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Kingdom acquires Belfast based Property Support Services Limited

Kingdom is delighted to announce that, as of 1st May 2015, they have acquired Belfast based security company Property Support Services Limited. 

Property Support Services is a leading provider of integrated security and fire safety solutions in Northern Ireland. Their goal has always been to create safe and secure environments for their customers, and a dedication to a customer-focused service is at the heart of everything they do.

They protect people, property, assets and valuables and help prevent losses from fire, crime, accident and wastage. Their services include manned guarding and static security solutions, reception services, intruder alarms, fire alarms, CCTV systems, access control systems, remote monitoring and response, mobile patrols, and key holding & alarm response. 

The acquisition continues the expansion of Kingdom to £90+ million turnover and 4,500 people. 

Terry Barton BA Hons Law, Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom said: “For a number of years our strategic strategy has included a vision to provide a quality service throughout Ireland. This is our first step to achieving that vision. With our fresh approach to service delivery and innovative and added value solutions across all our service lines which includes cleaning we believe we have a something very different to offer Ireland. For many years our current customers and prospective customers have been asking us to support them throughout Ireland and this acquisition provides us with the structure to do exactly that. It also reflects the desire for Kingdom to significantly increase its market share and to create opportunities to cross sell all our services across our extensive customer portfolio. The PSS team remain and join the wider Kingdom family and we look forward to meeting our new customers. 

Established in 1993 with just seven security officers, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom grow to become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Kingdom is an acknowledged industry specialist in security and cleaning, and offers a variety of other services including reception & concierge, mobile patrol, key holding, environmental protection, intelligence, cyber and specialist operations.

Commercially strong, Kingdom has a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to our customers. Kingdom operates nationally and has all the power of a national organisation you would expect but they support their service provision from their National Support and Communication Centre and their extensive network of regional support offices. 

For further information about Kingdom and our services please refer to the below link

www.kingdom.co.uk

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Service in Canterbury to be expanded

clip_image002The environmental protection service that Kingdom provides to Canterbury City Council is to be expanded in three ways to cover a larger geographical period, to cover a longer time period and to have more powers.

Kingdom started providing Environmental Protection services on behalf of Canterbury City Council in May 2014, with a brief to tackle street litter in Canterbury city centre as part of a city council crackdown on litter. This was initially a six month pilot scheme, but it has now been extended until March next year, and as well as Canterbury itself, Kingdom will now also be patrolling Herne Bay and Whitstable. An article in the Canterbury Times entitled “Herne Bay litter bugs to be targeted by new patrols” reported that:

‘Herne Bay can expect new patrols to crack down on the town’s litter bugs, after the district’s litter project was extended to cover the area.

‘The scheme, which has seen staff from the Kingdom security company patrolling the streets of Canterbury city centre presenting on-the-spot fines for people who drop litter, has been running for almost a year.

‘It is now planned to roll the scheme out to Herne Bay and Whitstable and extend it until March 31 next year.

‘Speaking at a meeting of the council executive last Thursday, Councillor Rosemary Doyle said she was delighted” to have the chance to expand the project to the other towns covered by the council.

‘”It really has made a difference here,” she said.

‘”We have had two litter awareness days, one in Canterbury and one in Herne Bay, and everyone who has come up to us has condemned people who drop litter.

‘”It is very much in the public eye at the moment and anything that can help discourage or educate people about dropping litter in the street is a very good thing.”

‘Her words were echoed by retired Herne Bay GP Roger Wealdon, who volunteers for the Herne Bay Rotary Club’s community and service committee.

Mr Wealdon said there were trouble spots in Herne Bay in need of closer scrutiny, particularly around the High Street and pier.

‘”I can’t see where there is a downside to extending the pilot, it’s a good idea,” he said. “We would be more than happy to assist as volunteers.

‘”If what they did worked in Canterbury then it should equally work in this area.”’

A separate article in The Canterbury Times entitled “Canterbury litter officers armed with extra powers to tackle city centre nuisance” explained that Kingdom’s officers will be given new powers and why they are being given them. The article said:

‘Wardens normally deployed to issue on the spot fines for littering will be armed with “a wider range” of powers to tackle disruption and antisocial behaviour in Canterbury city centre.

‘The city council approved proposals to extend a pilot scheme first introduced last May, which saw officers working for the private security firm Kingdom given the power to issue on the spot £80 fines to anyone caught discarding litter.

‘Speaking at a meeting of the council executive on Thursday, Councillor Andrew Cook said the scheme had proven “very successful” although more than 500 fines were yet to be paid.

‘Councillor Cook said Kingdom officers were already helping deal with public nuisance issues, such as revellers urinating in the street on nights out.

‘He added: “We are now dealing with an issue, a very repulsive issue, which has been in the city for a long time.”

‘The report given to the council executive on the issue noted that Kingdom staff could only deal with problems related to litter under their current remit, and that these general changes would make officers be “seen to be able to deal with all enforcement issues”, alongside council staff.

Kingdom is delighted to have had their contract with Canterbury City Council extended, and to be providing more services to more areas. As well as Canterbury City Council, Kingdom also provides environmental protection services to four other councils in Kent, which are Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Swale Borough Council and Gravesham Borough Council.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. Their specialist teams deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities across the UK. They provide Environmental Enforcement by tackling street litter, dog fouling, commercial and residential waste, smoking in prohibited areas and the illegal distribution of free material. They also tackle other anti-social behaviour including criminal damage, graffiti and fly-tipping and posting. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/

Kingdom officer praised by police for bravery

clip_image002One of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers in Birmingham, Daniel Hubbard, has been praised by West Midlands Police for helping to catch two men who had assaulted and robbed a man.

Daniel Hubbard works for Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, providing Environmental Protection Services to Birmingham City Council. On Sunday 15th February, Daniel had just finished carrying out a joint patrol with city centre officers and was walking back to his car to go home when he saw three young men following an older man through the subway and acting suspiciously. Concerned, Daniel contacted Sergeant Dave Francis from the Birmingham City Centre Neighbourhood Team on his mobile, as he knew that he was on duty. Fortunately Sgt Francis was only a few streets away.

Daniel’s suspicions proved to be correct, as the young men dragged the victim into the subway, robbed him and assaulted him on the floor, leaving him with a bleeding head injury. Daniel remained on the phone, pursuing the offenders on foot whilst giving commentary to Sgt Francis, who was able to direct officers to attend the area. Military police officers on a joint patrol were dispatched to locate and treat the victim in the subway, whilst police resources went after the offenders.

Because of Daniel’s running commentary, the police were able to catch the offenders and arrest them for robbery. One was found in possession of cocaine, and another was found in possession of a knife.

Sergeant Francis subsequently submitted a report to his local police commander asking for Daniel to be recognised for his actions at the robbery incident. His reported concluded by saying:

Mr Hubbard’s keen and decisive public spirited actions helped to detain two offenders for a grave offence, PCSO Adams and PC Beard acted decisively in bringing dangerous offenders to justice especially considering the offender was armed. I ask that that PCSO Adams and PC Beard are commended and that Mr Hubbard is duly recognised for his public spirited actions”.

Commenting on what happened, Michael Fisher, Director of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division said: “Daniel is a key member of my team in Birmingham and is always mindful of what reciprocal help he can give our partners when deploying on Environmental Enforcement issues. I greatly appreciate Daniel’s efforts on a daily basis and have recommended him for internal recognition from Kingdom for his actions that night. Daniel not only showed great tenacity and bravery but had the presence of mind to keep an open line of communication with West Midlands Police which I have no doubt led to the arrest of the offenders. We are extremely proud of his efforts on this occasion.”

Kingdom has been providing environmental protection services to Birmingham City Council for over six years, tackling street litter and city centre enquiries, including graffiti, fly posting and smoking in prohibited areas. In November 2014 Kingdom was also awarded a new contract to provide Environmental Health Officers on behalf of Birmingham City Council to carry out a range of functions, including Duty of Care visits to food outlets including restaurants, cafes and kitchens.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division aims to make our streets cleaner, safer and greener. Led by experts with an ex-police and military background, Kingdom’s specialist team delivers over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities around the UK. For more information about Kingdom’s environmental protection division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call Kingdom on 0845 051 7702 for an immediate quote.

Kingdom growth leads to Head Office expansion

Kingdom is delighted to have expanded their National Support Centre recently as the company has continued to grow and offer new services.

Kingdom’s National Support Centre in St Helens has undergone extensive remodelling and now includes a new third floor which is home to two new offices, a staff meeting and break out room, and an IT support centre. The change had become essential as Kingdom’s dramatic growth and expansion meant that Kingdom’s National Support Centre was “bursting at the seams” according to Kingdom’s Ian McCaffary.

As part of the recent growth and expansion of Kingdom, the company has also recently opened two new offices - one in Sheffield and one in Cardiff.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise.

Commercially strong, Kingdom has a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers. Kingdom has all the power of a national organisation you would expect, but they support their service provision from their network of regional support offices.

For more information about Kingdom, visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/. For an immediate quote, call Kingdom today on 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom to provide security at major shopping centre

clip_image001Kingdom is delighted to have been awarded the contract to provide security services to The Harpur Centre, Bedford’s premier shopping centre.

The Harpur Centre is a popular shopping mall housed within a Grade 2 listed building and is conveniently situated in the heart of Bedford’s city centre. It features over 36 well-known shops across its two floors and is open seven days a week.

Kingdom will provide a continual security presence in the shopping mall & car park as well as constant CCTV coverage across the entire site. They will also look to build relationships with shopping centre tenants, while engaging with Bedford town centre’s crime reduction team. In addition to this, Kingdom will also be responsible for introducing new security awareness initiatives like the “Think Shrink” campaign aimed at loss prevention.

Kingdom has provided cleaning services to the Harpur Centre for the past three years and has recently had their contract renewed for continued service. Mick Reynolds, will act as the new security manager and will also head up the continuation of cleaning services for the mall, together with an experienced supervisor and full security team.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, Kingdom is one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. They offer a complete support service to their customers. They specialise in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. Kingdom is an established retail specialist with a dedicated retail division working in partnership with some of the biggest names to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment. To find out more about Kingdom’s retail division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/retail-security/

London receptionist amazing achievement – London marathon completion

clip_image002Kingdom is very proud of the achievements of employee Amy Gunther, who provides reception and concierge services for Kingdom’s client Knight Frank, the world’s leading independent real estate consultancy, at 125 Shaftesbury Avenue in London. Amy recently completed the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for charity. Amy has so far raised over £2,000, which is an absolutely incredible achievement.

Amy joined Kingdom in February 2014, and has since made some significant changes to her life, losing over 2 stone, training for, taking part in and completing the London Marathon despite a number of people telling her that she wouldn’t be able to do it.

Amy made the decision last year to run the London Marathon to raise money for Tommy’s. This charity funds medical research into the causes of premature births, stillbirths and miscarriages. They have set up three research centres in the UK, in St Thomas Hospital in London, St Marys in Manchester and the recently established centre in the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh. Each centre focuses its research efforts on different issues relating to pregnancy.

Tommy’s also provides research-based information about pregnancy health issues for medical professionals and parents-to-be. This includes a dedicated telephone midwife service, a comprehensive website and free books and leaflets dedicated to promoting health in pregnancy and pre-pregnancy.

Tommy’s wants to give every baby the best chance of being born healthy. At the moment, one in four women in the UK loses a baby during pregnancy or birth. By 2030 they want to halve the number of babies who die during pregnancy or birth. They are supported by people who want to do something about the lack of research and information around pregnancy issues like miscarriage, stillbirths and premature births. To find out more about Tommy’s, please visit http://www.tommys.org/

clip_image004Explaining why she took part in the London Marathon, Amy said:

“This charity is very close to mine and my family’s hearts.

“On 5th March 2013, my beautiful baby cousin Ciddy was born prematurely at 27 weeks and 5 days weighing just 2lbs 2oz. Against all the odds, Ciddy was a fighter. After one week, Ciddy was allowed his first cuddle with his Mummy and after months of special baby care and two emergency trips to St Thomas’s special baby care unit, Ciddy was allowed home to his family.

“I want to raise as much money and awareness as I can for such a great cause to try and prevent this happening in the future.”

Speaking about her fundraising efforts at a team meeting at 125 Shaftesbury Avenue following the event, Amy said: “I am so proud of myself. It was tough going but so worth it!”

The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the great British sporting events, combining elite athletics, mass participation and record-breaking fundraising in one race. The course is a gruelling 26 miles 385 yards long, passing through the streets of London from Blackheath to the famous finish line at The Mall.

If you would like to sponsor Amy and donate to Tommy’s you can still do so via her Virgin Money Giving page - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/amyrunsforciddy

Kingdom double success at Bedford Shopping Centre

clip_image002Kingdom is delighted to announce two pieces of very good news regarding one of their clients, The Harpur Centre, Bedford’s premier shopping centre.

Firstly, Kingdom’s Cleaning Division has had their contract to provide cleaning services to the shopping centre renewed. Kingdom has been providing cleaning services to The Harpur Centre for the past three years, and is delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue to do so. Kingdom’s Cleaning Division provides cleaning services to the shopping centre seven days a week, which includes keeping the car park, service corridors and shopping mall clean. Kingdom also provides periodic cleaning services to the centre.

Alongside this, Kingdom is delighted to announce that they have also won the contract to provide security services to The Harpur Centre. This includes providing a permanent manned security presence in the shopping mall, security services for the car park and CCTV coverage throughout the centre site. Kingdom will be providing a full security team, including a security manager and supervisor. The new security manager, Mick Reynolds, will also be in charge of the cleaning operation. The new security team will also be looking to engage more heavily with the shopping centre tenants, and will be linking with the town centre’s crime reduction team. They will also be responsible for implementing new security awareness campaigns, such as the new “Think Shrink” campaign.

Commenting on the new security contract and the renewed cleaning contract, Kingdom Cleaning Division’s Operations Director, Mark Day, said:

“This win was a complete team effort from the cleaning team and management structure that has been established over the last three years. Without their continued support and dedication to the centre we would not be where we are today.

“The bid team of Dirk Mills and Rob McKeon worked tirelessly to ensure that the numbers were correct, and the presentation team of Mark Day, Rob McKeon and Satia Rai ensured that the presentation was full of the spirit, drive and commitment to clients that Kingdom stands for. Special mention goes to Satia for her efforts, passion, energy and enthusiasm on the day. The fact that she grew up less than a mile from the centre means that she has a vast amount of local knowledge, which has already proved to be extremely useful with this contract.

“This was a fantastic team effort, where everyone played their part to ensure another successful bid for Kingdom. Hopefully this will be the first of many dual roles that we win as a company. Well done everyone!”

The Harpur Centre is Bedford’s premier shopping centre, housed within a Grade 2 listed building that was built in the heart of Bedford in 1831. The shopping centre was opened in 1976. It is open seven days a week and is home to 36 stores which trade over two levels. It benefits from having the most popular car park in town with free parking for visitors on Sundays. The centre is undercover and is packed full of the latest fashions, all important gifts and perfect places to meet with friends for a coffee. In fact, you’re sure to find everything you need in one convenient location. The centre prides itself on being part of the local community, and works in partnership with local charities, hosting promotional events throughout the year, and ensures visitors benefit from the best one-stop shopping experience possible. For more information about The Harpur Centre, please visit http://www.harpurcentre.co.uk/

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, Kingdom is one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. They offer a complete support service to their customers. They specialise in risk, loss and the protection of property, people and brand. Kingdom is an established retail specialist with a dedicated retail division working in partnership with some of the biggest names to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment. To find out more about Kingdom’s retail division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/retail-security/

Kingdom’s Cleaning Division aims to show your company values in their very best light. They deliver a supervisor or site-managed cleaning and maintenance service committed to using the best people, technologies and products. For more information about Kingdom’s Cleaning Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/

Kingdom opens new Cardiff office

imageKingdom is delighted to have opened a new office in Cardiff recently as the company has continued to grow and offer new services.

Kingdom’s new regional office in Cardiff replaces their old office. This is due to Kingdom’s ongoing dramatic growth in Wales, where they provide security services to a wide range of businesses and individuals.

A further recent example of Kingdom’s growth across Wales was their recent unveiling of a new Welsh language sign which is being displayed alongside English signs at all of the sites that Kingdom provides security services to in Wales. This was part of Kingdom’s ongoing and continuous engagement with local communities. Kingdom’s new Welsh regional office is located at:

Cardiff Gate Business Park
Malthouse Avenue
Cardiff
CF23 8RU

clip_image002As part of the recent growth and expansion of Kingdom, the company has also recently opened a new office in Sheffield, and has had to expand their National Support Centre in St Helens.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise.

Commercially strong, Kingdom has a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers. Kingdom has all the power of a national organisation you would expect, but they support their service provision from their network of regional support offices.

For more information about Kingdom, visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/. For an immediate quote, call Kingdom today on 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom praised for specialist shopping centre clean

clip_image002Kingdom’s Cleaning Division provides an annual high level clean to The Blenheim Centre shopping mall in Hounslow, and has just finished carrying out the annual exercise for this year.

Specialist members of Kingdom’s Cleaning Division have spent the last three weeks working on the shopping centre to make sure it looks perfect, and have carried out a complete building clean, including a full fascia clean, a full window clean, a full cladding clean, deep cleaning, jet washing the front piazza and surrounding pavements and chewing gum removal.

Following the high level clean, the team were rewarded with a crate of beer each from the client, and Kingdom’s Cleaning Division was delighted to receive the following email from Jessica Smith, the Centre Manager at The Blenheim Centre, saying:

“I just wanted to bring to your attention the exceptional job your mobile team has done over the last few weeks, and I’d like to highlight Jim in particular for the great job he has done on my toilet floor.

I was almost speechless as to the high standard Jim managed achieved on the floor, which as you are aware is saying something.

Please pass on my thanks to your guy’s on a job well done.”

clip_image004As well as providing annual high level cleans, Kingdom’s Cleaning Division has been providing daily site managed cleaning services to The Blenheim Centre since January 2014. Their regular duties include taking care of car parks, circulation roads and public amenities. Kingdom’s cleaning services also include specialist window cleaning services, hygiene services and the provision of toilet requisites.

Kingdom’s Cleaning Division provides site managed commercial cleaning and maintenance services to show company’s values in their very best light. They are committed to using the best people, technologies and products. They add value by taking a pro-active stance towards cleanliness and tidiness, and also advise on ways to cut cost, what tasks can be reduced, what time of day is cheaper or how to reduce electricity consumption or CO2 emissions when cleaning.

Kingdom provides basic, specialist, deep and reactive cleaning services to commercial, leisure, transport and public circulation clients. They also provide waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chewing gum removal. For more information about Kingdom’s Cleaning Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or call 0845 051 7702 for information and an immediate quote.

The Blenheim Centre is the place for everything you need in the heart of Hounslow, whether that is shopping, eating, going to the gym or visiting the doctor. Facilities at The Blenheim Centre include Asda, The Gym, Explore Learning, Jungle VIP and B&M Bargains. Stores are either open 24 hours or until late. It is easily accessible by tube, bus and car, and has a 400 space car park with parking available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making the centre exceptionally convenient. For more information about The Blenheim Centre, please visit http://blenheim-centre.com/

Kingdom opens new Sheffield office

clip_image001Kingdom is delighted to have opened a new office in Sheffield recently as the company has continued to grow and offer new services.

Kingdom’s new office in Sheffield was opened following Kingdom’s acquisition of Sunwin earlier in the year. This new office will have a dual purpose, acting as both an area office and as the new base for Kingdom’s Retail Division.

Kingdom is an established retail specialist with a dedicated retail division, working in partnership with some of the biggest retail names to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment. Their services range from a basic retail officer door presence to a fully managed risk and loss prevention service.

The new address for the Sheffield office is:

The Balance
2 Pinfold Street
Sheffield
S1 2GU

As part of the recent growth and expansion of Kingdom, the company has also recently opened a new office in Cardiff, and has had to expand their National Support Centre in St Helens.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest privately owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise.

Commercially strong, Kingdom has a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers. Kingdom has all the power of a national organisation you would expect, but they support their service provision from their network of regional support offices.

For more information about Kingdom, visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/. For an immediate quote, call Kingdom today on 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom employee fundraising for veterans’ charity

clip_image002A Kingdom employee and former soldier is fundraising to raise money for a charity that helps to look after the UK’s armed forces when they return to civilian life.

John Barrett, who joined Kingdom in February this year as a regional manager in the company’s retail division, is taking part in a charity collection day on Friday 8th May at Victoria Train Station in London for the Coming Home charity.

Coming Home is the fundraising campaign for the charity Haig Housing Trust, and aims to provide tailored housing solutions for the UK’s severely wounded soldiers. May 8th will also be the 70th Anniversary of VE Day, and so will be a particularly poignant and memorable day for current and former members of the armed forces. The charity will also be holding a collection day at Waterloo Train Station in London on the 6th May, and often has fundraising activities going on throughout the UK.

John served in the Coldstream Guards between 1990 and 2001 and saw active service in a variety of locations around the globe, including the Gulf, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. Speaking about his involvement with the Coming Home charity he said:

“This is something that is quite personal to me as a former soldier. I know how alone you can feel when you first come out of the army, and if Haig Homes had not been there for me, my family and I would not be in the position that we are now.

“I got involved with Coming Home as I have a few old comrades who were not as lucky as me and believe it or not there is actually very little government funding for this sort of thing. Nearly 70% of the funding for veterans comes from charities like Coming Home and Help for Heroes.

“I am seeing more and more veterans being discharged because they are not longer fit for service, as we still live in a Haig Homes property, so they become my neighbours.”

Coming Home is Haig Housing’s charity fundraising campaign to raise money to provide specially adapted and appropriate housing for the hundreds of service personnel in need of rebuilding their lives following traumatic life changing injuries.

Haig Housing is one of two strategic partners of Help for Heroes. Any housing needs and cases found by Help for Heroes is referred to Haig Housing as the specialists in housing for service and ex-service people. Many badly injured ex-servicemen have already been provided with a home for life through the Haig Housing Trust and the Coming Home campaign, and they continue to fundraise to keep providing homes that are appropriate and suitable for their needs, and provide a platform for badly injured servicemen and women from which to rebuild their lives.

For more information about the Coming Home charity, please visit http://www.coming-home.org.uk/. If anybody would like to donate to this charity, they can do so by visiting the web address above, or by sending donations to the following address:

Coming Home
Haig Housing Trust
Mountbarrow House
6-20 Elizabeth Street
London
SW1W 9RB

Nepalese Earthquake Support

Kingdom Logo - CopyIn light of the recent and on-going devastating news coming out of Nepal and wider Southern Asia, Kingdom wishes to express its heartfelt sympathies to everyone affected both far and wide. We are proud and privileged to employ a large number of former British Army Ghurkha’s as well as others from the wider affected region, and are delighted that they find their home within the Kingdom family.

The following link provides some information on the UK Government response to the crisis, with links which may be of assistance;

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-humanitarian-aid-released-for-nepal-earthquake-victims

If you are concerned about friends or relatives who may be caught up in the region, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has set up the following Helpline; 0207 008 0000

The Nepalese Embassy in London also have the following Helpline; 0207 043 7497

For anyone wishing to provide financial assistance to the humanitarian relief work the Embassy have also established an Earthquake Relief Fund, the details of which are below;

NatWest Bank

Embassy of Nepal, London

Sort Code: 60-15-33

Account Number: 05537339

If you or any members of your teams are affected or have concerns about the situation in the region, please ensure you speak to the relevant Helpline and raise any concerns with your line managers who may be able to provide further assistance.

Our thoughts are with all involved.

Kingdom renews membership of top cleaning institute

Kingdom BICSc Certificate 2015Kingdom is pleased to have renewed its membership of the the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc). The BICSc is the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry, with over 10,000 individual and corporate members in the UK and internationally.

Formed in 1961 by a group of like-minded individuals seeking to give the cleaning industry recognition, the BICSc’s mission is to “raise the status and standards of the cleaning industry, through education and accredited training.”

The BICSc is the leading provider in educational accredited standards and qualifications within the cleaning industry. Membership of the BICSc is recognised throughout the cleaning industry and demonstrates active and material support of the Institute in its aims to raise environmental standards through training and education. In many cases, membership of the Institute is a necessity when applying for jobs or tenders.

Being a member of the BICSc offers a range of benefits to cleaning industry professionals, including the chance to prove skills, education or industry experience via professional certificates, the opportunity to network with other members and access to information resources, guidance and help.

Kingdom delivers a supervisor or site-managed commercial cleaning and maintenance service committed to using the best people, technologies and products. All of Kingdom’s people are trained not just in cleaning techniques and technology, but also in Health and Safety, and the importance of environmental issues. They add value by taking a pro-active stance towards site cleanliness and tidiness. They also advise on ways to cut cost, what tasks can be reduced, what time of day is cheaper or how to reduce electricity consumption or CO2 emissions when cleaning. For more information about Kingdom’s Cleaning Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or call 0845 051 7702 for an immediate quote.

Kingdom remains steadfast in its “commitment to quality” (C2Q) by embracing five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes. As a supplier to brand focused customers, Kingdom’s investment and dedication to quality and safety is taken extremely seriously. They regularly access experts in their field to openly audit and challenge them, and when they do it well, recognition follows. To find out more, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/profile/quality-industry-recognition-safety-environmental/

Kingdom employee smashes fundraising target

Petula SummerfieldKingdom’s Petula Summerfield is preparing to run the Race for Life in Horsham on June 7th in order to raise money for Cancer Research UK, and has so far raised an incredible £1,888 for the charity.

Pet’s granddad lost his fight to cancer in 1997, and so is running the 5k race in his memory. She describes him as “a very kind, loving, fun granddad, everything a granddaughter could wish for.”

Commenting on her fundraising efforts, Petula, who is from Burgess Hill, West Sussex, and works for Kingdom’s Cleaning Division at the Market Place Shopping Centre said: “I have always given money to cancer charities but never thought about doing Race for Life until now. It’s a perfect way to remember him.”

Petula originally aimed to raise £150 for Cancer Research UK, but at the time of writing this post she has in fact raised £1,888 – or 1258% of her target! Commenting on this incredible feat, Pet says: “This has been truly amazing – I never thought I would raise this much! Many many thanks to all my friends and family that have sponsored me so far. My dream would be to get to £2000.”

If you would like to sponsor Petula and help her to get to £2000, you can do so by visiting her JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/petulasummerfield/

clip_image004Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. They fight cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it in order to save more lives. They are entirely funded by the public. For more information about Cancer Research UK, please visit http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

Kingdom praised for fast cleanup after major shopping centre fire

clip_image002[1]Kingdom’s cleaning division had to move fast recently following a major fire at the car park of the Churchill Square Shopping Centre in Brighton, where Kingdom provides daily and periodic cleaning services, car park cleaning services, pest control services, window cleaning services and hygiene services.

Late in the afternoon on Saturday 4th April during the recent Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, Sue Kipling, Kingdom’s Centre Cleaning Manager at the shopping centre, notified Kingdom’s Cleaning Division Support Centre that there had been a major fire in the car parks of the shopping centre causing extensive damage to the fabric of the building as well as a number of vehicles, and requested urgent support to help with the cleanup operation.

Kingdom’s Cleaning Division’s Operations Director Peter Simpson immediately put in a call to Special Projects Manager Dennis Charlton (who had his mobile on as always) requesting operatives to assist in the cleanup operation to ensure minimum disruption of trading at the centre prior to opening. Dennis rose to the occasion as usual by mobilising a team at very short notice to attend the shopping centre early on Easter Sunday morning along with Peter Simpson himself to assess the fire damage and clean up requirements.

Dennis and his team pulled out all the stops to choose the correct industrial equipment and to coordinate and carefully plan the operation. They had to deal with extensive fire and smoke damage, both to vehicles and to a whole level of a very large car park which had been completely closed down and isolated for safety reasons.

Following the incident, the JLL Operations Manager at the Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Ann Marie Docherty, emailed Kingdom saying:

“Can I please pass on the thanks of JLL and SLI to all of you, they are very impressed by how we handled the entire situation, how quickly we evaluated the situation and how quickly we evacuated the site. Great big thanks from me, you and your teams were outstanding!” 

Commenting on the operation, Kingdom’s Cleaning Division’s Operations Director Peter Simpson said:

“To have managers such as Dennis Charlton who can mobilise staff and have the experience and knowledge to deal with any emergency, whether it is a fire or a flood, not only locally but nationally is very important in our industry and to Kingdom. This side of our business should never be ignored, as clients feel comfortable knowing that they have experienced and knowledgeable management that can be called upon to deal with these situations with ease. Kingdom should congratulate Dennis Charlton and his staff for their efforts because without this commitment shown to the business company reputations would not be built.

“Congratulations Dennis to you and your team for a job well done. This was a great team effort all round which left a client feeling very satisfied and thankful to Kingdom for their role in dealing with a very serious situation that could have cost them hundreds of thousands of pounds in lost revenue.”

Kingdom provides a supervisor or site-managed commercial cleaning and maintenance services to show your company values in their very best light. They are committed to using the best people, technologies and products to provide a leaner, smarter and more connected organisation to enhance their own performance and provide you with results which you can measure and control.

Kingdom’s Cleaning Division provides basic, specialist, deep and reactive cleaning services to commercial, leisure, transport and public companies. They also offer waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chewing gum removal.

To find out more about Kingdom’s Cleaning Division, please go to http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or click here to read their online brochure.