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Dancing Kingdom officer at IKEA car park goes viral

One of Kingdom’s officers at IKEA’s newest store in Sheffield has gone viral after being filmed dancing whilst directing cars and welcoming customers to IKEA’s car park.

Kingdom’s officers were in action for the opening week of IKEA’s latest store in Sheffield, which opened its doors to the general public on Thursday 28th September 2017, and saw thousands of customers visit for the opening evening alone. Kingdom provided 15 licensed staff each day to IKEA during the opening week.

One of the officers was Nana Asare, who has become something of an online sensation, after a video of him was uploaded to the IKEA Facebook page with the post “Credit to this man at the IKEA Sheffield store #dedication.” That post has so far been liked nearly 2,000 times, shared nearly 500 times and been commented on nearly 300 times.

The story has now been reported in The Star, under the headline, “Hilarious footage of dancing parking attendant at Sheffield IKEA goes viral”, saying the following:

Footage of a parking attendant dancing enthusiastically whilst working at Sheffield IKEA has gone viral.

“The new IKEA finally opened on Sheffield Road in Tinsley earlier this month with the store employing around 480 people.

“Staff were out in force on the opening day, cheering new customers in and waving Swedish flags.

“However, one employee’s job enthusiasm has not stopped there as he’s been spotted breaking out some dance moves whilst directing cars around the car park.

“The man is filmed dramatically beckoning cars in, ordering them to stop and directing them out whilst throwing in some energetic dance moves.

“Sheffield Hallam student Joe Dawson filmed the fantastic footage and uploaded it to IKEA’s Facebook page.”

Kingdom has provided retail security to all of IKEA’s stores in the UK (including Belfast), as well as their two distribution centres for seven 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. Kingdom provides IKEA with a unique security service which has been tailored specifically to match the IKEA environment and work ethos. When Kingdom was last audited by IKEA to make sure that they were compliant with the IKEA work ethos and standards, they received high praise.

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 around 400 stores in 49 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”.

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

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

Video credit: Joe Dawson

Kingdom helps client IKEA with latest store opening

IKEA Sheffield image3 (1)Kingdom was very pleased to recently help one of their clients, the well known multinational company and world’s largest furniture retailer IKEA, with the opening of their latest store.

IKEA’s newest store in Sheffield opened its doors to the general public on Thursday 28th September 2017, with thousands of customers attending the opening evening.

Before the opening evening there was an IKEA Family preview day on Tuesday 26th September, and guided welcome tours have been given from Friday 29th September through to Sunday 8th October.

During the opening week, Kingdom provided 15 licensed staff per day, and received praise all round from IKEA regarding how well our colleagues worked to ensure a very busy week went smoothly.

The new £60million, 340,000 square feet store is the only IKEA store in the country to have a tram stop, and also has a 983 space capacity car park.

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Kingdom has provided retail security to all of IKEA’s stores in the UK (including Belfast), as well as their two distribution centres for seven 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. Kingdom provides IKEA with a unique security service which has been tailored specifically to match the IKEA environment and work ethos. When Kingdom was last audited by IKEA to make sure that they were compliant with the IKEA work ethos and standards, they received high praise.

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 around 400 stores in 49 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”.

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

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

Kingdom given record score once again in major audit

sia-approved-contractorAs we reach the end of September 17 it is that time of year again when Kingdom has their annual audit for the SIA (Security Industry Authority) ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme) assessment.

Kingdom has been taking part in this scheme for the last eleven years, and every year we are proud to say that we have improved our score on the year before.

We are delighted to say that 2017 is no exception to that rule! In 2015 we received a record score of +161. Last year in 2016 we beat that score, achieving +167 out of a possible maximum score of +174. This year we have gone one better, achieving an incredible score of +168 out of +174, our highest ever score, and just 6 points away from the very highest score that it is possible to achieve. This outstanding result places us in the top 1% of security companies audited, meaning we are officially one of the very best security companies in the entire UK.

We were particularly pleased with this result as the Approved Contractors Schemes’ requirements for ACS scoring has changed this year to make it much more difficult to achieve a high score, and because some of the points in the audit are not feasible in the current environment for Kingdom to achieve. We feel that this result demonstrates not only the strengths of our company as a whole, but most importantly the colleagues within it, and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone in Kingdom who has contributed towards this excellent result.

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry. It is an independent body that reports to the Home Office and covers the whole of the United Kingdom. The SIA has two main duties. The first is the compulsory licensing of individuals that undertake specific activities within the private security industry. This includes manned guarding (including security guarding, door supervision, close protection, cash and valuables in transit, and public space surveillance using CCTV) and key holding. Being licensed by the SIA means that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job.

The other key role of the SIA is to manage the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS). This is a voluntary scheme and was established by the SIA to form a set of operational and performance standards for private security companies, measuring them against independently assessed criteria. The objective of the Approved Contractor Scheme, according to their website, is to “raise performance standards and to assist the private security industry in developing new opportunities.” It gives organisations the opportunity to distinguish themselves as being among the best providers of private security services in the UK, and thus gives their clients confidence and trust in them. We are delighted each year to take advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate that we are among the very best security companies in the whole country.

To be accredited under the scheme, security companies must voluntarily submit themselves for annual inspection by one of UKAS inspection bodies appointed by the SIA to carry out the task. They are then assessed and given a score. They must achieve a score of at least zero (which is a minimum score) to receive ACS accreditation.

Kingdom’s annual inspection was carried out in the weeks commencing 11th and 18th September 2017, with assessments carried out on sites and in our offices. The auditor interviewed a total of 41 licensed colleagues across eight different locations and was very impressed with her findings.

Commenting on this outstanding result for Kingdom, CEO and founder Terry Barton BA (Hons) said: A fantastic result achieved again and for the 11th year running. This is a result of hard work and effort from all at Kingdom and a result we should all be very proud of. The criteria had changed this year making it harder to maintain previous scores but to exceed last year’s score is an even better achievement and demonstrates our success as an organisation.

Kingdom remains steadfast in its "commitment to quality" (C2Q) by embracing five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes. As a supplier to brand focused customers, our investment and dedication to quality and safety is taken extremely seriously. We regularly access experts in their field to openly audit and challenge us. 

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 sponsors prestigious local government awards

Kingdom APSE AwardsKingdom was very pleased to sponsor an award at the recent APSE Service Awards 2017.

APSE is the Association for Public Service Excellence. It is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.

The APSE Service Awards recognise excellence in local government frontline services across the UK, and they are open to all local authorities and their public sector partners. The awards this year included 22 categories that covered the vast majority of local services, and included the prestigious Overall Council of the Year in Service Delivery Award. Kingdom was delighted to sponsor the “Best Service Team of the Year: Facilities Management and Building Cleaning Service” Award, which was won by Telford and Wrekin Council. The other nominations were Aberdeen City Council, Durham County Council, Rochdale Borough Council and Stockport Homes. Kingdom’s John Dunne, National Business Manager, presented the council with the award on behalf of Kingdom.

The awards ceremony was presented by Louisa Preston, a broadcast journalist for BBC London and BBC Breakfast. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Oxford on Thursday 7th September. This came at the end of the APSE Annual Seminar 2017, which took place over two days and was entitled “Beyond Austerity? Ensuring a future for the local government frontline.”

According to the ASPE website, “the winners of the awards demonstrated that they are actively implementing innovative ideas, supporting continuous improvement, and developing new strategies to deliver local services whilst also highlighting their commitment to innovation and adaptation in local services.”

APSE’s Chief Executive Paul O’Brien said, "Despite local government currently facing many challenges, these winning councils have demonstrated their ability to offer their communities excellent local services through implementing exciting, innovative projects and new ways of working. They are a credit to their communities, and should be proud of their excellent achievements."

Kingdom works with local authority clients throughout the United Kingdom, largely through their Environmental Protection Division. To find out more about Kingdom and their services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom launches new Academy as £2million investment fund is unveiled

clip_image002Kingdom are extremely excited to have unveiled a plan to spend around £2million of funds to invest in the development of our people, who are at the very heart of what we do.

This investment will be focused on developing our colleagues to provide enhanced services; not only to our clients but also to their customers and service users.

Security and Facilities Management have never typically been viewed as long term careers, but through our investment we aim to enhance professionalism within our sector and attract more talented people into this vital area of work. The programme will foster, develop and retain the skills that already exist within the Kingdom family in order to enhance the way our people work to support the services we provide.

A key focus for the Kingdom Academy will be developing future potential in addition to growing our existing talent and skill base. Having a culture and environment which actively engages and encourages the idea of people growing and developing for the future coupled with our all new course request platform is a great place for us to be and really sets us up for tomorrow’s challenges in the marketplace.

As we roll out our delivery programme we will see the makeup of our business change as the base skill level rises and more and more colleagues become empowered further into their roles raising personal and departmental profiles across the business.

We will work closely with our colleagues and clients to create controlled pilots, each of which will have a set of return on investment (ROI) metrics, allowing both Kingdom and our clients to benefit from demonstrable measurable improvements.

Mapping out job roles to qualifications and training means that we can actively plan journeys for our colleagues. Creating clear progression lines for everybody in the business is a task we are actively working on now, giving them the opportunity to control their career plan.

Some of the main courses will include:

  • Team Leader
  • Customer Service Practitioner
  • AAT
  • CIPD
  • Infrastructure Technician
  • Digital Marketing
  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • Business Administration

clip_image004Announcing the new Kingdom Academy, Kingdom’s Chief Executive Officer, Terry Barton, BA (Hons), said: “We are proud and delighted to announce this significant investment in our colleagues, which we know will add value to our customer service and quality of service delivery, whilst also enhancing our extensive national footprint.”

Kingdom Services Group is one of the largest independent and privately owned companies specialising in Security Solutions, Facilities Management, Environmental Protection and Recruitment across the UK, Ireland and South Asia.

We’ve worked hard to get here!

Since business inception in 1993, Kingdom has evolved via a process of providing service excellence to our clients, and we have been positively judged and revered in this manner along the way. We have a commitment to grow as a company in order to enrich our colleagues, clients and the communities in which we operate.

To find out more about Kingdom and the services we provide, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk or call us on 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom acquires Lincolnshire based Superclean

SupercleanKingdom is delighted to announce that, as of 1st September 2017, they have acquired the Lincolnshire based national cleaning services provider Superclean Services Wothorpe Limited.

Superclean was founded in 1967 and is a national supplier of cleaning services to some of the biggest names in the public sector supported with excellent customer retention rates.

The acquisition of 650 people continues the expansion of Kingdom to £100+ million turnover and 6,000 people.

Terry Barton BA Hons Law, Chief Executive of Kingdom said: “Superclean is a great business with great people and systems so bolts on to Kingdom very easily. The Superclean acquisition bolsters further our FM division strength.

“The Superclean team remain and join the wider Kingdom family and we look forward to meeting all our new customers.”

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

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

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

Kingdom pass Co-Op audit with flying colours

1Kingdom is delighted to have been praised by one of their largest clients, The Co-op, following a recent audit.

The Co-op carried out an audit of Kingdom at the end of August. The purpose of the audit was to ensure that Kingdom, as a supplier of security services to The Co-op, has the required policies, procedures, insurances and accreditations in place to demonstrate how we are going to control and monitor our works across all Co-op estates.

There were no areas of non-conformance, with Kingdom being marked as fully compliant in every category that was assessed by The Co-op, and the overall findings summary was very complimentary about Kingdom, saying:

“The initial building tour of the Kingdom HQ was a good start to the audit, hosted by the COO Mark Wallace and also introduced to the CEO Terry Barton. The tour set the scene and enhanced the overall audit process by demonstrating how Kingdom is setup and the services to the Coop are delivered. Kingdom demonstrated best practice in several key areas of the audit and presented a positive and proactive approach to safety, staff welfare and customer care.”

The Best Practice observations section of the audit said: “Multiple areas of best practice evidenced during the audit. Areas of best practice and clearly exceeding legal requirements were:

Staff Induction

Staff Welfare

Disaster Recovery

Accreditations”

Kingdom is very pleased to have been audited so thoroughly and subsequently praised wholeheartedly by such a large and well known client. Following the audit, the auditor wrote to Kingdom’s Ops Suite Director Ian McCaffary saying: I want to thank you and Mark Wallace (Chief Operating Officer) for the time and efforts you afforded me before, during and after the audit.  It was really good to have the tour with Mark before we sat down to do the audit – an impressive and well planned operation.

“Please find attached the audit report with my notes and comments.  I have highlighted the areas I felt exceeded statutory requirements and clearly demonstrated best practice.”

Kingdom remains steadfast in its “commitment to quality” (C2Q) by embracing five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes. As a supplier to brand focused customers, our investment and dedication to quality and safety is taken extremely seriously, as demonstrated by this audit.

From a basic retail officer door presence to a fully managed risk and loss prevention service, Kingdom is an established retail specialist with a dedicated retail division working in partnership with some of the biggest names to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment.

For more information about Kingfom’s retail security service, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/retail-security/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom named as one of “1000 Companies to Inspire Europe”

Cover visuals.inddKingdom is very pleased to have been include in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Europe’ report for 2017, a landmark publication which “highlights the 1000 fastest growing and more inspiring small and medium-sized businesses across Europe in 2017”.

This is the second edition of the report, which aims to demonstrate the “critical importance of high-growth private small and medium sized companies (SMEs) to future European economic growth, innovation and job creation”. The publication was officially launched on Tuesday 5th September at the European Parliament in Brussels, at an event hosted by Valdis Dombrovskis, a Vice President of the European Commission, and Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group.

Commenting on the report, Xavier Rolet, the Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange Group said:

“If Europe is to have a sustainable economic future, it must back its engines of economic growth and only real source of potential job-creation: its 23million SMEs. It is critical that we continue improving access and cutting the cost of finance for fast growing companies, giving them access to long-term patient equity capital to fund their enormous potential. This is an ambition we share with the EU Commission and applaud its initiative to develop deeper and more connected capital markets across the continent through the Capital Markets Union project.

“LSEG has long been committed to supporting high growth companies. Together our 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe reports, international growth market, AIM, and business support and capital raising programme, ELITE, shine a light on the fastest growing companies across the continent and their critical importance to innovation, job creation and Europe’s future economic resilience.”

Valdis Dombrovskis, the Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union said:

"Europe needs more fast-growing and innovative companies as they are the backbone of our future economic development and job creation. This is why improving the ability of dynamic SMEs to access finance is one of my priorities. We need to make sure that our rules are proportionate and fit for purpose. We should remove barriers to cross-border provision of financing and ensure that SMEs can tap capital markets across Europe."

The London Stock Exchange Group worked with the research company Bureau Van Dijk to identify the list of 1000 companies. To be included in the list, companies had to meet certain criteria, including showing consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their country peers.

Commenting on Kingdom’s inclusion in this celebration of high-growth and that showcases and supports the most dynamic small and medium sized businesses across Europe, Kingdom CEO Terry Barton BA (Hons) said: “More wonderful Kingdom news. Keep it coming. We have worked hard since 1993 to have a sustainable business and this acccolade evidences that Kingdom is not only successfully growing and moving into exciting new sectors but also doing it the right way through sustainable profit.”

Earlier this year Kingdom was also included in the fourt edition of the London Stock Exchange’s “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.”

To find out more about the “1000 Companies to Inspire Europe” report, and to view a full searchable database of all of the companies along with a downloadable pdf of the publication, please visit www.1000companies.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 or call 0845 051 7702.

Praise for Kingdom officer who helped paedophile victim

anthony-neocleous_optWe are extremely proud to report that one of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers in Enfield has been praised after he came to the aid of a paedophile victim after they were attacked.

Anthony Neocleous is an Environmental Protection officer with Kingdom, and works in Enfield carrying out Environmental Protection Services on behalf of Enfield Council tackling litter and dog fouling. Anthony was patrolling in Edmonton on the morning of 20th August 2015, just over two years ago, when he was approached by a 13 year-old boy who was cold, lost and hungry. The young teenager had run away from home the night before and had slept on the street. Anthony comforted him and took him to Edmonton Police Station.

Anthony was later told that the boy had been the victim of a serious assault the previous night. Anthony provided a witness statement to help detectives, aided the police in their investigation, and a copy of Anthony’s filmed footage which was recording while he was on patrol was given to the investigating officer.

The paedophile who sexually assaulted the young boy has now been jailed. A judge sentenced the 26 year old mail at Wood Green Crown Court to four years and 10 months in jail on 26th June 2017 after the pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 at a hearing on the 5th May. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Kingdom’s officers aim to help the public wherever they can, as explained by Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said in a statement on Enfield Council’s website: “Our enforcement officers are diligent, professional and compassionate people who are trained to deal with a wide range of situations.

"However, this was an extremely serious and upsetting case which Anthony handled with consummate professionalism. His conduct was exemplary, helping a vulnerable and distressed young person and supporting the police in securing a successful prosecution for a horrendous crime. As a result of his intervention a paedophile was removed from our streets and is now in prison.”

“This case demonstrates that our enforcement officers are human and as well as playing an instrumental role in helping to keep our streets clean, safe, welcoming and well-regulated they are also there if members of the public need assistance.”

Anthony has been working for Kingdom for approximately three years and lives in neighbouring Barnet. Speaking about what happened he said, “I did what any other person would have done. We are trained to react to all kinds of different situations while out on patrol. In this case, I am really glad to have helped.”

Kingdom’s environmental protection officers often step in to provide first aid or protect members of the public whilst out on patrol. Whilst of course their role is to tackle litter, dog fouling, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and other environmental crimes or anti-social behaviour, the fact that they are a uniformed, highly visible presence in public spaces also provides many residents with a feeling of safety and security and makes them the obvious people to turn to for help in emergency situations. It allows them to act as the eyes and ears of the community, and Kingdom is proud to play such a key role in many towns and cities up and down the country. We are very proud of the important job Anthony did in getting this young man to safety and of helping to secure the conviction of his attacker.

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

Children and young people in need of help can call Childline on 0800 1111. Adults who are concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. Anyone who is concerned about the safety of a young person should call the police emergency services on 999.

Kingdom supporting client’s charity cycle ride

action-for-at-newKingdom is very pleased to be supporting one of their clients, who is taking part in a fundraising cycle ride to raise money for charity.

Jerry Lane is security manager at Kingdom’s client BCA (British Car Auctions). He is going to be cycling from London to Paris in September – a cycle ride of over 230 miles in 3 days – along with other colleagues from BCA in order to raise money for the charity Action for A-T.

A-T stands for Ataxia Telangiectasia, which is a rare neurodegenerative inherited disease that affects many parts of the body and causes severe disability. It is progressive and affects the cerebellum (the body’s motor control centre) and in about 70% of cases also weakens the immune system leading to respiratory disorders. The condition first shows itself in early childhood, i.e. the toddler stage. The symptoms are lack of balance, slurred speech and perhaps a more than normal number of infections.  All children at this age take a little while to develop good walking skills, coherent speech and an effective immune system so it may be some years before A-T is properly diagnosed. On top of the severe physical disabilities children with A-T must face, 1 in 4 children with A-T will develop cancer or severe lung disease and more than half will die before they are out of their teens.

Jerry is raising money for the charity which raises money to fund medical research to find a cure for A-T or a medical advancement that will enable children who suffer from it to live a longer and happier life because “they do a fantastic job and need our utmost support.” He was aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity, but has exceeded that target by £112 so far and still with 2 weeks to go. If you would like to support Jerry’s fundraising efforts, you can do so by going to his Just Giving page - http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/JerryLane-749   - Jerry would appreciate support by way of donation however large or small.

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’s Eddie Hirst represents GB in Triathlon

FullSizeRenderWe’re delighted to report that Kingdom’s Strategic Sales Director, Eddie Hirst, was very successful when he recently represented Great Britain as an Age Group athlete at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Multisport World Championships 2017, in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada.

The World Championships took place between the 18th and 27th August and attracted over 4,000 athletes from all over the globe.

Eddie competed in the Age Group Sprint Distance Duathlon event, which consisted of a 5km run, 20km bike ride, and then a further 2.5km run.

We are pleased to report that he came 15th out of 31 in his gender and age category, completing his first run in 20 minutes 7 seconds, his bike ride in 35 minutes and 34 seconds, and his second run in 10 minutes and 14 seconds, so completing the entire event in 1 hour, 8 minutes and 50 seconds.

Overall, Eddie finished 120 out of 412 in his gender, and 121 out of 681 overall. Congratulations Eddie!

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Eddie was supported by Kingdom and had the Kingdom logo displayed on his kit. He joined Kingdom earlier this year as Strategic Sales Director and has over 17 years experience of working within the security, facilities management and outsourcing industries. He is married with two young daughters, has an MSc (Distinction) degree in Security Risk Management, and is an Ambassador for Bike for Boobs, an organisation that helps people going through cancer.

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

Kingdom security contact renewed with prestigious Indian educational institute

fisatKingdom is very pleased to have had their contract renewed for a second year to continue to provide security guarding services to the Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT) in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

FISAT is a private, self-financing engineering college which was established and is run by the Federal Bank Officers’ Association Educational Society (FBOAES). This is an initiative of the Federal Bank Officers’ Association (FBOA), which is the sole representative body of the officers of the Federal Bank. It is affiliated to the Kerala Technological University (KTU) and the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, Kerala, and is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in New Delhi.

It is based in Mookannoor, which is near Angamaly in the Ernakulam District of Kerala in southern India. Mookannoor was the birth place of the founder of The Federal Bank, the late K P Hormis, and thus the FISAT campus was named “Hormis Nagar” in honour of his memory.

The institute was established in 2002 and has been designed and developed to become a “Centre of Excellence” in professional education – in fact, their motto is “Focus on Excellence.” Their aim is to enhance the quality and value of education, and to develop high quality individuals. This has been demonstrated by the students there having received excellent results in academic work, placements, extracurricular and co-curricular activities.

The institute has a unique position in the professional education sector in south India, having carved out a niche for itself. It conducts six B.Tech courses in Engineering, an MBA programme (with specialisation in Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Production & Operations Management and International Business), an MCA programme (three years & two years Lateral Entry) and six M.Tech courses. It was accredited by NAAC with an A grade, and has received the coveted ISO 9001:20015 certification. To find out more about FISAT, please visit http://www.fisat.ac.in/

Kingdom has had a presence in India since May 2016, when we announced that we would now be able to support our UK customers that also need security services on the Indian sub continent. Kingdom took over an Indian security company based in Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala, and announced that the new initiative would act as a launch pad for pan India and Middle East operations in the future.

As well as providing a guarding service and specialised and customised security solutions, Kingdom is aiming to help the uneducated sector to develop their hidden skills and secure their lives by providing job opportunities across Kerala. We are planning to utilise the Kerala government’s skill development programme in the security sector.

For more information about Kingdom, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom wins major new guarding contract in India

synthite-1-638Kingdom is very pleased to have gained another new client in India and thus continues to expand on the Indian subcontinent.

Kingdom is now providing security guarding for Synthite Industries Ltd, the world’s largest producer of value added spices and oleoresin.

Synthite processes raw spices at their state-of the-art plants and labs. When extracting the oleoresins, Synthite ensures that they retain all the original characteristics such as the flavour, colour and taste of the starting natural raw material. Some of these value-added products are unique which is why Synthite is the global leader in this line of business.

The company is based in Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala, and supplies ingredients to many major food, fragrance and flavour companies. Some of its major clients include Nestle, Bacardi and Pepsi.

As well as producing oleoresin spices, the company also produces essential oils, food colours, and sprayed products. It also has products that are organic and fair-trade. They are a leading force in a variety of botanical extracts such as tea, coffee, vanilla and lutein. The company also has investments in realty and hospitality.

Synthite Industries was established in 1972 by C.V. Jacob, who had spent the previous two decades working in civil construction. Initially the company had 20 employees and produced industrial chemicals before it started extracting oleoresin. They started manufacturing oleoresin black pepper, and over the last forty years have grown to become the leader in the manufacturing of all oleoresin spices. By 2008 the company had grown to 1,200 employees and had 30% of the world’s market share. They reached 2,000 employees by 2012. It was only in 2014 that the company started selling directly to consumers in its native India. The company is now run by Viju Jacob, son of the founder C.V. Jacob.

Their bio ingredients division currently has 10 manufacturing plants, three of which are in Kerala. Major spices like chilli, turmeric, pepper, and cardamom are processed in dedicated plants, whereas other spices like nutmeg, ginger, mace, coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek and celery can be produced at any of the plants available, based on the quantity required.

Kingdom has had a presence in India since May 2016, when we announced that we would now be able to support our UK customers that also need security services on the Indian sub continent. Kingdom took over an Indian security company based in Kochi in the southern state of Kerala, and announced that the new initiative would act as a launch pad for pan India and Middle East operations in the future.

As well as providing a guarding service and specialised and customised security solutions, Kingdom is aiming to help the uneducated sector to develop their hidden skills and secure their lives by providing job opportunities across Kerala. We are planning to utilise the Kerala government’s skill development programme in the security sector.

For more information about Kingdom, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom officers help save a life whilst on patrol

head tilt chin lift in cpr drowning trainingWe are very proud to report that two of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers recently saved a man’s life whilst on patrol in Thanet.

The two officers in question, Colin Jarvis and Mark Jones, were carrying out patrols in the Cliftonville area of Margate on behalf of Kingdom’s client, Thanet District Council on an afternoon in June. Kingdom has been tackling litter and dog fouling there since 1st June 2015, initially as a 12 month trial before being awarded a three year contract in 2016 due to the success of the trial. Kingdom’s officers issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone caught dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dogs on Thanet’s streets, beaches and open spaces.

Whilst on patrol, the two officers were made aware of a possibly deceased male in a disabled public toilet. Mark quickly entered the toilet to find a male lying on the floor completely motionless and slowly turning blue. Colin spoke to another person who informed him that the man was a drug user who had taken a cocktail of different drugs and then collapsed. Another man informed them that they had dialled 999 and that a paramedic was en-route to the scene.

Both of the officers had previously received first aid training, which was invaluable in this situation. Mark knelt down and checked the man’s airway and breathing and checked if he had a pulse. He was breathing and did have a pulse, but his breathing was very light and his pulse was very faint. He was slowly losing colour from his face, hands and feet.

A paramedic arrived very quickly and Mark and Colin informed her of this situation. Mark and Colin helped the paramedic in any way required, and then Mark assisted by giving the unconscious man oxygen for several minutes until two more paramedics arrived on the scene and could take over.

Once the paramedics had improved the man’s breathing and regulated his pulse they decided to take him by ambulance to the nearest hospital for emergency treatment. Colin and Mark helped to lift the man onto the bed and to wheel him outside and on to the ambulance. The paramedics thanked Colin and Mark for their help and said that if they had not assisted in the way that they did then the man would not have survived.

This is not the first time that Kingdom’s environmental protection officers have stepped in to provide first aid, help save a life or protect members of the public whilst out on patrol. Whilst of course their role is to tackle litter, dog fouling, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and other environmental crimes or anti-social behaviour, the fact that they are a uniformed, highly visible presence in public spaces also provides many residents with a feeling of safety and security and makes them the obvious people to turn to for help in emergency situations like this. It allows them to act as the eyes and ears of the community, and Kingdom is proud to play such a key role in many towns and cities up and down the country.

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

Kingdom helps shopping centre client celebrate 40th anniversary

Harpur Centre 40Kingdom was very pleased recently to play a key role in helping one of their clients to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Kingdom has been providing cleaning services to The Harpur Centre, Bedford’s premier shopping centre, for the past five years, and in addition was awarded the contract to provide security to the shopping centre in 2015.

The Harpur Centre is a popular shopping mall housed within a Grade 2 listed building, conveniently located in the heart of Bedford’s city centre. It is home to over 30 well-known shops across two floors and is open seven days a week.

There was lots of fun and activities within the shopping centre and the three day event proved to be a huge success, with all the cleaning and security team going above and beyond the call of duty. Commenting on the work of his team, Kingdom’s site manager at the Harpur Centre, Michael (Mick) Reynolds, said:

“Over the last few days both my Security and Cleaning teams have excelled themselves in the time and effort they have put in to ensure that the Harpur Centre’s 40th birthday was celebrated in a happy, clean and secure way by all the members of the public, both young and not so young, over a three day period.

“They not only carried out their duties but also gave up their days off to assist in the setting up, supervising of contractors and clearing away of equipment to ensure enjoyment by all who attended the centre, showing great professionalism by carrying out any task asked of them.”

Kingdom’s client, the Deputy Centre Manager, added: “We are very impressed with how both the Security and Cleaning teams, under the lead of your Site Manager, Mick, went above and beyond over the three day period and were ambassadors of the highest calibre for not only the Harpur Centre, but also Kingdom as well.

“We had an extra obstacle thrown at us on Saturday, when there was a planned animal rights protest taking place in Bedford. This did not affect the Centre, but all personnel stepped up to ensure that there were no issues affecting the celebrations. A big well done and thanks needs to be passed onto the teams.”

Members of the team at the Harpur Centre have been nominated to receive commendations from Kingdom in recognition of their excellent work.

Kingdom provides a continual manned security presence in the shopping mall and car park as well as constant CCTV coverage across the entire site. They also provide cleaning services to the shopping centre seven days a week, which includes keeping the car park, service corridors and shopping mall clean. Kingdom also provides periodic cleaning services to the centre.

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