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Kingdom joins the Federation of Window Cleaners

clip_image002Kingdom Clean is proud to have become a member of the FWC – the Federation of Window Cleaners. Membership is annual and runs until the 21st January 2016. Their registration number is 11755.

The FWC was established in 1947 as an independent, non-profit making organisation to support the needs of window cleaners in the UK. It is owned by and run only for the benefit of their members. Their purpose is to maintain and improve the window cleaning industry and to represent their membership.

Membership of the federation offers window cleaning companies numerous benefits from free advice through to huge discounts on a range of essential business requirements. The federation is also renowned for the calibre of its training courses. For more information about the FWC, please visit http://www.f-w-c.co.uk/.

Kingdom delivers a supervisor or site-managed cleaning and maintenance service that is committed to using the best people, technologies and products to provide a leaner, smarter and more connected organisation. As well as window cleaning, Kingdom Clean also offers 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.

Kingdom remains steadfast in its “commitment to quality” (C2Q) by embracing five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes. They hold a range of appropriate industry accreditations, which you can find out more about here. To find out more about Kingdom Clean and their cleaning services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or click here to read their online brochure.

Kingdom officers respond to major blaze

clip_image002During the early hours of Thursday 15th January, Kingdom’s Natalie Murphy, who was on duty as part of the South Operations Team, received a number of alarm activations relating to the same assignment. Natalie quickly realised that this activity indicated that a serious incident was under way and passed the details to Duty Mobile Response Officer Lee Dorey.

Lee accepted the details and arrived at the site within 15 minutes of receiving the call, at the same time as the deployed police unit. Upon arrival, Lee and the police found the building ablaze. Lee worked with the emergency services to cordon off the area and manage access control whilst the fire brigade continued to fight the blaze.

Natalie quickly realised that the incident would prevent Lee from managing the rest of his mobile duties and so took control and implemented a plan to mitigate the impact on other mobile clients. She arranged a strategic relocation of resources to facilitate collection of the necessary instructions and keys, and Duty Mobile Response Officer Steve Peters assumed not only his role but also that of his colleague, underpinning the excellent services that the Southern Area Mobile clients are used to receiving.

Natalie called her South Ops colleague Michael O’Keeffe who came into work an hour early to relieve her so that she could attend the incident in her own vehicle and provide further much needed support to Kingdom’s client. Both Natalie and Lee supported implementation of the client disaster recovery plan, which included managing access control, advising client employees on their arrival at the scene for their “normal working day” of the issues faced, and issuing them with client provided instructions. Operations Manager Beccy Ronald also attended the scene and provided additional support to the client.

Kingdom’s response to this major incident was an excellent example of effective teamwork and communication, and all of the team were highly commended by their client for their support under such difficult circumstances. The way the South Ops team effectively supported the client at such a critical time is an indication of their professionalism, and the ability of Lee to remain calm and professional in particular was commended by the client.

The fire, which has been confirmed as part of a spate of arson attacks, involved a vehicle containing a number of gas canisters being driven through the front entrance of the client premises and ignited. A man has been arrested in conjunction with the incident. The incident was a national news story, and you can read more about it on the BBC News website.

Kingdom’s key holding and response service protects employees from unnecessary risk and businesses from unnecessary costs and inconvenience. They operate a full insured, UK wide Key Holding and Response Service for commercial and domestic customers, employing local people with local knowledge, and all of their mobile response personnel are Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed, uniformed and trained. To find out more about Kingdom’s alarm response service, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/keyholding-alarm-response/.

Kingdom cleaning division helps client win prestigious award

Old Market Hereford logoKingdom is delighted to announce that one of their cleaning clients, Old Market Shopping Centre in Hereford, has won a prestigious award, and that Kingdom’s cleaning team have been praised for their role in helping them to win the award.

Kingdom provides cleaning and support services to Old Market Shopping Centre, which opened for business on 1st May 2014 and was the first major retail development in Hereford for 25 years. The centre is a new £90million development in the heart of Hereford city centre. The 310,000 square foot open-air retail and leisure scheme, the site of Hereford's former livestock market, is made up of 18 shops (including a Debenhams spanning across three floors and Hereford’s first Waitrose), 8 restaurants, a cafe, 5 kiosks, a six-screen Odeon cinema, 600 car park spaces and new public squares and spaces. The development has generated 1,100 jobs and pushed Hereford 29 places higher in the UK retail rankings. To read about Kingdom’s role in the opening of Old Market, click here.

The centre recently won the BCSC (British Council of Shopping Centres) Gold Award for “New Centre of the Year” at the BCSC Annual Dinner on 3rd December 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The award was a huge privilege for the centre, especially as they were up against some stiff competition including Wembley Designer Outlet, New Square West Bromwich and Vanguard Park York.

Following the award, the Centre Manager, Scott Lahive, wrote to Kingdom Clean’s Operations Director Peter Simpson, saying:

“The efforts of the Kingdom team from yourself down must be commended, in particular the work undertaken at short notice to prepare the centre for the judges’ visit.  You weren’t give much notice but as always you were amenable and uncomplaining and delivered a fantastic result, fully understanding the important of the task and relieving stress.  I say this genuinely, I have never worked with a contractor whom I have so much faith and confidence in, you always go one step further and exceed my/our expectations, the relationships you build with others is unrivalled.

“Old Market was selected as the win for a number of reasons, the design, integration with the existing city and 2 other reasons for which you and Kingdom played a part in.  Those factors were centre staff working with the local community and look and feel of the scheme with an evidently motivated workforce.

“A big thank you from myself, Smith Young and British Land for your part in our success.  Kingdom’s unrelenting, yet encouraging approach coupled with exceptional role modelling is greatly appreciated and the reason Old Market sees impressive results, which as you are well aware was a challenging launch.

“Once again thank you to you and the team for your support and help, long may it continue.”

Kingdom Clean provide supervisor or site-managed commercial cleaning and maintenance services for leisure, transport, public and commercial circulation. Kingdom are committed to using the best people, technologies and products to provide a leaner, smarter and more connected organisation to enhance companies performance, providing results which they can measure and control.

For more information about Kingdom’s site managed commercial cleaning and maintenance services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or go to http://www.kingdom.co.uk/Brochure/CommercialCleaning/index.html to view Kingdom’s Site Managed Commercial Cleaning & Maintenance Services online brochure.

Kingdom awarded major new accreditation

imageKingdom is delighted to announce that they have been awarded a major new accreditation.

BM TRADA Certification Ltd, one of the leading global certification bodies, has assessed and audited Kingdom and given its approval to the ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management Systems operated by the company.

ISO 27001:2013 is the newly updated information security management standard. In a world of ever-increasing reliance on data and information, all companies are at risk of fraud, disclosure and information loss, whether from hackers, viruses, online fraudsters or even simple human error. Adopting ISO 27001:2013 provides organisations with a framework for creating an information security management system which identifies the real risks that the business faces and ensures that they have the controls in place to mitigate and manage those risks.

There are three core principles involved in managing the security of information: confidentiality, integrity and availability. ISO 27001:2013 enables businesses to demonstrate the integrity of their data and then commitment to information government whilst inspiring confidence in their client base that their data is totally secure.

ISO 27001 certification also:

  • helps protect businesses from increasing cyber threat
  • verifies that companies properly identify, assesses and manage security risks
  • proves that organisations are committed to continual improvement of information security
  • demonstrates compliance to relevant regulation, legislation and industry mandates
  • provides customers with confidence that the business meets their contractual requirements
  • gives customers confidence in the protection and confidentiality of their personal information
  • provides assurance that businesses meet corporate governance and business continuity requirements
  • increases new business opportunities

The scope of certification is as follows:

Provision of Security Services including, Security Personnel, Reception & Concierge, Site Managed Commercial Cleaning & Maintenance, Environmental Protection, Mobile Patrols, Key Holding & Alarm Response, Integrated Services including Investigation & Surveillance. These services are performed, as relevant, at the Head Office and Control Room Location  based at St Helens in Merseyside and at the Regional Offices located at Glasgow, Bristol, London and Fareham.

The Registration Certificate number is 100 and is for three years. The accreditation will expire on the 10th December 2017.

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, Kingdom’s investment and dedication to quality and safety is taken extremely serious. Kingdom regularly access experts in their field to openly audit and challenge them, and when they do it well, recognition follows. To find out more about Kingdom, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk

Kingdom mobile patrol supervisor rescues injured driver

clip_image002On 28th December, over the Christmas period, one of Kingdom’s mobile supervisors in Scotland, Robert Williamson, was on his way to an alarm activation when a vehicle in front of him skidded off the road and rolled down the embankment.

Robert quickly called the emergency services and then proceeded to climb down the embankment and pulled the female driver from the vehicle.

Thanks to Robert’s quick thinking and his actions, the driver only suffered minor injuries. Well done Robert!

Kingdom’s key holding and alarm response service protects staff from unnecessary risk and business from unnecessary costs and convenience. They employ local people with local knowledge, and all of their mobile response personnel are Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed, uniformed and trained. Their vehicle fleet is Kingdom branded and fully equipped to respond to your premises. To find out more about Kingdom’s key holding and response service, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/keyholding-alarm-response/.

Kingdom Our People Awards – November 2014

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At Kingdom, we believe that our people drive our success, and we want our people to achieve great things and be rewarded for their efforts and a job well done. 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 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.

One of the ways that Kingdom celebrates the achievements of our personnel is by producing a monthly Commendation Report highlighting the outstanding achievements made by our employees over the previous month.

Congratulations and thank you to the following employees and teams who have been recognised and rewarded for their fantastic work and highly professional standards during November.

Team of the month
Cadogan Estates - 80 Duke of York Development

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Officer Of The Month
Alison Gordon – Cambridge City Council - Grand Arcade Carpark

Team Leader Of The Month
Tracey Platt - Bury College

Mobile Patrol Driver of the Month
Michael Avery - Worthing Patrol

Retail Officer of the Month
Asad Habib - IKEA – Milton Keynes

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Environmental Protection Officer of the Month
Philip Redhead - Havant Borough Council

Environmental Protection Team of the Month
Denbighshire Council

Lead Provider of the Month
Sam Broadley

Kingdom Clean Excellence Award
Emilia Skarbek Proszek - The Polish Embassy

Special Recognition Award
Jenna White - Enfield Council

Special Recognition Award
Alfa Jallow - IKEA - Milton Keynes

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Kingdom one of the UK’s 100 fastest-growing private companies

imageKingdom is delighted to announce that they have been named as one of the 100 fastest-growing private companies in the UK.

Kingdom has been included in the Investec Mid-Market 100 list of fastest growing UK companies. The results of the inaugural Investec Mid-Market 100 were announced at the Investec Mid-Market Summit at the Corinthia Hotel in London on the 28th November, and published in The Times. The full list of 100 companies can be viewed at www.investec.co.uk/midmarket100.

The Investec Mid-Market 100 is part of an exciting new programme, developed in conjunction with data specialists, DueDil and The Times, to showcase the strength and importance of Britain’s mid-market. The “high performing, innovative, medium-sized companies” on the list were described by Investec as “innovators, bedrocks of local communities, employers, and are building brands that will become household names”. They went on to say: “The owners of these 100 businesses invest in the long term. They do not allow themselves to be distracted by quarterly results and share-price fluctuations; they are reliable employers and therefore provide the foundation of the British economy.”

Kingdom was established in 1993 and operates nationally. Commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. They have a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers. Kingdom’s services include security personnel, reception and concierge, commercial cleaning, mobile patrol, key holding & response, environmental protection and their intelligence division. To find out more about Kingdom, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk.

Kingdom acquires MJF Security

imageKingdom is pleased to announce the acquisition of MJF Security as of 1st January 2015.

Based in Basingstoke, MJF is a multi-disciplined business with an established client base within London and the Home Counties.

Terry Barton BA Hons Law, Managing Director of Kingdom said: "The acquisition is an excellent start to 2015 and reflects our ongoing business strategy to continue our growth through retention of business, organic wins, strategic acquisition and the introduction of new services such as our new Intelligence & Specialist Support division. MJF represents the continued desire for Kingdom to significantly increase its market share and further strengthen our national infrastructure and extensive customer base.

“We welcome the MJF team into Kingdom and look forward to meeting with our new customers and maintaining the high level of service they have grown accustomed to whilst being able to introduce additional services and innovations”.

From humble beginnings in 1993 with just seven Security Officers, Kingdom has grown to become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK and an acknowledged industry specialist in security and cleaning. With a fresh approach to the support services market and adapting to the proliferation of new technologies and emerging security threats, Kingdom offer a leaner, smarter and more connected way of working. Operating nationally, Kingdom has all the power of a national organisation you would expect with our service provisions supported by our National Support & Communications Centre and our extensive network of 14 North to South regional support offices. For more information about Kingdom, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/

Kingdom sponsors Essex children’s charity

Families InFocus EssexKingdom was very pleased to recently sponsor a charity which supports families of children with disabilities and special needs in Essex.

Kingdom gave Families InFocus (Essex) a donation to use at their activity club. Families InFocus (Essex) are a leading independent parent led registered charity providing holistic support to families of children with disabilities and special needs (aged 0 to 19) across Essex, who require advice, information and support, particularly at times of change, challenge and crisis.

Their service is accessible to all families from Essex whatever their background, as long as at least one child or young person in the family between the age of 0 to 19 has a disability or special need.

They aim to give caring, practical and confidential support whilst empowering families, in a non-threatening way, to consider the choices available to them and make the best use of available services. Their services are sent as essential, invaluable and tailored to meet the needs of their families in an accessible, proactive and positive way. For more information about Families InFocus (Essex), please visit their website www.familiesinfocusessex.org.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, 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. For more information about Kingdom, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/

Kingdom mobile patrol supervisor prevents break in

clip_image001Kingdom is very pleased to report that the professionalism and vigilance of one of their mobile patrol supervisors, David Schofield, has prevented an attempted break-in at one of the sites of their client Maxi Haulage in Warrington.

Whilst patrolling the site, David discovered that two metal fence pillars had been unscrewed so that someone could return at a later date and time to gain entry to the site. There have been a number of fuel thefts from businesses in the area lately, and it appears that David’s good work has prevented another. Maxi Haulage Managing Director Robin Allan has expressed his gratitude, and Kingdom would also like to say well done to David for his good work.

Kingdom has been providing static security guarding to Maxi Haulage since December 2012, and recently started providing mobile patrols to the company in November 2014. Kingdom’s mobile patrol, lock and unlock service is a cost-effective solution for low risk sites that provides an efficient and visible deterrent.

Kingdom employs local people with local knowledge and all their mobile patrol personnel are Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed, uniformed and trained. Their vehicle fleet is branded and fully equipped to visit and inspect your premises at agreed frequencies and physically patrol and check for damage or intrusion or to lock or unlock your premises. For more information about Kingdom’s mobile patrol service, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/mobile-patrols/.

Maxi Haulage is a leading provider of haulage, distribution and logistics services throughout the UK and Ireland. Their experienced a motivated staff combined with modern IT and fleet provide their clients with superior service and economy in all their logistics needs. They have over 30 years experience and a network of locations throughout the UK and Ireland. For more information about Maxi Haulage, please visit www.maxihaulage.co.uk

Boris Hails Kingdom Hero

clip_image002Following her success at last week’s London Leadership and Peace Awards 2014, the brave actions of one of Kingdom’s environmental protection officers, Jenna White, have been written about in London’s leading regional evening paper, the London Evening Standard.

The article, entitled “Female enforcement officer who chased down four suspects as they mugged pensioner commended” was written by the London Evening Standard’s Crime Editor Justin Davenport, and also featured on the website London News. A photograph was included with the article showing Jenna receiving her award at City Hall in London on Wednesday 10th December, standing between singer Sinitta and London Mayor Boris Johnson. The article said the following about Jenna and her actions:

A litter enforcement officer who chased and tackled four suspects after they tried to mug an old lady has won an award for courage.

Jenna White, 26, single handedly took on the four - two men and two women - as they tried to grab the pensioner’s handbag in Edmonton Green shopping centre.

Ms White called police on her radio as she ran after the group and she grabbed two of the suspects while police officers tackled the remaining two.

Employed as a litter enforcement officer for Enfield Council she said : “Instinct took over and I just took off after them. I shouted at them to stop and they all ran off together.

“I caught up with two of them and grabbed them and brought them back. It was a natural reaction but a bit out of the ordinary.

“I normally get to stop people dropping their chicken boxes on the floor.”

Ms White won the ‘courage award’ at the London Leadership and Peace awards held to celebrate Londoners judged to be “community champions.”

Backed by Boris Johnson and hosted by singer Sinitta and Tory peer Baroness Berridge, the awards included six winners from dozens of people and groups nominated by Londoners.

To read the full article in the London Evening Standard, please click here, and to read Kingdom’s write up of Jenna’s award, please click here.

Jenna was nominated for the award by Enfield Council, who were delighted with the result. Kingdom has provided environmental protection services to the council since 2009, helping to clamp down on people who drop rubbish in the borough’s streets and parks. Four wardens from Kingdom patrol the borough and are empowered to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams 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. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, please visit their website: http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/

Kingdom’s Jenna White wins London Leadership and Peace Award

InstagramCapture_76f22fd8-0eaa-4418-8f61-87f39d81a127Kingdom is extremely proud to announce that one of their environmental protection officers, Jenna White, won a prestigious London Leadership and Peace Award for individual courage last night and was presented the award by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

The London Leadership and Peace Awards 2014 were held at City Hall in London on Wednesday 10th December to “celebrate the outstanding contribution of Londoners and London organisations”. The event was described as an opportunity to celebrate what’s great about London and “to nominate and recognise individuals and organisations that tirelessly make a visible and tangible difference in the world’s greatest and most diverse capital!”

Jenna was nominated in the “Individual - Courage Award” category, which recognises “an individual who has shown bravery in the face of danger; resilience in overcoming adversity; or demonstrated extreme grace and forgiveness in extraordinary situations.” The nomination was made by the Leader and Chief Executive of Enfield Council, who are delighted with the result.

clip_image002The award is in recognition of Jenna’s actions in helping to catch four suspected muggers who attacked an elderly lady. Jenna was patrolling the streets of north London for litter on behalf of Enfield Council back in September when she spotted four suspected muggers running from the scene of an alleged attack where they had allegedly tried to steal an 84-year-old woman’s handbag, dragging her to the ground in the process. Jenna chased the group while simultaneously filming the pursuit on her body camera and giving a running commentary to the police on her mobile phone, who talked her through what to do. The group split up when they realised they were being followed, and Jenna subsequently stopped two members of the group and returned them to the town centre where they were arrested by police. The other two were arrested nearby by other officers. All four were charged with attempted robbery and assault. The victim required medical attention at the scene, but was thankfully unharmed following her ordeal.

Before winning this prestigious award, Jenna was given an internal commendation by Kingdom and also received a Staff Excellence Award from Enfield Council in recognition of her actions. She was presented the award by the leader of the council, Councillor Doug Taylor. Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Jenna is a credit to Kingdom and to Enfield Council. She demonstrated initiative and bravery by single-headedly chasing down and tackling a gang of criminals who were suspected of committing a cowardly assault on a defenceless pensioner in broad daylight.”

clip_image004Commenting on the award, Michael Fisher, Head of Environmental Services at Kingdom, said: “We are incredibly proud of Jenna and this award is well deserved. All of our litter wardens wear real time body cameras as part of our work to reduce street litter, but Jenna has managed to use her kit in a brave and courageous way, serving wider community interests. She is a great asset to the team. Well done Jenna!”

Kingdom has worked with Enfield Council since 2009 to help the council clamp down on people who drop rubbish in the borough’s streets and parks. Four wardens from Kingdom patrol the borough and are empowered to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams 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.

For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, please visit their website: http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/

Kingdom praised for fast shopping centre clean-up following ram raid

clip_image002[9]Kingdom’s cleaning team have been praised following a serious incident that took place at The Atrium Shopping Centre in Camberley on Saturday 6th December. There was a ram raid at the shopping centre in the early hours of the morning which resulted in a large amount of cash being taken. The incident also caused extensive damage to the property.

Kingdom’s cleaning team, together with the shopping centre’s security team, were required to spring into action to ensure that the shopping centre was ready and in pristine condition for the trading day ahead – the first Saturday in December - which is traditionally one of its busiest of the year. They worked against the clock under extreme pressure and without any hesitation to clean up the areas, and were called in on their days off to ensure that Kingdom had their full complement of staff to complete the operation.

Commenting on the fast moving clean-up operation, Peter Simpson, Operations Director at Kingdom Clean said: “The team coped admirably in what was a great team effort in difficult circumstances, and further demonstrates that Kingdom Clean remains committed to our clients requirements and emergency procedures when needed. Narjang Gurung, the site supervisor and his team carried out a fantastic and very professional job on behalf of our client so well done to Narjang and the cleaning team at The Atrium. I am extremely proud of them all.”

Adam Talbot, the Centre Manager at The Atrium, said: “The teams had to work above and beyond today to minimise the impact to the centre and the tenants following the ram raid this morning. A big thank you to the teams for getting the centre up and running on what is one of the busiest days of the year.” JLL Chairman for Retail Management, Catherine Lambert, also wrote to thank everyone for their efforts and to say well done.

Kingdom delivers a supervisor or site-managed cleaning and maintenance service committed to using the best people, technologies and products. They add value by taking a pro-active stance towards site cleanliness and tidiness.

Kingdom provides cleaning services to commercial, leisure, transport and public circulation clients, which include basic, specialist, deep and reactive cleaning, as well as waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chewing gum removal.

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

Kingdom to provide security services to Inverness Campus

imageKingdom is delighted to announce that, following a successful tender submission by their Scottish sales manager Jim Ferguson, they have been awarded a three-year contract to provide a bespoke security solutions service at the new and exciting Inverness Campus in Scotland.

Described as “a place to inspire”, Inverness Campus is one of the most ambitious projects in Scotland and will be a nationally and internationally significant location for business, research and education.

Located just off the A9 at Beechwood on the eastern edge of Inverness, the Inverness Campus is being developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and occupies 215 acres of prime development land sitting adjacent to a thriving life sciences and business community. HIE has invested £25million in the project which will provide a new home for Inverness College UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands), an enterprise and research centre, a life science building, sport facilities and a hotel. The first buildings are due to be completed in 2015 in time for the 2015-16 academic year, and once opened the Campus will offer a high quality, vibrant location for innovation, business, development, collaboration and learning. The new college will be able to accommodate more than 6,500 full-time and part-time students.

Kingdom has been actively involved on the Campus since its inception, working in partnership with both Morgan Sindall plc and Morrison Construction during the initial works phase. As well as the normal university buildings, the campus contains two main ponds incorporating ‘beaches’, weirs, walkways and pedestrian barriers. A further pond area will only fill with water after particularly heavy rain fall and there are also a number of small watercourses spanned by pedestrian bridges. These are going to be open to the public and will make the security both a challenging and interesting project for Kingdom’s Inverness team and for local Operations Manager David McMillan.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, Kingdom has over 20 years industry experience and is one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. They have all the power of a national organisation but support their service provision from their network of regional support offices.

Kingdom has a dedicated education team with extensive experience and an in-depth understanding to meet the special demands of the education sector, focusing on the criteria that matter most to their education customers. They specialise in safeguarding people, facilities and reputations, and provide a safe place to teach and learn. For more information about Kingdom’s services for the education sector, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/security-personnel/education-sector/ or click here to download their online Education Sector brochure.

Kingdom to provide environmental protection to Gravesham Council

clip_image002Kingdom is pleased to announce that they will be providing environmental protection services to Gravesham Borough Council in Kent in the New Year.

Starting from the 19th January 2015, Kingdom will be providing specialist environmental protection officers to tackle litter and dog fouling across the borough, initially for a 12 month trial. The aim is to improve feelings of safety and wellbeing within the local environment and to address the concerns, enquiries and complaints that the council receives from residents regarding littering and dog fouling.

Kingdom provides environmental protection services to a number of councils nationwide, with Gravesham becoming their fourth council in Kent alongside Maidstone Borough Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Canterbury City Council. Gravesham Council decided to use Kingdom’s services after visiting Maidstone to establish how the arrangement was working from the council’s perspective and the impact that it has had in terms of street cleanliness. Their site visit to Maidstone Borough Council established that income generated from enforcement work completed has been recycled back into further ant-litter and environmental education programmes and additional street cleansing equipment such as chewing gum removal machines.

Kingdom will issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) on behalf of Gravesham Borough Council to offenders seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Dog Control Order for fouling under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. All officers will be dressed in uniform agreed between Gravesham Council and Kingdom and will have the use of video and sound through body-worn CCTV cameras. As well as patrolling Gravesend town centre, Kingdom’s officers will work on intelligence-led litter enforcement and dog fouling offences, and will visit some of the outer lying shopping areas such as Perry Street and Lion Garage.

The council will support Kingdom’s work with an anti-litter and dog fouling campaign, designed to educate and inform, with the aim of helping to encourage a change of behaviour in those members of the public who currently break the Environmental Protection Act and the Dog Control Order.

Kingdom’s environmental protection division aims to make the UK’s streets cleaner, safer and greener. It is led by experts with an ex-police and military background, and delivers over 130,000 environmental protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities across the UK.

Kingdom tackles street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial & residential waste and waste disposal licence checks, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping & post.

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.