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Kingdom officer wins Morgan Sindall Health & Safety Award

Kingdom would like to congratulate Simon Law, a day shift officer at Woodside Primary School in South Lanarkshire, for winning Morgan Sindall’s Monthly 100% Site Safety Award.

Simon was given this award for his contribution towards safety awareness on site and for his proactive implementation of the site security rules and procedures. Commenting on the award, a spokesperson from Morgan Sindall said: “Simon has worked extremely hard since starting on the project, always showing a positive attitude towards all aspects of his role and is a key team player”.

Morgan Sindall is one of Kingdom’s clients and is a leading UK construction and regeneration group which operates in both the public and commercial sectors. They are currently demolishing the old Woodside Primary School and building a new one as part of South Lanarkshire Council’s Schools Modernisation Programme. Kingdom is providing manned guarding services for them at the construction site.

Kingdom’s people drive their success. Kingdom wants their people to achieve great things and be rewarded for their efforts and a job well done. Kingdom adds value to your business by securing, deploying, training and retaining the right people and supporting our contracts with regional offices and a wealth of local and national management expertise. This has resulted in Kingdom having one of the most loyal, well trained and thoroughly professional workforces in the industry.

Kingdom’s dedicated civil engineering and construction team has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the construction sector. They have over 20 years industry experience and are the largest privately owned security company in the UK. For more information about Kingdom’s construction services, please click here to visit their website, and here to read their online Civil Engineering & Construction Sector brochure.

Photo: Project Manager Tom Blair (left) and security officer Simon Law (right).

Kingdom Director becomes licensed football coach

FA-Licensed-Coaches-Club-LogoKingdom is delighted to announce that Mark Wallace became a licensed football coach on the 6th April 2014.

Mark is a Director at Kingdom and has over 24 years’ private industry experience. He ensures that service delivery is achieved by developing relationships and ensuring that Kingdom fully understands their customers. Mark makes sure that every one of Kingdom’s services is the best it can be and that Kingdom’s contract management teams are maximising their service delivery to ensure contracts are retained.

Mark has been licensed by The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club, FA Learning’s first ever coach licensing scheme. The Licensed Coaches' Club aims to raise standards in coaching across the game by ensuring that coaches keep their training and qualifications up to date. It forms a key part of The FA’s Youth Development Review and Coaching Strategy.

In today’s ever evolving game, it is essential that coaches at all levels of the game keep up to speed with new coaching techniques and advice.

The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club requires that coaches meet the following criteria in order to join:

· Min Level One coaching qualification

· Emergency Aid certificate

· FA Safeguarding children certificate

· FA CRB check (if coaching children)

Mark currently coaches the Wilberfoss Mavericks (under 10s) who completed Mark’s successful weekend with a 2-1 win and his son scoring the winning goal and receiving the man of the match award.

Kingdom awarded prestigious cleaning contract by London Luton Airport

Luton-airportKingdom is delighted to have been awarded a prestigious contract to provide cleaning services to London Luton Airport.

Kingdom Clean will provide daily cleaning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at London Luton Airport. High profile cleaning staff maintain the highest levels of cleanliness using the best quality, up to date equipment and environmentally friendly chemical free cleaning materials. This is particularly important to London Luton Airport which continuously reviews its environmental performance in order to minimise and mitigate the effects that the business activities have on the environment.

Kingdom Clean also provides window cleaning services, janitorial services, and handles hygiene supplies for London Luton Airport. Deep cleans are carried out at the Airport during every night shift. Kingdom cleans the main terminal building, office buildings and also the out stations. It also provides cleaning services to the franchise outlets at the Airport and provides a hosting service assisting passengers through passport control. Kingdom Clean has restyled its uniforms in line with London Luton Airport to give them a more customer friendly appearance.

The contract with London Luton Airport began on 28th February 2014 and Kingdom’s management team is delighted with inroads that have been made so far, with significant improvements shown since starting. To read more about Kingdom’s site managed commercial cleaning and maintenance services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or click here to read its online brochure.

London Luton Airport is one of the UK’s largest passenger airports and carried 9.7million passengers in 2013. It directly employs over 600 staff and indirectly employs over 8,000 staff, making it a key economic driver for the region. A number of scheduled airlines, including easyJet, Ryanair, Monarch and Thomson depart from the Airport to over 100 destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia. To find out more about London Luton Airport, please visit its website http://www.london-luton.co.uk/.

Kingdom part of Merton Council’s “zero tolerance” approach to litter

Merton Council Environmental ProtectionMerton Council has issued a press release announcing that “Merton Council is cracking down further on littering and joining forces with specialist environmental crime enforcers from Kingdom Environmental Protection Services. The council’s own enforcement officers will work alongside the Kingdom enforcement team from the end of April as they go out and about around Merton to make sure the borough is kept litter-free”.

Kingdom is delighted to be providing Environmental Protection services to Merton Council. Kingdom’s priority will be tackling the issue of street litter in the London borough. This will involve issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990s in streets, parks and open spaces, with the aim being to make the borough cleaner, safer and greener, and to reduce anti-social behaviour. The initial focus will be the borough’s busy town centres.

Commenting on the move, Merton Council cabinet member for environmental cleanliness Councillor Judy Saunders said: “Most of us are fed up with seeing people dropping litter on our streets. Every year we spend £5million cleaning our streets and our street cleansing teams are out around the clock, seven days a week picking up after the minority of people who throw their litter on the pavement. Working with Kingdom, we will be cracking down even more on littering and anyone caught dropping a cigarette butt, a sweet wrapper, or anything that should go into a bin, will be fined £75. It could be the most expensive cigarette or sweet they ever had.”

Reacting to the news, Dan Goode of local anti-litter campaign group Merton Matters said: “We welcome the council’s tough approach to littering. There is no excuse for dropping litter and if we can turn people away from littering and treat it as the stigma it really is, we’ll all see a cleaner borough. Taking these tough measures should really make a difference.”

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection team is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. Kingdom’s officers aim to be vigilant and discreet to strike the right public service balance. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities across the UK. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/

Photo: Cllr Judy Saunders on Mitcham Fair Green with litter enforcement officers.

Kingdom Clean receives excellent feedback from the National Archives

cleaning-services-oneKingdom Clean was delighted to receive some excellent feedback from one of their clients, the Estates Customer Services Manager at The National Archives. She wrote to Kingdom saying:

'I would like to thank you both for your exceptional help and support yesterday. This was a professional event sponsored by our service partners Bouygues ES, for the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). It was attended by many senior FM professionals including chairman of BIFM, Gareth Tancred and Bouygues area director Mark Griffiths.

There was fantastic feedback from Paul Davies and other colleagues about both events. I am extremely proud to have support of such a strong team as yourselves.

Please pass on my compliments to the rest of your team. Your help and dedication on the day were exceptional.'

Kingdom would like to praise Sharon Williamson and her team for their hard work and dedication within the cleaning division.

Kingdom deliver a supervisor or site-managed cleaning and maintenance service  committed to using the best people, technologies and products to provide a leaner, smarter and more connected organisation to enhance their own performance and provide you with results which you can measure and control.

Kingdom offer commercial cleaning, leisure industry cleaning, transport cleaning, shopping centre and public area cleaning. They offer basic, specialist, deep & reactive cleaning, and also waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chewing gum removal.

As a client of Kingdom, you have access to a dedicated, talented and highly experienced team of professionals who are committed to developing innovative and added value partnerships on assignments throughout the UK.

Kingdom’s people drive their success. They want their people to achieve great things and be rewarded for their efforts and a job well done. Kingdom adds value to your business by securing, deploying, training and retaining the right people and supporting contracts with regional offices and a wealth of local and national management expertise.

This has resulted in Kingdom having one of the most loyal, well trained and thoroughly professional workforces in the industry. 

To learn more about Kingdom, please click here to visit the Kingdom website.

Kingdom’s Environmental Enforcement work gives Denbighshire the cleanest streets in Wales

LitterKingdom is proud to report that a county in Wales, which they provide Environmental Protection services for, has been found to have the cleanest streets in the principality.

According to Keep Wales Tidy, the county of Denbighshire has the cleanest streets in all of Wales. They surveyed the cleanliness of streets are across all the Welsh counties, taking into account problems with litter and other environmental issues. 100% of the streets surveyed in Denbighshire were awarded Grade B or above. This means that all of the streets had a high or acceptable standard of cleanliness. To put this in context, Denbighshire was the only authority in Wales which had all of its streets surveyed reach such a high standard.

The Keep Wales Tidy survey also showed Denbighshire as being the only county in Wales to have seen a continuous increase in its cleanliness indicators, rising from 66.7 in 2008/09 to 71.7 in 2012/13 -  the highest in Wales. Results also showed that Denbighshire has the lowest percentage of graffiti, vandalism and fly-posting in the whole of Wales, has amongst the lowest percentage for pedestrian, business, domestic, construction and animal faeces litter in Wales, and has the second lowest percentage of dog fouling in Wales.

Commenting on the news, Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet Leader Member for Environment, Councillor David Smith, said: “Providing cleaner streets for residents and visitors to Denbighshire is one of the Council's key priorities and it seems that all the hard work is paying dividends. We have teams of staff out and about cleaning our streets, as well as dealing with environmental crimes and we are regularly publicising our initiatives to make out streets cleaner. We are extremely pleased that our campaigns such as our anti dog-fouling initiatives are making progress and that people's behaviour is changing.”

Kingdom has been tackling litter, dog fouling and dog control orders in Denbighshire since November 2012, and they have recently had their contract renewed for another 12 months – a great endorsement of the work they have been carrying out for the past 16 months. They also support the council’s licensing department.

Graham Boase, Head of Planning and Public Protection Services at Denbighshire County Council, said: “Our decision to employ Kingdom (previously XFOR) and to take a zero tolerance approach to environmental crime (particularly littering and dog fouling) has no doubt had a significant impact on the desired "outcome". I remain convinced it was the right thing to do to secure a dedicated front line enforcement team to address the problem.  The arrangements have been cost neutral in actual terms, but in budgetary terms we have a surplus over and above costs.  Any realised surplus will be invested in front line community safety enforcement activities, to further improve our performance”.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection team 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. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or click here to read their online brochure.

World Cup Fans: Security Awareness

FootballAs we approach the end of the football season avid footie fans are turning their thoughts towards the World Cup in Brazil.

Those fans who are lucky enough to have tickets for this South American football feast are privileged and sure to be caught up in an exciting, party atmosphere.

However, travelling fans should still be aware of their own safety.

Self-confessed football aficionado Terry Barton  - the MD of Kingdom gives some sensible advice on security awareness for any fans making their way to Brazil in June and July.

“Prepare well so you know what to expect when you arrive in Brazil and, in particular, check travel advice. Book your accommodation well in advance and check the quality and security of it,” advises Terry. He goes on to say: “As with any large city, Brits should be aware of their own personal safety which includes being mindful of pickpockets and not leaving belongings unattended. Just take the cash that you need for the day and be aware of anyone lurking around while you use a cash machine. Keep your passport safe at all times  - it’s a good idea to make a photocopy of it to keep with you.”

Kingdom is a dedicated and experienced national security supplier working with an impressive list of customers. They specialise in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. Kingdom was established in 1993 to influence and inspire the security marketplace. With over 20 years experience, they are now the largest privately owned security company in the UK. To read more about the services offered by Kingdom, please click here to visit their website.  

Praise for Kingdom’s property management team

reception-twoKingdom recently received some excellent feedback from both a tenant of one of the buildings that they provide property management and security services to, and the building manager.

One of the main tenants of 125 Shaftesbury Avenue in London wrote to the building manager to say “I would just like to provide you with some positive feedback. I had forgotten my security badge this morning and the night security guard made it very difficult for me to enter the building at 6.30am. I had to plead, beg, provide my business card and my driving license before I was allowed to enter the building. As the person who controls Security for London Yahoo I was very impressed with his diligence. Thanks.”

The building manager forwarded the email to Kingdom, and added: “What a great start Kingdom have had to date and please pass my thanks on to the officer. This is exactly what we want and am sure Kingdom will continue to provide this level of professionalism going forward. Please also make sure the team are aware of this. Many thanks.”

Kingdom’s attention to detail and active security management guarantees that properties are maintained to the highest standards and kept in first class condition, ensuring the value of the building is sustained with happy and secure tenants.

Kingdom has a dedicated property management security team that manages a wide and extensive portfolio of commercial, retail, industrial and residential buildings. They have an indepth understanding of the property management sector.

Kingdom is perfectly equipped to meet the increasingly complex demands of any property portfolio, drawing upon their experience in the security of property management with the widest range of stringent regulatory and safety standards and operating environments.

Kingdom have over 20 years experience in the security industry, and are now the largest privately owned security company in the UK. For more information about Kingdom’s property management and security services, please click here to visit our website, or please click here  to read our online Property Management Sector brochure.

Kingdom praised for Perfect Delivery at Castlepark Primary School

MS Castlepark Perfect DeliveryKingdom was delighted to receive a letter and certificate from one of our clients, leading UK construction and regeneration company, Morgan Sindall Plc, praising our role and congratulating us on our performance in the Castlepark Primary School project which has been awarded Perfect Delivery.

Morgan Sindall was awarded the contract to extend and refurbish Castlepark Primary School in Irvine, Ayrshire, by North Ayrshire Council in December 2012. This included building a new nursery, dining hall and classrooms. Kingdom has been providing manned guarding services at the site in the evenings.

The letter from Morgan Sindall said “We are pleased to advise you that the above project has received Perfect Delivery. We are very grateful for your assistance and would like you to pass on our gratitude to the members of your staff who worked on this project. We look forward to working with you again in the future”.

Kingdom specialises in the protection of people, property, plant and materials, having a dedicated civil engineering and construction team which has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the construction sector. We have over 20 years experience in the security industry, and are the largest privately owned security company in the UK. For more information about Kingdom’s building and construction site security services, please visit our website, or click here to read our Civil Engineering & Construction Sector online brochure.

Introducing Kingdom’s dedicated retail security division

retail-security-twoKingdom is an established retail specialist with a dedicated retail division, with services ranging from a basic retail officer door presence to a fully managed risk and loss prevention service. They provide retail security services to stores, retail parks and shopping centres. This includes shopping centre CCTV operations, store re-fit and refurbishment, covert surveillance and store detectives, loss prevention managers and civil recovery and litigation.

Kingdom works in partnership with some of the biggest names in retail, including IKEA and SPAR, to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment (ROI). Kingdom knows that retail security is a very different type of service provision with a wide range of challenges which require a specialist company with quality people to combat crime hot spots and provide innovative methods of loss reduction, without compromising service delivery to your footfall.

Kingdom seeks to understand the wider goals of a business. It then uses this information to develop a future roadmap of investment that reflects those goals, as well as potential losses and threats posed to your business. From this roadmap, Kingdom builds a team with a tailored image to match your retail environment.

Kingdom has over 20 years experience in the security industry, and is the UK’s largest privately owned security company. Their National Support Centre and regional support offices provide Kingdom’s clients with a wealth of local and national management expertise, and all our retail teams are supported by a dedicated management team with considerable experience of the retail world.

To learn more about Kingdom’s retail security services, please visit the retail security page on the Kingdom website, or read Kingdom’s Retail & Shopping Centre Division online brochure.

Kingdom proud to support Wigan Athletic FC

CHT_6269Kingdom has been delighted for several years to support local football club Wigan Athletic FC by utilising the advertising media opportunities at The DW Stadium in Wigan.

Recent visitors to the current FA Cup holders stadium have been impressed with the very latest technology in stadium advertising.

The Kingdom brand has fantastic exposure every game on a state of the art animated LED system at The DW Stadium. The moving, eye-catching LED adverts replace the traditional static advertising hoardings.

The LED system  at Wigan FC is one of the tallest systems in use in the UK and was actually manufactured in India.

Wigan FC has been Kingdom MD Terry Barton’s team since boyhood. Terry has supported Wigan through thick and thin in the lower divisions and their rise to  the Premier League under Chairman Dave Whelan.

Wigan Athletic FC have an illustrious history, having won the football league trophy twice, as well as the Second Division and Third Division and most recently seeing off premier league giants, Manchester City to win the 2013 FA Cup at Wembley. Nicknamed the Latics, Wigan currently plays in the second tier of English League Football, the Sky Bet Championship.

The Latics’ DW Stadium is located only 10 miles away from Kingdom’s National Support Centre in Eccleston, St Helens, and has a capacity of over 25,000 people.

To read more about Kingdom’s services, please visit the website www.kingdom.co.uk

Kingdom providing security for the Cumbernauld Electrification project

Kingdom - Construction SecurityKingdom has been selected to provide manned guarding services to the Cumbernauld Electrification project in North Lanarkshire, Scotland by Carillion Plc

Carillion has been working on the £40million electrification of the 50km Cumbernauld – Glasgow Queen Street line since June 2013, having been awarded the contract by Network Rail in January 2013 as part of the first phase of electrification under the £650million Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). The project is part of an £80million investment in the Cumbernauld – Glasgow line.

Carillion is also lengthening platforms at Cumbernauld station and building new turn back facilities at Springburn. The project is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, which Kingdom is also providing security for.

Kingdom carries out a large amount of manned guarding services for Carillion, and is currently providing security at seven other Carillion sites across Scotland, including supporting them on major work that they are carrying out on Scottish viaducts.

Established in 1993 to influence and inspire the security marketplace, Kingdom now has over 20 years industry experience and has become the largest privately owned national security company in the UK.

They have a dedicated civil engineering and construction security team which has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the construction sector. They specialise in the protection of people, property, plant and materials. They maintain an inventive but orderly approach to construction projects, offering a flexible range of services and solutions that make a difference, and focus on the criteria that matter most to their customers.

Kingdom utilise the best technology to support their customers and security teams to provide a leaner, smarter and more connected organisation. Kingdom supports their contracts with a National Support Centre, regional offices and a wealth of local and national management expertise. To find out more about Kingdom’s civil engineering and construction services, please click visit their website, http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/security-personnel/civil-engineering-construction/ or click here to view their online Civil Engineering and Construction Sector brochure.

Kingdom to provide Environmental Protection to Merton Council

LitterKingdom is delighted to announce that we will start providing Environmental Protection services in the London Borough of Merton on behalf of Merton Council as part of the council’s “Cleaner Merton” project from the 28th April.

Kingdom’s priority will be tackling the issue of street litter in the London borough. This will involve issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990s in streets, parks and open spaces, with the aim being to make the borough cleaner, safer and greener, and to reduce anti-social behaviour.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection team is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. Kingdom’s officers aim to be vigilant and discreet to strike the right public service balance. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities across the UK. It has been estimated that the annual cost of cleaning the UK’s streets is £780million.

As well as tackling litter, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection team also deal with dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste and waste disposal licence checks, smoking in prohibited areas, 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/

Introducing Kingdom’s Reception and Concierge service

reception-twoKingdom has a professional reception and concierge team which provides unprecedented levels of customer service and satisfaction. They work with you to quickly become the public face of your organisation, integrating seamlessly into your business to ensure you are represented at reception with the level of quality and consistency you expect.

Kingdom finds out how your organisation works and gets to know your customers, management team, corporate ethos and business environment. In short, they make sure they understand what makes your company tick. They develop a bespoke first point of contact tailored image for your guests to complement your vision and enhance your corporate brand.

The strength of Kingdom’s service is in the team and the way they fit into your business. Kingdom selects and recruits a handpicked team of people who match the personality of their customers and can demonstrate outstanding interpersonal skills, professional, experience, initiative, high levels of competency and a strong commitment to quality and service excellence.

Kingdom delivers a 5-star service of the very highest quality and believes that it is often the smallest details that can make the largest impact. The front of house services are tailored to clients’ specific requirements to ensure every experience is memorable for the right reasons.

Some of Kingdom’s customers include The Strand, Knight Frank, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and Harvey Nichols.

To find out more about Kingdom’s Reception and Concierge service, please visit the Reception & Concierge webpage  on the Kingdom website, or click here to view the Reception & Concierge online brochure.

Kingdom to provide Environmental Protection for Canterbury Council

LitterKingdom is pleased to announce that our Environmental Protection division will be providing Environmental Protection services in Canterbury, Kent, on behalf of Canterbury City Council from Monday 14th April 2014.

Kingdom personnel will be dealing primarily with the issue of street litter and dog control orders together with any other environmental issues.

Kingdom aims to make the UK streets cleaner, safer and greener. Kingdom’s specialist Environmental Protection teams are led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per year on behalf of local authorities across the UK.

This includes issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces. Our specialist teams also tackle street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti and fly-tipping and posting.

For more information about out Environmental Protection services, please visit our website http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/