communities, but the recent change in attitude shows that enforcement is taking effect and that is encouraging. I’m also glad that Bin It to Win It continues to recognise the good behaviour of the vast majority of residents who are conscientious enough to dispose of litter and dog waste properly.”

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

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

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

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