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Kingdom taking on litterers and fly-tippers in Trafford

imgID127546158.jpg.galleryKingdom has just started work providing Environmental Protection services on behalf of Trafford Council.

Our officers started carrying out patrols on the streets and in public places in Old Trafford and Stretford on Monday 8th January, the beginning of what is to be a 12-month pilot scheme. If the scheme is successful it could be extended to other areas covered by Trafford Council.

The patrols are part of the council’s crackdown on people who drop litter (which includes cigarette butts and chewing gum) on the ground and fail to pick it up, and those people who illegally dump their waste (i.e. fly-tipping).

Our Environmental Protection team are issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £80 to anyone caught dropping litter, and £200 to anyone caught fly-tipping. The costs of the service will be covered by the fines, and any income above and beyond this will be invested back into similar environmental protection schemes. As always, our officers will be wearing council uniforms and body cameras.

In order to help our officers to target the litter and fly-tipping “hot spots”, Trafford Council is encouraging local people and visitors to report any incidents they see of waste being dumped, by sending descriptions of the people and their vehicle registrations if possible to access.trafford@trafford.gov.uk. They will also be working with local community groups to assess how well the service is going.

A press release from Trafford Council said: “Every year, Trafford Council spends substantial sums of taxpayers hard earned money cleaning up after those who refuse to be responsible, money that could be spent on other environmental priorities. In addition, over a number of years the Council has promoted its successful #BeResponsible campaign working to educate local people and tackle the cause for concern at it cause and help to ensure rubbish isn’t thrown in the first place.”

The press release goes on to explain that Kingdom’s services are being deployed “following conversations with community groups, residents and businesses that are fed up with people who dump waste and litter irresponsibly.”

Commenting on the new service, Cllr John Reilly, Executive Member for Highways, Parks and the Environment, said: “The Council is passionate about ensuring our local neighbourhoods are clean and attractive places to live in. However, we still face problems with more and more rubbish being dumped in alleyways and litter being dropped. This is something we have never tolerated and will take even tougher action to show we are serious about tacking this issue.

"We have listened to our communities, and we have decided to take even tougher action; you’re fed up, we’re fed up. We’re asking everyone for their support, so that together we can make where you live a place to be really proud of.”

The move has been welcomed by local people, with Liz Mage from the Love Old Trafford community group saying: “Love Old Trafford welcomes this new initiative.  We believe there needs to be a mixture of education and enforcement to help make Old Trafford a cleaner, greener and nicer place to live.”

The photo above was taken by Darren Marsden and was used in the article “Council cracks down on people who dump waste and litter” in the Messenger on the 11th January 2018.

Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months.

If you would like to find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/


Kingdom hosts meeting of new student security scheme

ProtectED PatronKingdom was very pleased recently to host a high-profile peer and a meeting of a new “gold standard” student security accreditation scheme at our London offices. The meeting of ProtectEd saw Baroness Ruth Henig (front row, second from the left in the photo above) appointed as their new patron The photo above includes members of the ProtectEd team and the SIA’s Director of Partnerships and Interventions Dave Humphries.

ProtectED is the first national accreditation scheme for student safety, security and wellbeing at UK universities. The scheme launched in 2017, after three years of research and development by University of Salford academics, services staff, and security consultants K7 Compliance.

It was founded on the understanding that universities play a critical role in student safety, security and wellbeing that does not end at campus boundaries but takes in the wider ‘student experience’. Current practice in this critical area varies around the UK, and the sector lacks a cohesive evidence base from which to better understand the problems students face, and how to address them.

The ProtectED Code of Practice addresses: core institutional safety and security; student wellbeing and mental health; international students; student harassment and sexual assault; and the ‘student night out’. All measures are based on best practice guidance and supported by case studies from UK universities. Member universities must benchmark themselves against the Code of Practice. Their efforts are assessed by a peer review panel, and trained ProtectED assessors. Successful universities are awarded ProtectED Accredited Institution status.

To find out more about ProtectEd, please visit their website: https://www.protect-ed.org/

As the new patron of the scheme, Baroness Henig is supporting the drive to recruit 12 founder member universities who will take the lead on student safety, security and wellbeing in the higher education sector. To date, almost 50 universities have expressed an interest in ProtectED membership.

Talking about her support for the initiative, Baroness Henig said: “ProtectED brings together a number of issues that I have long been passionate about — ensuring a safe experience for university students; high quality security services; and taking a partnership approach to safety in the higher education sector. The ProtectED Code of Practice offers, for the first time, a student safety, security and wellbeing standard for universities to aspire to, and a practical, robust method of assessing and raising standards across the sector.

Baroness Henig is a high profile and longstanding British academic historian and Labour Party politician with a huge amount of experience of higher education, policing and the private security sector. She has a PhD in history, was a lecturer in Modern European History at Lancaster University where she served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and has written several books and pamphlets on 20th-century international history.

She served as a Labour member of Lancashire County Council for 24 years (including a year as Chair of the Council), was a Parliamentary Candidate in the 1990s. From 1995 to 2005 she was Chair of Lancashire Police Authority. From 1997 to 2005 she was Chair of the Association of Police Authorities, and then went on to become President of the Association of Police Authorities. From 2003 to 2005 she was a member of the National Criminal Justice Board. She was given a CBE in 2002 for services to policing, and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire. She joined the House of Lords as a life peer in 2004, and was made Deputy Speaker in 2015.

In December 2006 she was appointed as Chairman of the SIA (Security Industry Authority), and remained in that role until March 2013. She was presented with the Association of Security Consultant’s Award, part of the Imbert Prize, in June 2013 for her work in the role. She was appointed President of the Security Institute in April 2016.

Following the meeting in London the ProtectEd team thanked Kingdom for hosting the meeting. We were very pleased to host this meeting, as we provide a range of services to a number of universities across the UK. Our aim is to safeguard people, facilities and reputations and provide a safe place to learn and teach. We have a dedicated education team that has an extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the special needs and demands of universities and the education sector. We therefore look forward to supporting this initiative in the coming months and years, and wish ProtectEd continued success.

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


Kingdom helps local U9 rugby team

Kingdom was very pleased recently to sponsor a local U9 rugby league team in order to help them to purchase their rugby kit for this next season.

The team is the Portico Vine Panther Golds U9s, one of seven teams that make up Portico Vine ARLFC, a vibrant, innovative community rugby league club that is run by volunteers and based on the outskirts of St. Helens, near to Kingdom’s National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows. As well as St Helens, the teams have a number of players from the surrounding areas including Prescott, Knowsley, Huyton and Whiston. The club has over twenty years experience of producing quality rugby league players and are currently running Junior, Youth and Open Age Teams. They are always on the lookout for new or experienced players to join their ever-growing club.

One of the players in the team, Ryan is the son of Kingdom’s Team Leader Co-Ordinator Martin Hughes, who is also the team manager. The photos below are of the new kit, which includes Kingdom’s logo on the arms. Kingdom’s logo has also been added to the sponsors section of their website - https://www.porticoarlfc.com/club-sponsors, to the banner at the top of the website, and we have been mentioned and thanked in the team’s news section on their page.

Martin added that “the kids are a great bunch and have come a long way from when they first started.” All of us here at Kingdom wish the team the very best for this season, and hope that they continue to do well!

Kingdom sponsorship

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

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

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

Kingdom patrols see litter and dog fouling reduction in Doncaster

environmentIt has been announced that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in littering and dog fouling in Doncaster, where Kingdom provides environmental protection services, with a large reduction in the number of complaints regarding these environmental crimes in the first half of 2017 compared to the first half of 2016. There has also been a drop in the number of people requesting anti-dog fouling stencils from the council.

Complaints about dog fouling in Doncaster fell by 24% from 457 in the first six months of 2016 to 349 in the first six months of 2017. Complaints about litter fell from 1,352 to 1,091 over the same period, a reduction of 19%. It was noted in the Doncaster Free Press and The Star that “it follows the introduction of a new system involving private contractors dishing out fixed penalty notices.”

Kingdom has been providing Environmental Protection services on behalf of Doncaster Council since January 2016, and in the first year alone issued over 8,000 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to anyone caught dropping litter or failing to clean up after their dog. As well as littering, Kingdom’s environmental protection officers have also been tackling smoking in smokefree places, smoking in vehicles, fly tipping, dog fouling and parking enforcement. As always, our officers wear the council’s uniform and body cameras. The contract has allowed the council to increase enforcement resources, and has meant an increase in income for improving investigation and enforcement for complex fly tipping cases.

Our officers are briefed each week by the council to make sure that we patrol areas where complaints from residents are received, as well as to ensure that patrols are spread evenly across the borough. Since January 2016, our officers have carried out patrols in 72 separate areas of Doncaster.

As a result of the success in Doncaster, Kingdom started providing Environmental Protection services on behalf of neighbouring Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in April 2017, and just seven weeks in to that contract was praised for having handed out 1,400 fixed penalty notices.

Now, following the fantastic results, Doncaster Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council are considering merging environmental crime enforcement teams to save money and extend the coverage of the service.

Doncaster Council have produced a report by their Head of Service Regulation and Enforcement, Tracey Harwood, and their Enforcement Manager, Carolina Borgstrom, which says: "Environmental Crimes do not differ or stop across authority boundaries, but instead travels with nuisance individuals between authority areas. As a result, increasing knowledge and providing an effective deterrence against these offences amongst members of the public in Rotherham is likely to be beneficial for the environment in Doncaster as well."

Talks have been taking place and a proposal is due to go before Doncaster Council cabinet later this month. If the plan is agreed to, the contract will have to go out to tender before being brought in. This will be a very exciting development for tackling litter, dog fouling and other environmental crime and anti-social behaviour if it goes ahead.

Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months.

If you would like to find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/


Kingdom patrols transform Blaenau Gwent’s dirty streets

Blaenau_Gwent_County_Borough_CouncilKingdom was absolutely delighted to read an article in the South Wales Argus entitled “Patrols help clean up ‘dirtiest streets’ in Blaenau Gwent”.

Dated the 4th January 2018, the article explains that a new report by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council shows that complaints about dog fouling in Blaenau Gwent are down by 70% compared to five years ago, and that complaints about street cleanliness have dropped by 46% between 2011/12 and 2016/17. In fact, complaints about litter have been falling continuously since 2013. Bleanau Gwent had previously been considered to have some of the dirtiest streets in Wales according to surveys carried out by Keep Wales Tidy, but the council has been working with Kingdom since 2011 to tackle street cleanliness and turn this around.

The council’s report says that they are now one of the top performing local authorities in Wales for Litter and Dog Control Order Enforcement, and that the reason for the decrease in the number of complaints is the deterrent created by officers regularly patrolling the “hot spot” areas. The report says, “this appears to indicate that the use of full time Enforcement Officers targeting hot-spot areas is achieving a reduction in complaints about street cleanliness, particularly dog fouling.” It goes on to say that “street cleanliness is consistently considered to be a priority for both councillors and constituents.”

We are very pleased that the services we have provided to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council have made such a difference to the people living in this community on such an important matter, and look forward to continuing to work with the council and members of the public to improve their environment even further.

Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months.

If you would like to find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/


Kingdom to start new littering contract in Bedford

ENV018_11-1Kingdom has been appointed by Bedford Borough Council to help them crack down on littering in Bedford (the country town of Bedfordshire), and the surrounding towns and villages.

From Monday 8th January, Kingdom’s officers will start patrolling the streets and public places of the Borough of Bedford, issuing £75 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone caught dropping litter. As always, Kingdom’s officers will be wearing body cameras. Our initial focus will purely be on people dropping litter, and later in the year we will also start to tackle other environmental crimes, such as failing to clean up after your dog has fouled.

Bedford Borough Council has long had a zero-tolerance policy towards littering as well as other environmental offences. In fact, they have issued over 900 fines for littering over the past three years, and have their “Why Would You” campaign in place to discourage littering.

However, people continue to drop litter, which is why the council has decided to hit back and crack down even harder on littering, by contracting Kingdom to provide environmental protection services.

Commenting on Kingdom’s appointment, Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for the Environment on Bedford Borough Council, said: “While our own officers have a number of different jobs to do, ‘Kingdom’ staff will be patrolling our streets focused on tackling environment offences to deal with the selfish minority who spoil our neighbourhoods for everyone. Littering is a crime and if you are seen by one of these officers dropping even a cigarette butt or bit of chewing gum, you will be fined £75.”

The scheme will be self-financing, with costs being covered by the income from the FPNs which will be paid by the people caught dropping litter. Therefore, it won’t cost the council, and thus the taxpayer, anything.

Below is a photo of the new team in their uniforms.

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Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months.

If you would like to find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/


Kingdom wins contract to protect the environment in Northampton

Northampton-Borough-Council-JPEGKingdom is gearing up to start providing environmental protection services in Northampton to reduce the amount of littering in the East Midlands town. Northampton is one of the largest towns in the UK.

We were very pleased to be awarded the contract for an initial three-year period by Northampton Borough Council in early December 2017, and will start providing services to the council at the end of January 2018. The contract has the option of being extended by an additional two years.

Kingdom’s environmental protection officers will be patrolling the streets of Northampton issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to anyone caught dropping litter, which by law includes cigarette butts and chewing gum, in public areas such as parks, roads and pavements. As well as issuing FPNs, our officers will be encouraging members of the public to use the numerous bins provided throughout the town rather than drop litter on the floor. Our officers will not be offered commission on the number of fines handed out.

Initially, our patrols will be focusing on Northampton town centre as the Borough Council wants to cut down on the amount of littering that currently takes place there. However, the council can expand the service at any point during the contract so that our officers patrol areas outside of Northampton town centre as well, and our remit may be extended to include fly tipping in addition to littering.

As always, our officers will be wearing body cameras at all times in order to provide evidence that supports their actions. We will also be responsible for administering all fines, including a robust appeals process.

Commenting on Kingdom’s new contract, Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “Our aim with this contract is to educate people that littering our beautiful town is not okay.

“Those caught dropping their rubbish without a care can expect to receive a fine, though a key part of this contract is about changing behaviours.

“Income from fines will pay for the service, so it is cost-neutral to the taxpayer. It will also help to determine what other enforcement measures might be added.”

Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months.

If you would like to find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/


Kingdom colleagues collecting for homeless

23379838_342977279463148_1490682783883546032_nLast year, Kingdom placed advent calendars around their National Support Centre at Newton-le-Willows and gave each of their colleagues who work there a number so that they could open the calendars and get a chocolate.

This year, Kingdom has decided to go with an alternative “reverse advent calendar” approach, and has been encouraging colleagues to donate rather than receive an item, which Kingdom will collect and send to a local homeless appeal.

The appeal is for a charity called Teardrops Supporting the Homeless, a non-profitable organisation that was set up in March 2016 in a deprived area of nearby St Helens, Merseyside. The charity supports the homeless in St Helens, Halton and other surrounding urban areas in the North West of England, providing opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential after first meeting their basic needs. The charity was founded as there was no overall provision for homeless people in St Helens, only limited piecemeal services.

Teardrops works in partnership with a number of agencies, including St Helens Council, Merseyside Police, 5 Borough Partnership, Drug and Misuse Service (Addaction), local councillors and the local MP Marie Rimmer. They support people living in hostels, refuges, rough sleeping, those who rely on their friends to put them up for a night, and people who are vulnerable. To find out more about the work they do, please visit their website http://teardrops.org.uk/

Over the month of December, Kingdom has set up a collection point in the HR department for any items that colleagues would like to donate. The initiative has been completely optional, but colleagues have been encouraged to donate even just a tin out of the cupboard for people less fortunate than ourselves. This has included:

  • Tinned Food
  • Toiletries
  • Gift Sets
  • Toys
  • Selection Boxes
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Scarves

… and anything else that would benefit other people.

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

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

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


New Regional Support Director joins the Kingdom team

Simon DobellKingdom is very pleased to welcome Simon Dobell MSyl to the team as our new Regional Support Director – South. Simon’s key role will be to act as a regional brand ambassador, and he will be responsible for the delivery of service excellence through ownership, process and effective team management.

Simon’s responsibilities will include personally managing customer service delivery to key accounts, building robust and lasting professional relationships with clients, managing his team of Regional Managers, having awareness and ownership of contracts, and creating regional growth.

Simon has worked in the security industry for over 27 years, starting on the shop floor and working his way through the various levels in the industry, receiving support and training throughout to help him to do so. During his career he has felt fortunate to have been able to develop and pass that development on to both his customers and his colleagues so that they too benefit. He has a reputation for working very closely with his customers and his teams, building trust in both him and the services he provides, allowing him to renew existing business as well as secure new opportunities. His vast experience in the service sector has provided him with a clear understanding of how to work with customers to achieve exactly what they want and need.

Simon has a great and varied knowledge of the industry and is a specialist in complex and diverse large accounts, covering some of the following core business sectors:

· Property Management

· Government Departments

· Media Outlets

· Investment Banking

· High End Retail

· High Net Worth Advising

His key skills include account development, account reviewing, complex accounts, customer service, advisory and marketing. His qualifications include:

· NEBs Management Course

· City & Guilds Parts 1 and 2

· Project Griffin

· Project Argus

· Multiple customer care courses

He is also a member of the Security Institute.

Outside of work, Simon likes to relax by spending time with this family and his two dogs. He is married with two sons and an adopted son that he mentored after he was in care for 16 years. His two eldest sons both also work in the security industry, and Simon is proud to say that they are progressing well.

Welcome to Kingdom, Simon!


Kingdom continues mission to keep Wrexham cleaner, safer and greener

wrexham councilKingdom’s first six months since being chosen to continue providing environmental protection services on behalf of Wrexham Borough Council have continued to be a success.

In the last six months, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers have issued 2,768 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to people caught dropping litter or failing to clean up after their dog has fouled. 671 people have been prosecuted over the last six months, having refused to pay the FPN and instead preferring to challenge it in court.

Kingdom has been providing environmental protection services on behalf of Wrexham County Borough Council since April 2016, tackling litter and dog fouling by issuing FPNs of £75. We were originally chosen to provide services for a 12-month pilot period.

In April of this year Kingdom was awarded the contract to continue providing environmental protection services in Wrexham for at least the next two years due to the success of the pilot scheme.

Six months on since the awarding of the contract, a report is to go before the council’s homes and environment scrutiny committee this week. In it, Darren Williams, service manager for the environment department, says: “Despite significant efforts by the Council over many years, environmental crime, and particularly dog fouling and littering, remain an issue and an area of concern for Wrexham’s communities.

Wrexham Council and Kingdom’s enforcement team work hard to ‘educate’ the public at every opportunity about the reasons for taking environmental enforcement.

”Proactive campaigns have been introduced and actively marketed including the ‘bin it to win it’ scheme rewarding positive litter behaviour.

”The team also engage in other activities including; replacing signage, liaison with local communities about litter ‘hot spots’ and particular issues and are currently dedicating officers to complete some focused work on dog fouling and dog control, particularly earlier and later in the day.

”This is in addition to utilising intelligence provided by elected members and the public to ensure that patrols take place at the right times.

“The most significant risk to the council is public perception resulting from a more proactive approach to the enforcement of littering and dog fouling offences.

”Over the years, there have been a number of negative reports in the national press concerning the alleged overzealous nature of private enforcement companies, particularly in relation to the handling of the more vulnerable members of the community (ie elderly and young people).

”Kingdom do not issue penalty notices to under 18s.”

Kingdom was originally chosen to provide the 12 month pilot scheme in Wrexham due to the high number of complaints that the council received about dog fouling in 2015, and because the cost of tackling litter had risen to £1.2 million per year. In the first six months of the pilot 3,200 FPNs were issued, and in January this year it was announced that Wrexham was the first council in the country to be collecting more fines from littering than parking.

Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months. If you would like to find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/


Kingdom team to complete charity walk in memory of baby Logan

IMG_4280 - CopyMembers of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Remote Admin team (pictured right) are to carry out a sponsored walk just after the Christmas break to raise money to help the family of baby Logan Lacey.

Baby Logan’s father, Ben, is a member of that team. His son was born three weeks early on the 5th November 2017 with complete AVSD heart complaint.

Baby Logan remained in hospital from birth, and had his first operation to correct the problem at just two weeks old. Although this operation was a success, baby Logan fell ill with a chest infection and a collapsed lung shortly afterwards.

Logan then underwent a second operation to remedy his heart complaint, but we’re very sorry to say that it was not successful, and he sadly passed away in his father’s arms on the 6th December 2017, aged just one month old.

Baby Logan

Ben’s colleagues at Kingdom are trying to do anything they can to support Ben and his partner Rhonda through this unbelievably difficult time.

They are therefore taking part in a 10k walk on Sunday 7th January 2018. The money raised from this walk will help Logan’s family with the cost of his funeral and memorial, and any remaining money will be donated to St. Thomas’ hospital, who helped to look after Logan during his short life.

The team are aiming to raise a minimum of £500, but of course want to raise as much money as possible.

If you would like to help, you can make a donation by visiting the team’s JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/logans-story. Any support would be gratefully appreciated. As the team are not a registered charity, they are fundraising through crowdfunding, where you can raise funds for your own personal cause.

Kingdom are of course doing everything they can to support Ben, Rhonda and their family during their desperately sad time, and will be supporting Ben’s colleagues with their fundraising efforts. Our thoughts are with them constantly.


Kingdom welcomes new Operations Director South

Kingdom is very pleased to announce that Breda Smead has joined Kingdom’s Leadership Team as the new Operations Director South as of November 2017.

The main purpose of Breda’s role is to influence strategic change and to provide integrated customer service excellence through professional people, innovative systems and solutions, robust processes and procedures, best practice and best value. This results in positive customer satisfaction, longstanding partnerships, eventual contract renewal and customers willing to act as a reference, meaning enhanced revenue and sustainable profitability for Kingdom.

Breda’s role also includes:

•    Leading, supporting and managing security teams and their service performance through meeting notes, service level agreements (SLAs), key performance indicators (KPIs), and providing a timely resolution of any contract concerns
•    Knowing the customer and providing professional and positive management to an allocated portfolio of security contracts, managing their service on a day to day basis and providing a timely resolution to any contract concerns raised
•    Reporting and analysis of performance
•    The retention, welfare and personal development of Kingdom’s people
•    The regulation, implementation, and compliance of Kingdom management systems for quality, health & safety, environmental and other appropriate manuals, policies, processes, procedures and business strategies

Breda is passionate about service and effective communication, and has excellent presentation and communication skills. She describes her strongest attribute as relationship building, and she is constantly looking at technology to improve the ways we work and to add value to our customers. A key part of her role is to build true and lasting relationships.

Breda has over thirty years’ experience of working in the security industry. Before joining Kingdom this year, Breda spent seven years as Regional Director at Corps Security. Prior to that, she worked at MITIE Security in London for 20 years – the first 17 as Head of Operations, and the last three as Regional Managing Director. Before that she spent two years as Head of Personnel at Trident Safeguards Ltd, and two years before that as Recruitment Manager at Reliance Security Services. 

Her qualifications include ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) Level 3, Financial Management from the IoD (Institute of Directors), Leadership Trust and Managing Safely.

All of this means that she has the skills, knowledge and experience to provide advice and guidance during the mobilisation of any new contract or TUPE transition period, and that she can provide best practice throughout the duration of any contract.

Outside of work, Breda’s personal interests including reading, walking her dogs and DIY - she describes herself as an enthusiastic home renovator. She also enjoys spending time with her large extended family, and describes one of her greatest achievements in life as having raised four children whilst managing to stay relatively sane! She is also proud to have gained her Skippers License in 2003 despite having no former sailing experience whatsoever, and describes this as one of the biggest challenges she has faced.

To find out more about Breda, click here to watch her video bio.

Welcome to Kingdom, Breda!

Kingdom officers enlisted to respond to local parking concerns

dfe852be-b86e-4ae0-b267-1536e00b56d1Kingdom’s parking enforcement officers have been called upon as part of a crackdown on irresponsible parking outside of schools in Barnsley.

Concerns have been raised by local councillors about the problems, who have now instructed Kingdom to commence immediately with an enforcement campaign to prevent parents from parking inconsiderately outside schools.

The campaign is to focus on specific schools at several targeted hotspots where there have been persistent complaints from residents, including members of the public who have been unable to get out of their own driveways during the school run because parents have blocked them in.

The move has been described as a “last-ditch attempt” to make the roads around the schools safer during the school run peak times of 8.30am and 3pm during the week. Kingdom’s officers will issue fines to anyone found to be obstructing the highway or parking on yellow zig-zag lines or double yellow lines.

The last straw came a few weeks ago when Barnsley Council had to weld a gate at Carlton cemetery shut to prevent parents from parking in the cemetery when dropping off and picking up their children from the nearby school. Describing what happened, local councillor Tim Cheetham said: “It says a lot about their behaviour when we had to step in to stop them from using a cemetery as a car park. It’s shocking when you think about it - it’s adults behaving like kids. We’ve heard that their parking at the cemetery even interrupted a funeral. Clearly something needs to be done to stop them and if it is enforcement officers patrolling and fining them, so be it.”

In another location in Barnsley, a petition has been set up with residents fed up of school time parking, with the organiser of the petition having told the Barnsley Chronicle that:We’re at the point where enough is enough, I’ve generated almost 300 signatures alone and everyone is in agreement that parents need to take responsibility for their actions and stop. Parents are in such a rush they mount kerbs and knock wing mirrors off. It’s very dangerous.”

The headteacher of the same school said: “Near misses are common on Vicarage Lane as parents want to get as close to the school doors as possible. We worry there will be a serious accident and a child will be hit by a vehicle - one mounted the kerb last week and a woman with a pushchair was walking.
“It is a residential area. There is only one way in and one way out so it tends to get clogged up when parents are dropping off and picking up their children, especially given it’s everyone’s only vehicular access.

“We regularly send newsletters out to parents which always ask parents to think about parking elsewhere. We’ve put banners outside the school and done walk-to-school initiatives, but our parents have even been parking further afield and blocking more driveways on Chantry Grove.
“The message to parents is this: if you are unable to walk your children to school, please park responsibly where possible, using car parks in the locality.”

Barnsley Councillor Joe Hayward said: “We have constant issues with parents’ parking across the wards - they just don’t care where they park as long as they can get close to the school. We need to increase patrols - the figures for people caught parking illegally must rise. It absolutely needs addressing as it’s something that’s gone on for a long time.”

Kingdom has been providing environmental protection services in Barnsley since August 2014, tackling litter and dog fouling and now also tackles parking issues. Kingdom also provides parking enforcement services in Doncastler, Rotherham and on the Island of Anglesey.

Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months.

If you would like to find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/


Kingdom to tackle litter and dog fouling in Gwynedd

GwyneddKingdom is very pleased to be starting a 12-month trial in January to provide Environmental Protection Services to Gwynedd Council in north-west Wales. Our officers will be patrolling the streets and public areas of Gwynedd as part of a crackdown on people dropping litter on the ground and failing to clean up after their pets, and will work in partnership with the street enforcement teams that are already in place in the county.

Gwynedd Council is the latest council in North Wales to ask Kingdom to provide Environmental Protection services, following in the footsteps of Conwy County Borough Council, Wrexham County Borough Council, Flintshire County Council and Denbighshire County Council. It means that once this contract starts, Kingdom will be providing Environmental Protection Services to all the counties in North Wales.

Gwynedd is the second biggest local government area in Wales in terms of geographical area, and is one of the most sparsely populated. A majority of the population are Welsh speaking. As part of the council’s agreement with Kingdom, all of Kingdom’s officers must be able to communicate in Welsh. The largest towns in Gwynedd include Bangor, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Bethesda, Ffestiniog, Llanddeiniolen, Llanllyfni and Pwllheli, and it is home to Bangor University and most of Snowdonia National Park.

Gwynedd Council consulted with Wrexham and Denbighshire before making the decision to trial our services, and the move came following the recommendations of a council scrutiny report which showed that residents, businesses and visitors wanted tougher actions against those who litter or allow their dog to foul. The report included findings from a survey and consultation sessions.

The deployment of Kingdom’s officers comes following a reduction of funding to the county’s street enforcement services of £64,500, a problem that many councils will be familiar with having had to tackle cuts for the past few years. The council was expected to receive £18,500 from fines in the last year, but instead only received £5,300.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Kingdom will bring in additional officers to boost the Council’s existing efforts to tackle littering and dog control offences.

“The pilot scheme will be self-financing, with the costs of enforcement being met from the income from fixed penalty notices. Similar arrangements are already in place across a number of north Wales councils.”

Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months.

If you would like to find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/


Kingdom expands contract in Anglesey with park enforcement role

DSC01436Kingdom is very pleased to have started providing parking enforcement on the Isle of Anglesey.

Kingdom is now tackling illegal parking on the island as well as continuing with the 12-month trial that we have been providing to Anglesey Council since March 2017 to tackle littering and dog fouling.

Kingdom has been issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £75 to anyone caught dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dog on Anglesey. In addition to this, Kingdom officers will also tackle problem parking.

The new contract has only just started, but has so far been incredibly successful. During the first seven days of the contract, Kingdom’s officers have issued 155 Parking Charge Notices (PCNs).

The move has been welcomed by Cllr Peter Rogers, who said: “Quite simply, something has to be done to sort out the parking problems.

“No-one likes to be fined of course, but usually if you’re caught once you don’t do it again.

“These new Kingdom officers are clearly visible and should help deal with the worst of the problems that we get complaints about.”

A spokesperson for the Isle of Anglesey County Council said: “The Isle of Anglesey’s County Council’s Executive committee agreed on the 20th March 2017 that Kingdom Security Limited (who currently enforce littering and dog fouling on behalf of the council) will also work in conjunction with the Authority’s own officers in the enforcement of parking restrictions for a trial period of 12 months, starting on the 4th of December.

“Anyone wishing to challenge or appeal a parking penalty may do so in writing and further details regarding the fine will be provided on the back of the issued notice.”

Kingdom will be tackling litter and dog fouling in every county in North Wales from the 8th January 2018 once we start providing environmental protection services to Gwynedd Council. Kingdom also provides parking enforcement services to Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils in addition to the Environmental Protection services it provides there, tackling litter and dog fouling. We are looking forward to expanding more contracts where we tackle litter and dog fouling by also tackling parking issues in the New Year.

Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months. If you would like to find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/