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Kingdom wins security contract with major Indian shopping mall

Mall of JoyFollowing the news earlier this year that Kingdom is to start providing security services in India, we are delighted to announce that Kingdom India has won a 12 month contract to provide security services to a major shopping centre.

The Mall of Joy is located in the city of Kottayam in Kerala State in south India. It is the first world-class mall in the city and is part of one of the biggest chains of shopping malls in Kerala. It consists of more than 200,000 sq. ft. of premium retail space and is spread across six floors, as well as three basement floors for parking. It is home to 28 different stores specialising in fashion, special occasions, fun for the whole family and delectable dining, and is ideal for weddings, anniversaries, birthday and festivals.

According to their website, “Mall of Joy adds that special touch to your celebrations by giving you unlimited choice, range and value, from glittering jewellery to luxurious silks, and more!” It goes on to say: “A glittering venture from Joyalukkas, the world's favourite jeweller, the Mall of Joy can be better described as a 'celebration mall'. Everything that you would want to own in your wedding shopping is right here. Featuring a unique and comprehensive medley of the best of luxury shopping in fashion, clothing, accessories, cosmetics, watches, footwear, eyewear, beauty care and so on ... aimed at a growing audience in the region, which is young, educated and affluent, with a modern outlook on life, the mall will not only change the urban landscape, but will also be a symbol of the Joyalukkas Group’s ambition to contribute to the country’s dynamic economy.”

Kingdom India will be providing 30 static security guards to the shopping mall. It is part of the Joyalukkas Group, which has over 10 million customers and 8,000 employees in 11 countries. They have been hailed as the world’s favourite jeweller. As well as providing security for the new shopping centre, which opened its doors to the public in June 2016, Kingdom India also won the contract to provide guarding to the Joy Alukkas Group’s corporate office and the residence of the Group’s Chairman in Thrissur, another district of Kerala.

Kingdom announced in May that they were now able to support their UK customers that also need security services on the Indian sub continent, and that the new initiative would act as a launch pad for pan India and Middle East operations in the future. Kingdom took over an Indian security company that is based in Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala. As well as providing a guarding service and specialised and customised security solutions, they aim to help the uneducated sector to develop their hidden skills and secure their lives by providing job opportunities across Kerala. They are planning to utilise the Kerala government’s skill development programme in the security sector.

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

Infographic: How big a problem is dog fouling?

The problem of dog fouling has been declining over the last decade, but now it appears that the number of areas affected by dog mess is increasing once again. 

As well as being unsightly, unpleasant, smelly and anti-social, there are other key reasons why dog fouling is such a big issue.

This infographic looks at just how big an issue it is and what the solution is to this problem.

Kingdom holds pyjama party for Children in Need

IMG_0016Kingdom Kingdom enjoyed joining in with the nationwide fundraising on Friday 18th November to help raise money for Children in Need 2016.

It is always harder to get out of bed when the mornings are dark in the winter, but it was a little easier for colleagues on Friday who were able to wear their pyjamas to work for the day.

Those who did were asked to make a donation to Children in Need, with Kingdom colleagues raising £133, which Kingdom then doubled.

A record £46.6million was raised on the night, beating last year’s on the night total of £37.1million. The show included tributes to the late Sir Terry Wogan, who hosted the annual national fundraising event for 35 years and who died in January of this year.

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

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 Chris Burman-Day sets himself a huge fundraising challenge

clip_image002Kingdom is looking forward to supporting Business Manager Chris Burman-Day, who will be taking part in a solo adventure race of over 300kms in April next year. Chris’s challenge will involve cycling, trail running and kayaking, and he is aiming to raise £1,000 for the national charity The Children’s Society.

Chris’s challenge will both start and finish at Gloucester Quays / docks. Starting from there, he will cycle 50km to the start of the Cotswold Way national trail at Chipping Campden. He will then run the Cotswold Way trail to Bath. This will be a single run of 170km, which will also include nearly 15,000 feet of ascent, more than four times the height of Snowdon on the run section alone! Following the run he will then cycle the 55km from Bath to Sharpness, before finally kayaking 16km from Sharpness back to Gloucester.

There will be no breaks, as Chris is aiming to complete this challenge in one go. He will therefore be cycling, running and kayaking both day and night with the aim of completing the challenge in less than 48 hours. He had originally just planned to run the 170km length of the Cotswold National Trail, but was challenged to go there any back again.

Chris has set himself this monumental challenge in order to raise money for The Children’s Society, to support the great work they do nationally in promoting social justice and campaigning for children’s rights. They are a national charity that runs local projects, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable and have nowhere left to turn.

For over 100 years The Children’s Society has tirelessly advocated, campaigned and lead the way in supporting children, more recently in working with young run-aways and tackling child poverty and neglect head on to give every child the greatest chance in life. They are a fantastic organisation dedicated to supporting the future of our country.

For anyone who would like to support Chris in his fundraising efforts you can do so via his JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runningthecotswoldway - where you can also keep up to date with how well he is doing.

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

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 success continues in Wrexham

clip_image002Recent articles in local publications have highlighted the success that Kingdom is having tackling littering and dog fouling in Wrexham on behalf of the County Borough Council.

An article on Wrexham.com entitled “Littering & Dog Fouling Crackdown Sees Over £33k Issued in Fines During October” announced that Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers issued a total of 442 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) in October for littering, dog fouling and dog control orders. This was a total of £33,150, with offenders issued with £75 fines each. More than three quarters of those who were issued with FPNs paid the fine within 14 days of receiving it.

Another article in News North Wales entitled “Irresponsible dog owners are now paying the price in Wrexham” explained that Kingdom has also been taking extra steps to tackle dog fouling, having increased their patrols around Country Parks and identifying hotspot areas. Changes have also been made to the deployment of officers to help tackle the problem, with patrols starting at 6am and not finishing until 9pm as part of the effort to deal with this anti-social behaviour.

Cllr David A Bithell, Wrexham Council’s lead member for environment and transport, said: “I’m very pleased to see that increased patrols have led to an increase in penalties. Whether it’s dog fouling or violation of the dog control orders, the behaviour of irresponsible dog owners who fail to pick up after their animals can lead to a very unsightly blight on our communities.

“Not to penalise such behaviour would be unfair on the vast majority of well-behaved and responsible dog owners who abide by the proper rules and clean up after their pets. I would also encourage any members of the public who know of dog fouling hotspots to get in touch and report such incidents.”

Kingdom started tackling littering and dog fouling in Wrexham in April 2016. As well as issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to offenders, Kingdom also runs a “Bin it to Win it” campaign which aims 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.

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

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

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

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

Kingdom to crack down on littering in Thurrock

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From December, Kingdom’s officers will be patrolling the streets of Thurrock as they start a new 12 month pilot scheme to tackle littering on behalf of Thurrock Council.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection division aims to make our communities cleaner, safer and greener. It is led by experts with an ex-police and military background, and delivers over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities. Kingdom’s specialist teams issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces, thus successfully reducing anti-social behaviour.

Announcing the new contract a press release by Thurrock Council said: “In recent months, extra resources have been put into the residents’ priority of improving the cleanliness of Thurrock’s roads and town centres. To complement the clean-up work, Thurrock Council is introducing additional enforcement resources to fine those who drop the litter which blights the borough.”

Speaking at a recent full meeting of Thurrock Council, the Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "The Clean It campaign is having a really positive effect across the borough. We said when we took administration we would firstly clean up the borough, then remind residents of the penalties for littering, and thirdly enforce.

"I am pleased to say with the unanimous support of the Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee, we will be taking on a dedicated enforcement resource. There can be no excuses for deliberately dropping litter on the streets of Thurrock and those who do will face a fixed penalty notice. Let this be the last warning – if you deliberately litter the roads and footways of Thurrock, you will face a fine – don't pay that fine and you will face the magistrates."

The Chair of Thurrock Council’s Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Oliver Gerrish, said: “I welcome this new pilot scheme to see what impact it can have on the borough – continuing as we are is not an option. The committee, the council and the residents want tough action against littering. It is the responsibility of everyone not to drop litter, and those who do so will rightly be fined.”

On the “Love Thurrock” page of their website, Thurrock Council says: “We want Thurrock to be a place that everyone is product to call home – with clean, safe, litter-free, well-maintained parks, streets and neighbourhoods. We’re taking a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who spoils the borough, issuing penalty notices with fines that range from £75 for anyone caught dropping litter to £400 for fly-tipping – with more than 500 bins in the borough, there really is no excuse.”

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 contract with Port of Cromarty Firth extended

port-cromarty-firthKingdom is delighted to announce that they have had their contract to provide security services at the Port of Cromarty Firth in Invergordon extended by a further year by the Cromarty Firth Port Authority.

Kingdom signed a three year contract to provide security services to the Port of Cromarty Firth in 2014 which included the option to extend the contract for a further year. Kingdom is delighted that their client has decided to trigger this option, meaning that Kingdom will now continue to provide security at the port until 2018.

Kingdom operates the port radio services and provides Cromarty Firth Port Authority with a total manned security solution. They are responsible for the complex coordination of all ship and vessel movements within the port.

Kingdom’s role ranges from cruise liner docking and departure security for both international and UK ships through to the security solution management of oil rigs and support vessels. Kingdom also provide weighbridge and gatehouse security. Within the cruise season, Kingdom’s security officers manage and coordinate the arrival and departures of over 77,000 passengers and deal with over 2,844,544 tonnes of cruise liners.

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

IKEA’s high praise for Kingdom following audit

IMG_0223Kingdom has been praised by their client, the world’s largest furniture retailer IKEA, following a major audit which was recently conducted on Kingdom by the well known multinational company.

Kingdom provides IKEA with a unique security service which has been tailored specifically to match the IKEA environment and work ethos.

Kingdom has provided retail security to all of IKEA’s stores in the UK (including Belfast), as well as their two distribution centres for six years now, having first started providing security to the company in the UK in 2010. In 2014 it was announced that Kingdom would be the sole security provider to IKEA in the UK.

The recent audit was carried out because IKEA has a set of standards and ethics which they trade by which is known as the IWAY Standard or the IKEA Way on Purchasing Products, Materials and Services. This document sets out IKEA’s minimum requirements relating to the environment and social & working conditions (including child labour) for any company, corporation or individual from which they purchase products, components, materials and services. IWAY is therefore the Code of Conduct for IKEA’s suppliers and at the heart of it are the values of trust, integrity and honesty.

Essentially, IKEA recognises that their business has an impact on both social and environmental issues, in particular people’s working conditions and the local and global environment. Their aim therefore is that “the IKEA business shall have an overall positive impact on people and the environment”, and that they will “do good business whilst being a good business”. They believe that this is an essential “pre-condition to our future growth, a growth that will be achieved along with suppliers that share the same vision and ambition.” They therefore expect all of their suppliers to comply with these standards and ethics as well. Kingdom very much does so, and is proud to embrace the principles outlined in the IWAY Standard.

FlowersIn order to make sure that all of their suppliers are complying with IWAY, IKEA regularly carries out an audit. Kingdom had one of these audits recently, with IKEA using the audit as an opportunity to train new auditors from a range of countries, including Germany, Sweden, India, Spain, the USA, France and China. Kingdom was honoured to play host to this wide range of international visitors, with an audit which included a site visit to IKEA’s store in Leeds, as well as to Kingdom’s new National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows. The auditors were particularly impressed with Kingdom’s new building, and the IWAY trainee audit team commented that Kingdom is “top of the game” and that “you will not see this partnership approach from many suppliers”. A number of Kingdom colleagues were interviewed by IKEA and received praise. Following the audit IKEA thanked Kingdom for hosting the training exercise and presented Kingdom’s Sales Compliance Manager Jenny Baron with an engraved trophy and chocolates. The top photo shows Jenny with the engraved trophy.

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 was founded in Sweden in 1943 by the then 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad, and the acronym IKEA stands for Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd (the name of the farm where he grew up) Agunnardyd (his home town in south Sweden).

IKEA now has 389 stores in 48 countries. Their vision is “to create a better everyday life for the many people”, and their business idea is “to offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them”.

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

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

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

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

Kingdom to clean up 8th London borough

clip_image002Kingdom is to start work tackling litter, dog fouling and fly-tipping in an 8th London borough in November – the London Borough of Haringey.

Kingdom will start a new 9-month trial on 21st November patrolling the streets of Haringey on behalf of Haringey London Borough Council. The trial was agreed on the 31st October.

Kingdom’s uniformed officers will patrol the streets of the north London borough and will give out on the spot fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to anyone over the age of 18 who drops litter (including chewing gum or cigarette butts), dumps rubbish, or doesn’t clean up after their dog. Anyone caught doing so under the age of 18 will have their names and addresses taken, and a letter will be sent to their parents.

Those caught will have 14 days to pay their fines, or else will end up in court. The fines will range from £80 to £400 for fly-tipping, and as always Kingdom’s officers will be wearing real time body cameras and the footage taken can be used as evidence if needed. The patrols will focus on areas where there are persistent litter problems. The council will also be giving more information to residents to raise awareness of the cost of littering and fly-tipping, and recently worked with local people in Noel Park to raise awareness of the council’s free bulky waste service.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division aims to make communities cleaner, safer and greener. It is led by experts with an ex-police and military background, and delivers over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities like Haringey Council. The annual cost of cleaning the UK’s streets has been estimated at £1billion.

A press release issued by Haringey Council said: “The small minority of people who litter will face tougher enforcement action as part of a new trial ... the trial is part of our drive to work with the community to make our streets cleaner.”

Commenting on the move, Councillor Peray Ahmet, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The vast majority of people in Haringey are proud of where they live and do the right thing, yet there are a small minority of people who drop litter or fly-tip. There is no excuse for this behaviour and as a community we should no longer tolerate it. Tougher enforcement is designed to act as a deterrent and make people think again before dropping litter on our streets.”

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.

Barry Graham completes USA fundraising marathon

clip_image002We are delighted (and also rather relieved!) to report that Kingdom Director Barry Graham (on the left in the first photo) has successfully completed the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC which he took part in to raise money to help a local primary school. The 26.2 mile run took place on the 30th October 2016.

Barry was aiming to complete the marathon in less than four hours, and was successful in that goal, crossing the finish line at 3 hours and 57 minutes on what Barry described as a “freakishly hot day in DC for the time of year (25 degrees Celsius)!

Barry is a former Royal Marine who left the forces 16 years ago, and took part in the Marine Corps Marathon with one of his best friends, Sergeant Major Stuart Eaton, who is still a serving Royal Marine.

The marathon is recognised for its impeccable organisation and takes place on a scenic course managed by the US Marines in Arlington, VA and the nation’s capital. It is one of the largest marathons in the USA and the world, and as it doesn’t offer prize money it is known as “the best marathon for beginners”, “the best marathon for families” and “the People’s Marathon”. It aims to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill and showcase the organisational skills of the US Marine Corps.

clip_image004Speaking after the event, Barry said:“A huge thank you to all of you that have sponsored me and Stu raising money for the kids at Sandbrook Primary, they really have been blown away by your kind generosity so….safe to say I was feeling the pressure in getting my part of the bargain done!”

Barry flew all the way to the United States to take part in this marathon in order to raise money for Sandbrook Primary School on the Wirral. The school is attended by two of Barry’s nephews, both of whom are autistic, and teaches quite a few children who have special needs. Unfortunately, with local authorities having to cut back on spending due to the current economic climate, the school does not have the money it needs to spend on projects to help the children there. As Barry puts it: “The playground and outdoor facilities are somewhat lacking in inspiration and adventure for the children. It is down to the mums and predominately the PTA nowadays to look at raising money for any upgrades that the children would benefit from outside of the core curriculum.”

Explaining why he was taking part before the event, Barry said. “If you could please sponsor me a little or generously, you would be making these fabulous little fellas and of course all the other wonderful children’s lives during the day at school a little more interesting and keep the smiles on the faces of children who don’t exactly have it easy on a daily basis due to some of their needs.  If you have never had any close encounters with people who have autism then visit http://www.autism.org.uk/ to find out more in general, but my favourite little people who have autism never fail to make me smile and proud of what they achieve on a daily basis in all senses of the word ‘adversity’.

The photo below is a recent one of Barry’s nephews dressed up for Halloween.

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So far over £1500 has been raised, which is an incredible achievement. Kingdom was very proud to have sponsored Barry in raising money for this very worthy cause. If you would also like to sponsor Barry and help make a difference to these young people then there is still time – it isn’t too late and you can do so online via the JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Forestrunforsandbrook?utm_id=2&utm_term=J2XrVVjZw

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

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.

Infographic: How does litter impact your local community?


Keep Britain Tidy wrote in a recent report that "litter is one of the first signs of social decay. If we don't care about litter on our street, in our parks or on our high streets, we are unlikely to care about other environmental issues that negatively impact on our lives, our communities and society".

This infographic highlights just a few of the negative effects that littering can have on residents and their communities, and what Kingdom does to help combat this.  


Kingdom litter officer praised ... by the person he fined!

clip_image002This is something that we don’t expect to be writing very often, but we were pleasantly surprised recently when we received email feedback from a person who had received a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for littering, praising the Kingdom Environmental Protection officer who had issued him with the FPN!

The email said the following:

On Tuesday with 18th October, I was issued with a fine for dropping a cigarette butt in the car park of Argos in Upton. The officer was Stott. I would be grateful if he could be commended by his supervisor for the approach he took, which was non-confrontational, clear and empathetic, educational and not in any way condescending or chastising. His attitude and manner were exemplary and he is an excellent ambassador for Wirral. I am not normally a litter bug and I understand why I received the fine: getting it from Mr Stott made it much easier to swallow. Whilst I hope - and will certainly endeavour - not to meet him again in his professional capacity, I wish him well and I'm sure that he'll continue to execute his duties in the same professional, courteous and friendly way in which he dealt with me.”

This is an excellent example of how Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Officers deal with litter offenders – professionally and courteously. We would also like to take this opportunity to praise David Stott for his excellent work and for the way he handled both this individual case and for the way he handles people who drop litter in general. To be praised by the person that you have just given a fine to is practically unheard of, but it is what we aim to be - non-confrontational, clear and empathetic, educational and not in any way condescending or chastising - and we are delighted that the individual in this case understood why he received the fine and doesn’t intend for it to happen again. David Stott is to be commended for his excellent work.

This happened in the borough of Wirral, where Kingdom is tackling littering and dog fouling on behalf of Wirral Borough Council. Kingdom first started tackling litter there in July 2015, then started tackling people who dump rubbish in alleyways in April this year, and finally also started tackling dog fouling in May this year. The officers issue £50 FPNs to people who fail to clean up after their dog, and £80 FPNs to people who drop litter. In the first month on patrol in Wirral, Kingdom officers handed out more than 1,100 FPNs - 10 times more than the 90 FPNs that had been given out in the previous five years.

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 helps shopping centre win multiple awards again

clip_image002Kingdom’s commercial cleaning team at Castlepoint Shopping Centre in Bournemouth has once again helped the shopping centre to win a range of awards.

Kingdom helped their client to win three Bournemouth in Bloom Awards last year, but that outstanding achievement was beaten this year with the shopping centre winning a total of five awards.

These were:

  • Silver Gilt Award in the Arcades / Covered Shopping Areas (Commercial & Public Category)
  • Gold Award in the Best Hanging Baskets / Containers (Commercial & Public Category)
  • Gold Award in the Best Landscaped Commercial Premises (Commercial & Public Category)
  • Winner of the Garden of Excellence (Commercial Sector)
  • Winner of the BCTC Bournemouth in Bloom Cup

clip_image004Kingdom played a huge part in helping their client to win these awards, as the team at Castlepoint Shopping Centre is responsible for carrying out the landscaping on site. Sean Page, Kingdom’s Contract Manager at the site (pictured on the far right of the first photo), and Steve Frost (second from the right), Kingdom’s landscape gardener there, have previously been highly praised by the shopping centre for implementing new areas of attractive and creative landscaping.

Commenting on the work involved to win the awards for their client, Sean Page said: “The dry summer made it a tremendous effort as often we would pull the team from other work at the park to simply help water the horticultural features that have been recognised by the judges. We could not let the many new flower beds enjoyed by visitors to the 41 acre site created by our landscaper Steve Frost just wilt in the heat.”

When possible the water used had been collected from a tank fed from rainwater collected on one of the roofs as part of Castlepoint’s eco initiatives. Steve is now preparing for the spring display of bulbs and protecting the more delicate plants from the winter frosts.

Kingdom has been providing commercial cleaning services to Castlepoint Shopping Park in since the shopping centre first opened its doors in 2003. Kingdom cleans the outside shopping mall and car parks, collects the trolleys and carries out recycling for the client. Kingdom also does all of the high level cleaning on a periodic basis, which consists of window cleaning and pressure washing all of the front fascias.

Kingdom delivers a supervisor or site-managed commercial cleaning and maintenance service committed to using the best people, technologies and products. They aim to show your company values in their very best light. Their commercial cleaning services to public circulation, transport, leisure and commercial clients includes basic, specialist, deep and reactive cleaning. As well as this they also offer waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chew gum removal.

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

Castlepoint Shopping Park the largest shopping park in the UK and is a unique retail experience. Located on the edge of Bournemouth (A3060), Castlepoint has many of the biggest stores in the region. In addition to B&Q and three large anchors, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and Asda, they are home to dozens of large High Street brands such as Monsoon, Next, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, Boots, Clarks, Clintons, Gap, H&M, Lakeland, Argos, Waterstones and much more, as well as restaurants and cafes. They have almost 3000 free car-park spaces with late night trading throughout weekdays until 8.00pm making Castlepoint a wonderful place to do all your shopping in one convenient location. For more information about Castlepoint Shopping Park, please visit http://www.castlepointshopping.com/

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

Brave Police Awards sponsored by Kingdom for 2nd year

IMGP0580Kingdom was extremely proud to sponsor the Brave Officers Award at the recent Association of Ex-CID Officers of the Metropolitan Police 67th Anniversary dinner.

The event took place on Wednesday 12th October 2016 at The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, 45 Prescot Street, London. This was the second consecutive year that Kingdom donated the trophies, which were awarded to three police officers this year for their outstanding bravery.

The Association of Ex-CID Officers of the Metropolitan Police is a unique association. It was formed in 1949 with the objective of maintaining the comradeship enjoyed whilst serving in the Criminal Investigation Department of London’s Metropolitan Police. Their members have served in one of the world’s most famous law enforcement organisations, New Scotland Yard, and have been involved in some of the most high profile criminal investigations in the world.

In fact, over the past 67 years the members have investigated every major crime in London and the UK, helping constabulary forces where requested. This has ranged from murders and terrorist attacks, including the bombings in Hyde Park, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and The Hilton, down to petty crimes. Many have lost their lives in the line of duty. They have also assisted in overseas countries, helping with major crimes and in various disaster areas, and providing undercover officers when necessary. Today the association has over 1800 members, which includes six current members of the House of Lords.

Every year the association holds a black tie dinner which is attended by over 500 retired and serving CID officers. The top table includes the association President, the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner, along with a number of specially invited guests drawn from all sections of society. Only members and their guest can attend the event, with previous VIP guests including members of the Royal Family, former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher, actor Sir David Jason, members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, judges, senior officers from the Armed Forces, holders of the Victoria Cross and other interesting individuals from all sections of society.

This year, the Brave Officers Award was presented to three brave police officers who entered a burning building to save the lives of two young children. These officers were Detective Constable David Milton, Detective Sergeant Geraint Jones and Detective Constable Toby Passant.

clip_image004On Sunday 26th July these three officers were in a police car driving along Shooters Hill Road, Blackheath, London, when they saw black smoke and large flames coming from the first floor bedroom of a semi-detached house. They quickly parked, ran to the address, hurriedly entered the house through a rear door and evacuated four Asian women who were downstairs and unaware that the house was on fire.

Due to language issues it was difficult to establish whether or not the house was totally empty. It was only when the women became hysterical and began pointing to an upstairs window that it became clear that there were others in the house.

Without hesitation DS Jones and DC Passant and a member of the public called Marc, who had come to assist, held their breaths and powered through a raging fire that had engulfed the entire first floor of the property. They crawled up the stairs as the fire had already caused significant structural damage.

Once upstairs, the thick black smoke had cloaked the rooms in darkness. Unable to see, the detectives and Marc felt their way around the black smoke until they came across a one-year-old baby and a three-year-old toddler. All three then fought their way downstairs through the intense heat and toxic fumes whilst holding the children.

DC Milton had remained downstairs to evacuate all those present and ensure that no one else was in the property and no attempt was made by the family to re-enter the burning house. Fire crews and paramedics subsequently arrived at the scene and the children and officers were treated for injuries and smoke inhalation. We are very pleased to say that all have now made a full recovery.

IMGP0565Kingdom was therefore honoured to sponsor the trophies for these three brave police officers. The awards were presented to them by the President of the Association, Tony McStravick, and proposed by Sir Ian Johnston, the former Chief Constable of British Transport Police. The event was attended by Kingdom’s John Legge, who is a former President of the Association.

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

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 1 (l-r): Sir Ian Johnston, DS Geraint Jones, Kingdom’s John Legge, DC Toby Passant, DC David Milton

Photo 2 (l-r): DC Toby Passant, DC David Milton, DS Geraint Jones, Ruth Langsford (from ITV’s Loose Women), Lynn Owens CBE QPM MA (Head of the UK National Crime Agency), Tony McStravick (President of the Association), His Honour Judge Charles Gratwicke, Jan Leeming, Darryl Nieta (Olympic Medalist – Rio 2016), Richard Wells QPM MA (Retired Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police), Colin Reynolds (Lawyer).

Kingdom contract renewed with top multinational law firm

clip_image002Kingdom is very proud to announce that they have been awarded a new three year contract to continue providing security services to multinational law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (informally known as Freshfields, or FBD). Kingdom has been providing security services to Freshfields for many years.

Freshfields was established in 1743 and is the oldest member of the ‘Magic Circle’ of leading British law firms. In fact, they are reported to be the oldest international law firm in the world, and was appointed solicitor to the Bank of England back in the eighteenth century. It continues to advise the Bank of England today.

Headquartered in London, they have 27 offices in 17 jurisdictions across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, employing over 2,500 legal advisors. They were awarded Global Law Firm of the Year in 2013 and 2014, and have received countless more awards over the years. They are the top ranked law firm for European, UK and Asia-Pacific Mergers and Acquisitions. To find out more about Freshfields, please visit http://www.freshfields.com/en/global/

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.