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Kingdom sponsoring employee’s charity bike ride

clip_image002Kingdom is very pleased to be sponsoring one of their employees who will be taking part in a charity bike ride later this year.

Kingdom’s Shaun Blanchard is taking part in the London to Paris 24 bike ride, which will take place on the 16th and 17th July 2016. Shaun is a security supervisor at the Malls shopping centre in Basingstoke.

Shaun will cycle the 280 miles from capital city to capital city in just 24 hours in order to raise money for the disability charity Scope. His epic cycle ride will start on the Saturday lunch time at Blackheath in London. Shaun and around 300 other cyclists will first take part in a 90 mile dash through the countryside to Dover for a ferry that won’t wait, before cycling through the night through France and finally finishing at lunchtime the next day at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is not a race but an endurance cycle challenge which will test the cyclists’ determination and stamina. The route will be broken down into seven 40 mile stages and will include 12,100 feet of climbing! More information about the cycle ride itself can be found on http://www.london2paris24.com/

Shaun’s wife Claire suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and was diagnosed with the disease 7 years ago. The couple have two beautiful girls – Sommer who is 7 and Brooke who is 5. Because of Claire’s illness, Shaun has helped to raise money for the MS Society, and has to date raised nearly £3,000 for the charity. His fundraising efforts have included taking part in the 2015 London Marathon, which he completed in 4 hours and 24 minutes. Speaking about why he got involved with fundraising for the charity, Shaun says: “The effects of the disease are just terrible for the person it is happening to as well as for the loved ones who can only sit and watch it happening. This was the main reason as to why I wanted to start raising money for the charity.”

Commenting on his latest fundraising endeavour, Shaun said: “This is a huge task as well as a personal goal of mine, but I feel I am ready to take on this challenge. I have always been a keen cyclist and I commute to work most days. I have always tried to keep myself fit and I like to try and set myself challenges to complete as this helps to keep me active. This is just another challenge that I have set myself and if I can raise money along the way to help this fantastic charity then it makes it feel a whole lot more worth it. My aim is to try and raise £1,000, so any contributions big or small will be very much appreciated.” Shaun will be taking part with his best friend Ryan, and Ryan’s nephew Maison. Shaun has so far raised £80 towards his £1,000 target with five months still to go. Kingdom will keep you updated on his progress!

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

If you would like to sponsor Shaun and donate money to Scope, or want to find out more about Shaun’s fundraising efforts and the work that Scope does, you can do so via Shaun’s JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/Shaun-Blanchard24. Making a donation through JustGiving is simple, fast and secure, and once you donate they send your money directly to the charity, making it the most efficient way to donate, saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

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

Corporate responsibility informs everything they do, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their employees, their customers and grow their business. This is why Kingdom is pleased to both support the fundraising efforts of one of their employees and to be able to give money to a very worthy charitable cause. To find out more about Kingdom please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/

Litterers fined £3,367 by Wolverhampton magistrates

clip_image002Thirty nine people who dropped cigarette ends in Wolverhampton are being forced to pay fines of £3,367 by the city’s magistrates.

All thirty nine were supposed to appear before Wolverhampton Magistrates Court, but only three turned up to the hearing. The three all admitted littering.

They had initially been given on-the-spot penalties of £75 each in August and September 2015, but failed to pay it. They have now been ordered to pay fines and costs of between £145 and £367. The thirty six people who did not appear at the hearings were ordered in their absence to pay between £365 and £367, including fines and costs, and given 28 days to pay.

Kingdom started providing environmental protection services in Wolverhampton on behalf of Wolverhampton City Council in August 2015 as part of the council’s new zero tolerance approach to littering and dog fouling in the city. Kingdom receives £45 of each of the fines, with the council retaining £30. The article announcing the service can be seen here.

The court case was reported in the Express and Star on Friday 22nd January 2016 under the headline “£3.3k fines imposed on Wolverhampton’s litter-lout smokers”. The article goes on to say: “The court heard that littering was an ongoing concern in the city and the council spent £2.5 million a year on keeping the streets clean, including around £1m on collecting cigarette ends.

“Wolverhampton council began a crackdown on littering, particularly the dropping of cigarette ends, in July last year. This changed the amount of the issued fines from £70, which would reduce to £50 if paid early, to a flat, fixed £75 fine.

“By mid-August, the amount collect by the council was £30,075 in penalties with 401 fixed penalty notices issued. Forty fines were dished out in the first ten days of the scheme and 3,420 fines have been issued in total so far since the scheme began.”

Commenting on the development, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for City Environment, said: “Dropping litter is a lazy, selfish and anti-social act and Wolverhampton residents have made it abundantly clear that they want us to tackle it. We know from the overwhelmingly positive response on social media to the arrival of our enforcement teams that people support our tough stance on litter.

“People who drop their rubbish on the floor face the very real risk of being caught and fined and if they don’t pay their fine we will take them to court as a last resort. We are working to create a cleaner, greener, better Wolverhampton and litter is not welcome.”

The Express & Star also reported on a court case back in November 2015, in an article entitled “Wolverhampton litter louts told to pay hundreds of pounds by court”, when ten people were summoned to appear at the court after refusing to accept their fines. Five people were then found guilty in their absence and ordered to pay £345. A further 40 cases are due to be heard on 3rd February 2016.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. The specialist teams deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities around the UK. They tackle street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste and waste disposal licence checks, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and posting.

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

Kingdom to provide cleaning services to Devon shopping centre

clip_image002Kingdom is delighted to announce that they have won the contract to provide cleaning services to Green Lanes Shopping Centre in Barnstaple, Devon. The three year contract will start on the 1st April 2016 and will include shopping centre cleaning, car park cleaning and operating the compactor.

Green Lanes Shopping Centre is located right in the heart of Barnstaple and is the social hub of the community. It is easily accessible from the town centre and has 35 stores offering a great selection of fashion, food and fun. Over 100,000 people visit Green Lanes each week to meet friends and family and to eat, drink, work and enjoy leisure time. The shopping centre’s multi-storey car park is signposted on all major routes into town and has over 400 spaces with designated disabled parking. For more information about Green Lanes Shopping Centre, please visit http://greenlanes.co.uk/

Kingdom delivers a supervisor or site-managed commercial cleaning and maintenance service committed to using the best people, technologies and products. They believe that clean premises reflect the qualities of an organised, professional business and aim to show your company values in their very best light.

Kingdom provides cleaning services for commercial, leisure, transport and public circulation, including basic, specialist, deep and reactive cleaning. They also offer waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chewing gum removal. For more information about Kingdom’s cleaning services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom working with new Compliance Partner

clip_image002Kingdom is pleased to introduce Brian Nuttall, who started working with the company in November 2015 as their new Compliance Partner. Brian is providing support to Kingdom in all areas of compliance, with his key focus at the moment being to develop compliance framework software to manage health and safety, quality, environmental and information systems.

Brian has been a private consultant for the past 17 years working in various industries, but predominantly security. His field of expertise is compliance, and he has a strong belief that this can bring opportunities to businesses. He has implemented integrated management systems, assessed and developed customers’ management systems for quality, health and safety and environmental, developed technical manuals and audited and reviewed customers’ processes and procedures.

Brian serves as a member of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) Small Business Network management team. He previously served as an Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) qualified assessor for seven years, conducting over 400 assessments across the UK and Ireland. ACS is the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) Approved Contractor Scheme. The SIA is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry and the Approved Contractor Scheme was established by the SIA to form a set of operational and performance standards for security companies. To be accredited under the scheme, security companies must voluntarily submit themselves for annual inspection by one of five UKAS inspection bodies appointed by the SIA to carry out the task. They are then assessed and given a score. Brian served as one of these Assessors. Kingdom is an SIA Approved Contractor and passed their most recent ACS audit with a record score of 161. The maximum overall score that can be achieved is currently 174, so Kingdom’s score of 161 places them in an elite group of the top 5% of ACS security companies in the United Kingdom.

Brian also currently has a contract with BSI, which is the largest certification body in the world. The business standards company helps organisations all over the work “make excellence a habit ... showing businesses how to improve performance, reduce risk and achieve sustainable growth.” As well as this, Brian is an Associate of the University of Salford where he is currently working on a project named ProtectED helping to develop a code of practice for universities and higher educational establishments for the security and wellbeing of students. This project is backed by a number of bodies, including the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and the British Council.

Brian lives with his partner Vicki in Cheadle Hulme in Cheshire. He has two daughters that he describes as wonderful, Charlotte and Eliza, with Eliza being just 17 months old. He admits that little Eliza takes up most of his time outside of work, so he doesn’t have much time currently for pursuing other interests, but he does enjoy “chilling out” in a caravan in North Wales most weekends when he isn’t working. However, he does still manage to make time for his “beloved” Manchester United, and as he was born in Old Trafford considers them to be his local club. He also enjoys playing cricket and golf when he gets the chance.

Welcome to Kingdom Brian!

Merry Christmas from Kingdom!

In the last couple of weeks we have had two Christmas parties, Christmas jumper day, and Kingdom colleagues the length and breadth of the country have been getting in the festive spirit and helping their clients in the run up to Christmas. Here are a few photos to put you in the Christmas mood. Have a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from all of us at Kingdom! We look forward to working with you in 2016!


Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division goes from strength to strength in 2015

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division has had an extremely successful year which has seen a dramatic increase in the number of local authorities they provide services to, and has concluded with the news that they will start providing services for four new sites over the next two months.

Kingdom’s four newest Environmental Protection clients are London Borough of Hounslow, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Dartford Council ad Woking Borough Council. Kingdom started providing Environmental Protection services in Hounslow on the 14th December, and will start providing services in Doncaster, Dartford and Woking early in the New Year. Kingdom will also be delivering Parking Enforcement Services in Doncaster. All sites will benefit from Kingdom’s embedded administration services and remote back office support depending in their preference.
  
Commenting on Kingdom’s success during 2015, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Divisional Director, Michael Fisher, said:

“As news spreads of our service and capabilities we have been able to win four new contracts and have several more in the pipeline that we hope to confirm early in the New Year.

“This brings 2015 to a successful conclusion, during which we have increased our portfolio by bringing thirteen new Local Authorities on board. This is thanks to an amazing effort by the members of the Environmental Protection teams on the sites supported by a small dedicated management support team and a plethora of Head Office services, ranging from Payroll to Human Resources, ensuring a smooth start to all our new contracts.

“We are looking forward in 2016 to not only adding to our portfolio of clients, but also to a diversification of the services we currently deliver.”


Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities. They issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces therefore successfully reducing anti-social behaviour. To find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom employee praised by major logistics client

Kingdom was delighted to receive the following email recently from Gary Merrell, Regional Security Manager at CEVA Logistics Ltd.

“Just a quick email to confirm that CEVA Sheffield have just had their TAPA ‘A’ Certification revalidated. This is a very important certification as it is a requirement of our client.

“To obtain the certification there is a lot of administrative checks to be made on a daily / weekly / monthly and quarterly basis. A lot of these checks have been carried out by Dave Asquith. He has also maintained the site TAPA folder containing all of the security policies and procedures needed for the certification and the security of the site.

“I cannot over emphasise the importance of Dave’s contribution to the site security and the retention of the certification.

“Would you please officially pass on my thanks to Dave and his team and thank you for your contribution and ongoing management of the CEVA / Kingdom portfolio.”

Kingdom is pleased to provide security services for a number of sites for CEVA Logistics. CEVA is one of the world’s leading non-asset-based supply chain management companies. They design and implement industry-leading solutions in both freight management and contract logistics. They have over 42,000 dedicated employees working in 17 regional clusters around the globe. For more information about CEVA Logistics, please visit http://www.cevalogistics.com/

Kingdom’s transport security services cover warehousing, logistics, aviation and maritime. Their security professionals recognise that transport and cargo is one of the most challenging environments to secure. They also know that the constant movement of transport services requires special support solutions to help customers maintain their schedules and meet passengers’ high expectations.

Kingdom’s dedicated transportation team has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of this fast moving sector and focuses on the criteria that matter most to transportation customers. Whether transporting by road, rail, sea or air, Kingdom’s security solutions provide the support and infrastructure you need to trace, track and trail valuable goods. They put in place personnel and innovation to help you monitor your assets every step of the way.

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

Kingdom welcomes new Dual Service Development and Relationship Manager


Kingdom is pleased to welcome Andy Farley, who joined the company on 1st December as the new Dual Service Development and Relationship Manager. This is a brand new role which will see Andy aim to win, retain and develop dual service contracts across Kingdom’s security and cleaning divisions.

Examples of Andy’s responsibilities include:
  •  supporting the current management of existing dual service security and cleaning contracts
  • working with existing Kingdom customers to introduce new service lines
  • working with customers to understand any need for contract expansion possibilities, such as extending services to additional locations
  • delivering operational service excellence
Andy’s key skills include relationship management, developing and maintaining business relationships, identifying and implementing innovation, controlling quality and standards, strategic account management and communication. Andy has 16 years experience in both the cleaning and security arenas, making him a natural fit for this new role. He has served as National Retail Sector Manager for the Retail Division of Reliance Security Services, UK Guarding Manager for Lodge Service Retail Guarding and Retail Operations Director for VSG.

Immediately prior to joining Kingdom, Andy was Group Operations Director at Westgrove Group for four and a half years. His role predominantly involved managing the delivery of the company’s cleaning and security services across the UK. He was also responsible for delivering customer care innovation, building a network of close partnerships with customers, building and delivering a strategic plan for continuous improvement, and communicating with staff and clients at all levels.

He has also worked in retail, shopping centres and the corporate sector, including spending 11 years with leading high street retailer WHSmith where he was Senior Store Manager of one of the biggest turnover stores in the UK that operated 364 days per year and had over 100 employees.

Andy believes that a business’s people are critical to that business’s success and always treats everyone he comes into contact with at work with respect, courtesy and honesty at all times. He will never pass a colleague on a site without at least saying hello, and he always tries to work with a smile. He also believes that you should always do the right thing, and that you should always do what you say you are going to do.

Outside of work Andy lives in Northamptonshire with his partner Amy and their daughter Ruby. He loves football and is an avid Chelsea fan and has been for over 35 years, supporting the team through both the good times and the bad. Another of his passions is travelling, and he has so far been to 56 different countries (and counting!) Out of the 56, his favourite country has been the USA, with his favourite city being New York, which he has visited five times so far. Andy’s other hobbies include playing golf, tennis, squash, snowboarding and walking, and he also speaks a little Spanish.

His two claims to fame are that he once scored a goal against former Chelsea and England goalkeeper Peter Bonetti in a charity match at Craven Cottage, and that he sang on stage with 80’s soul singer Jaki Graham to her hit song “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” which now makes him cringe!

Welcome to Kingdom Andy!

Kingdom employee collecting for flood victims

clip_image002One of Kingdom’s employees, Amanda Gallop, is collecting donated items for the victims of the flooding in the North West.

Amanda is based at Kingdom’s National Support Centre in Eccleston, St Helens, and will be driving a van up to Carlisle on the evening of Friday 11th December. She is asking colleagues in the area who would like to help to make small donations of any of the items listed below so that they can be given to the people who are currently stranded.

  • Toiletries
  • Clothes (large T-shirts, jeans/pants)
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Cleaning products
  • Bin bags
  • Tinned/packet food

Amanda has links to the area as her children live there, and so knows well what people are going through in Lancaster, Morecambe, Kendal, Carlisle, Cockermouth, Keswick, Appleby and other places in the area that have been affected by the storms and the floods.

Commenting on why she is collecting items, Amanda said: “My own children were lucky enough to escape flooding, however they currently have friends and work colleagues staying with them who are unable to return to their homes for quite some time. What some do not realise is that although the water is now receding, everything in its path will be contaminated, and as such the loss to many will be more than a few couches and carpets. That is why the items mentioned would be most welcomed”.

For anyone who would like to help the individuals and communities in Cumbria that have been affected by the flooding, an appeal has been launched by the Cumbria Community Foundation to raise funds in order to provide financial assistance to help the individuals and families that have been affected. More information about this appeal by can be found by visiting http://www.cumbriafoundation.org/.

If you would like to donate to the Cumbria Flood Appeal 2015 you can do so online by visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/events/stormdesmondfloodappeal or http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/cumbriafoundation/cumbriafloodappeal2015. If you prefer to send a cheque rather than making a donation online, cheques can be made payable to Cumbria Community Foundation and sent to; Cumbria Community Foundation, Dovenby Hall, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN. Alternatively you can donate via text message by sending a text to 70070 with the message FLUD15 followed by a monetary amount, eg. FLUD15 £10.

Kingdom is pleased to support Amanda in her endeavours and 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 stakeholders - from shareholders to customers, employees to business partners, and society as a whole. Corporate responsibility informs everything Kingdom does, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence Kingdom’s approach to work and guides the way they treat their employees, customers and grow their business. To find out more about Kingdom, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/

Kingdom praised for specialist clean

clip_image002[6]Kingdom was delighted to receive the following email recently from the General Manager of The Fishery Inn in Hemel Hempstead following the extraction and roof clean that Kingdom carried out at the waterside pub:

“Please can you pass on my thanks to Rob and his colleague for the excellent service they provided.

Paul and the Kingdom company should be honoured to have these two gents working as part of the team.

By far, these two gents are the most knowledgeable and professional workers that have ever carried out any extraction clean at any of the businesses I have operated.

Rob also advised a detailed report (about required changes) will be submitted today, ensuring a better system for both cleaning and grease displacement for the future. I look forward to seeing this and ensuring these changes are made.

Once again, I would also like to thank you for all your help in regards to resolving this job.

Many thanks and I hope you all have a lovely Christmas!

Kingdom’s Cleaning Division offers waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chewing gum removal. This is in addition to the basic, specialist, deep and reactive cleaning that Kingdom’s Cleaning Division provides to commercial, leisure, transport and public circulation clients.

Kingdom delivers a supervisor or site-managed cleaning and maintenance service committed to using the best people, technologies and products. For more information about Kingdom’s Cleaning Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or call us on 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom shopping centre security team praised

clip_image002Kingdom’s security team at the Harpur Centre in Bedford has been praised for their excellent work at the recent Christmas lights switch on event.

The Director of Operations for Bedford BID (Business Improvement District), Christine Rowe, wrote to the Harpur Centre saying that she considered the Bedford BID pre-Christmas lights switch on events to have been a great success, in part due to the tremendous support and assistance received from a variety of people and sources. She went on to say:

“Specific mentions are necessary for two of your staff – Wendy and Zack. Not only was the stage management a very important element of the proceedings but also the decisiveness, diplomacy and skill that Wendy demonstrated in dealing with both the initial queue to see the Frozen characters, to ensure no one was disappointed when we had to ‘close’ the queue, but her expertise in dealing with the crowds for the reindeer parade ... Wendy’s skill ensured the route was made way for a safe and enjoyable experience by all. Both are a great credit to you and without doubt added to the success of this highly important event.”

clip_image004This email was forwarded to Kingdom by Centre Manager Samantha Laycock, who said:

“Pleased to pass on that Wendy Webster and Zakir Khaliq were complimented for their hard work on our light switch on night by the Director of Operations at the BID, Christina Rowe.

“The whole team worked well that evening (our first late night) and credit goes to all as the others completed normal duties which free the two aforementioned guards to assist with the event.”

Congratulations to Wendy and Zakir and to all members of the Kingdom team at the Harpur Centre for this well deserved praise.

Kingdom started providing security services to The Harpur Centre earlier this year. This includes providing a permanent manned security presence in the shopping mall, security services for the car park and CCTV coverage throughout the centre site. Kingdom’s Cleaning Division has also been providing cleaning services to the shopping centre for over three years now, which includes keeping the car park, service corridors and shopping mall clean. Kingdom also provides periodic cleaning services to the centre.

The Harpur Centre is Bedford’s premier shopping centre and is housed within a Grade 2 listed building that was built in the heart of Bedford in 1831. The shopping centre was opened in 1976. It is open seven days a week and is home to 36 stores which trade over two levels. The centre prides itself on being part of the local community, and works in partnership with local charities, hosting promotional events throughout the year, and ensures visitors benefit from the best one-stop shopping experience possible. For more information about The Harpur Centre, please visit http://www.harpurcentre.co.uk/

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, Kingdom is one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. 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. They specialise in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. To find out more about Kingdom’s retail division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/retail-security/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom reaches 3,000 likes on Facebook

Kingdom’s following on social media continues to grow, and reached another milestone today when they hit 3,000 likes on Facebook.

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Many thanks to all of our Facebook followers – it is great to hit that key number! We hope that you enjoy the posts that we put on our Facebook page.

Facebook is just one of the social media sites Kingdom uses to regularly inform, entertain, engage and interact with clients and potential clients.

Kingdom also has a presence on Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn, and recently reached 2,000 followers on LinkedIn.

You can follow Kingdom on social media by clicking the following links:

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within our areas of service expertise. Kingdom has all the power of a national organisation you would expect, but they support their service provision from their network of regional support offices. For more information about Kingdom, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom in list of fastest growing UK companies once again

clip_image002Kingdom is delighted to have been named as one of the 100 fastest-growing private companies in the UK for the third time in a row.

Kingdom was included in the inaugural Investec Mid-Market 100 list of fastest growing UK companies in November 2014, and also in the spring update to the list in May 2015. This is therefore the third time that Kingdom has been included in this prestigious list.

The Mid-Market 100 provides a ranking of the fastest-growing mid-market private companies in the UK and Northern Ireland by turnover growth. Companies are ranked on their four-year average percentage turnover growth rate (CAGR). You can find out more about the Mid-Market 100 by visiting https://www.investec.co.uk/mid-market/mid-market-100.html

The latest list was announced at Investec Mid-Market Summit at The Corinthia Hotel in London on the 20th November and also published in The Times. This exclusive event brought together and celebrated the achievements of the UK Mid-Market through a combination of keynote speakers, panel debates and networking. The event included Sir Mick Davis in conversation with Richard Fletcher. Richard Fletcher is the Business Editor of The Times, and Sir Mick Davis has recently stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer of Xstrata plc, one of the world’s largest global diversified mining and metals companies, which he grew from a $500million company to a $60billion company in just ten years. Other speakers at the event included the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Greg Hands, the CEO of the Royal Opera House, Alex Beard, the Chief Economist at Investec, Philip Shaw, the Business Editor of The Times, Richard Fletcher, the Founder & CEO of Anthemis Group, Nadeem Shaikh, and the Founder of Bremont Watch Company, Giles English.

Kingdom was established in 1993 and operates nationally. Commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. They have a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers. They have all the power of a national organisation you would expect, but support their service provision from their network of regional support offices. Kingdom’s services include security personnel, reception and concierge, commercial cleaning, mobile patrol, key holding & response, environmental protection and intelligence & cyber. To find out more about Kingdom, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom Manager helping to plan major fundraising challenge

clip_image002Kingdom’s Midlands Operations Manager Chris Burman-Day (photographed right) has recently joined the management team of The 100 Peaks Challenge, which is aiming to raise money for forces charities in remembrance of his former SAS colleague Lloyd Newell who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011.

This is a voluntary role which will see Chris become Risk Manager and will make use of his considerable security and risk expertise along with his experience of mountaineering and endurance racing. He will help to plan this monumental challenge, which will involve challenge members, support crew and vehicles, team medics and a support boat!

The 100 Peaks Challenge will see a team of fundraisers, lead by Lloyd's brother, aim to climb 100 peaks in England, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland, all above 2000 ft, back to back, travelling between each by TAB (marching carrying a pack), bicycle and kayaking across the Irish Sea. The challenge is planned for spring 2017 and the team will aim to complete it within 25 days, from the 23rd May to the 16th June. The challenge will culminate at the summit of Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, infamous for its place in the testing and training of UK Special Forces soldiers.

The challenge has a fundraising goal of £100,000, and recently the gained the support of "the world's greatest living explorer" Sir Ranulph Fiennes, a ringing endorsement for such a physically and mentally demanding feat of endurance. Further details can be found online at www.100peaks.co.uk, on Facebook at The 100 Peaks Challenge and Twitter @The100Peaks.

clip_image004The challenge will raise vital funds for two forces charities - Support Our Paras and ABF The Soldiers' Charity. Support Our Paras is a charity which supports The Parachute Regiment through the welfare of serving soldiers and families and those affected by recent operations, and through the maintenance of its regimental efficiency, ethos, spirit and heritage. They provide welfare assistance to serving soldiers and families to complement or fill the gaps in State provision, as well as supporting vital aspects of the Regiments daily life and history. The Soldiers’ Charity gives lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their family, providing financial assistance to all soldiers and their families when in need. Half of their money is given direct to individuals to help in areas such as debt relief, mobility assistance, education bursaries, care home fees and respite breaks. The other half is given as grants to other charities.

No stranger to endurance events, Chris was a member of the 2005 Polar Challenge team and regularly competes in ultra distance and mountain running events. Having completed the arduous Gower 50 Ultra last month he is currently training for the Race to the Castle 46 mile ultra in December, which he will run twice, back to back (while the rest of the regional team enjoy their Christmas party)!! Chris joined Kingdom earlier this year and has nearly 20 years’ experience of security and risk related disciplines, with experience in the military as well as public and private sector work. To find out more about Chris, please click here.

Kingdom looks forward to supporting Chris in this challenge, and 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 stakeholders - from shareholders to customers, employees to business partners, and society as a whole. Corporate responsibility informs everything Kingdom does, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence Kingdom’s approach to work and guides the way they treat their employees, customers and grow their business. To find out more about Kingdom, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/

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Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services highlighted in The Guardian

imageA very good article in The Guardian’s Public Leaders Network today by Jessica Labhart explains the problems that are currently being faced by Britain’s local authorities when it comes to littering, fly tipping and keeping our streets and public places clean.

The article is entitled “five weird and wacky ways councils are cracking down on litter” (although some of the methods it lists are more weird and wacky than others!), and has the subtitle “from animated games to publicly identifying offenders, local authorities are getting creative in the fight to get rid of rubbish”.

The article explains the problem currently being faced by councils extremely well in its first paragraph:

“Keeping streets clean matters. According to the Local Government Association, councils spend almost £1 bn a year on tackling litter and fly-tipping, at a time when they face difficult choices due to budget cuts. Incidents of fly-tipping have increased by 20% in 2014 – last year there were 852,000 cases – while funding for street cleaning has fallen for the past four years. According to Clean Up Britain, 48% of people still admit to dropping rubbish on the streets (pdf), with chewing gum and cigarette stubs the main offenders.”

The article then goes on to explain five ways that councils are tackling litter, saying:

“Councils are fighting back. From whodunnit campaigns, and CCTV monitoring, to litter raffles and animated games, councils across the UK are using unorthodox methods to make people think differently about the state of our streets and what can be done to keep them clean.”

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection division is listed as one of the five ways that councils are tackling litter. Under the heading “fast fines” the article says:

“Several councils are linking up with private security companies. Ealing recently began working with Kingdom Security as part of the council’s environmental enforcement scheme, which trawls the streets to deliver on-the-spot fines of between £80 and £100. Kingdom takes an undisclosed share of every fine it issues, so while the scheme costs the council nothing, it costs the litter droppers dearly.

“Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, told the Ealing Times that the council spends £4.5m every year cleaning up after people who litter the streets with rubbish, chewing gum, spitting or dog mess. He said residents were “sick” of paying to clean up the litter through their taxes.

“Last year, Wolverhampton City council and Kingdom Security issued more than £25,000 worth of fines . For each fine issued, the council received £30, and the rest went directly to the security firm.”

To read the full article, please visit http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2015/nov/20/councils-litter-local-authorities-rubbish

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities across the UK. They issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces therefore successful reducing anti-social behaviour. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.