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Kingdom acquires Rugby based Recruitment Specialists FRS-Staff Solutions Ltd

Kingdom is delighted to announce that, as of 22-May-2017, they have purchased the business of Rugby based Recruitment Specialists FRS-Staff Solutions. The FRS brand will move to the Kingdom brand from the same date.

The recruitment industry in the UK was recently valued at £35.1 billion per annum (Recruitment & Employment Confederation - REC)

FRS is an independent specialist recruitment division that successfully provides the best talent and flexible labour provisions available across the UK. With an ambitious and talented team with a hallmark entrepreneurial approach FRS set out prepared to challenge the norm and to revolutionise the way the recruitment world works. With tailored and vetted recruitment focusing on individual candidate and employer FRS add real value to the recruitment process and recruit permanent, temporary, emergency and interim opportunities.

Terry Barton BA Hons Law, Chief Executive of Kingdom said: “We have acquired a specialist recruitment company to not only support and streamline our own recruitment needs which is at the heart of what we do as a business but to also further support our customer base with an additional new Kingdom service to support their own recruitment needs as well as expanding the current FRS impressive customer portfolio.

Our difference will be in the detail. We’ve developed unique skills and a mature and modern operational approach that help us deliver results. With innovation at the core of our business we will handle customer recruitment requirements or job search and combine our expertise and technology to ensure the right candidates are specialised and have the right soft skills for the roles our customers have. For customers that need large volume recruitment, we offer a bespoke 'Managed Service' or 'On-Site' strategic solution”.

Established in 1993, commercial and service strength supported with organic wins and acquisitions 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 more information about Kingdom and our services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/

Kingdom presented with 2017 ACS Pacesetters Award

Kingdom was very pleased to be presented with a 2017 ACS Pacesetters Award at The ACS Pacesetters Lunch, which took place on Wednesday 24th May 2017 in the Riverside Pavilion at the Royal Windsor Racecourse.

Almost 200 members, their staff and guests attended the prestigious annual event, which is run by FM Contract Watch. It started in 2014 and is now a recognised event in the security guarding calendar.

Each member company attending was presented with a 2017 ACS Pacesetters Award. ACS is the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) Approved Contractor Scheme. 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.

However, there are currently over 830 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 important.

Membership of ACS Pacesetters is restricted to the top 15% of SIA approved security companies, meaning that membership is currently limited to approximately 125 companies nationwide. All current members of ACS Pacesetters achieved a score of at least +128 during their most recent annual inspection, out of a maximum score of +174 points. Following Kingdom’s most recent inspection they were awarded an incredible score of +167, which easily placed them in an elite group of the top 5% of ACS security companies in the United Kingdom.

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. As a client, it makes sense to include companies in the top 15% of the ACS scoring system when compiling your tender list.”

Mr Chas Staines, Director of Continuancy Limited, presented the awards and was the guest speaker. He gave an interesting insight into the challenges of security as the Global Risk and Security Manager of an international high value jewellery company.

The event raised £1,100 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, and took place just two days after the Birmingham Arena bombing. This meant that some members were unable to attend to collect their awards, and a one minute silence was held prior to the lunch as a mark of respect to the victims of the terrorist attack.

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.

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Image 1: The Kingdom team at the ACS Pacesetters Lunch
Image 2 (l-r): Danny Jones (winner of an Security Officer of Distinction Award), Kingdom Chief Operating Officer Mark Wallace and Kingdom Operations & Compliance Director South Tracy Boult

Kingdom's Danny Jones receives award for saving a life

Kingdom is very proud of one of its officers, Danny Jones, who has been recognised with an award at this year’s ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards.

The awards were presented to officers who have excelled in their duties and, at times, have risked their own safety to save others. Only 14 awards were given out to security officers from across the whole of the UK.

Danny provides services to Kingdom’s longstanding client, Home Group Stonham, and was recommended for his award by the manager of the organisation. Home Group Stonham provides interim accommodation for vulnerable young people. Their recommendation was endorsed by Kingdom, and after being shortlisted, Danny was selected for an award by the main sponsors of the event.

The ACS Pacesetters website explains why Danny was nominated for and subsequently won his award:

“In January this year, Danny became concerned for one of the residents, a 17 years old female, who he had noticed was withdrawn and tearful. After making discreet enquiries, he decided he should conduct an urgent welfare check.

“Accompanied by another resident, he knocked on the door, but the female responded in a vague manner. “Danny talked to her through the door and her replies caused him concern, so using the master key he unlocked the door where he found her hanging from a doorknob with a holdall strap around her neck. He immediately supported her weight removing the holdall strap and then placed her in the recovery position prior to calling an ambulance.

“There is no doubt that Danny’s actions saved the life of a vulnerable young adult.”

Danny was presented with his award at the 2017 Security Officer of Distinction Awards, which were held at The ACS Pacesetters Lunch at the Royal Windsor Racecourse on Wednesday 24th May 2017 in the Riverside Pavillion. The award was presented to Danny by Mr Chas Staines, Director of Continuancy Limited, in front of almost 200 members, their staff and guests.

As was the case with Danny, all of the winning security officers were recommended for their awards by the clients for whom they work, endorsed by the contract company and ultimately selected by the main sponsors of the event.

According to the ACS Pacesetters website, “the standard of nomination this year was exceptional and it was a very difficult task to reach the final winners. The security officers had gone above and beyond what was expected saving lives, helping in the conviction of criminals and being injured themselves in the line of duty. All the winners were of great credit to their company and the client they are contracted to. It was an honour to be able to recognise their heroic actions.”

Run by FM Contract Watch, this was the fourth time that this annual awards ceremony has taken place, and it is now a recognised event in the security guarding calendar. Kingdom is extremely proud that their officers have now won awards at three of the four awards ceremonies. Grzegorz Stalmach and James Kelly MBE both won awards in 2016, and Stuart House won an award at the inaugural event in 2014.

Commenting on Danny’s award, Kingdom’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Wallace (pictured right with Danny) said: “It wasn’t until the awards started and you hear some of the stories do you really accept the magnitude of this award. To hear Danny’s story totally humbles you and Danny himself is such a lovely and unassuming guy I don’t think he actually realises the magnitude of his heroics. Well done Danny.”

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.

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Image 1 (l-r) Kingdom’s Danny Jones with guest speaker Chas Staines
Image 2: Award Winners – Danny is pictured 8th from the right
Image 3 (l-r) Danny Jones and Kingdom Chief Operating Officer Mark Wallace

Kingdom Drax team taking on Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

15 Kingdom colleagues are to take part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 1st July to raise money for charity, and Kingdom is very pleased to be supporting this huge team effort.

The team will be wearing t-shirts on the day with the Kingdom logo saying “Kingdom Conquers the Three Peaks”.

Explaining why they are undertaking this challenge, Emma England, Security Admin Assistant at Drax, said:

“This year we wanted to arrange a day out for our team and give ourselves a challenge whilst raising money for charity. As a few of us enjoy our own walking adventures and keeping active we soon came up with the idea of completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. We are confident that we can accomplish it with a little grit, determination and team work.”
 
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and is a demanding but also incredibly rewarding challenge. The route is 24 miles long with a whopping total accent of 5,200 feet (1,585m). To complete the challenge, the team must conquer the heights of Pen-y-ghent (694 metres), Whernside (736 metres) and Ingleborough (723 metres) in that order and in less than 12 hours. The three peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Explaining why they are fundraising for their chosen charity, Emma said: “Once we had set upon our challenge we set our heads together to choose a charity to raise money. Children’s charity Candlelighters soon became a favourite, as it is especially close to the heart of one of our colleagues as they lost a young friend to cancer last year at the age of only 18.”

Candlelighters is a Yorkshire based charity supporting children with cancer and their families. They offer practical, emotional and financial support to all the 150 children diagnosed with cancer every year in the county. They provide support to these families in the following ways:
  • Providing Play Leader on the Inpatient Ward, Outpatient Clinic and radiotherapy department at the Children’s Hospital in Leeds, as well as social workers who support the families
  • Every family with a child under treatment is offered a holiday
  • Funding into local research about childhood cancer
They also have a Family Support Centre which offers a haven way from the hospital environment where families can go for physical and emotional support. They organise groups for parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters including taking siblings on days out to give them the support they require too.

To find out more about the work of this fantastic charity, please visit https://www.candlelighters.org.uk/

The team are aiming to raise £600 for The Candlelighters Trust. So far they have raised £115. If you would like to make a donation to support the work of their chosen charity, you can do so via their JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/KingdomSecurityatDrax, where the team say: “We’re hoping to reach our target and in a perfect world beat it ... but any donation given will be hugely appreciated, big or small, this charity is fantastic and deserves our support.”

The team of 15 are all Kingdom colleagues working at Kingdom’s client Drax Power Station. Kingdom has been providing a comprehensive high risk security service to Drax Power Station in Selby, North Yorkshire, since February 2011. Drax Power Station is the largest power station in the UK. Last year they won a new five year contract with an option for an extra two years to continue providing security services to Drax. The security package that Kingdom provides includes guarding service, CCTV suite and operators and mobile team.

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 one of “1000 companies to inspire Britain”

Kingdom is very proud to have been included in the fourth edition of the London Stock Exchange Group’s annual list of “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain”.

Sponsored by HSBC, Business Growth Fund, Cenkos 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.

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 average growth rate across the 1000 named companies is a phenomenal 70% a year.

Writing the forward to the report, Xavier Rolet KBE, CEO of the London Stock Exchange, said: “This pioneering publication continues to identify the United Kingdom’s most dynamic SMEs and high growth potential companies across sectors and regions, highlighting the best of British small business.”

The report also included commentary by the UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and the Shadow Secretary of State for Business Rebecca Long Bailey.

BGF and the LSE Group will be hosting a series of celebratory events across the UK over the next few months. Kingdom was one of just 97 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 2017 report, please visit http://www.lseg.com/resources/1000-companies-inspire

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 supports fundraising in memory of former colleague

Kingdom is pleased to be supporting Paul Walsh, who is taking part in the The National Three Peaks Challenge along with two friends and his brother-in-law in order to raise money for The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Paul is the son of Patrick Walsh (pictured right), who was a manager at Kingdom from 2004 and played a crucial role within the business. Patrick was an incredibly popular colleague at Kingdom who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013 and sadly passed away in 2014 aged 62 after a short battle with the illness.

Paul briefly represented Kingdom and has attended many social gatherings with colleagues. As well as losing his beloved father, who was his best friend and who died holding his hand, Paul also lost his mother and his sister to cancer all within the relatively short time period of 15 years.

His mum, Sandra, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma 19 years ago and passed away 19 months afterwards, and in 2005 his younger sister, Nicola, was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 26. Although she had a mastectomy, another form of cancer subsequently spread to her brain and she passed away in 2007. Before she passed away she lived life to the full, completing an incredible “bucket list” which included marrying her boyfriend in South Africa and cage diving with great white sharks.

All three of them were looked after at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. The Christie funds life-changing and life-saving work to support cancer patients. The Christie Charity provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds for more than 40,000 cancer patients treated at The Christie every year, and fundraising like this helps them to fund life-changing and potentially life-saving projects that will benefit cancer patients both now and in the future.

Paul’s aunt, Sheila, was also treated for cancer at The Christie, but thankfully she recently beat the disease. As a result of all of these experiences, Paul feels indebted to the hospital and to its staff. Speaking about his experience, Paul said: “My parents and baby sister were taken at a very early age by cancer and The Christie gave us a place to be. The communal garden used to be somewhere I could go and sit with my mum, sitting and taking the time there gives people comfort in what is the most horrific of times. The staff there at The Christie understand what people need.”

Speaking about the Three Peaks Challenge and his reasons for taking part, Paul (pictured second from the left in the photo) said: “When my dad went most recently, at his funeral we asked for donations to The Christie, but I still felt I wanted to give them more.”

Like Paul, all four members of the team - Paul, David Heaney, Dave Booth and John Airey - have sadly experienced the devastation caused by the loss of a close relative or friend due to cancer. That is why they have decided to take on The National Three Peaks Challenge, which involves climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland (1345m), Scafell Pike in England (978m) and Snowdon in Wales (1085m) in 24 hours. They will be undertaking the challenge from the 16th to the 17th September 2017, and will be known as the Alpha Team.

Commenting further, Paul said: “We are training three times a week, going up and down Holcombe Hill, mountain biking and going to the gym. We really don’t want to fail. I’m frightened to death to be honest but we couldn’t raise money by sitting in and knitting. My sons, Sam (aged 11) and Finlay (aged 8), keep telling me how proud they are and my youngest wants to come along. My wife Keely thinks we are doing it at the wrong time of year and worries I’m going to get hurt. She’s worried about everything but she understands why I’m doing it, I couldn’t have gone through what I have without her and my children.”

The group of four are aiming to raise £1,000 for the hospital, but Paul is hoping they can “blow it out of the water”, especially following the recent fire there. At the time of writing, they have already raised an incredible £870 – 87% of their target with four months still to go - and Kingdom is proud to be adding to this total. If you would like to sponsor Paul and his team then you can do so by visiting their Just Giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Alpha3peaks

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.

U12 football team sponsored by Kingdom goes from strength to strength

Regular readers of Kingdom’s news stories may recall that we have been sponsoring a young team of footballers called the Wilberfoss Mavericks since October 2015. Kingdom purchased the team’s kit, and in return Kingdom’s logo is displayed on the front and back of the kit. The young team is managed by Kingdom’s Chief Operating Officer, Mark Wallace.

The Wilberfoss Mavericks recently took part in the Under 12s Bridlington Beach Tournament. They didn’t do very well in this tournament last year, but having had a great season this year they entered the event with a fresh optimism.

The tournament included first division and academy players (the Wilberfoss Mavericks are a fourth division team), and the Mavericks didn’t settle too quickly on sand, and as a result lost their first game. However, there is no shame in this, as they just so happened to lose to the eventual tournament winners, and only 1-0.

After this initial disappointment however, the team won game after game after game, eventually getting through to the quarter finals after coming third in a large group. Although they finally went out of the tournament in the quarter finals losing 2-0, they didn’t go without a fight, and were the last division 4 team left in the competition.

Commenting on the event, Mark Wallace said: “Great effort yet again and to be a division four team playing top dog teams and properly competing in this tournament shows how far this team have come. To be the only division 4 team left in the last pack and to be left feeling disappointed? Wow. Just wow!”

Last summer Kingdom donated money to the team to help them complete a project during the school summer holidays, and in 2015 Kingdom arranged for the team to attend a Wigan vs Leeds match at the DW Stadium in Wigan as VIP day guests. Kingdom also recently sponsored their fundraising event, a Pig Racing Night in East Yorkshire.

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 launches new corporate video

Kingdom is pleased to have launched a brand new corporate video giving an overview of our business.

The video introduces Kingdom’s core services of security solutions, facilities management and environmental protection.

It announces some of Kingdom’s most high profile customers, including Drax, the Cooperative, IKEA, the University of Southampton, London Luton Airport and Birmingham City Council.

It explains that Kingdom is an accredited service provider with offices in the UK, Ireland and South Asia, and goes on to describe Kingdom as a large, independent, privately run company that is financially sound, with sustainable profit and outstanding performance.

It goes on to talk about Kingdom’s most important asset: their people. Kingdom colleagues are described as the absolute best in the industry. The Kingdom family has over 5,500 happy, motivated and hardworking people, working together for the benefit of their customers. The team is described as dynamic, honest, humble and open, driven to think creatively and explore new ideas. They make local decisions and are given the time needed to service your contract.
  
Finally, the video explains some of the numerous benefits of working with Kingdom. This includes that Kingdom embraces technology and provide powerful management information and smarter ways of working. They also have lots of realistic ideas which can benefit businesses and organisations, and are proud of their fast paced culture and reputation for being leaders in their field.

To find out more about Kingdom, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom acquires London based Rehene Security

Kingdom is delighted to announce that, as of 1 April 2017, they have acquired London based security company Rehene Multiservice Limited ‘a subsidiary of Kilnbridge Group Limited’.

Rehene provide security services to some of the biggest names in national infrastructure and the acquisition continues the expansion of Kingdom to £100+ million turnover and 5,500 people.

Terry Barton BA Hons Law, (pictured right) Chief Executive of Kingdom said: “We currently have a very large and established London Centric customer base that we are extremely proud of and the acquisition of Rehene bolsters further our London business strength.

"With our fresh approach to service delivery and innovative and added value solutions across all our service lines we believe we have a something very truly different to offer the national infrastructure sector which includes civil engineering, construction, power and utilities.

"The Rehene team remain and join the wider Kingdom family and we look forward to meeting all our new customers."

Dermot McDermott Managing Director of Rehene Multiservice Ltd said: “Over the past 15 years, we believe, that we have built up a good relationship with our customers and have earned a good reputation for providing a first-rate service, within the sectors that we currently operate in. 

"We have been aware, however, that the security industry is not our core business; therefore, we sought to find a buyer who really appreciates the business, understands the industry and is keen and capable of developing its future potential. 
 
"The current management team of Stephen Greenaway and Derek Cook will remain as your contacts within the new regime and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the transition of the business from Rehene to Kingdom.

Finally, we should like to take this opportunity to thank you for your business over the years and to assure you that this sale will not affect the service levels currently provided by Rehene Security."

Established in 1993, commercial and service strength supported with organic wins and acquisitions 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 more information about Kingdom and our services please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.

Kingdom welcomes new Strategic Sales Director

Kingdom is delighted to announce the appointment of Eddie Hirst, who has recently joined the company as their new Strategic Sales Director.

Eddie joins Kingdom’s leadership team with 17 years experience of working within the security, facilities management and outsourcing industries. He has proven leadership and commercial skills, has been consistently successful in his career and has had strong results in business development, project work, operational management, new technologies and outsourced services.

As Strategic Sales Director, Eddie will be responsible for managing Kingdom’s sales team and their budgets, and will be responsible for the full sales process, from identification through to the order.

He is a seasoned people manager, and will lead the sales and marketing team to achieve their personal targets by mentoring, motivating and inspiring them to be competent, compliant, confident and empowered brand ambassadors who can sell as effectively as possible. He will be responsible for their welfare, performance and personal development to enhance their skill set.

Eddie will also make key strategic sales decisions with the overall aim of growing Kingdom nationally through sustainable profit. As part of this, Eddie will craft a national sales growth strategy across all of Kingdom’s service streams in order to retain existing work, win new work and maximise existing customer opportunities by introducing other Kingdom service lines.

Key to Eddie’s role will be to understand Kingdom’s business, customers, processes and current service delivery. He will therefore be working closely with Kingdom’s clients in order to understand their business, their vision and what service excellence looks like to them. He will then turn that into an innovative, sustainable business model and will work with clients and the entire Kingdom team to turn that vision into reality for them.

Speaking about his new role, Eddie said: “I am constantly looking for ways to do things better for our customers.  I take ownership of the customer’s requirements and promote and deliver innovation, value added service and excellence at all times. 

“Integrity, honesty, loyalty and commitment are all very important areas of focus for me. As a leader, I pride myself on being approachable, and always promote excellence and development. I like to work within a team and roll my sleeves up and lead from the front where appropriate, whilst at the same time encouraging my team to develop their skills.”

Outside of work, Eddie is a proud husband and father of two young daughters. Between 2008 and 2011 he successfully completed a Master’s degree, gaining an MSc (Distinction) in Security Risk Management at the same time as juggling a very busy career in the security industry and having a young family.

In addition to spending time with his family, in his spare time Eddie is a keen triathlete and recently represented Great Britain as an Age Grouper at the World Championships in Mexico. He is also an Ambassador for a not-for-profit organisation which helps to support people with cancer.

To find out more about Eddie, click here to watch his introductory video

Welcome to Kingdom, Eddie!

Kingdom one of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Greater Manchester

Kingdom is delighted to have been included in the Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 list for the second year in a row.

The Fastest 50 is a definitive list of Greater Manchester’s fastest growing privately-owned companies and is run by Ward Hadaway, one of the UK’s top 100 law firms and a major player in the North of England, with offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester. Established in 1988, they are among the to-ranked law firms in the UK.

The initiative is backed by Greater Manchester Business Week and the Manchester Evening News.

The Fastest 50 is described on Ward Hadaway’s website as “an initiative ... which recognises outstanding business achievement by companies across the North of England.

“It highlights and celebrates the achievements of fast-growing, profitable companies in the North East, Yorkshire and the North West by compiling and publishing annual lists of the 50 fastest growing privately-owned businesses in each of those three regions.

“Ward Hadaway has been holding Fastest 50 Awards in the North East since 1998, in Yorkshire since 2011 and in Greater Manchester since 2014, reflecting the firm’s offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester.

“The characteristics of Fastest 50 companies – ambition, talent, hard work and determination – are what we aim to exemplify in the work which we do with businesses.”

Jamie Martin, Managing Partner at Ward Hadaway, said: "We congratulate Kingdom and every company in the Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 for 2017 for their achievements in making this year's list.

"The Fastest 50 shows what terrific companies we have in the region and underlines what a great place the Greater Manchester area is to do business."

Kingdom is looking forward to attending the awards event at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on Friday 19th May, where it will be announced who are Greater Manchester’s fastest growing small, medium and large businesses, as well as who has won the overall award for the fastest growing business of the year. The ceremony aims to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the Greater Manchester business community and to award the fastest growing companies in the region. Eamonn Boylan, the incoming Chief Executive for Greater Manchester Combined Authority will be a guest speaker at the event.

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 rebrands to highlight four core services

Kingdom has introduced a new logo to help to showcase and inform customers of the four core services that Kingdom provides.

Kingdom’s four core services – Environmental Protection, Facilities Management, Recruitment Specialists and Security Solutions – are now each being defined by a colour. These are green for Environmental Protection, blue for Facilities Management, purple for Recruitment Specialists and grey for Security Solutions.

The introduction of these new colours will help to define and identify each of the four core sectors, whether they appear individually or together. It means that the four core sectors will be equally visible to clients, and will help to raise awareness to Kingdom’s clients and potential clients of the range of services that Kingdom offers.
 
These colours will most notably be used on the new Kingdom Core Services sub brand logo, which will still be used alongside the existing Kingdom logo. You will now start to see this new logo in a number of different places, including on Kingdom’s new vehicle fleet, on printed and online literature, and on Kingdom’s website. The service line colours will also  appear on colleagues’ uniforms.

As additional services come on board that Kingdom can offer to their clients, new service line colours will be introduced.

We hope that this will help to give each core service more prominence as well as its own personality within the Kingdom Services Group.

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

Kingdom starts tackling litter in Rotherham

Kingdom is pleased to have started providing Environmental Protection services in Rotherham on behalf of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Kingdom’s officers have started patrolling known key hotspots throughout the borough, and will issue fixed penalty notices to anyone caught committing an environmental crime such as dropping litter (which includes cigarette ends and chewing gum) and not cleaning up dog mess.

Kingdom has been asked to start work in order to reduce the huge £1.7million environmental crime bill that the council has to pay each year. Rotherham is not alone in suffering from this problem – the annual cost of cleaning the UK’s streets alone has been estimated at £1billion, which is a huge drain on the financial resources of local councils whose budgets are already squeezed. This is taxpayer money which could be better spent on frontline services if people picked up their litter and cleaned up after their pets.
 
Kingdom’s team has been tasked with issuing 5,000 fines over the course of the next year to anyone caught dropping litter, not cleaning up after their dog and flouting any other environmental laws. This follows their success in neighbouring Doncaster, where Kingdom has been providing Environmental Protection Services since January 2016, and in the first year there issued over 8,000 fixed penalty notices.

Commenting on the news, Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Community Safety and Street Scene Karen Hanson said: “We want to make the borough a nicer place for people who work, live in and visit Rotherham. By putting extra officers on the beat, we can specifically target dog owners who refuse to clean up after their dogs’ foul or use a bin for their litter.

“This approach demonstrates the Council’s commitment to protect the health and environment of residents and visitors, and to tackle environmental crime as part of our ‘Time for Action’ initiative to strengthen Council enforcement.


“Whilst the Council has had the ability to fine people in the past, our extra officers mean that there is a greater chance of culprits being caught and fined.


“We know it can be frustrating when environmental crime keeps re-occurring, but we will be doing our best to catch the people who keep spoiling the streets of Rotherham.


“By working together, we can make Rotherham proud and tidy.”

 
Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background and delivers over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities up and down the UK. They issue fixed penalty notices to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces in order to reduce anti-social behaviour.

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/

Kingdom’s Karen completes marathon for homeless shelter

Congratulations to Karen Kelly, one of Kingdom’s HR Administrators, who completed her first London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April 2017 in a fantastic time of 5 hours 48 minutes and 58 seconds.

Kingdom was very pleased to support Karen, who was taking part in order to raise vital funds for a local homeless shelter.

Speaking before taking part in the marathon, Karen said: “This will be my first time attempting the 26.2 mile distance, so it will be a real challenge for me. I am not a fast runner and completed my last half marathon race in 2 hours 40 minutes. I am just hoping to finish – I’m not worried about time but would like it to be under the 6 hour mark.”

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

So far Karen has raised a fantastic £270 for the charity, but would like to raise a total of £500. If you would like to support Karen in raising money for the Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe you still can. Donations are accepted until the 23rd July 2017. In order to donate, please just visit her MyDonate page, at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/karenkelly1

Atherton & Leigh Shelter for HoPe was set up to give homeless people a safe and warm place to sleep during the cold winter months. Starting in January 2015 with a pilot of two nights per week for eight weeks it was clear that this was a service that is needed. That gave the founders the encouragement to do it all again in 2016. They opened at the start of January, but this time for four nights per week and for 16 weeks during which time their volunteers looked after 83 different guests, providing them with a hot meal, hot drinks, conversation and of course over 400 good night’s sleep for people who may well have ended up on the streets in freezing conditions, plus a breakfast to see them on their way.

People are referred to the charity by local professional care and homeless agencies, and the service is provided at no cost to either the user of the referring agency. Instead, the costs are met by donations and grants. They are not a housing outcome, but instead their provision is to meet the emergency need until their guests can be guided into a longer term housing provision. Kingdom has previously supported the work of this local charity by collecting items for them at their National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows.

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

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

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

Kingdom starts cleaning contract with Sports Direct

Kingdom is delighted to have started  providing commercial cleaning services to the UK’s number 1 sports retailer Sports Direct, and to Flannels, the high end designer store that Sports Direct owns a majority stake in.

Kingdom has started providing ongoing daily commercial cleaning to these companies at three sites in Solihull, Aintree and Newcastle, and is looking forward to growing and developing their relationship with the client over the coming years.

Kingdom delivers supervisor or site-managed commercial cleaning and maintenance services to show their clients’ 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. Their aim is to enhance their clients’ performance and provide them with results which they can measure and control.

Kingdom adds value by taking a pro-active stance towards site cleanliness and tidiness, and advise on ways to cut costs, what tasks can be reduced, what time of day is cheaper and how to reduce electricity consumption and CO2 emissions when cleaning. They offer basic, specialist, deep and reactive cleaning to commercial clients, the leisure industry, transport contracts, shopping centres and public areas around the UK. Additional services include waste management, janitorial service, hygiene supplies, landscaping, high pressure cleaning, kitchen and ductwork cleaning, graffiti and chewing gum removal.

Sports Direct International plc was established in 1982 by Mike Ashley with just one store in Maidenhead. They now own 690 stores worldwide, with over 420 of these in the UK. They operate a further 270 stories in 19 European countries including Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Spain, Poland, Cyprus, Portugal and Iceland.

Sports Direct became the UK’s largest sports-goods retailer in 2006 when they overtook JJB Sports. Sports Direct also owns a large number of sporting and fashion brands including Donnay, Slazenger, Firetrap, Dunlop, Everlast, Kangol, Karrimor and Lonsdale, and a number of other retailers including USC, Field & Trek and Lillywhites. The group employs around 11,000 people. The majority of their stores trade under the sportsdirect.com fascia, with the Premium Lifestyle division operating around 130 stores in the UK under fascias including Flannels, Cruise, USC and Van Mildert. To find out more about Sports Direct, please visit http://www.sportsdirect.com/.

Flannels is one of the UK’s leading luxury retailers, specialising in contemporary clothing, shoes and accessories for both men and women. It was founded by their managing director Neil Prosser in Knutsford, Cheshire in 1976 who introduced major UK and international designers to the North West for the very first time. Their brands include Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Moncler, Jimmy Choo, Stone Island and Kenzo. Over the last 40 years they have grown rapidly, with stores opening in leading UK cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham and Cardiff. Sports Direct bought a 51% majority stake in Flannels in 2012. To find out more about Flannels, please visit http://www.flannels.com/.

To find out more about Kingdom’s commercial cleaning services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/commercial-cleaning/ or call us on 0845 051 7702.