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Kingdom supports long term supplier

imageKingdom was very pleased to sponsor the fundraising efforts of a long term supplier recently.

David Clarke, Director of DBS Internet Marketing, was raising money for Cancer Research UK by trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Lincolnshire based DBS has provided web, social media and online marketing services to Kingdom since 2002.

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 was delighted to support David, who has been a partner to Kingdom for over 14 years.

clip_image002David flew to Kathmandu on the 22nd April and then on to Lukla on a light aircraft where he began his ascent to Everest Base Camp. Lukla sits at 2,840 metres or 9,317 feet. His trek finished at 5,545 metres or 18,188 feet when he reached Everest Base Camp on Monday 2nd May.

David really had to be disciplined and dedicated to prepare for the endeavour. He started cycling daily last September, and then every other day since November has spent 60 minutes on a treadmill at a 12 degree incline wearing his boots and a pack weighing 25lb or 11.5 kilos. Every weekend he took to the hills for long hikes of up to 15 miles with a 25lb pack.

For the last 30 days before his journey he used a hypoxic training machine. Every day for one hour he had to breathe through a mask and dial down the amount of oxygen available to him to recreate high altitude. This gave his body the chance to create more red blood cells, helping him to cope with high altitude and giving him a fighting chance of avoiding altitude sickness.

David’s undertook this huge challenge in order to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. This is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. They are fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. They are entirely funded by the public. With your help, they can ensure more people beat cancer.

David’s target was to raise £3,000 for this incredible charity and he was delighted to smash that target, with Kingdom’s help, having raised £3,386 at the time of writing. Donations are still coming in, and if you would like to donate you can do so via David’s Just Giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/David-Clarke-Everest-Base-Camp.

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 cracking down on dog fouling in Wirral

imageKingdom started tackling dog fouling in Wirral on 9th May as part of a council crack down in the borough. They are now issuing immediate fixed penalty notices to anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog.

£50 fines are being given to what Wirral Borough Council calls the “irresponsible minority” of dog owners who fail to pick of their dog’s mess as part of a new “zero tolerance” approach to dog fouling. Ten fines were issued in the first two weeks, and if offenders refuse to pay the fine they will be taken to court. The enforcement is intelligence led, with officers spending most of their time in areas where there are particular dog fouling problems reported. People can let the council know about dog fouling problems by reporting them online.

As part of the initiative there will also be an awareness-raising campaign focusing on the groups of people most affected by dog mess, such as wheelchair users, parents with prams and buggies and children playing in parks and open spaces. Dog owners will be reminded that bagged dog mess can be put in any of the 4,000 public litter bins in the borough, or can be taken home and put in their waste bin. People caught disposing of dog mess inappropriately will be fined under litter legislation with a fixed penalty of £80.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division started tackling litter on behalf of Wirral Council in July 2015 and issued more than 1,100 litter fines in their first month patrolling. This was 10 times the number that had been issued in the previous five years combined, as only 90 fines were handed out by the council between 2010 and 2015. Kingdom’s specialist teams aim to make our environment cleaner, safer and greener. They are led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities across the UK, issuing 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.

Commenting on the development, Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “Environmental issues such as dog fouling remain the number one priority that residents want us to tackle. Our approach to littering has proved extremely successful as a deterrent and many streets in our busiest areas are noticeably cleaner as a result. Many people have urged us to adopt the same policy towards tacking dog fouling and we are delighted that we now have the framework in place with Kingdom which allows its enforcement officers to do just that on our behalf.”

Cllr Mooney added: “There is no excuse. We know the vast majority of dog owners do the right thing when they are out for a walk - they take bags, they clean up and they put the bagged mess in the nearest bin. We’re talking about an irresponsible minority and it is only right that we use the full weight of the powers we have as a local authority to try to change their behaviour and make our public spaces cleaner and more attractive.

“It is a simple message and one which every dog owner really should be aware of by now – bag it and bin it. It might not be the most pleasant thing to have to do, but it’s the right and responsible thing to do.”

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 launches “Bin it to Win it” campaign in Wrexham

clip_image002Kingdom is very pleased to be introducing the “Bin it to Win it” initiative in Wrexham. This means that both residents and visitors to Wrexham could soon be in line for a £50 reward for disposing of their litter responsibly.

The way the scheme works is that members of the public who are spotted by one of the regular Kingdom Environmental Protection officers putting their litter in a bin will be given an entry form in order to be entered into a monthly prize draw. This will give them the chance to win £50 in local shopping vouchers.

The scheme is effectively a “carrot” to encourage people to dispose of their litter responsibly by rewarding them, alongside the “stick” of issuing £75 fines to dog owners who refuse to cleaner after their dogs and those who refuse to use a bin for their litter.

Kingdom provides Environmental Protection Services in Wrexham on behalf of Wrexham Council. They have been tackling litter and dog fouling in on the streets and in the parks of the County Borough of Wrexham since 1st April this year as part of the council’s zero tolerance approach to litter and dog fouling, and in their first month alone they issued 630 tickets for littering or dog fouling.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division aims to make our environment cleaner, safer and greener. The specialist teams are led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum 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 successfully reducing anti-social behaviour. Kingdom’s Environmental Protection team 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.

Commenting on the new initiative, Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for the Environment and Transport, said: "The Bin it to Win it initiative has been very successful in other areas and we have agreed to try it in Wrexham.  Kingdom officers are regularly seeing visitors and residents using bins and it is only right that such instances are rewarded."

Cllr Bithell added: "We will continue to have a zero tolerance approach to littering, ignoring dog control order zones or to not picking up after your dog has fouled.  Our message has been clear from the start if you dispose of litter, observe dog control area signs and pick up after your dog has fouled you have nothing to fear."

Ashley Houston, Team Leader for Kingdom, said: Kingdom have welcomed the opportunity to start the “Bin it to Win it” scheme in an attempt to not only reward responsible members of the public but to win support and give the community something back.  Whilst patrolling the area our officers have witnessed a high number of responsible dog walkers picking up after their dogs and people going out their way to use a bin. We believe the “Bin it to Win it” scheme will be powerful way to reward the public and also to educate, raise awareness of our patrols and pass the word around the community.”

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 renews security contract with Drax

clip_image002Kingdom is delighted to announce that they have won a new five year contract (with an option for an extra two years) to continue providing security services to Drax Power Station in Selby, North Yorkshire - the largest power station in the UK.

Kingdom has been providing a comprehensive high risk security service to Drax Power Station since February 2011. Their security package includes guarding service, CCTV suite and operators, and mobile team.

Commenting on the announcement, Martin Sloan, Group Head of Security at Drax Power Limited, said: Over the term of the previous contract, the levels of service provided by Kingdom Security had been nothing short of exceptional, so it was of little surprise to see them come out as clear winners through the challenging tender process. Building on an already strong relationship, the renewal of the contract has delivered additional stability and helped to reinvigorate the entire team and prepare them for the fresh challenges that lie ahead. Now it’s about the next 5 years and taking a fresh approach, and putting into place lessons learnt whilst continuing on the journey together.”

Kingdom’s dedicated energy and utilities team protects critical national assets. They have extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the energy and utilities sector. They recognise that running energy and utilities efficiently and without interruption is critical to the world’s economy. They know that high quality support services have to be delivered in challenging locations, with strict compliance requirements, where safety and security go hand in hand, and where the risks, as well as the stakes, run high. They undertake a full range of security and associated services, including protester management and business continuity planning, and are able to respond effectively to the needs of their customers, often at short notice and operating to full customer confidentiality.

Drax Power Station is owned and operated by Drax Power Limited, which is an operating subsidiary of the innovative energy company Drax Group plc. The group has three principal activities – electricity production, electricity sales to business customers, and processing biomass for use in electricity production. They sell their power through the wholesale market and through their supply company, Haven Power. They typically provide some 7-8% of the UK’s electricity. As well as being an important strategic asset nationally, Drax Power Station is also vital to the local economy, with some 830 people working at the power station.

Drax Power Station was originally built in two stages. Stage one was completed in 1974 and stage two in 1986. It was the last coal-fired power station to be built in the UK. Each of its six generating units has a capacity of 660MW when burning coal, giving a total capacity of just under 4,000MW. In 1988 Drax became the first power station to invest in the retrofit of flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) equipment, making Drax the cleanest coal-fired power station in the UK.

However, Drax is committed to reducing its emissions of carbon dioxide even further. Because of this, the largest decarbonisation project in Europe is underway at Drax to provide the UK with cost effective, low carbon, and reliable renewable power. Since 2012, Drax has transformed itself into a predominantly biomass-fuelled electricity generator through its use of innovative technology and sustainably sourced wood pellets. The power station has converted three of its six generating units to burn sustainable biomass in place of coal, thus halving their carbon footprint in five years. By doing this, they aim to provide low carbon, low cost and reliable renewable power well into the future. In 2012 they completed another five year project – the largest steam turbine modernisation programme in UK history – upgrading their high pressure and low pressure turbines to save an additional one million tonnes of CO2 a year. For more information about Drax, please visit http://www.drax.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.

Kingdom launches campaign to tackle dog fouling in Denbighshire

clip_image002Kingdom has launched a new campaign to tackle dog fouling in Denbighshire and will be solely responsible for enforcing it.

Kingdom has been providing environmental protection services in the Welsh county since November 2012 on behalf of Denbighshire County Council.

Kingdom’s specialist teams aim to make our environment cleaner, safer and greener. They are led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities across the UK, issuing 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.

The new campaign will see mini-CCTV cameras being used to film at dog fouling spots as part of a new effort to stop irresponsible pet owners who don’t clean up after their dogs. The cameras are not covert, and can be set up and moved to another location quickly and easily.

Another element of the campaign will involve signs being placed on lampposts across Denbighshire warning members of the public that the area is being monitored. The signs have images of ‘reflective eyes’ (above) which reflect light during hours of darkness.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers will be focusing their efforts on patrols specifically to identify offenders over the next two weeks. Free bags will also be provided to dog owners, dog mess found on pavements will be painted using chalk to highlight the problem, and Kingdom’s officers will be gathering intelligence to enable further enforcement. Meanwhile dog owners that are found cleaning up their dog’s mess will be offered the chance to enter into a prize draw as part of the Bin it to Win it scheme.

Commenting on the new campaign, Cllr David Smith, the Cabinet Lead Member for Public Realm, said: “This is the latest in a range of initiatives undertaken by the council to tackle dog fouling in the county. Residents tell us that it is one of the biggest issues of concern to them. The majority of individuals want to live in, work in and visit an area that is free of dog mess. It is a blight on the landscape and can be detrimental to people’s health and well-being.

“This campaign is about educating people to be considerate and not allow their dogs to foul in public. The majority of people do act responsibly and we thank them for that. It’s the small group of individuals that we are trying to reach with our message. Dog fouling will simply not be tolerated in our county and we hope that our high profile and visible approach will make a real difference.”

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 now providing security services in India

clip_image002Kingdom is delighted to announce that they now have a presence in India.

Kingdom have taken over the Indian security company Capital Guarding Services and so are now able to support their UK customers that also need security services on the Indian sub continent.

This new initiative will act as a launch pad for pan India and Middle East operations in the future.

Capital Guarding Services has more than 500 personnel working across the southern Indian state of Kerala (known there as “God’s own country”). The company is based in Kochi (also known as Cochin and often referred to as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”), a major port city on the south-west coast of India. It is part of the district of Ernakulam.

The company was founded in 2014 with the aim of securing the lifestyle of Kochi city. Their focus has not only been to provide a guarding service and specialised and customised security solutions, but also to help the uneducated sector to develop their hidden skills and secure their lives by providing job opportunities across Kerala. They are planning to utilise the Kerala government’s skill development programme in the security sector.

In Kerala, their strength lies in their well-organised and extensive network of security Officers. This enables them to provide professional tailor made security services to meet the specific needs of customers in any part of Kerala. Kochi is the second largest IT hub in South India, and Kerala is famous for its hospitality sector and for health tourism, and so they are looking forward to playing a key role in both of these sectors.

Commenting on the development, Kingdom’s CEO Terry Barton BA Hons said: “For a few years now we have looked at the Indian market and spent some time there to fully understand the marketplace and what would be required for Kingdom to be successful. A number of our UK customers are already operating successfully in India and we would like to support them oversees. With our new office move and some great new business wins it continue the phenomenal momentum in Kingdom and more exciting times ahead”.

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

Kingdom moving to new National Support Centre

clip_image002Kingdom is delighted to announce that they will be moving to a new National Support Centre within the coming months (expected June 16).

Kingdom’s new National Support Centre will be at Willow House, Woodlands Business Park, 1 Ashton Road, Newton Le Willows, WA12 0HF.

Willow House is a detached modern office building of steel frame and brick clad construction with a pitched tiled roof. It includes approximately 63 ground level car parking spaces around the building. The offices will be arranged over three floors and cover approximately 12,750 sq ft. It is situated at the entrance to Woodlands Park, a mature, well located 4.59 acre business park in an attractive, landscaped setting.

The new National Support Centre will therefore both accommodate Kingdom’s current ongoing growth and allow for further growth in the future.

Commenting on the move, Terry Barton BA Hons, Kingdom’s CEO, said: “We have had a great home for over 20 years but through ongoing growth we have maximised capacity so started looking for new premises a few years ago. The new office will allow us to create a fantastic new home for Kingdom and will allow us to take the business to the next level as well as providing a fantastic place for our colleagues to work and our customers and future customers to visit and meet the fantastic team we have built. The new building will provide us with security and sustainability, and is giving us the opportunity to refresh and install state of the art software.”

The new building has a Grade A energy efficiency rating and will include: - meeting rooms, training room, board room and a touch screen presentation room. There will be 2,376 socket points, 100 megabyte fibre broadband, air conditioning, passenger lifts and energy efficient water fountains. 0.8 miles of category 6 data cable has been installed to ensure that Kingdom has state of the art data movements throughout the building. There will be Skype throughout, and there will be three 40” TV screens in the business suite, four 30” TV screens, two 50” TV screens on the first floor, and a 42” Plasma screen in the executive suite. Kingdom colleagues will be able to benefit from on site showers, hot water dispensers, an American style fridge and a picnic area. The kitchen infrastructure has been made from recyclable and renewable materials.

We will release further updates as we get nearer to the moving date.

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

Kingdom praised by college for security risk review

Warwickshire College GroupAlan Smith, an associate partner of Kingdom, has been praised by Warwickshire College Group for the way he quoted for and then carried out a security risk review of five of their colleges recently on behalf of Kingdom.

Helen Kinghorn, the Group Vice Principal, and Gary Stanton, the Estates Operations Manager at Warwickshire College Group, wrote to Kingdom saying:

“Warwickshire College Group has a continual proactive approach, as part of its self-improvement plan, regarding the ongoing security environment throughout its entire estate. As part of this process, five colleges were selected to have a security risk review conducted on them, with Kingdom Security Ltd requested to provide a quotation for the review project.

“As a result of the enquiry, Alan Smith, a security risk specialist who is an associate partner of Kingdom, contacted Warwickshire College Group and a meeting was arranged to discuss the project. Alan insisted he was not willing to provide a costing over the telephone until he fully understood all the requirements involved for each college. At the first meeting, the scope of works was deliberated and a raft of practical, valuable information was exchanged with it being obvious that Alan had many years of industry experience from which the colleges could benefit. It was agreed at the meeting’s conclusion, that Alan would supply a quotation and, if successful, a second meeting would follow to discuss the project plan.

“Kingdom Security’s quotation was successful, and a second appointment was arranged with Alan to meet with Helen and Gary. A project plan was formulated, giving five specific dates for the surveys to be carried out. During the survey process, Alan met with the student body representatives, along with management staff at each college. He also had two additional meetings, the first being with the senior leadership team to outline preliminary findings of the first three colleges surveyed and a second meeting with the Security steering committee providing a debrief of the overall situation.

“Alan has a wealth of knowledge, and this clearly shows in the way in which he performs due diligence and communicates with people. His methodical report writing, which was forensically detailed for each college, clarified for us those areas that required immediate vital attention, and those elements that could be reviewed over time to provide us with relieved cost savings. Alan also proved meticulous in keeping to the agreed time scales for the project work to be conducted. On completion of the review, Alan delivered a final presentation going through fully each of the report’s contents in detail so we had an opportunity for further questions or clarification.

“As a result of the work carried out by Alan, and what we appreciated most, was his ability to focus our attention on all aspects of the self-improvement plan for each of the estates. We cannot recommend him highly enough; he provided an excellent service within the specified time, within the agreed financial arrangements and delivered meticulous risk reviews.”

Kingdom’s dedicated education team has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding to meet the special needs of the education sector and focuses on the criteria that matters most to their education customers. Safeguarding people, facilities and reputations, their security teams provide a safe place to learn and teach. They assist educational establishments to strike the balance between an educational building that is welcoming yet secure.

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

Kingdom to take on litter louts in Brent

clip_image002Kingdom is to start providing Environmental Protection Services in Brent in north west London from Monday 13th June after a proposal for uniformed patrol officers to issue £80 on-the-spot fines for waste offences was approved by Brent Council.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division aims to make our environment cleaner, safer and greener. Their environmental protection officers deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per year on behalf of Local Authorities across the UK. They will run a 12 month pilot scheme where dedicated patrol officers will be deployed to hot spot areas with the intention of issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone caught in the act of committing a waste offence, including littering a dog fouling.

A statement from Brent Council said: “The scheme will complement our existing Waste Enforcement Team who identify and investigate littering and illegally dumped rubbish offences and prosecute offenders. We will be working closely with Veolia, our waste and recycling contractor, to identify specific areas for enforcement activity.”

Commenting on the new scheme, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Eleanor Southwood, said:

“Residents have told us they want a better deterrent and want to see stronger action taken against those who commit waste offences and blight our neighbourhoods and this pilot is intended to do exactly that.

“It is clear that the vast majority of us in Brent love where we live and we want to see everyone take great care and responsibility in properly disposing of waste.

“The minority of those in Brent who don’t love where they live and insist on littering will discover that as well as a social and environmental consequence for their actions, there will also be a financial one for them too.”

The move has also been supported by Keep Wembley Tidy, a resident association in Wembley Central and Alperton that was established in May 2015. They proactively help to keep their streets clean and green by organising monthly community clean-ups, putting leaflets through their neighbours’ doors to educate them on how to recycle and dispose of their waste correctly, giving talks in schools and nominating ‘Road Champions’ to clear rubbish from their streets on a daily basis.

Sonia Shah, a key member of the association, said: “I believe offenders will keep doing what they do until they’re hit where it hurts. By having patrol officers visible on our streets, it’s my opinion that they’ll finally grasp that their behaviour will not be tolerated.
“It’ll also give residents who dispose of their rubbish appropriately newfound hope in the improvement of the area. We at Keep Wembley Tidy encourage any action taken by the council to eliminate this issue which affects us on a daily basis.”

Kingdom’s Relationship Director, Michael Fisher, said: “Kingdom has over seven years’ experience in developing intelligence led patrols to crack down on litter offenders and we look forward to applying this knowledge to make Brent’s streets and public places cleaner and greener.

“Our experience shows that a visible presence on the streets and enforcement action amongst litter offenders is a strong deterrent that can significantly reduce the amount of street waste.”

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

Kingdom appoints KeyFleet as new fleet management provider

keyfleet-011Kingdom is delighted to announce that they have appointed Lancashire based fleet and risk management specialist KeyFleet as their new fleet management provider. The contract is the result of over 12 months of discussions.

KeyFleet have been appointed to manage various aspects of Kingdom’s 150+ car and commercial vehicle fleet including fleet compliance, maintenance, telematics, vehicle supply, rental and driver support through its Ribchester based fleet team as part of KeyFleet’s ‘Manager’ service.

Commenting on the appointment, Kingdom’s Rob Barton said: “We were keen to find a fleet partner that offered a proactive solution that wasn’t necessarily delivered by a call centre.

“KeyFleet’s proposition means that we have the back-up of the central support team but our account is managed by a dedicated field based fleet manager rather than a sales person or representative.

“Our business, which turns over £90m+, is growing exponentially and we need a sound fleet framework, with strong support, to manage existing vehicle and drivers and amalgamate new smaller fleets added through acquisition.”

Sam Greenwood, Fleet Manager for KeyFleet, said: “Kingdom want to enjoy a risk averse and cost reduced fleet without the admin burden associated with running 150+ vehicles and through our Manager service we are able to meet that requirement initially and ongoing with a 1-2-1 personal service underpinned by an experienced fleet manager.”

Kingdom’s package also includes the use of technology to capture data and manage key tasks with a program of implementation currently underway for a telematics roll out and regular vehicle check submission via KeyFleets mobile app.

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

Kingdom renews Federation of Window Cleaners membership

Kingdom-Federation-of-Window-Cleaners-Association-Certificate-2016-2017Kingdom has renewed its membership of the FWC – the Federation of Window Cleaners, which it first joined in 2015. Their registration number is 11755.

The Federation of Window Cleaners was established in 1947 as an independent, non-profit making organisation to support the needs of window cleaners in the UK. Their purpose is to maintain and improve the window cleaning industry and to represent their membership. Federation membership offers window cleaning companies numerous benefits, including free advice, and they are renowned for the calibre of their training courses.

Window cleaning is just one of the services offered by Kingdom’s site-managed cleaning and maintenance service. They also offer waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chewing gum removal. Kingdom offers basic, specialist, deep and reactive cleaning to businesses, the leisure industry, transport and public areas. They are committed to using the best people, technologies and products and remain steadfast in their “commitment to quality” (C2Q) by embracing five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes.

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

Kingdom renews membership of leading cleaning group

Kingdom-BICSc-Certificate-2016-2017Kingdom has renewed its membership of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) for another year. Being a Corporate Member demonstrates active and material support of the Institute in its aims to raise environmental standards through training and education.

The BICSc is the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry, with over 10,000 individual and corporate members in the UK and internationally. Their mission is to “raise the status and standards of the cleaning industry, through education and accredited training.”

Kingdom’s site-managed commercial cleaning and maintenance service is committed to using the best people who are trained not just in cleaning techniques and technology, but also in Health and Safety, and the importance of environmental issues. They remain steadfast in their “commitment to quality” (C2Q) by embracing five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes.

As a member of the British Institute of Cleaning Science, Kingdom undertakes to abide by the principles of the code of practice of the Institute. Members and Corporate Members must agree to:

1. Maintain a high standard of integrity in all his or her working relationships whether inside or outside the organisation in which he or she is employed.

2. Foster the highest possible competence and expertise among those for whom he or she may be responsible.

3. A member should seek to take a positive role in Institute regional and national affairs, by attending meetings and assisting in appropriate ways at regional and national events. A Corporate member should also support such events and encourage employees to participate in them.

4. Comply with both the letter and spirit of the appropriate legislation of the country in which he or she works.

5. Discharge any obligations into which he or she may have entered in the course of their employment or matters of business.

6. Reject working practices, which might reasonably be deemed improper and/or dangerous.

7. Ensure the availability of appropriate training for any staff under his or her control and encourage staff to take part in such training.

8. Raise his or her standards of professional competence by taking advantage of any training that may be made available.

Formed in 1961 by a group of like-minded individuals seeking to give the cleaning industry recognition, the BICSc originally aimed to raise the profile of the cleaning industry as a profession. It then went on to establish educational standards, and over the years the services and training provided by the Institute have evolved to reflect changes within the industry. BICSc have maintained an active role in setting standards and procedures for cleaning, training and education and is the leading provider in educational accredited standards and qualifications within the cleaning industry.

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

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams attend training

imageKingdom’s Environmental Protection Division held their 2016 Annual Team Leader Seminar at the Holiday Inn Birmingham on the 19th and 20th April 2016.

The course was attended by representatives from every one of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division sites in the country and was aimed at benchmarking performance and service across Kingdom’s 30 current local authority clients.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. Their specialist teams deliver over 270,000 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. They tackle street litter, dog fouling, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division has doubled the number of local authorities that it provides services to in the last 12 months through pure organic growth and with that growth its procedures and practises needed to be standardised more than ever, with improvements implemented to both patrol skills and back office support. Some great ideas and working practises were shared between the delegates, which will assist them on their return to sites.

The course included:

  • Incident reporting
  • New starters (induction and training)
  • Assignment instructions
  • Mentorship programme
  • Weekly and monthly procedures
  • Blue Ribbon Team Leader Training
  • Sales leads
  • EPD news stories
  • Recruitment and retention of staff
  • Development opportunities
  • Voluntary litter picking
  • Added value for clients
  • The EPD journey and forecasts for 2016/17
  • IT support
  • Back office support
  • Policy documents, body worn cameras and data
  • Training manual
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Administration training manual

The conference was extremely well received, with many new friendships brokered which extends this part of the Kingdom family by creating a ‘peer to peer’ group in terms of exchanging knowledge and skills. Desktop exercises were carried out and there was full audience participation for every module covered. The course also served to reassure staff nationally of their importance to the company and their place within it.

Commenting on the course, Kingdom’s Relationship Director, Michael Fisher, said:

“I would like to express my thanks to Kingdom’s Regional Manager John Dunne and to our dedicated management team for their hard work above and beyond the call of duty in putting this course together. I am absolutely certain the attendees and the organisation, together with our clients, will reap the benefits of this conference. We have of course made all of our clients aware of the course and of its aims and objectives. All are incredibly supportive and have welcomed Kingdom’s efforts to continually improve performance.”

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

Kingdom tackling litter and dog fouling in Wrexham

clip_image002Kingdom has started a new contract tackling litter and dog fouling in the County Borough of Wrexham on behalf of Wrexham Council.

Announcing the new initiative, a press release from Wrexham Council entitled “Council to Introduce ‘Zero Tolerance Approach’ to Litter & Dog Fouling said:

“Dog owners who refuse to clean up after their dogs foul and those who refuse to use a bin for their litter will be handed a £75 fine from April if they are caught. The issue of dog fouling is one that has been raised several times over the past few months – with a number of focussed patrols enforced in some areas following a series of complaints back in January 2015.

“However Wrexham Council has awarded a contract to Kingdom for a 12 month trail to an environment protection company, to dish out fines to offenders. From April 1st they will be on the streets and in the parks of the county borough as the council launches its zero tolerance towards the offenders.”

Commenting on the move, Councillor David A Bithell, the lead member for Environment and Transport said: “Litter and dog fouling are two issues that are of concern to Wrexham residents particularly those who do use litter bins and pick up after their dogs. For many years now we have warned offenders that they face a fine but some still persist.

“We will now have a zero tolerance approach to the matter and Kingdom enforcement officers will be on our streets to issue fines to offenders. There will be no warnings issued as we believe the time has now come to clamp down hard in order to secure a cleaner, safer and greener Wrexham for everyone to enjoy. People who pick up after their dogs or don’t drop litter will have nothing to fear from these new arrangements”.

The plans were approved by Wrexham Council’s Executive Board in December last year after it was noted that demands of the public, councillors and community councillors were not being met by the existing enforcement methods and that improvements were necessary.

Commenting on the new campaign, Michael Fisher, Kingdom’s Relationship Director, said: “On behalf of Kingdom I would like to say how delighted we are to be working on behalf of Wrexham County Borough Council. It is our intention to work specifically in an intelligence led manner focussing our patrols on litter and dog foul hotspots provided to us by members of the community and of course our colleagues from Wrexham CBC.

“Kingdom staff have been providing and indeed developing this service for over seven years and we look to utilise the skills and experience we have gained, together with lessons learned to ensure we contribute in a positive manner to the overall objective of having cleaner streets and public places within the Borough. We are extremely grateful to WCBC for allowing us this opportunity to work alongside them on this project.”

Kingdom's specialist enforcement teams aim to reduce anti–social behaviour and make the UK’s streets and public areas cleaner, safer and greener. Led by experts with an ex-police and military background, Kingdom’s specialist teams deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities across the UK. They tackle street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste and waste disposal checks, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly tipping and posting.

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

Kingdom wins contract with Cheltenham Shopping Centre

imageKingdom was delighted to start providing security and cleaning services to Regent Arcade Shopping Centre in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on 1st April 2016.

The Regent Arcade is located centrally in Cheltenham on the High Street, with over 60 stores located across two floors. It also includes seven restaurants and a multi-storey car park (managed by Cheltenham Borough Council) with over 500 car parking spaces.

It has been in the heart of Cheltenham for over 30 years, with a wide choice of big name retailers as well as independent specialist stores. Popular stores include TK Maxx, River Island, BHS, Schuh, The Perfume Shop, H&M, Boots Opticians, Sunglass Hut, The Body Shop and Thorntons. To find out more about Regent Arcade, please visit their website: http://www.regentarcade.co.uk/

The property management agent for the Regent Arcade is Cushman & Wakefield. Cushman & Wakefield’s Property and Asset Management Group offers full national coverage to institutional and individual owners across 52 million sq ft of real estate investments under management in the UK. Sector specialist services are provided across shopping centres, London offices and mixed use portfolios. Internationally, Cushman & Wakefield has 253 offices in 60 countries providing Property and Asset Management services. Kingdom has been providing cleaning and security services to various Cushman & Wakefield sites since March 2014. Kingdom now has a large portfolio of Cushman & Wakefield sites that they provide security and cleaning services to, and so is delighted to extend the number of sites that they have with this client with this new contract.

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