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Kingdom improves job vacancies webpage

clip_image001Kingdom has improved the job vacancies section of its website, making it more user friendly for anyone looking to apply for a job with Kingdom.

Changes include a new feature which allows job seekers to enter the first part of their postcode in order to search for vacancies which are nearest to them.

Next to each job vacancy location it will display approximately how far away from their location the job is.

Kingdom has also improved its functionality by presenting its job vacancies in a new tabular format.

Applicants can view a brief description, the location, the hours and the hourly pay or salary in the table, and then have an option to click a button in order to read more and apply.

Kingdom is one of the UK’s fastest growing companies and currently has employment opportunities throughout the UK. All Kingdom employees enjoy an impressive & comprehensive range of employee benefits.

Founded in 1993, Kingdom has become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. For more information about Kingdom, click here to visit their website.

UK raises terror threat level to severe

clip_image001The UK government has this afternoon raised the UK terror threat level from substantial to severe. The official threat level informs security professionals across the public and private sectors, such as Kingdom, as they make decisions about the appropriate level of protection in place across the UK.

This is the second highest of five possible threat levels to the UK, meaning that an attack is highly likely. The last time the threat level was this high was between early 2010 and summer 2011. The only threat level higher than the now current one is critical, which means that an attack is expected imminently. This has only happened twice before, in August 2006 and June 2007.

The level is set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the Security Service (MI5) and the system has been in place since 2006. Threat levels can change at any time as different information becomes available to security agents, and do not have an expiry date.

The change in the UK’s terror threat level is in response to the ongoing conflicts in both Syria and Iraq, according to the Home Secretary Theresa May. Commenting on the change, Mrs May said there was no intelligence to suggest that an attack was imminent, but that terrorist groups in these two countries are planning attacks against the West. She added that “the first and most important duty of government is the protection of the British people ... the British public should be in no doubt that we will take the strongest possible action to protect our national security”. She urged members of the public to remain vigilant and to look out for any potential signs of terrorist activity, such as suspicious bags on public transport

Speaking at a news conference in Number 10 Downing Street afterwards, the Prime Minister David Cameron said that at least 500 people had travelled from the UK to fight in Syria and potentially Iraq, and blame the extremist group Islamic State, often referred to as IS, who he says represent “a greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before”.

Mr Cameron added that new laws will be brought in to make it easier to take passports away from people travelling to the Middle East to take part in the conflicts, as efforts continue to identify the British man who killed the American journalist James Foley recently. He did not provide details on what had caused the threat level to change, but said that Britain must combine a “firm security response” with an intelligent political one, and said that people “should continue to go about our lives in the normal way”.

The National Policing Lead for Counter-Terrorism, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, has added that security and protection measures are being increased from today, and that some people might see some changes in terms of policing and the number of armed police. More details are expected to be announced on Monday.

For further information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/threat-level-from-international-terrorism-increased to read the statement from the Home Secretary.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Services in Barnsley on ITV’s Calendar News

clip_image002We recently announced that were are delighted to have won four contracts to provide Environmental Protection services across Barnsley for the next 12 months on behalf of Barnsley Council. We are tackling litter and dog fouling across the south Yorkshire town, providing one part-time officer and 12 full time-officers.

We were very pleased that ITV’s Calendar News, which is ITV’s local news programme for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, ran an item on Kingdom’s service on Monday 18th August. The item can be seen by clicking here. The 2 minute feature included interviews with local councillors, with one saying:

“Enough’s enough. This litter and dog fouling has got to the top of the agenda as far as residents are concerned and for us then as councillors representing their views, so we must make a difference here.”

Another councillor added on camera:

“We want to see our towns and our cities clean. We have visitors that come into our town, and the first thing they notice is litter on our streets and dog fouling.”

Barnsley Council sought to bring in extra patrols after it emerged that it is costing the council £1.2million per year to keep their streets and public spaces clean. Our services will both save the council money and create cleaner streets.

Our officers are attached to the council’s Community Safety Team and are working alongside the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. They wear the uniform of the Community Safety and Enforcement Team, but will also wear 'plain clothes' at times. They wear body cameras while on duty, so that all environmental protection activity can be monitored.

The ITV Calendar News item also followed two of our officers around Barnsley, explained what will happen if you drop litter, and demonstrated and explained the role of the body cameras. It added that after just one week in operation 50 fines has been issued, and concluded saying the message to offenders is clean up your act or pay the penalty.

The item on ITV’s calendar news follows a positive front page news story in the Barnsley Chronicle on Friday 15th August.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities like Barnsley Council. For more information about our Environmental Protection services, click here to visit the Environmental Protection section of the Kingdom website, or here to download our online Environmental Protection brochure.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Services Front Page News in Barnsley

clip_image001We recently reported that we’re delighted to have won four contracts to provide Environmental Protection services in Barnsley for the next 12 months, tackling litter and dog fouling on behalf of Barnsley Council. Full details of the services we are providing can be seen here.

We were pleased that an article entitled “Private enforcers brought in” about the services Kingdom are providing was on the front page of the Barnsley Chronicle on Friday 15th August. The article, by Alison Burkinshaw, read as follows:

AN ENFORCEMENT team has been set on in the north east area to clamp down on issues such as dog fouling, littering and illegal parking.

The area council, which covers the wards Royston, Cudworth, Shafton, Grimethorpe, Carlton, Lundwood and Brierly, is paying for the move.

Coun Joe Hayward, chairman of the North East area council, said getting an enforcement team in had been a priority for some time.

“Two enforcement officers from environmental protection agency Kingdom started work last week.

“They have been given maps with ‘hot spot’ areas that are being highlighted as a concern to us by residents.”

Coun Steve Green said current ‘hotspots’ are Royston and Cudworth parks, but each area within the north east has issues.

“Anyone can ring in and tell councillors what areas they think are a concern.

“This will get passed down to the enforcement team at our monthly management meetings”.

Enforcement officers Maria Broxup and James Lovatt can issue fixed penalty notices to people if they catch them littering and not cleaning up dog mess.

Maria told the Chronicle: “The penalty for dropping litter is £75 and for not cleaning up after your dog its £50.

“We can issue these on the spot. People are then given a 14 day discharge where they have the chance to pay the money, if they don’t legal action is then taken.

“We want to do everything to let people know about the new robust enforcement, so we’ve been putting up dog fouling stickers, and have updated social media.

“We don’t want people to turn around and say ‘I never knew about the new enforcement team’.”

James added: “So far we’ve been travelling around the area, and getting ourselves familiar with the hotspots.

“We’ve also had the chance to get to know the people who live around here and let them know what changes are going to be happening.”

Manager of the project in the north east, Steve Gillespie, said the enforcement officers will be going undercover sometimes to catch people out.

“We know when people spot someone in uniform they are less likely to litter, so we’ll be catching people out by not always having a uniform presence.”

Coun Hayward said he welcomed the north east area having its own enforcement team.

“This is something the public have been asking for a long time.”

Caroline Donovan, area manager for the north east, said it’s impossible to judge which part of the district has the most problem areas.

“We cannot judge at the minute as we haven’t got out own findings, it wouldn’t be fair to say.”

Jim Packer from Kingdom said: “I get a direct notification every time a ticket is issued.

“So with this information we will be able to tell what area is the worst for these sorts of crimes.”

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams are led by experts with an ex-police and military backgrounds. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities like Barnsley Council. For more information about our Environmental Protection services, click here to visit the Environmental Protection section of the Kingdom website, or here to download our online Environmental Protection brochure.

Kingdom has top Health & Safety accreditation renewed

imageKingdom is very pleased to have had its CHAS accreditation renewed for another year.

CHAS stands for the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme.

It is the largest and the fastest growing Health and Safety assessment scheme in the UK, and is dedicated to completing health and safety pre-qualification assessments to a nationally recognised and accepted standard.

CHAS has two main aims:

· To improve health and safety standards across Great Britain

· To reduce duplicated safety applications for both suppliers and buyers

CHAS assesses applicants:

· Health and safety policy statement;

· Their organisation for health and safety;

· Their specific health and safety arrangements to a standard acceptable to our buyers and to others.

More than 600 public and private sector buyer organisations, including councils, housing associations, NHS trusts, and a growing number of large private companies who employ sub-contractors, use CHAS, as well as over 53,000 suppliers.

Like most other health and safety pre-qualification schemes, it operates on an annual assessment cycle. Kingdom’s latest CHAS accreditation is valid until 4th August 2015.

To find out more about CHAS, click here to visit their website.

Established in 1993 to influence and inspire the security marketplace, Kingdom specialises in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. With over 20 years industry experience, Kingdom is one of the largest privately owned security companies in the UK, and holds all appropriate industry, safety and quality accreditations. To learn more about Kingdom, click here to visit their website.

Kingdom delighted to retain Ram Brewery contract

clip_image001Kingdom is delighted to be continuing to provide security services to the well known and historic Ram Brewery in Wandsworth.

The Ram Brewery had previously been owned by Minerva, but was taken over by Chinese property developer Greenland Holdings Group in June.

Kingdom has been providing security services to the Ram Brewery for many years, and is delighted following the change of ownership to be continuing this relationship.

The Ram Brewery has been a familiar local landmark for both Wandsworth residents and visitors for over 150 years, since it opened in 1831. It is Britain’s oldest brewery, with beer having been brewed on the site from the 16th century.

Plans were approved in 2013 to redevelop the brewery into shops, housing, cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as a brewing museum and microbrewer. For more information about the Ram Brewery, please click here to visit their website.

Kingdom specialises in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. Established in 1993 to influence and inspire the security marketplace, they have over 20 years industry experience and are now one of the largest privately owned security companies in the UK. For more information about Kingdom’s security services, please click here to visit their website.

Kingdom providing Environmental Protection in Barnsley

clip_image001Kingdom is delighted to be providing Environmental Protection services in Barnsley for the next 12 months.

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council sought to bring in extra patrols to tackle litter and dog fouling after it emerged that it costs them £1.2million per year to clean it up. They divided the area they cover into four quadrants and invited companies to apply to carry out environmental protection services.

Kingdom was delighted to win all four contracts, and will be tackling litter, dog fouling and parking enforcement on behalf of Barnsley Council for the next 12 months, providing one part-time and 12 full-time officers. The patrols started on Monday 11th August and are taking place in the central, Dearne, north, north east and south wards.

Kingdom’s officers will be attached to the council’s Community Safety Team and will work alongside the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. They will wear the uniform of the Community Safety and Enforcement Team, but will also wear 'plain clothes' at times. They will wear body cameras while on duty, so that all environmental protection activity can be monitored.

The photograph shows Kingdom’s Steven Gillespie (left), Environmental Officers James Lovatt (third from right) and Maria Broxup (second from right) and Team Leader James Packer (right) meeting with Barnsley councillors on the 12th August.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams are led by experts with an ex-police and military background, and deliver over 130,000 environmental protection hours per year on behalf of local authorities across the UK. For more information about Kingdom’s environmental protection services for local authorities, click here to visit their website, or here to download their online brochure.

Kingdom pleased to sponsor local Gateshead football team

Globe Football TeamKingdom is pleased to have sponsored the Globe Football team in Gateshead, which plays in the Gateshead and District Sunday League.

The league was initially formed in 1968, and currently has 28 teams playing in 2 divisions. Players in the team range from 18 to 25 years of age.

The pub that the team play for is also a bed and breakfast which is used by guests from all over the country. Kingdom’s North East Coordinator, Sheila Eagle, is on their management team.

Kingdom’s logo will be added to the football strips, and the sponsorship money will be used to help pay for a home referee and to provide water bottles to the players.

Kingdom was established in 1993 to influence and inspire the security marketplace, specialising in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. With over 20 years industry experience, Kingdom is now one of the largest privately owned security companies in the UK. For more information about Kingdom, please click here to visit their website.

Kingdom praised for specialist clean at London shopping centre

clip_image002Kingdom recently carried out a specialist clean on the atriums at The Broadwalk Centre in Edgeware, London.

Two men from Kingdom’s specialist cleaning division, along with a pest control team, worked throughout the night for three nights at the shopping centre whilst it was closed.

As part of the clean they had to remove the existing pigeon proofing and replace it once the work was completed. There were also several access issues, so they had to hire a mobile platform to carry out the work in certain areas. The work was carried out in conjunction with Transport for London, as they had to go into their bus lanes to reach certain parts of the high level work.

Following the clean, Kingdom was delighted to receive the following email from the Centre Manager, Angela Brooks:

On behalf of everyone at The Broadwalk I would just like to thank you and your team for the fabulous and amazing job you have done on our atriums – you never disappoint!
The best cleaning company ... Ever
Angela

Kingdom Clean delivers supervisor or site-managed cleaning and maintenance services, and is committed to using the best people, technologies and products. Kingdom Clean offers basic, specialist, deep and reactive cleaning services to commercial, leisure, transport and public companies, and also provides waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chewing gum removal. For more information about Kingdom Clean, please click here to visit their website, or here to download their online brochure.

Located in the heart of Edgware town centre, The Broadwalk Centre welcomes over 130,000 shoppers a week. The shopping environment is inviting and attractive and consists of approximately 199,000 sq.ft of retail space, based on a simple single-level layout. It is home to over 40 retailers, and has 1,100 long and short stay car park spaces. Built in the late 1980's, it is now well established as the main shopping destination in Edgware and the surrounding areas, offering local value, convenience and choice, as well as easily accessible public transport links. Please click here to visit their website.

Top Health and Safety Accreditation for Kingdom

clip_image002[93]Kingdom is pleased to have once again been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Many major clients recognise the scheme and accept the Safecontractor certificate as confirmation of competency.

Safecontractor accreditation enhances the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety is viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

Safecontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services.

John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, "Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place."

"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Kingdom has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.

Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.

Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over 210 major, nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.

Kingdom’s accreditation is valid from the 5th August 2014 until the 4th August 2015.

Formed in 1993 and operation nationally, Kingdom has become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within our areas of service expertise. For more information about Kingdom, please click here.

Kingdom retains Strandbrook relationship

Kingdom Security are delighted to announce the retention of the Strandbrook Ltd relationship for a further three years.  Strandbrook Ltd are a Pearson Company and operate as building management company for 80 Strand, a multinational publishing and education company based at 80 Strand. 

Kingdom Security have been working with Strandbrook since 2006, and following a competitive tender have retained the relationship for the provision of integrated services including security, reception, loading bay, control room and CCTV services at 80 Strand for the next three years.

Kingdom Security are one of the largest privately owned national security company’s in the UK, providing fully licensed, permanent and temporary personnel on single or multiple sites across a range of sectors.  For more information on our security personnel, click here, or call us on 0845 051 7700.

Demonstration in Central London on Saturday 9 August, 2014

The Stop The War & Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) demonstration regarding the actions of Israel in Gaza will take place this Saturday 9th August 2014.

The demonstration will form up outside the BBC in Portland Place, W1, from midday. It is then due to set off at approximately 1pm, moving South down Regents Street, then right into Oxford Street, then left into North Audley Street, then around Grosvenor Square, walking past the US Embassy and then along Upper Grosvenor Street, right into Park Lane and then into Hyde Park, via Cumberland Gate and North carriage Drive. The demonstration will then conclude near Reformers Tree in Hyde Park where there will be a number of speeches.

The event is due to end at approximately 5pm. It has been organised by Stop the War and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).

It is anticipated that up to 20,000 people may take part (although current estimates suggest 11,000 will attend).

During the demonstration, it will be necessary to close a number of roads around the Oxford Street area. This will undoubtedly cause significant traffic, crowd and business disruption in the vicinity. There will also be an increase in noise levels. Transport hubs will also be much more busy than usual.

It should also be noted this event coincides with the Prudential Ride London cycle event in and around the West End of London and the City of London where again there will be extensive road closures and disruption. Further details of this event can be obtained via the www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk website.

There is a proportionate policing plan in place to deal with this demonstration. There will be Police Liaison Officers on duty throughout the events. They will be linking in and engaging with the demonstrators.

Please click here for details should you encounter a protest in or near to your building.

Congratulations to Kingdom’s Wembley Security Team

clip_image002Kingdom Security awarded “Team of the month” to the IKEA Wembley Security Team.  The team were congratulated in IKEA’s staff newsletter for their unwavering professionalism after being instrumental in a number of  initiatives and prompt actions of the team.

The team have also been taking part in a number of loss prevention functions at the Wembley branch of IKEA, including tagging and accuracy audit.

Kingdom provide a national security solution to IKEA and provide retail security services nationwide that combat crime hot spots and provide methods of loss reduction by working closely with the retail industry and by understanding customer requirements to provide strategic improvements in order to reduce internal and external shrinkage.  For more information on our retail security division click here, or contact us on 0845 051 7700.

Kingdom acquires Warrington based security company

Kingdom recently acquired City Wide Security Services. Based in Warrington, City Wide Securityimage Services provide manned guarding, mobile patrol and key holding services to businesses across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Established in 1993 to influence and inspire the security marketplace, Kingdom specialises in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. With over twenty years experience in the industry, Kingdom has become one of the largest privately owned national security companies in the UK. They deploy fully licensed, permanent or temporary quality personnel on single or multiple sites to customers big and small, across a diverse range of market sectors, and have a wealth of local and national management experience.

To find out more about Kingdom’s security services, including their mobile patrol, lock and unlock service and their key holding and response service, please visit their website, or click here to read their online brochure.

Kingdom Clean awarded Mitchells & Butlers contract

The Kingdom Clean kitchen clip_image002[4]hygiene division has recently been re-awarded the prestigious Mitchells & Butlers contract.  Mitchells & Butlers are the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK with brands such as Harvester, Toby Carvery and All Bar One.

Kingdom have been working alongside M&B for well over a decade now and the relationship looks set to develop further. Not only did Kingdom maintain their current workload, but were also awarded the additional Wales and South West regions which is an exciting and positive addition. Our dedicated project management, tireless work ethic and ever improving standards have helped to bring in the additional business.

The contract roll out is due to commence over the upcoming months and everyone will need to remain focused to ensure our energy, standards and unique customer service is rolled out across the new region seamlessly.

The new contract will mean we now clean over 500 pubs for the group and will equate to approximately 1500 cleans per annum.

Tom Richards has been the Project Manager for this division for the last two years and has been instrumental in service delivery improvements and building a strong customer relationship that has brought about this tremendous success.

With special thanks to the dedicated team:

Tom Richards – Project Manager and Bid Manager

Administrators – Alison Muir and Kim Simpole

Hygiene Operatives – Maurice Pullen, Rich Davis, Steve Shoesmith, Chris Price, Steve Lloyd, Derek Hall, Derrick Powles, Derrick Ramsey and Rob Jones.