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Kingdom one of “1000 companies to inspire Britain” for the second year

Europe2018Homepage_bannerKingdom is delighted to be able to announce that we have been included in the fifth edition of the London Stock Exchange Group’s annual list of “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain”. This is the second year in a row that Kingdom has been included in the publication, and we could not be more excited about it!

Sponsored by Business Growth Fund, Cenkos, British Business Bank and The Telegraph, 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain is an annual celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, and we are very pleased that Kingdom has been included in this definition for two consecutive years now.

The report identifies the 1000 companies by ten key sectors, and also examines in detail the opportunities and challenges facing SMEs, looking at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of the UK economy. The annual average revenue growth rate across the 1000 named companies from 2013 to 2017 is a phenomenal 71% a year.

Writing the forward to the report, Nikhil Rathi, CEO of the London Stock Exchange, said: “Policymakers of all political persuasions are clear: small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the heartbeat of our economy, driving jobs and growth. Their dynamism plays a huge part in the UK’s ability to innovate and export, and, in doing so, creates high-quality jobs for the next generation, while addressing stubborn structural economic issues, such as low productivity. At London Stock Exchange Group, we agree and are proud to publish the fifth annual edition of our ground-breaking report: 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, which identifies the United Kingdom’s fastest-growing SMEs and high-growth companies across multiple sectors and regions.”

The report also included commentary by the UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and the Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Jonathan Reynolds.

The Prime Minister’s commentary stated that: “Businesses do not just provide jobs and boost the economy, valuable though both those roles are. They make daily life possible, providing us with a standard of living few could have dreamed of less than a century ago. To me, that is why all businesses, especially smaller ones, are inspiring; taking the spark of an innovative idea and shaping it into a life-changing reality. And the 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses listed here are among the very best ... from dynamic start-ups to established family firms, SMEs are the backbone of our country.”

Kingdom was one of just 91 companies from the North West of the UK to be included in the report. To find out more about the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2018 report, please visit http://www.lseg.com/resources/1000-companies-inspire

Kingdom is one of the largest, independent and privately-owned companies specialising in security solutions, facilities management, environmental protection and recruitment within the UK, Ireland and South Asia.

We successfully manage and lead thousands of high quality service personnel in highly complex public-facing environments and support each one of them through a national network of regional offices. In turn, these are supported by our National Support Centre. Together, we form a strong network that is able to uphold the highest standards of support for our customers.

For more information about Kingdom and all our services, please visit our website http://www.kingdom.co.uk/ or call us on 0845 051 7702.


Kingdom launches new Colleague Zone

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Kingdom is very pleased to have launched a new Colleague Zone today which all colleagues at Kingdom will have access to. The new Colleague Zone replaces our old “Our People” section and has been designed to be in line with Kingdom’s new website, which was launched at the end of last year.

The new Colleague Zone brings together everything that our colleagues will need in one easy to access place. The improved navigation makes everything much simpler to find, and therefore makes it much easier for our colleagues to access and utilise what they need compared to what was available to them before.

Kingdom is a people business, so likes to keep colleagues happy and enthused. We don’t believe that colleague welfare ends with paying wages, which is why our “welfare rainbow” provides many colleague incentives.

This new area will help to make our colleagues jobs easier and will also help them to further develop their skill sets. Crucially though, it will also allow our colleagues to access the tools and information they need more quickly and easily, which ultimately means they can do their job better and more quickly, and therefore provide better results for our clients.

There are four key new sections:

clip_image0041. A New Starter Zone to help ensure that anybody just starting out on their journey with Kingdom has the best experience possible. This area includes a Welcome Pack, a Colleague Handbook, a Team Leader Handbook, a Retail Handbook, and an Organisation Chart. There will also be access for colleagues to check their own hours and holidays in this area.

2. A Training Academy, which is a person-centred approach to help colleagues to maximise their development. This allows colleagues to access KingdomShield, our very own workplace training site.

3. A Download Zone, giving colleagues instant access to all of the key policies and forms that they might need at the touch of a button. This includes our environmental policy, social media policy, lone worker policy, health & safety policy, health & safety manual, health & safety wellbeing policy, uniform order form, colleague welfare form, personal development plan, incident report form, and mission, vision & values policy.

clip_image0064. A Daily News section, to help keep Kingdom colleagues up to date with the latest news and articles from Kingdom and to “live the brand”.

Finally, there is a “Submit a Sales Lead” section, allowing colleagues to earn easy commission by submitting a sales lead, and a “refer a friend for a position” form, allowing colleagues to earn easy cash by recommending a friend for a role. Both of these will allow our colleagues to play their part in helping Kingdom to grow.

We operate within a fast-paced culture which requires a clear vision and passionate commitment to our customers and colleagues, whilst maintaining integrity, honesty and openness throughout. Our colleagues drive our success, so we want them to achieve great things and be rewarded for their efforts on a “job well done”.

We add value to your business by securing, deploying and retaining the right people, and supporting them with bespoke and comprehensive training tailored to your sector. Our training reflects the key issues you face and focuses on the criteria that matters most to you.

Kingdom is one of the largest, independent and privately-owned companies specialising in security solutions, facilities management, environmental protection and recruitment within the UK, Ireland and South Asia.

We successfully manage and lead thousands of high quality service personnel in highly complex public-facing environments and support each one of them through a national network of regional offices. In turn, these are supported by our National Support Centre. Together, we form a strong network that is able to uphold the highest standards of support for our customers.

For more information about Kingdom and all our services, please visit our website http://www.kingdom.co.uk/ or call us on 0845 051 7702.


Kingdom supports university client with Wellbeing Day

clip_image002[5]Kingdom was pleased to support our client, the University of South Wales, by donating prizes for their recent Wellbeing Day which was held on Thursday 19th April to promote healthy work and lifestyles.

The event took place from 10am until 3.30pm and included a number of presentations, including an Opening Address from the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Society and talks on Managing Stress and Anxiety, and on Mental Health and Stigma. There were also opportunities for blood pressure and cholesterol checks, BMI, Height/Weight, peak flow and body weight analysis, and 10-minute Mindfulness taster sessions. Various health and wellbeing organisations also had information stands at the event.

Kingdom has been providing security services to the University of South Wales since February 2017. Our role includes providing security guarding, car park management, operating the control room and student protection.

The University of South Wales was formed on 11th April 2013 when the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport merged. As of 2017 it was in the top five percent of universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is the second largest university in Wales in terms of student numbers and offers around 200 courses. It has four main faculties across its three main campuses in South East Wales – in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd. The Pontypridd campus is the largest one and consists of three parts – Treforest, Glyntaff and Tyn y Wern. Kingdom provides security services to all of these locations. A new campus will be opening in Dubai in September 2018.

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

clip_image004Kingdom’s dedicated education team and extensive experience and an in-depth understanding to meet the special needs of the education sector and focuses on the criteria that matter most to our education customers. Our education security teams provide a safe place to learn and teach, safeguarding people, facilities and reputations.

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 extends services with Glan Clwyd Hospital

IMG_0334Kingdom is very pleased to have expanded the services that they are providing to Glan Clwyd Hospital (Ysbyty Glan Clwyd) in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, North Wales.

Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital is one of the three major hospitals of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and is currently in the midst of a multi-million-pound improvement scheme that includes a new neo-natal intensive unit which will centralise neonatal intensive care in North Wales.

The other two main hospitals that Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) is responsible for is Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Kingdom started providing services to all three of these hospitals on 1st September 2017.

Initially Kingdom was just providing estate security (the protection of property and assets) for the three BCUHB hospitals, but this has been expanded to include project security for the new neo-natal unity and a contractual Accident & Emergency (A&E) response officer whose specific role is to protect staff, patients and visitors from harm. All of Kingdom’s security officers there have been specially trained to work at the hospitals in North Wales and have undertaken a range of courses including in Physical Intervention, Breakaway Training and Management of Actual of Potential Aggression (MAPA) to name but a few.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is the largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services for a population of around 678,000 people across the six counties of North Wales (Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham). They employ approximately 16,500 people. As well as being responsible for the three main hospitals, the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is also responsible for a network of community hospitals, health centres, clinics, medical health units and community team bases. They coordinate the work of 109 GP practices, as well as NHS services provided by dentists, opticians and pharmacists across North Wales.

The above photograph was taken on Kingdom’s first day at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital and shows (l-r) Simon Williams (Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Estates Officer), Delroy McGee (Kingdom’s Operations Director North), Arwel Hughes (Estates Operations Manager) and Casey Bowden (one of Kingdom’s Security Officers).

Kingdom is very pleased to have developed an excellent relationship with all three hospitals over the last six months and are now in discussions to start rolling out a Bed Watch service to BCUHB, similar to the one that we are currently providing to Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester Wythenshawe Hospital and Leighton Hospital in the North West of England.

Kingdom is one of the UK’s top-performing and most highly accredited providers of national security solutions; protecting property, people and brand. We are equipped to support even the most complex public-facing environments and know that high quality services must be delivered in challenging environments with strict compliance requirements. We have extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the NHS and focus on the criteria that matter most to you.

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


Kingdom starts new contract with Cromwell

IMG_0677 - CopyKingdom is delighted to have started providing a new contract to the UK’s largest tools supplier, Cromwell Tools, as of 9th April 2018.

We are providing security services that include security patrols, searches and gatehouse duties, and a corporate reception service. Our team at Cromwell includes a manager, supervisors, officers and reception and concierge.

The picture to the right shows (left to right) Kingdom’s regional business manager Andrew van Vurren, Kingdom’s Operations Director North Delroy McGee, and Cromwell’s Loss Prevention and Security Director Mark Stevenson.

Cromwell is Europe’s leading independent supplier of maintenance, repair and operations type products, offering the widest choice to all industries, professions and trades. They are experts in hand tools, power tools and PPE. They are the largest British owned industrial distributor with over 100,000 products at trade prices. They hold stock in excess of £50million throughout the world.

Cromwell have over 54 branches throughout the UK, with each one offering a Trade Counter/Collection Service, and a daily delivery to local industry. Next day delivery is standard, and is free for orders over £20. They employ over 1,800 people, have 67 distribution centres worldwide, have four specialist companies and an export division that operates in over 50 countries and across five continents. In addition to this, Cromwell boasts a team of “time-served” sales engineers in each region, a product analysis unit, a team studying production methods worldwide, and carry out global product research.

They have a unique daily intercompany delivery system enabling rapid access to products, service and information. Their own distribution fleet allows overnight deliveries to be made nationwide from their vast World Distribution Centre (WDC) in Wigston in Leicester (which is where Kingdom are providing services) whilst during the day this fleet provides a national delivery and collection service to allow their centrally stocked products to be delivered to their customers the same day.

The company was founded on the 1st August 1970 by Michael Gregory who opened the first Cromwell premises in Wilberforce Road, Leicester. For more information about Cromwell, please visit https://www.cromwell.co.uk/

Kingdom is one of the largest, independent and privately-owned companies specialising in security solutions, facilities management, environmental protection and recruitment within the UK, Ireland and South Asia. We were first established in 1993 and are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. Over the last 25 years we have grown from a company with just 7 officers to employing over 6,000 people, and now operate on a turnover of over £106 million.

We successfully manage and lead thousands of high quality service personnel in highly complex public facing environments and support each one through a national network of regional offices. In turn, these are supported by our National Support Centre. Together we form a strong network that is able to uphold the highest standards of support for our customers.

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


Kingdom’s Steve Foster donating hair for charity

c20b7c75-e965-4c9d-843d-9ed7311d70d2Kingdom’s Legal Manager, Steve Foster, will soon be looking very different, as he is going to be shaving off his trademark pony tail to help make wigs for children without hair. As well as donating his hair, Steve is also raising money for the charity that provides the wigs at the same time.

Steve has been with Kingdom since the company was first founded by CEO Terry Barton BA (Hons) back in 1993, so celebrated his 25-year anniversary with the company last month at the same time as Kingdom celebrated its 25-year anniversary. Steve has worked in every department at Kingdom over the last 25 years, and last year was presented with a CEO Award last year for his commitment, dedication and contribution to the company.

Commenting on his fundraising efforts, Steve said: “The ponytail is going. My hairline at the front is getting further and further back and I figured that whilst it is still not too grey to be used it would be great to donate it to a charity to make wigs for children that unfortunately don’t have any.”

e84d3d1d-f7b1-4e6b-bc55-712af434bf5aKingdom is pleased to be sponsoring Steve, who has so far raised an impressive £220 for charity and is hoping to raise more. The charity Steve is raising money for is the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who are being treated for cancer and other illnesses to help them cope when they lose their hair. To date the charity has given away more than 6,000 free wigs. If you would like to find out more about the work of the Little Princess Trust, please visit http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/

Speaking about how much he is hoping to raise for this extremely worthy cause, Steve said: “I am not setting any particular target, I just want to raise as much as possible, so when donations stop coming in I may bring the date forward! Whoever donates the most might even have the pleasure of cutting it if they want!”

If you would like to sponsor Steve and make a donation, however big or small, to the Little Princess Trust, you can do so by visiting Steve’s JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/shavearaven. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So, it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

e6d9e27f-2303-4bcf-a5e9-5cd9ae8aee43Kingdom 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 acquires Wiltshire based Keyline Chartered Security

keyline-chartered-security-logoKingdom is delighted to announce that, as of 1st April 2018, they have acquired the Manned Guarding, Mobile, Key Holding & Response contracts of Keyline Chartered Security.

Keyline were awarded their first security contract in 1977 and for over 35 years Keyline has been providing security personnel to high profile customers throughout the UK.

The Keyline acquisition continues the strategic expansion plans of Kingdom.

Terry Barton BA Hons Law, Chief Executive of Kingdom said: “Strategic acquisitions have always formed part of our growth strategy and Keyline was an opportunity to further strengthen our UK security foothold as well as strengthening our sectors such as the NHS and distribution.

“We look forward to meeting and working in partnership with all our new customers.”

Kingdom is one of the largest, independent and privately-owned companies specialising in security solutions, facilities management, environmental protection and recruitment within the UK, Ireland and South Asia. We were first established in 1993 and are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. Over the last 25 years we have grown from a company with just 7 officers to employing over 6,000 people, and now operate on a turnover of over £106 million.

We successfully manage and lead thousands of high quality service personnel in highly complex public facing environments and support each one through a national network of regional offices. In turn, these are supported by our National Support Centre. Together we form a strong network that is able to uphold the highest standards of support for our customers.

Kingdom is considered the benchmark for quality in our industry and we are accredited by all major UK quality assurance bodies. As recognised pioneers of innovation in our industry we are driven to explore new ways of working and fresh approaches to progression within the support services market.

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


Job Vacancy: Social Media and External Communications Specialist

clip_image002[6]Are you a “self starter” who is able to hit the ground running? Do you have content creation skills, and are you a stickler for the detail behind tone of voice and brand guidelines? Do you have excellent verbal, written, copy and blog writing skills? If the answer to all of these is yes, then we may have an ideal job opportunity for you.

Kingdom is looking to recruit a Social Media and External Communications Specialist who will report to our Leadership Team and will be based at our National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows. This is a wide-ranging role which will involve being able to write, create, proof read and edit a set of engaging, accurate, timely and effective internal and external company messages and campaigns.

The successful applicant must have at least three years’ experience in a similar role. They must also have a track record and knowledge of social media tools and techniques which they can use creatively to deliver and manage multi-channel internal campaigns all the way from concept through to execution. Finally, they must be up to date with the latest trends and best practices in social media and external communications, as well as engagement practice and measurement.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join of the UK’s fastest growing companies. In order to carry out this role, you will need to be able to manage multiple projects and tasks, have excellent IT skills, and be a team player as well as be able to work independently. You will need to understand our business and customers, manage all media channels and their content and output across multiple social media platforms, manage a budget and a social media calendar, and implement and develop a social media and external communications business strategy that will include creating, planning and managing all content (images, video and written) to reach desired audiences through key brand stories, objectives and messages.

You will also need to proactively seek new opportunities and experiment with alternative ways to leverage media activities in order to develop product and brand awareness by monitoring and tracking discussion topics and trends. You will be responsible for managing relationships with outsourced media companies to ensure aligned messaging, content and activity. Finally, you will be required to measure and report on the impact of your activities and be able to advise stakeholders at all levels.

For more details about the role, please contact Mark Wallace, Kingdom’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), by email on mark.wallace@kingdom.co.uk.


Kingdom membership of top cleaning industry professional body renewed

SKM_C284e18040411300Kingdom is very pleased to have renewed its membership of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) for another year, until the end of March 2019. Being a Corporate Member of the BICSc demonstrates active and material support of the Institute in its aims to raise environmental standards in the cleaning industry through training and education.

The BICSc is the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry, with over 25,000 individual and corporate members in the UK and internationally. Their mission is to “raise the status and standards of the cleaning industry, through professional standards and accredited training.”

All BICSc accredited training is managed through BICS Business Services (BBS). BBS is a leading training provider for the cleaning industry. Their standards combine expert knowledge from highly regarded industry professionals, allowing them to deliver accredited training and best practice to the industry. Kingdom is very pleased to take full advantage of this knowledge and training to constantly allow us to improve our services and thus deliver the very best results for our clients.

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

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, our investment and dedication to quality and safety is taken extremely seriously. We regularly access experts in their fields to openly audit and challenge us.

cleaning-imgKingdom is one of the UK’s top-performing and most highly-accredited providers of national Facilities Management solutions. We have an impressive list of high-profile clients across many demanding business sectors and are equipped to support even the most complex public-facing environments.

We deliver a supervisor-led or site-managed Cleaning and Hygiene service committed to using the most skilled people, modern technologies and latest products to provide a leaner, smarter and more connected organisation. We deliver the highest standards of cleanliness regardless of how demanding your environment is.

We add value by taking a proactive stance towards site cleanliness and tidiness, whilst also advising on ways to reduce costs and task expenditure. All our people are trained not just in cleaning techniques and application of technology, but also in over-arching Health and Safety and the significance of environmental impact.

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


Kingdom awarded Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber-Essentials-Badge-(High-Res)Kingdom is very pleased to have been awarded the certification in Cyber Essentials. This accreditation helps to protect organisations against cyber-attack, guarding against the most common cyber threats and at the same time allowing them to demonstrate their commitment to cyber security.

Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme that is designed to help protect businesses of all sizes and in all sectors against a whole range of the most common cyber-attacks. The government worked with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Forum (ISF) to develop the scheme, and it is backed by industry, including the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI, and several insurance organisations.

The principle behind the scheme is that the vast majority of cyber-attacks are very basic in nature and are carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. As the Cyber Essentials website says, “they’re the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked.” Getting certified in cyber essentials shows that businesses like Kingdom have taken the necessary steps to prevent these types of attacks. The scheme is described as “simple but effective” and shows businesses how to address the basics and prevent the most common attacks. By gaining this qualification, it gives us and our clients peace of mind that our defences will protect against the vast majority of cyber-attacks.

Kingdom’s Cyber Essentials Certification is just one of the many awards and accreditations that we have that demonstrate our "commitment to quality" (C2Q). As part of this, we embrace five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes. As a supplier to brand focused customers, our investment and dedication to quality and safety is taken extremely seriously, and as part of this we regularly access experts in our field. More information about Kingdom’s accreditations can be viewed here.

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


What does resilience mean for your business?

andy-howeAndy Howe, Kingdom’s Head of Risk and Mitigation (pictured), reflects on what is meant by the term “resilience”, why it is of vital importance to businesses, and what steps businesses can take to ensure that they are resilient, in this article below:

Resilience can mean a number of things to a number of people but at times of crises resilience is the “ability to absorb and adapt in a changing environment” and can be critical in ensuring the companies survival.

There are a number of ways to build resilience within an organisation and there are four pillars to success;

  • Understanding the organisation, its values, vulnerabilities and structure
  • The company’s strategy and contingency planning
  • Implementation of the above and
  • Continuous improvement and monitoring

A good starting point is to assess where your Company is now, where you want to be and the ‘road map’ to getting there.

Resilient companies are those with an adaptable workforce displaying a positive ‘can do’ culture and behaviours that stem from effective leadership and empowerment in an evolving environment. This is underpinned with practised policies and planning, professional standards and a healthy infrastructure.

A knowledge of your vulnerabilities and an agile workforce capable of responding at times of crises will support your response during challenging times and ensure your company is in a healthy position to evolve and adapt to the challenges of the 21st Century.

Please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/risk-and-mitigation or call 0845 051 7702 to find out how Kingdom can support you further with our Risk & Mitigation services.


Kingdom attending GO Conference: Working with the NHS in Wales

GOWales.Conference.NHS_.959x265-2Kingdom is excited to be attending the GO Conference: Working with the NHS in Wales at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel in central Cardiff. This is a one-day event that will be held on Wednesday 28th March.

Kingdom will be represented at the event by Glenn Bourne, Kingdom’s Recruitment Director, and by Ashley Govier, Kingdom’s Business Development, Media & PR Specialist. The event aims to provide attendees with information, insight and networking, as well as a rare opportunity to speak directly to those at the heart of Welsh NHS Procurement.

The event is being supported by NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership and is being held to give both new and existing suppliers (like Kingdom) of services to the NHS in Wales an essential understanding of how to work with this complex organisation. It also aims to provide attendees with a full appreciation of the challenges faced by NHS Wales, leaving us “smart, informed and engaged”.

The GO (Government Opportunities) website says that “now is the time for suppliers with innovative or cost-saving products or services to step up and make the most of this chance to sell to the NHS in Wales.” This is because the NHS is looking to continue to deliver world class services whilst reducing costs. The annual budget for health and social care in Wales is currently £7.2billion, and from this figure £800 million is spent on goods and services. As the public’s expectations, along with the demands on the services the NHS in Wales provides continues to increase, so the NHS in Wales needs to look at ways that it can continue to work efficiently and safely whilst meeting the demand and developing to meet future needs.

This is the reason why it launched its revised Procurement Strategy last year, which covers a five-year period. Senior NHS staff, including leading NHS buyers and procurement experts, will be discussing at the conference the implications and opportunities of the strategy for suppliers like Kingdom, and will be aiming to make sure that attendees better understand the needs of the NHS in Wales to allow them to respond innovatively to the key issues affecting healthcare spending. Ultimately, NHS Wales knows that delivering world class services while reducing cost requires dialogue, understanding and insight, which is what this event aims to provide.

Kingdom will be discussing with key people within NHS Wales how we can help them to achieve their aims. We are recognised pioneers of innovation in our industry, utilising the best technology to provide a leaner, smarter, more connected organisation. We are driven to explore new ways of working and fresh approaches to progression within the support services market. We know that high quality services have to be delivered in challenging government environments with strict compliance requirements. Our government sector team has extensive experience and in-depth understanding of this sector, and will be drawing on that experience to help NHS find solutions.

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


Kingdom starts tackling anti-social behaviour in Plymouth

Kingdom started patrolling the streets of Plymouth on Monday 19th March as part of a crack down on dog fouling, littering and fly tipping. We recently reported that we had been awarded a 12-month pilot contract to provide environmental protection services in the Devon city.

To mark the start of the new service, the Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer gave an interview to the local Plymouth Herald, which is included here:


OFFICERS_PCC_010Our officers are issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to £100 to anyone caught dropping litter, not cleaning up after their dog, or dumping their rubbish illegally. Anyone caught littering of fly-posting is being given an FPN of £80, whilst anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog is being handed a FPN of £100. Fly-tipping is an offence that will cost those caught carrying it out £400.

Our presence is part of a campaign that has been launched by Plymouth City Council that asks residents “can you afford not to pick up after yourself?” Although council officers are trained in gathering and reporting evidence, the number of officers is small, meaning that there has only been a limited presence out and about on the streets and in public places up until now. Our officers will be guided by the council’s existing expert and experienced staff, allowing us to proactively deal with issues in the city rather than just reactively respond.

OFFICERS_PCC_014Commenting on the service, Councillor Bowyer (pictured right with our team) said: “I am immensely proud of this city and I’m passionate about keeping it clean.

I want to respond to the overwhelming view of responsible Plymouth residents who consistently ask me for tougher action to combat these anti-social actions that blight our lives.

“That’s why we’ve introduced these new teams to beef up our enforcement activities.

“If you don’t offend, you have absolutely nothing to worry about but if you drop litter, don’t pick up after your dog, fly-post or fly-tip, then be prepared to pay.”

Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities, Councillor David Downie, said: “This move is all about ensuring that Plymouth is a cleaner city for us all.

“For too long a minority have blighted it for us all and I am pleased that offenders will be punished for their selfish actions.”

Members of the public are being urged to contact the council if they see an offence being committed, and if they are able to identify the person or people responsible and provide a witness statement then it may be possible for an FPN to be issued.

Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months.

If you would like to find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/

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Kingdom supporting Action Counters Terrorism campaign

Logo-ACT-1-01Kingdom is pleased to be supporting National Counter Terrorism Policing who have today (20th March 2018) launched a nationwide ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) campaign that is designed to encourage the public to report any suspicions about potential attack planning.

As one of the UK’s top-performing and most highly accredited providers of national security solutions, we are pleased to support any initiative that will help to make people and businesses safer and more secure. We are therefore urging the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity, and so are sharing the information below.

Communities defeat terrorism. With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives.

Don’t worry about wasting police time. No call or click will be ignored. What you tell the police is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Remember, trust your instincts and ACT. Action Counters Terrorism.

How can I report?
Reporting is quick and easy. You can report in confidence online via a secure form: www.gov.uk/ACT. Alternatively, you can call the police confidentially on 0800 789 321.

All reports are kept confidential and you can report anonymously.

In an emergency always call 999.

What should I report?
Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. You can report suspicious activity or behaviour – anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life.

Watch the ACT film to learn more:

What could potentially be terrorist-relates suspicious activity or behaviour?

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  • Meetings, training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they’re going?
  • Do you know someone with passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reason?
  • Do you know someone who looks at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or shares and creates content that promotes or glorifies terrorism?
  • Have you noticed someone embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or an extremist ideology?

Gathering materials

  • Suspicious materials can be ordered online as well as in store. Have you noticed someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online?
  • If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental seemed unusual?
  • Have you noticed someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reason?
  • Have you noticed someone acquiring illegal firearms or other weapons or showing an interest in obtaining them?

Storing materials

  • Terrorists need to store equipment while preparing for an attack. Have you noticed anyone storing large amounts of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders?
  • Have you noticed anyone storing illegal firearms or objects that could potentially be weapons?

Hostile Reconnaissance

  • Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you witnessed anyone taking pictures or notes of security arrangements or CCTV?

Financing

  • Cheque and credit card fraud are ways of generating cash. Have you noticed any suspicious or unusual bank transactions?

If you’d like more information or resources, visit http://www.gov.uk/ACT or follow Counter Terrorism Policing on social media:

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


Job Vacancy: Regional Business Manager for the South

clip_image002[6] - CopyDo you communicate effectively and professionally at all levels, have a “can do” attitude, strong engagement and negotiation skills, excellent IT skills, the focus and proven ability to deliver the highest standard of customer service and the ability to be both a team player and to work independently?

If yes, then this may be an ideal job opportunity for you. Kingdom is looking for a Regional Business Manager for the South covering London and the West who will report to our Regional Support Director and will be based in London. The successful applicant will be Kingdom’s regional brand ambassador, responsible for the delivery of service excellence through ownership, process and effective team management. You will need to understand the service being sold and how to identify potential opportunities for growth and development of the division.

You must have a front-line security license in either DS / SG or CP (Door Supervision / Security Guarding or Close Protection). You must also be a qualified security professional with proven management experience in the security industry, having at least two years’ experience in a similar role with a high-quality service provider and a minimum of five years’ experience in the security industry sector. Ideally, we are looking for a talented Business Manager who has been looking after an extensive portfolio in London and the outer areas and is now ready and eager to take the next step into regional management. 

You must be able to understand, emphathise and manage your customers’ expectations, and always aim to surpass in operational delivery and customer relationship management. You must also be able to develop real relationships with customers and listen to their concerns and desires.

With a salary of £38-42,000 per annum, this is a fantastic opportunity to join of the UK’s fastest growing companies.

For more details about the role, please contact Simon Dobell, Kingdom’s Regional Support Director South, by email on simon.dobell@kingdom.co.uk or call either 0203 700 6280 or 07342 069486.