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Kingdom continues to grow in India

Kingdom is delighted to announce that they have been awarded another major contract to provide security services in India.

Kingdom is now providing security to the Sitaram Trading Company in Trichur (or Thrissur) in Kerala, India, providing 22 security guards.

The Sitaram Trading Company is a leading distributor and agent for a wide range of consumer products, including personal care products, creams, powders, soaps and shampoos.

The Sitaram Trading Company is part of the Sitaram Group, which is one of the oldest business houses in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It was established in 1908 by Sri. T. S. Balarama Iyer. Under his leadership, Sitaram Spinning and Weaving Mills, south India's first weaving mill, was started. This was the beginning of a business empire which is now dominant among the leading business groups in Kerala.

The founder of the business had a vision for the years ahead which was followed by his son, Mr. T. B. Subbarama Iyer, and is now being followed by his four sons, ensuring that the group maintains its high standard. So, the group's entire distribution network is looked after by the eldest son Mr. T. S. Balaraman. Mr. T. S. Venkitaraman, the second son, is in charge of the packing units. The Clearing Forwarding Unit is headed by Mr. T. S. Sivaraman, while the youngest son, Mr. T. S. Sitaram, is in charge of the automobile segment of the group. Mr. T. B. Subbarama Iyer coordinates the overall activities of the Sitaram Group of companies. The Group’s corporate office is located in Punkunnam, in the Trichur District of Kerala.

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

As well as providing a guarding service and specialised and customised security solutions, they aim 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.

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

Kingdom sponsoring junior football club’s fundraising event

Kingdom is proud to be supporting the Wilberfoss Mavericks Junior Football Club by sponsoring their forthcoming fundraising event. The Wilberfoss Mavericks JFC is a thriving community club in the East Riding of Yorkshire supporting the enjoyment and development of boys and girls from the age of 4 and upwards. One of the team is managed by Kingdom Director Mark Wallace.

The event is a Pig Racing Night which will be held on Saturday 25th March at The Pavilion in Wilberfoss, which is in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Doors open at 5pm, with the first race at 5.30pm. It is free entry, and promises great fun for the whole family, with everyone welcome!

Kingdom is sponsoring the overall event, and a wide range of local businesses are sponsoring the eight individual pig races. They are as follows:

Race 1 - The Soapy Group
Race 2 - Elevate Dance and Fitness
Race 3 - Aqua Stars Swim School
Race 4 - Vanessa Mills, Independent Phoenix Trader
Race 5 - Robert Room Architectural Drawing Services
Race 6 - Mouse House Floral Designs
Race 7 - Crown Tyres
Race 8 - TeLo Homes Limited

Speaking about the event, the organiser, Brett Romeniuk, said: “On behalf of the committee at Wilberfoss Mavericks JFC, I would like to thank all of our race sponsors above, it’s much appreciated.

“Additional to our kind race sponsors above, we also secured an overall sponsor for the night, Kingdom www.kingdom.co.uk which is just fantastic.

“I feel lucky to be part of such a well supported club with its supportive parents, generous sponsors and hard working dedicated volunteers.”


In October 2015 Kingdom announced that they were to sponsor the Wilberfoss Mavericks Under 11s football team for the season by purchasing their kit, and in return Kingdom’s logo was displayed on the front and back of the kit. Kingdom also supported the Year 5 Wilberfoss Mavericks Junior Football Team last year, helping them to complete a community project during the school summer holidays, and previously arranged for the team to attend a Wigan vs Leeds match at the DW Stadium in Wigan as VIP day guests.

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

Corporate responsibility informs everything they do and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their employees, their customers and grow their business.

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

Kingdom provide security advice to Scottish retailers

Kingdom’s Keith Young and Thomas Crichton were pleased to attend the recent Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) Retail Crime Seminar, which was held at Police Scotland College at Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, Fife, on Wednesday 15th February 2017. Tulliallan acts as both Police Scotland’s Corporate Headquarter and one of its key training venues.

The SGF is the national trade association for the convenience store industry in Scotland. It is the authoritative voice for the industry to both policy makers and the media. Its key activities are communication, lobbying, advice and networking. The event was attended by a large number of small retailers such as local corner shops.

The SGF Retail Crime Survey, which the SGF developed in partnership with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, was launched at the event. The report highlighted that in 2014 92% of convenience store retailers experienced some form of shop theft. Almost a quarter of this was on a daily basis, and most of the threatening and abusive incidents towards staff were triggered either by a refusal of sale or requests for ID. The seminar also highlighted the case of Mohammed Jawed who was subjected to a horrifically violent attack at his Glasgow store in January.

A key speaker at the event was Assistant Chief Constable Kate Thomson of Police Scotland who launched the Standards Charter for Safer Business which was developed by SGF and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and has been endorsed by Police Scotland. The event looked at ways that retailers can increase security, reduce opportunities for crime to occur, create a safe working environment for employees and help prevent in-store crime. It was recommended to the retailers attending that they work with both security firms and the police.

Kingdom was please to attend the event and offer security advice to the retailers present. Kingdom 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 work in partnership with some of the biggest retail names to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment (ROI). They provide services to stores, retail parks, shopping centres and centre CCTV operations.

To find out more about Kingdom’s retail security service, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/retail-security/ or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom colleague raising money for Syrian orphans

Kingdom is pleased to be supporting one of their Finance Dept Administrators, Abdul Wahhab, who is taking part in a trekking challenge to Mount Snowdon on Saturday 18th March 2017 in order to raise money for Syrian orphans.

Abdul will be climbing to a height of 3,199ft in support of 25 Syrian orphans, and will be doing this as part of the “Climb for Syria – Snowdon Trek” which is being organised by the Muslim Youth Network. The fundraising event is in partnership with Human Aid UK, an international humanitarian charity which strives to alleviate the suffering of the oppressed.

Explaining why they are raising funds on their website, the Muslim Youth Network says:

“It is one of the most difficult things in the world to witness a child in pain. By losing a parent, these vulnerable children instantly lose their childhood. Orphans are forced to become older beyond their years, to work as opposed to play freely, to assume responsibilities as opposed to pursue their ambitions.

"But with the right tools, a secure home and an advanced education, our Orphans can be given the chance to excel in their lives. When you give a child an education, you give them the keys to life itself.”


If you would like to sponsor Abdul you can do so by going to his fundraising site http://myn.everydayhero.com/uk/abdul#, where any donation big or small would be hugely appreciated by both Abdul and the orphans.

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

Corporate responsibility informs everything they do, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their colleagues, their customers and grow their business.

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

Kingdom continues membership of window cleaning organisation

Kingdom is pleased to have renewed its membership of the FWC – the Federation of Window Cleaners, which it first joined in January 2015. The renewed membership is now valid until January 2018.

Kingdom’s registration number with the FWC is 11755 and a photo of Kingdom’s most recent certificate is included with this article.

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. This year they are celebrating their 70th anniversary. It is owned and run for the benefit of its members, and its purpose is to maintain and improve the window cleaning industry and to represent its 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 commercial cleaning and maintenance service, which aims to show your company values in their very best light. 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 add value by taking a pro-active stance toward site cleanliness and tidiness. They advise on ways to cut cost, what tasks can be reduced, what time of day is cheaper or how to reduce electricity consumption or CO2 emissions when cleaning. They are committed to using the best people, technologies and products to provide a leaner, smarter and more connected organisation.

Being a member of the Federation of Window Cleaners is part of Kingdom’s “commitment to quality” (C2Q). This embraces five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes. As a supplier to brand focused customers, Kingdom’s investment and dedication to quality and safety is taken extremely seriously. They regularly access experts in their field, including the FWC. More information about this can be found here.

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

Kingdom heads to West Yorkshire to tackle litter

Kirklees famously provided the beautiful landscapes and scenery for the BBC’s long running comedy series Last of the Summer Wine for nearly forty years. Now, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers are heading to Yorkshire to help keep this beautiful part of the country looking wonderful.

The Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees includes Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite. The largest town is Huddersfield, which is where Kirklees Council is based. Starting from April 2017, Kingdom will be working across the district, tackling littering (including dropping cigarette ends and chewing gum), dog fouling and other offences, including the selling or repairing of multiple vehicles on the highway, distributing and displaying flyers and posters without permission, and not having a dog on a lead where required. They will start a 12 month trial in April, issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone caught carrying out the offences above. Kingdom’s officers will be wearing real time body cameras as they patrol as always.

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Enforcement Management, Councillor Naheed Mather, has said:

“We have really considered the risks and benefits of involving a private company but feel the time is now right to take this next trial step. We do not have the numbers of staff that can cover the district ourselves, but the company will choose when and where to go and they will issue the notices.”

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. The specialist teams deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities the length and breadth of the UK. They issue FPNs to anyone caught breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces.

Kingdom aims to keep the places where we live, work and visit cleaner, safer and greener. The annual cost of cleaning the UK’s streets has been estimated at £1billion, with around 14 million incidents of anti-social behaviour reported each year. This equates to 26 incidents every minute.

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

Kingdom membership of top cleaning body renewed

Kingdom is pleased to have renewed its members of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc), the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry.

Being a Corporate Member of the BICSc demonstrates active and material support of the Institute in its aims to raise environmental standards through training and education.

By being a member, Kingdom agrees to abide by the principles of the code of practice of the Institute, which include:

  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.

The BICSc has over 10,000 individual and corporate members in the UK and internationally. Its mission is to “raise the status and standards of the cleaning industry, through education and accredited training”. By doing so, it aims to:

  • Protect the operative
  • Provide a clean and safe environment
  • Preserve assets
  • Promote sustainability
  • Produce best practice
It was formed in 1961 to give the cleaning industry recognition. Although originally set up to raise the profile of the cleaning industry as a profession, it went on to establish educational standards, with the services and training provided by the Institute evolving over the years to reflect changes within the cleaning industry. They are now the leading provider in educational accredited standards and qualifications within the cleaning industry.

To find out more about the BICSc, please visit their website: https://www.bics.org.uk/

Kingdom’s supervisor or site-managed commercial cleaning and maintenance service aims to showcase your company values in their very best light, believing that clean premises reflect the qualities of an organised, professional business. They are committed to using the best people, technologies and products to provide a leaner, smarter and more connected organisation.

They add value by taking a pro-active stance towards site cleanliness and tidiness and advise on ways to cut cost, what tasks can be reduce, what time of day is cheaper and how to reduce electricity consumption or CO2 emissions when cleaning.

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

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

Kingdom to help keep the Gateway to England clean

For many people, Dover is the Gateway to England and will be the first town that they see when arriving in the UK. It is also a major tourist attraction. Kingdom is therefore very pleased to have won the contract to provide Environmental Protection services on behalf of Dover District Council, starting in April 2017.

Kingdom’s officers will be patrolling the district issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone caught dropping litter (which includes cigarette ends and chewing gum) and now cleaning up after their dog has fouled.

Dover is home to not only home to the major ferry port, but also the famous White Cliffs of Dover, three museums (Dover Museum, the Dover Transport Museum and the Roman Painted House), Dover Castle, Dover Western Heights, and many other places of interest. Tourism is therefore vitally important to Dover’s economy, and so it is important that it is kept clean to make residents and visitors alike feel safe, comfortable and welcome. You can find out more about Dover District Council’s policy on littering by visiting https://www.dover.gov.uk/Environment/Environmental-Crime/Litter.aspx

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They aim to make the places where we live and worker cleaner, safer and greener. In order to do so, they deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per year on behalf of local authorities across the UK. The division has seen 91% organic growth in the last 12 months alone.

Kingdom’s officers issue FPNs to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces. They tackle street litter, dog fouling, commercial and residential waste, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and posting.

Kingdom is delighted to be providing Environmental Protection Services to yet another council in Kent. This will be the ninth council in the historic county, as Kingdom also provides services to Ashford Borough Council, Tunbridge Wells District Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Swale Borough Council, Canterbury City Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Thanet District Council and Dartford Borough Council.

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

Kingdom officer to receive top police award

Kingdom officer Grzegorz (Greg) Stalmach is to receive an award – the London Borough of Hillingdon Borough Commanders Award - at this year’s Hillingdon Borough Commander’s Commendation Ceremony.

The event will be held on Monday 24th April 2017 and is described as “a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of the borough police officers and staff, along with formerly recognising significant contributions from both members of the public and colleagues from partner agencies.” Greg will receive the award from Colin Wingrove, the Borough Commander of Hillingdon Borough.

The award is in recognition of Greg’s actions and assistance towards a female near the Hillingdon Civic Centre.

In January 2016 Greg was working in the CCTV Control Room at Hillingdon Council when he effectively prevented a serious assault using a combination of his local knowledge, CCTV Systems, effective communication and physical fitness. Greg’s actions provided the police with a description of the offender, and along with CCTV footage which further supported the verbal statements, were sufficient to enable a successful arrest. The offender pleaded not guilty and after a lengthy trial, in which Greg provided compelling evidence, the offender was found guilty and sentenced to 46 months imprisonment. He is to be deported after he serves his sentence. After the trail the judge commented on the bravery and professionalism shown throughout the process by Greg.

Greg has previously been recognised by the Mayor of the Borough, by Kingdom and was also awarded an ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Award in May 2016 and received a Metropolitan Police Service CCT Award in July 2016. Kingdom is delighted that Greg is once again being recognised for his brave actions whilst on duty, and is looking forward to attending the event in April along with Greg.

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

Kingdom to supply Security Services for major UK university

clip_image002Kingdom is pleased to announce that they will start a new three year contract providing security services to the University of South Wales in February 2017. Their role will include providing security guarding, car park management, operating the control room and student protection.

The University of South Wales (USW) is one of the UK’s ten biggest campus universities by student numbers, with over 30,000 students. It was voted as one of the top 10 universities in the UK by its students – coming eighth at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2016.

Kingdom has a dedicated Higher education security team which has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding to meet the special demands of the Higher education sector. They safeguard people, facilities and reputations, providing a safe place to both learn and teach. They protect students, staff, property, equipment and possessions.

Kingdom’s Higher education security teams focus on the criteria that matter most to their customers. These teams complete enhanced vetting and are vigilant but discreet, helping Higher educational establishments like the University of South Wales to strike the right balance between a campus and buildings that are welcoming yet also secure. USW is a constant hive of activity, and as it is one of the UK’s largest universities it means that thousands of people passing through its campuses every day.

USW has three campuses – the Cardiff campus, the Newport City Campus, and the Pontypridd campus which consists of Treforest, Glyntaff and the Tyn y Wern sport park. Kingdom will be providing security services across all of these locations. USW has four faculties spread over these campuses – the Faculty of Business and Society, the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, the Faculty of Creative Industries and the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.

The University was formed in April 2013 by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport, but can trace its roots back to the founding of the Newport Mechanics’ Institute in 1841. The current Chancellor is the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, now Lord Williams of Oystermouth.

The University is renowned for its partnerships with major employers, and many of their courses are developed with the professional bodies and leading organisations that employ their graduates, from local government and the NHS to many of the world’s major corporations. These courses are designed to increase the skills and employability of their students and this is considered to be one of the reasons why 94% of USW students are either in employment of further study within six months of graduating.

For more information about the University of South Wales, please visit http://www.southwales.ac.uk/

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 colleague to run marathon for local homeless shelter

clip_image002Kingdom is pleased to be supporting one of their HR Administrators, Karen Kelly, who is planning to run the 2017 London marathon in order to raise vital funds for a local homeless shelter.

Karen has been selected to run this year’s London Marathon, which this year takes place on the 23rd April, through the open ballot.

Looking forward to the marathon, Karen said: “This will be my first time attempting the 26.2 mile distance, so it will be a real challenge for me. I am not a fast runner and completed my last half marathon race in 2 hours 40 minutes. I am just hoping to finish – I’m not worried about time but would like it to be under the 6 hour mark. My training is well under way. I have joined my local Parkrun group to keep me motivated and have planned some local 5k, 10k and half marathon races leading up to the big day.”

Karen is taking part in the marathon to raise funds for the local Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe (HOmeless PEople). Her target is to raise £500. Asked why she has selected this charity, she said: “Anyone could find themselves in a situation that needs support and for many different reasons. Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe is a homeless shelter that aims to provide emergency night time accommodation and a hot meal to people who have nowhere else to sleep. In 2017 they hope to open for five nights to start with, and will be looking to go full time in the very near future. For that reason they need to try and raise some funds in order to get the right building, set it up so that they can provide a safe, warm environment for guests, plus feed what they fear will be even more people than before. Any donations will help them to do this and will be gratefully received.”

If you would like to support Karen in raising money for the Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe you can do so by visiting her MyDonate page, at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/karenkelly1

Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe was set up to give homeless people a safe and warm place to sleep during the cold winter months. Starting in January 2015 with a pilot of two nights per week for eight weeks it was clear that this was a service that is needed. That gave the founders the encouragement to do it all again in 2016. They opened at the start of January, but this time for four nights per week and for 16 weeks during which time their volunteers looked after 83 different guests, providing them with a hot meal, hot drinks, conversation and of course over 400 good night’s sleep for people who may well have ended up on the streets in freezing conditions, plus a breakfast to see them on their way. People are referred to the charity by local professional care and homeless agencies, and the service is provided at no cost to either the user of the referring agency. Instead, the costs are met by donations and grants. They are not a housing outcome, but instead their provision is to meet the emergency need until their guests can be guided into a longer term housing provision. Kingdom has previously supported the work of this local charity by collecting items for them at their National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows.

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

Corporate responsibility informs everything they do, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their colleagues, their customers and grow their business.

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

Kingdom helping to protect Morrisons supermarkets

Kingdom is delighted to announce that they are providing retail security to the UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain Morrisons.

Kingdom first started providing security services to the well known supermarket back in May 2016 when they were awarded an initial contract to provide security to 12 of Morrisons stores.

As the contract has developed over the past eight months and Kingdom has become a key supplier of security services to Morrisons, the number of stores that Kingdom provides protection to has risen from 12 to 75. In addition to this, in November 2016 Kingdom was also awarded a contract to provide security to 15 of Morrisons manufacturing and logistics locations around the UK, including at their key Swan Valley Distribution Centre in Northampton.

Kingdom is very proud to be working in partnership with Morrisons to keep their shoppers, staff and suppliers safe, as well as providing loss prevention and reduction services.

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 to tackle litter and dog fouling in Burnley

Burnley Borough CouncilKingdom is pleased to announce that they are to start a 12-month pilot scheme providing environmental protection services in Burnley, Lancashire, starting from 12th April 2017.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers will start patrolling the streets of Burnley on behalf of Burnley Council to crackdown on littering and dog fouling. They will carry out patrols to identify “hot spot” areas where there is an issue with people dropping litter (which includes cigarette ends and chewing gum), street begging, and people allowing their dog to foul and not picking it up.

Kingdom’s officers will be able to issue on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £75 to anyone caught doing any of these. The scheme is self-financing, with the costs being covered by the income raised from the Fixed Penalty Notices. Council Streetscene officers will also continue to carry out enforcement work.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams are led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 270,000 environmental protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities, tackling offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces, and therefore successfully reducing anti-social behaviour.

Burnley Council has decided to go down this route because, despite having a zero tolerance approach to litter and already being one of the best performing local authorities in the country when it comes to prosecuting fly-tippers, a recent survey conducted by the council showed that litter and dog fouling were still considered to be the biggest problems faced by residents of the borough.

Commenting on the news, Councillor Lian Pate, Burnley Council’s executive member for community services, said: “Burnley Council means business when it comes to tackling environmental crime. Our residents are fed up with the selfish minority who spoil our neighbourhoods for everyone. Time and time again people tell us that rubbish and dog fouling are important concerns for them.

“Anyone who drops litter and chewing gum or doesn’t clean up after their dog should face the prospect of having to pay a £75 fine. Burnley Council has taken a tough approach to this kind of anti-social behaviour for years. Most people are proud of their town and want to keep it clean and tidy. However, despite years of trying to work with people to tackle these problems there are still some who persist in dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dog. It’s now time to take an even tougher approach.”

Speaking about the new contract, Kingdom said: “Kingdom is delighted to be working in partnership with Burnley Council in its efforts to keep the town clean and tidy.

“The teams we deploy are very experienced and trained to the highest standards. Our track record is reflective of our consistent level of excellence.

“Those who continue to drop litter, including cigarette butts and chewing gum, or do not pick up dog foul are a risk of receiving a fixed penalty notice as we work with Burnley Council to tackle such offences.”

The announcement was made by Burnley Council in this press release, and has been reported in two newspapers – the Lancashire Telegraph in an article entitled “Council crackdown on litter to keep the streets clean”, and in an article in the Burnley Express with the title “Council wages war on dog fouling.”

The annual cost of cleaning the UK streets has been estimated at £1 billion, with around 14 million incidents of anti-social behaviour reported each year, equating to 26 incidents every minute. To find out more about how Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division can help your local authority to tackle litter, dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour, please call us on 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/.

Kingdom to tackle litter louts in East Hertfordshire

Kingdom is to start a 12 month trial in April 2017 providing Environmental Protection services on behalf of East Hertfordshire District Council.

East Herts Council covers most of the eastern third of Hertfordshire, and is based in Bishop’s Stortford, the largest settlement in the district. The district also covers the county town of Hertford.

Kingdom will be issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone caught dropping litter (which includes chewing gum and cigarette ends) or failing to clean up after their dog in a public place.

Kingdom aims to make our communities cleaner, safer and greener. The annual cost of cleaning the UK’s streets has been estimated at £1billion, with around 14 million incidents of anti-social behaviour reported every year. This equates to 26 incidents per minute.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. The specialist teams deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities across the United Kingdom.

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

Kingdom donates giant teddy bear to children’s hospital

clip_image002Kingdom was very pleased to donate a giant teddy bear to Manchester Children’s Hospital recently.

The seven and a half feet tall teddy bear, named Otis, was purchased by Kingdom back in early November as part of their Children in Need fundraising. He wore the Pudsey bear bandana in the run up to the event.

After Children in Need was over however, Kingdom needed to find a new home for Otis, as he was rather too big to stay at Kingdom’s National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows.

Kingdom therefore contacted Ronald McDonald House at the nearby Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (who Kingdom provide security services to) and asked them if they would like to adopt Otis.

The Children’s Hospital was very happy to accept Otis, and he was delivered there by Kingdom’s Ian McCaffary and Kingdom’s Colleague Welfare Manager Jenny Cook in January, complete with his own suitcase and security badge!

Ronald McDonald House provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with children receiving treatment in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and St Mary’s Neonatal Unit. It was opened in May 2012. In 2015, Ronald McDonald House Manchester helped 970 families to stay close to their children whilst they were in hospital. It houses 60 en-suite rooms over five floors and includes a wide range of facilities. It is also open to families coming to the hospital for day care, and is more than just a place to stay, offering comfort, support and a safe environment where families can interact, share their experiences and know that they will always have a shoulder to cry on.

Ronald McDonald House Manchester is directly opposite the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, which provides specialist healthcare services for children and young people throughout the North West, as well as nationally and internationally. Families therefore travel from far and wide to get there, which is why the services of Ronald McDonald House are so important. The hospital sees 220,000 patient visits each year across a range of specialities, including oncology, haematology, bone marrow transplant, burns, genetics and orthopaedics. With 371 beds it is the largest single-site children’s hospital in the UK.

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

Corporate responsibility informs everything they do, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their colleagues, their customers and grow their business.

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