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Kingdom awarded ACS Pacesetters membership again

Kingdom ACS Pacesetters Certificate 2016-2017Kingdom is very pleased to announce that they have had their membership of ACS Pacesetters renewed for another year, from 1st September 2016 until 31st August 2017.

ACS Pacesetters says of their members that “these companies, both national and regional, have proved they are market leaders in the security guarding industry and are therefore capable of providing an excellent standard of service to their clients and a high degree of care for their employees.”

Membership of ACS Pacesetters is restricted to the top 15% of SIA approved security companies; currently meaning that membership is limited to approximately 120 companies nationwide.

ACS is the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) Approved Contractor Scheme. The SIA is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry. The Approved Contractor Scheme was established by the SIA to form a set of operational and performance standards for security companies. The objective of the Approved Contractor Scheme, according to their website, is to “raise performance standards and to assist the private security industry in developing new opportunities.” It gives organisations the opportunity to distinguish themselves as being among the best providers of private security services in the UK.

To be accredited under the Approved Contractor Scheme, security companies must voluntarily submit themselves for annual inspection by one of five UKAS inspection bodies appointed by the SIA to carry out the task. They are then assessed and given a score. They must achieve a score of at least zero (which is considered to be a satisfactory score) to receive ACS accreditation.

However, there are currently over 800 contract security guarding companies that have achieved ACS accreditation, making it very difficult for the buyers of security services to differentiate between them. This is why ACS Pacesetters is so important. All current members of ACS Pacesetters achieved a score of at least +128 during their most recent annual inspection. Following Kingdom’s most recent inspection they were awarded an incredible score of +167. This was an increase on their record score of +161 the previous year, and easily placed them in an elite group of the top 5% of ACS security companies in the United Kingdom. The maximum overall score that can be achieved is currently 174, so Kingdom’s score was right at the very top.

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.  

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 achieves record score in annual SIA ACS audit

sia-approved-contractorOnce again Kingdom has increased their overall accreditation score in their annual SIA (Security Industry Authority) ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme) assessment. In what is an absolutely superb result, Kingdom has been awarded an incredible score of +167, breaking last year’s record score of +161.

The maximum overall score that can be achieved is currently +174, so Kingdom’s score places them right at the very top of what is possible and means they are one of the very best security companies in the entire country.

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry. It is an independent body reporting to the Home Office and it has two main duties. The first is the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry. The other is to manage the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS). This was established by the SIA to form a set of operational and performance standards for private security companies, measuring them against independently assessed criteria.

The objective of the Approved Contractor Scheme, according to their website, is to “raise performance standards and to assist the private security industry in developing new opportunities.” It gives organisations the opportunity to distinguish themselves as being among the best providers of private security services in the UK, and thus gives their clients confidence and trust in them.

To be accredited under the scheme, security companies must voluntarily submit themselves for annual inspection by one of five UKAS inspection bodies appointed by the SIA to carry out the task. They are then assessed and given a score. They must achieve a score of at least zero (which is considered to be a satisfactory score) to receive ACS accreditation.

Kingdom has just had this annual inspection, with site visit assessments carried out from the 13th to the 16th September 2016, and head office assessments carried out from the 12th to the 19th September 2016. For the first time, Kingdom’s regional offices in Scotland and Northern Ireland were inspected by the auditor who found the quality to be of an exceptional standard. We are delighted to report that no improvements were needed in order to meet the requirements of the ACS Standard. 

Commenting on the fantastic result, Kingdom’s CEO Terry Barton BA (Hons) said: “The work to secure such a score is the result of 12 months hard work by a fantastic Kingdom team. It is also a worthy reward because of the effort our leadership team put in pre audit and during the week of audit. Securing an ACS score that high does not come easy but continues to demonstrate, and more importantly evidence, what a great business Kingdom is and the 6,500 people within it. The score received makes me personally very proud of the business we have ALL built and the great successes we have had since inception in 1993”.

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.  

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.

Great results as litter crackdown starts in Ashford

160915~3E,0,258,190,212,185,0~4496745Kingdom has made a fantastic start tackling litter and dog fouling on behalf of Ashford Borough Council, handing out more than 100 fines for littering in their first three days of patrols.

Kingdom’s initial 12 month trial period tackling litter and dog fouling in the borough started on the 5th September 2016, and in the first three days Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Officers handed out 113 fines.

£75 on the spot fines are being issued to anyone caught deliberately dropping litter or not clearing up after their dog. There will be no reduction in cost for early payment. The new crackdown comes after it was recently announced that the council has not issued any littering fines in the last three and a half years.

Commenting on the news, an Ashford council spokesman said: “Officers from Kingdom began patrolling Ashford town centre on Wednesday, September 7. From September 7 to September 9, a total of 113 fixed penalty notices were issued and approximately 15 have been paid.

“Kingdom used these initial three days to undertake some important staff training exercises, meaning more officers than normal were on duty at this time. From now on there will be four officers patrolling across the borough.

“The litter enforcement campaign is not about making money. It’s about trying to stop people littering, and improving the environment to make Ashford a cleaner and tidier place.

“The project is likely to be cost-neutral, but if any profits are made they will be pushed back into supporting other environmental projects within the council, including additional dog warden patrols and equipment for litter education and enforcement campaigns.”

Kingdom’s officers do not have a target for issuing fixed penalty notices from the council, but they are expecting a significant number of fines to be handed out over the 12 month period.

Patrols will be flexible and will be able to move to different locations if required, particularly if there are specific problems in certain locations, or if there are major events taking place. The officers will not be operating covertly - they will wear uniforms similar to the council’s parking enforcement officers, identity badges and body-worn cameras which should improve payment rates and reduce appeals.

This is the eighth council in Kent that Kingdom is now providing environmental protection services for, with the others being Tunbridge Wells District Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Swale Borough Council, Canterbury City Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Thanet District Council and Dartford Borough Council. Kingdom’s specialist teams are led by experts with an ex-police and military background and deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities across the 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 or call 0845 051 7702.

Dog fouling patrols increased by Kingdom for Wrexham Council

clip_image002Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers have been increasing their patrols at identified dog fouling hotspots across the county borough of Wrexham, targeting them as part of the Environmental Protection service they provide to Wrexham County Borough Council.

As well as increasing their patrols around country parks and identified dog fouling hotspots, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers have started their patrols earlier and carried them out until later, starting at 6am and finishing at 9pm, to help them catch irresponsible dog owners.

Kingdom has been clamping down on people who drop litter and dog owners who don’t clean up after their dog since 1st April 2016 as part of the council’s zero tolerance approach. Kingdom also runs a “Bin it to Win it” campaign to encourage people to dispose of their litter properly. The scheme gives people who are spotted by Kingdom’s officers putting their litter in the bin the chance to be entered into a monthly prize draw for £50 of local shopping vouchers.

During August, Kingdom’s team issued 538 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) in the County Borough of Wrexham. 213 of these were issued in the Grosvenor Ward. The FPNs are for £75, so 538 FPNs equates to £40,350. When Wrexham Council previously ran a similar programme in house, a total of 21 tickets were issued over the whole year. It was expected that Kingdom would issue around 8 tickets per day, but are currently issuing double that amount, meaning that the fees generated for the local authority are well in excess of what was thought possible.

Commenting on the news, Cllr David A Bithell, Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said:

“I’m glad to see enforcement action continues to be successful. We also recently saw successful court action against people served with enforcement notices who were due to pay fines, and I hope this shows we will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to those who drop litter, or do not pick up after their dogs.

“I would also ask members of the public and council members to call in and report incidences of dog fouling and littering. The more reports we have, the better a picture we can build up of the level of these particular problems across the county borough, and Kingdom will be able to respond to them proportionately. Anyone who wishes to report such incidents may do so by calling Contact Wrexham on 01978 298989.”

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’s Safe Contractor Accreditation Renewed Again

clip_image002Kingdom is pleased to have once again been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme that assesses health and safety arrangements and recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Many major clients recognise the scheme and accept the Safecontractor certificate as confirmation of competency.

Safecontractor accreditation enhances Kingdom’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety is viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

Safecontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services.

John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, "Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place."

"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Kingdom has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.

Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.

Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over 210 major, nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.

Kingdom Safecontractor 2016-2017-JPEG_Page_1Kingdom’s accreditation is valid from the 15th September 2016 until the 14th September 2017 and is awarded for the following services:

  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Deep Cleaning
  • Grounds / Car Park Cleaning
  • High Level Building Exterior Cleaning
  • Janitors / Caretakers
  • Office Cleaning
  • Security Guards
  • Window Cleaning by Cradle Access
  • Window Cleaning by Ladder Access
  • Window Cleaning by Mobile Elevated Work Platform
  • Window Cleaning from Ground Level / Water Pole

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.

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 three peak challengers smash fundraising target

14203257_10206950707668444_3566317493482686782_nKingdom is very proud to have supported a team which included two colleagues who recently took part in the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for charity.

A team of six which included Kingdom security officer Irek Poniewozik (third from the left in the photo) and Kingdom Business Manager Fred Lambrechts (furthest on the right), successfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge on the 3rd and 4th of September. Fred has been Kingdom’s Corporate Business Manager in Central London for six years and Irek has been a core member of the security and concierge team at Kingdom’s client Weil (Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP) since April 2013. 

Kingdom has had a successful working relationship with Weil since 1998 and provides them with security and concierge services. Weil is among the world’s most prestigious international law firms, with approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents around the world. They advise clients on their most complex corporate, litigation, regulatory, restructuring and tax challenges.

The Three Peaks Challenge is to conquer the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in just a single weekend (within 24 hours). It is considered to be one of the ultimate tests of physical endurance, mental stamina and effective teamwork. Explaining why they were taking part in this challenge, the team wrote the following on their JustGiving page:

“We are a bunch of people exploring the world and looking for new challenges. Last year we cycled from London to Amsterdam and from London to Paris. We run half/ full marathons and ultra marathons over the mountains.

We have now decided to take part in the three peaks challenge in September. Although The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, often within 24 hours, to make this event a little bit more challenging our target is to do it within 20 hours.

We are raising money on behalf of The Sick Children's Trust. They provide free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation as well as emotional and practical support, to families with sick children in hospital in the UK. We believe keeping families together significantly improves the recovery of seriously ill children.

We would really appreciate any donations you could make to this fantastic cause.”

The team started Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock and finished just before 11 o’clock on Sunday morning – being their 20 hour target with the team time being 19 hours and 40 minutes. They would have completed the challenge even quicker were it not for a minor issue that involved being slightly misdirected on Scaffel Pike at 2am costing them some valuable time!

Fred provided the team with transport and moral support for the duration of the challenge, driving over 1,500 miles in one weekend to ensure the team had the best possible opportunity to complete the challenge within the tight timeframe. He maintains that his support was the key to the success!

The times for each mountain were as follows:

  • Ben Nevis 1345m (4413ft) conquered in 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Scafell Pike 978m (3209ft) conquered in 5 hours
  • Snowdon 1085m (3560ft) conquered in 1 hour 15 minutes

The team’s target was to raise £200 in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust – but the team has absolutely smashed that target, raising £1,060 at the time of writing, or 530% of their original target, with more money still coming in. The team were helped to reach this incredible amount with significant donations from both Weil and Kingdom. Donations are still welcome via the team’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/challenge2016

Each of those completing the challenge received a medal to mark their achievement (see below) although the driver was just thanked by those completing the challenge!

three peaks

Well done Irek and Fred – we’re all incredibly proud of you and your support for such a worthwhile charity.

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.

Two day training seminar takes place for Kingdom Business Managers

clip_image002As part of an ongoing commitment to quality, Kingdom recently delivered a two day training seminar for colleagues to attend.

The training was delivered by Barry Graham, Relationship Director at Kingdom and took place at Walsall Football Club on Wednesday 31st August and Thursday 1st  September.

Business Managers and Regional Business Managers from Security, Commercial Cleaning and Environmental Protection were all in attendance with the sessions split over two days so that Kingdom could continue to deliver their services.

clip_image004The training sessions included the launch of Konnect – version 2, a new improved training Q form and an introduction to new working practices such as the ‘Lean’ principles and 5S management system.

Commenting on the event HR Manager, Jenny Cook said: “A great day was had by all and all attendees found the day beneficial, taking something away that they could action.”

Going forward, Kingdom plans to continue their delivery of training in both seminar and master class style formats.

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.







Infographic: How effective management can keep your property safe

Buildings of all types and in all sectors can be victims of crime, whether they are in use or empty, and increasingly many owners of properties are turning to trusted security companies for advice on how best to keep their buildings safe.

The infographic below looks at the threats that are faced and how they can be prevented.

Kingdom praised for invaluable support during Notting Hill Carnival

Network HomesKingdom’s security team has been praised for their excellent work conducted for a client during the recent Notting Hill Carnival.

Network Homes provides affordable housing in 36 local authority areas mainly around London and the Home Counties and is one of London’s largest and strongest Housing associations.

Notting Hill Carnival sees over 1 million visitors descend on London over the August Bank Holiday weekend for a street party, and so Kingdom were invited to provide security for Network Homes Tollgate site.

Through concierge and security personnel services they ensured that residents and guests adhered to Network Homes’ arrangements for access to the housing site. Maintaining a safe and secure environment for those in their homes as well as supporting those non resident with directions and other useful information

Erika Davidson, Neighbourhood Officer at Network Homes wrote to Kingdom to praise the impact of Business Manager Ruhul Khan and his site based team. She went on to say:

“It was evident that the guards there made all the difference” and that it was “a relief to see residents and guests complying with the arrangements.”

Commenting on the praise for the Kingdom team, Relationship Director, Tracey Boult said:

“This is another excellent example of the effective communication and management demonstrated by Ruhul since his promotion from Site Manager to Business Manager, Ruhul is a credit to Kingdom and his clients.”

Congratulations to Ruhul and to all members of the Kingdom team for their hard work.

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.

India visit for Kingdom Directors

imageKingdom CEO Terry Barton and Kingdom Director Mark Wallace are freshly returned from India where they have been meeting the staff, customers and strategic support suppliers of the Indian security company Capital Guarding Services that Kingdom recently acquired.

As part of the visit, Terry and Mark also met the Finance Minister and the Labour Minister of the Indian state of Kerala.

Terry and Mark spent the week in India from the 26th June to the 2nd July. Their first day was spent in Cochin (also known as Kochi) meeting the India team. Cochin is the commercial capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala and is where Capital Guarding Services is based. This first day included an introduction to the team, a briefing on Kingdom from Terry and Mark, a share holder’s discussion, an overview of the industry, a look at the current business and plans for going forward, and an office visit. The second day was spent in Cochin and upcountry meeting existing clients and prospects.

clip_image004On the third day, Mark and Terry spent five hours travelling to Trivandrum where they met with the Financial Minister, Dr. T. M. Thomas Isaac, at the Kerala Legislative Assembly, and on the following day they met with the Labour Minister, Shri. T. P. Ramakrishnan, and the CEO of KSIDC (Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd.). This is because the focus of Capital Guarding Services since it was founded in 2014 has not only been to provide a guarding service and specialised and customised security solutions, but also to help the uneducated sector to develop their hidden skills and secure their lives by providing job opportunities across Kerala. They are therefore hoping to utilise the Kerala government’s skill development programme in the security sector.

Commenting on their trip, Terry Barton, Kingdoms CEO said: “This new project came to life a number of years ago when I undertook a charity project in India. I absolutely loved the culture and people and wanted to bring the Kingdom UK services to India and turn my experience into a true business proposition. We have put together a truly great team and our presence in India allows us to introduce our core security, facilities management and environmental services to our current customer base that is already established in India and clip_image006to secure some new customers and to introduce some new service lines, including waste, vetting and a training centre of excellence. It is also intended that the new initiative will act as a launch pad for pan India and Middle East operations in the future”

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.

clip_image008Established 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.

Photos

Image 1: (l-r) Rajesh Krishna (Director, Kingdom India), Terry Barton (Kingdom CEO), Mark Wallace (Kingdom Director), Jayanand Krishna (CEO, Kingdom India)

Image 2: Kingdom Director Mark Wallace (left) and Kingdom CEO Terry Barton (second from right) with two Kingdom India guards

Image 3 (l-r): Kingdom CEO Terry Barton, Kingdom India Director Rajesh Krishna and Kingdom Director Mark Wallace meeting their client FISAT (Federal Institute of Science and Techology)

Image 4: (l-r) Dr. T. M. Thomas Isaac (Finance Minister of the Indian state of Kerala) meeting with Kingdom CEO Terry Barton and Kingdom Director Mark Wallace

Notts fire brigade protected by Kingdom during move

imageNottingham’s Central Fire Station is in the process of closing down, with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service moving across the city into a brand new purpose built state-of-the-art building. Kingdom is pleased to be helping to complete this process.

Kingdom is providing manned guarding and mobile patrol services at both the old and new sites whilst Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service moves. Kingdom is a national security supplier that specialises in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. Our UK wide mobile patrol, lock and unlock service is a cost-effective, efficient and visible deterrent solution for low risk sites such as this, and ranges from a simple visual drive-by to a full walk and check or lock and unlock function.

The move to sell off the old fire station on Shakespeare Street has been long planned with the old building, which has become outdated and no longer financially viable, dating back to 1940. The old fire station is a 3,700 square metre building that is no longer fit for purpose, as both energy bills and repair bills have been growing rapidly. The fire and rescue service is therefore moving to a new Central Fire Station which has been built on London Road, at the junction with Crocus Street.

The new fire station will allow fire fighters to respond to calls more quickly and will help to save money. The location of the new 1,000 square metre building has been chosen provide easy access to many Nottinghamshire neighbourhoods, allowing the fire and rescue service to respond to calls as quickly as possible. It has been designed to last for more than 50 years and will use less than a quarter of the energy when compared to the current Central Fire Station, reducing both carbon emissions and costs significantly. The handover of the new building was carried out on the 11th August 2016, and the move is expected to be completed in September.

Innovative, independent and driven to explore new ways Kingdom successfully manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard specialising in security, cleaning and environmental protection. Our national network of regional support offices manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard, benchmarked by all the major UK quality accreditation bodies.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest independently owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Commercially strong they have a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers.

Kingdom take a fresh approach to the support services market: adapting to the proliferation of new technologies and emerging security threats, whilst also offering their customers a leaner, smarter and more connected way of working.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk

Kingdom’s litter patrols head to Bexley

clip_image002Yet another local authority has turned to Kingdom to help it tackle environmental issues on its streets and in its public places. The London Borough of Bexley is introducing a 12-month trial scheme, starting in the autumn, which will enforce laws on littering, dog fouling and fly tipping. This is happening in response to calls from members of the public for tough action to be taken with regards to these types of anti-social behaviour, and following the council having to spend £38,000 of public money clearing waste from fly tipping.

Explaining why the London Borough of Bexley has become the latest local authority to use Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, cabinet member Cllr Peter Craske said:

“Last year Bexley taxpayers were forced to spend £38,000 clearing up fly tipping and I know they are fed up with people dropping or seeing a small minority of dog owners walk off leaving their pet’s mess on the pavement.

“This pilot scheme aims to crack down on this anti-social behaviour, and hopefully save taxpayers’ money too. I am sure Bexley residents will support this initiative.

“One of the reasons Bexley is one of the best places to live in the UK is because we take pride in having a clean and tidy community and no-one wants to see it ruined by a small minority.”

Kingdom will provide up to five uniformed officers who will patrol areas of the borough that have been highlighted by residents or by council staff as having a problem with littering, dog fouling or fly tipping. They will be fully uniformed and display the borough logo. They will be provided with body worn cameras to guard against the possibility of confrontation, abuse and false accusations and to provide evidence of offences.

The aim will be to recover the cost of running the service through Fixed Penalty Notice fines. Fixed Penalty Notices will be issued to people seen committing the offence of littering, allowing their dog to foul public areas and not clear up after their pet, and fly tipping. There will be a £50 for dog fouling, an £80 fine for littering and a maximum of £400 for fly tipping. Full payment of the fine will be required in all cases, with no reduction for early payment. The trial will be publicised in advance so that people are aware of the new enforcement policy. Any young offenders will have their details recorded and a warning letter will be sent to their parents or school.

The news release from the London Borough of Bexley noted that: “The service will be delivered by Kingdom Security Ltd, who currently provides a similar service for seven councils in Kent and six London boroughs. They report a reduction in littering and greater awareness among the public of the need to clean up after yourself and your pets.”

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 sponsors client’s open day

Scott Grange Open Day 2016Kingdom recently enjoyed attending the open day of one of their clients, Scott Grange in Hartlepool, and was proud to support their fundraising efforts. Scott Grange is part of the national social enterprise and charity Home Group, which Kingdom has provided a concierge security service to since December 2011.

Scott Grange held an open day to raise funds for their residents on Tuesday 23rd August 2016. People attending the open day were able to see all of the new changes at Scott Grange, as well as helping their clients to raise funds for activities which will improve their life skills. Fun activities included a tombola, raffle, name the boy competition, sponsored bike ride and cake sale. There were also stands providing information about all of Home Group’s services in the area and information stalls about other services within the area too. Kingdom sponsored the event by donating £100 in high street vouchers as a prize for the raffle.

Home Group is one of the UK’s largest providers of high quality housing and supported housing services and products, with a turnover of over £327million and assets valued at £2.8 billion. Founded in the North East by an Act of Parliament in the 1930s, their mission is “to help their customers and clients to open doors to new opportunities and healthy lives”.

Home Group’s role is to provide general needs housing, supported housing services and home ownership options targeted towards helping some of society’s most vulnerable or excluded people take control of their own lives. Home Group houses over 120,000 people a year and manages over 55,000 homes in over 200 local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales. This includes working with almost 30,000 vulnerable people each year through over 500 supported housing, justice and health services. They are the UK’s largest provider of care and support services with 36 years experience. To find out more about Home Group, please click here.

Scott Grange is part of Home Group. It is a large house in the centre of Hartlepool and is funded through rental income and Hartlepool Supporting People. It provides an accommodation and support service to 18-65 year old male ex-offenders or those at risk of offending who are homeless or in housing need. The service provides individuals with accommodation within a supportive and nurturing environment. This support offered is aimed at working with clients to meet their individual needs, develop skills and enable a successful transition into independent living. The service works in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure service provision is effective, focused and responsive to local needs. The property consists of eleven self contained flats with an additional communal kitchen, laundry and resource/training room. The project is well established having been open since 1984 and is well supported and accepted by the local community.

Safeguarding people, facilities and reputations, Kingdom’s dedicated social housing team provides a safe place, striking a balance between a building that is welcoming yet secure. They have extensive experience and an in-depth understanding to meet the special and sensitive safeguarding demands of the social housing sector and focus on the criteria that matter most to their customers.

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.

Wrexham litterbugs in court for failing to pay fines

clip_image002Forty-five people who dropped litter in the County Borough of Wrexham and failed to pay their resulting £75 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) found themselves in front of Wrexham Magistrates Court this week.

All forty-five offenders were fined between £75 and £100 for dropping litter, with costs of £50 awarded in all cases, along with a victim surcharge. Unfortunately the fines levied at court are not payable to Wrexham Council, going instead to central government. If the offenders had paid their original £75 FPN then the money would have gone to the local council and could have been used locally.

The £75 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) had been issued by Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Officers as part of Wrexham Council’s crackdown on litter and dog fouling. Kingdom started providing this service to Wrexham Council on the 1st April 2016. Kingdom also operates a “Bin it to Win it” campaign to encourage people to dispose of their litter properly. The scheme gives people who are spotted by Kingdom’s officers putting their litter in the bin the chance to be entered into a monthly prize draw for £50 of local shopping vouchers.

Bryony Tomlinson, prosecuting, told the magistrates that littering was a big problem, explaining that: “It is estimated to cost a local authority in Wales more than £40 million a year to remove litter from our streets.” She added that dropped cigarette butts in particular have become a big problem for the environment, as “cigarette ends that go into drains have an impact on their efficiency at times of heavy rain which increases the chance of flooding.”

Commenting on the fines, Cllr David A Bithell, lead member for environment and transport on Wrexham Council, said: “I am very pleased the magistrates ruled in our favour in each of these instances. I hope this shows that we will use all our powers under the law to follow all environmental enforcement action to its end. I’ve repeatedly stated that if you don’t drop litter or allow your dog to foul, you have nothing to fear from our action. Our zero-tolerance approach to dog fouling and littering continues.”

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.

Prosecutions for unpaid littering fines in Ealing

clip_image002Thirty-five people have been made to pay a large fine and now have a criminal record after being caught by Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers dropping litter in the streets of Ealing and then refusing to pay their Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

Of the thirty five people who were prosecuted by Ealing Council, all but one now have to pay a fine of £530, which includes their court costs. When initially caught they were issued with a FPN of £80, which is the maximum penalty for this type of offence. If they had paid their FPN, they could have saved themselves £450, a criminal record and an appearance in court. People who fail to pay are initially sent a reminder, and if they still fail to pay they are then referred to the council’s legal team for prosecution.

Kingdom started patrolling the streets of Ealing, London’s third largest borough, on the 23rd September 2015, when the council started cracking down on littering, spitting and dog fouling. Since then hundreds of people have been caught red handed. Residents wishing to report littering and dog fouling can do so online at https://www.ealing.gov.uk/reportit.

The patrols are part of wider council enforcement action to clean up local streets. As well as carrying out the litter patrols, Kingdom is also part of joint operations with the police and council officers to catch people who are fly tipping. The council recently increased its Fixed Penalty Notice amount for fly-tipping to £400.

Commenting on the prosecutions, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, the Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Leisure on Ealing Council, said:

“Everyone has a part to play in helping to keep our streets clean and there is no excuse for dropping litter or cigarette butts, or spitting.

“For most people, getting an £80 fixed penalty notice is exactly the wake-up call they need to stop this dirty and selfish habit and the fact that most FPNs are paid quickly and without dispute shows that they accept they were in the wrong.

“For those people who think we aren’t taking this issue seriously, I hope that these prosecutions show that we are prepared to use our full legal powers to keep the streets clean.

“A simple £80 charge can escalate into a criminal record and a fine of hundreds of pounds. It’s much easier to simply put it in the bin in the first place.”

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.