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Kingdom expands contract in Anglesey with park enforcement role

DSC01436Kingdom is very pleased to have started providing parking enforcement on the Isle of Anglesey.

Kingdom is now tackling illegal parking on the island as well as continuing with the 12-month trial that we have been providing to Anglesey Council since March 2017 to tackle littering and dog fouling.

Kingdom has been issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £75 to anyone caught dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dog on Anglesey. In addition to this, Kingdom officers will also tackle problem parking.

The new contract has only just started, but has so far been incredibly successful. During the first seven days of the contract, Kingdom’s officers have issued 155 Parking Charge Notices (PCNs).

The move has been welcomed by Cllr Peter Rogers, who said: “Quite simply, something has to be done to sort out the parking problems.

“No-one likes to be fined of course, but usually if you’re caught once you don’t do it again.

“These new Kingdom officers are clearly visible and should help deal with the worst of the problems that we get complaints about.”

A spokesperson for the Isle of Anglesey County Council said: “The Isle of Anglesey’s County Council’s Executive committee agreed on the 20th March 2017 that Kingdom Security Limited (who currently enforce littering and dog fouling on behalf of the council) will also work in conjunction with the Authority’s own officers in the enforcement of parking restrictions for a trial period of 12 months, starting on the 4th of December.

“Anyone wishing to challenge or appeal a parking penalty may do so in writing and further details regarding the fine will be provided on the back of the issued notice.”

Kingdom will be tackling litter and dog fouling in every county in North Wales from the 8th January 2018 once we start providing environmental protection services to Gwynedd Council. Kingdom also provides parking enforcement services to Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils in addition to the Environmental Protection services it provides there, tackling litter and dog fouling. We are looking forward to expanding more contracts where we tackle litter and dog fouling by also tackling parking issues in the New Year.

Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months. If you would like to find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/


Kingdom’s Chief Operating Officer gets festive for charity

Kingdom was pleased to sponsor their Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mark Wallace, who donned a snowy white beard and a Santa Claus outfit last weekend to join his family to complete a “Santa Dash” for charity.
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The Wallace family joined over 100 other runners on Sunday 3rd December to run around the beautiful lakes and woodland in Allerthorpe Lakeland Park to raise money for St Leonard’s Hospice.

Based in York, St Leonard’s Hospice is an independent charity, providing specialist palliative care and support for local people with life limiting illnesses. Mark’s mother-in-law, who suffered from terminal cancer, was cared for by the hospice, so the family have a close connection with the organisation. To find out more about their work, please visit their website.

Runners had to dress as Santa and run two laps of the lake – although they fooled Mark by telling him that it was actually three laps!
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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. To find out more about Kingdom’s Chief Operation Officer, Mark Wallace, please watch the video below.


Clean Highways campaign fights back against negative Environmental Protection article

20130107_0183 - CopyKingdom’s Environmental Protection division aims to make our streets and public spaces cleaner, safer and greener, working on behalf of local councils to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for littering, dog fouling, fly tipping, and other anti-social behaviour.

At the end of the day, our aim is to change public behaviour, to stop people dropping litter (and litter includes cigarettes and chewing gum), and to make sure that people do clean up after their dogs, as dog mess is not only unpleasant to see and smell, but can be dangerous, particularly to young children. If people didn’t drop litter, our services wouldn’t be needed, communities would be cleaner and safer, and the taxpayer would be better off – as last year over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets.

Unfortunately, the press often doesn’t see it this way. One such example was a recent article in The Telegraph entitled “Rise of the litter police: council areas where you are 20 times more likely to be fined”.

We were very pleased then to see Peter Silverman from the campaign group Clean Highways write a letter to the Telegraph responding to some of the points that were raised in their article. Mr Silverman’s response can be found on the Clean Highways website, and we have reproduced his letter in full below:

Letter to the Editor of the Daily Telegraph

Dear Sir,

Hayley Dixon and Patrick Scott “The rise of the litter police”, DT 21st November, claim a public backlash is growing over the use of private companies to hand out litter fines on behalf of councils. I am not aware of any backlash in spite of the terrible things we are told are happening in the article.

The companies get up to 100% of every fine! Who is to say that this is not fair compensation for the service they provide. There is nothing sinister here. Of course Councils can never win in the eyes of their critics. If they keep a share of the fines they are accused of using them to raise revenue.

They are looking for a person who drops a cigarette butt or something! That’s called littering and should be deterred.

Officers hide in order to catch people! DEFRA’s guidelines say that the officers should be in uniform and be on patrol. This means that anyone contemplating dropping a serious piece of litter will delay doing so until after the officers have passed by. This is why so many of the fines are handed out for “a cigarette butt or something” i.e. for items which tend to be discarded without any forethought.

I would like to see the DEFRA guidelines changed to allow officers to operate in plain clothes and to be free to focus on hot-spots, hiding – yes hiding – where necessary. The more serious offenders would then be caught and in, hopefully, great numbers. Councils would then raise significant revenues from those causing the problem and use the money to pay for more street cleansing. The proverbial win – win scenario.

During 2016 the councils that used private firms issued an average of 3,100 fines compared 181 for those that issued their own fines! The former are therefore doing a far better job of deterring littering.

Recruits are told that they will get a “competency allowance”, described as a “bonus”, if they issue more than four tickets a day. It is inevitable that officers will be rewarded on the basis of their productivity. This can be done overtly or by increasing the basic pay of the high achievers. An overt process would be most transparent but should be tempered by the oversight of an independent scrutiny and accreditation body with the powers to weed out irresponsible officers.

The criminal ramification are greater with fixed penalty notices because you can be prosecuted with a criminal record! This quotation from human rights lawyer Professor Michael Ramsden is presumably contrasting on-the-spot litter fines with, for example, parking fines. The latter are dealt with under the civil law. I agree that it makes no sense for anyone who fails to pay an on-the -spot fine to be given a criminal record for dropping a packet of crisps. This is why most councils do not to issue litter fines to juveniles – a very major flaw in the system. I have proposed to DEFRA that the law be changed so that councils should be given a civil law alternative to the present criminal regime.

The article cites three cases where the fines were issued without due consideration. No other information is provided to indicate whether this is the tip of an iceberg or the whole of a rather diminutive one. If there were not 3 but 30 such cases and they all occurred in 2016 when 150,000 fines were issued by contractors, that would amount to a failure rate of only 2 in 10,000.

We should be careful not to throw out the baby with the bath water. With some modifications the use of private contractors to issue litter fines could become a major contributory factor to getting our country cleaned up.

Peter Silverman
Clean Highways
23rd November 2017

We are pleased to have the support of campaign groups like Clean Highways that support our work on behalf of local councils to make our communities cleaner, safer and greener, and will continue to tackle litter, dog fouling and other anti-social behavior for the comfort, safety and security of all residents and visitors of to our local communities.

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 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 launches new website

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Kingdom is very pleased to announce that we have today launched a brand-new website. Our new site can still be viewed at the same web address as it has always been - www.kingdom.co.uk

Our old website had served us and our clients well for a number of years, but it was created when Kingdom’s sole focus was on security, and thus the focus of that site was very much on security.

The new website better reflects how our business has grown, evolved and expanded in recent years and better showcases the four key services that Kingdom offers today, giving an equal focus to Environmental Protection, Facilities Management, Recruitment and Security Solutions.

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The website also reflects the branding that we have put in place for these four key services – green for environmental protection, blue for facilities management, purple for recruitment and grey for security. This branding is in place throughout the site, making it obvious when you’re on a page as to which service you are looking at.

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The whole look and feel of the website has changed from the previous website, with the site now making use of the entire width of the screen, and making much better use of images to give it a much more modern look and feel. Everything in the online world changes very quickly, and what looked good five years ago can already look dated now. The complete redesign of the Kingdom website very much brings it bang up to date, making it look fresh, new and more appealing.

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The new website is also very media rich, making excellent use of videos and brochures throughout, including providing video bios of all of Kingdom’s leadership team so that our customers get to know our people better, and can easily learn about them. We feel it is much more personal being able to watch short videos of our colleagues introducing themselves rather than reading through bios.

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Another of our key aims has been to make the new website more user friendly for our clients and perspective clients. This includes easier navigation by introducing a new “mega menu”, allowing users to see all of Kingdom’s services and what those services includes all in one easy to find place.

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As well as searching by service, users can also now search by sector, meaning that visitors to the site can look at the key industries that we provide services for and what we can do to support you within those sectors.

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We have also worked to ensure that the website displays better on a range of different devices, so that no matter how people are looking at the Kingdom website, whether on a desktop, mobile or tablet, they should find it easy to view and to navigate.

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Commenting on the launch of the new website, Kingdom’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark Wallace said: “I am really proud of this new website. I have been involved with what has been a huge project from start to finish, and it is wonderful to see all the hard work that has gone into this finally reach its conclusion.

“I have long had a vision for how I wanted Kingdom’s website to look going forward, and have been working hard to make sure that everything associated with it, including design, content and media, meets that vision.

“I am absolutely delighted with the new website and feel that is far better reflects the service that Kingdom offers to clients today, and hope that our clients and other users also like the new site and enjoy visiting it as much as I do.”

For more information about Kingdom and all our services and to see for yourself how our website has changed, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk.


Kingdom to launch new website next week

We are very excited to announce that we will be launching a brand-new website next week!

Below is the first sneak peak of the home page of the new site, which we will be finalising over the weekend and unveiling early next week.

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The new website will replace the existing one, and will be viewed at the same address as it always has been - www.kingdom.co.uk

The whole look and feel of the website will be changing to give it a much more modern look and feel, bringing it bang up to date and making it look fresh, new and more appealing. Part of this will involve making better use of images, videos and brochures. It will also be more user friendly for our clients and perspective clients in terms of navigation and how it is viewed on various devices.

The new website will better reflect and showcase the four key services that Kingdom offers today, giving an equal focus to Environmental Protection, Facilities Management, Recruitment and Security Solutions. It will also reflect our new branding for these four key services.

clip_image004Commenting on the pending launch of the new website, Kingdom’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark Wallace said: “I am really excited that we are very close to launching Kingdom’s brand-new website.

“We have been working on this major project behind the scenes for many months now, and it is wonderful to know that all of the hard work that has gone into this is about to reach its conclusion.

“I have had a vision for how I wanted Kingdom’s website to look going forward, and have been working hard to make sure that everything associated with it, including design, content and media, meets that vision.

The website that will be launched next week far better reflects the services that Kingdom offers to clients today, and I really hope that our clients and other users will like the new site and will enjoy looking at it as much as I do.

We will announce next week when the new site goes live, so watch this space!”

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


Kingdom supports colleague’s charity fundraisers

Group photo 3 Fri NightKingdom was very pleased to support the recent fundraising efforts of one of our colleagues, Breda Mead, who along with her husband Chris organised a two day charity event and raised £2,000 for good causes.

Breda is the Front of House Manager at the Europe Headquarters of Kingdom’s client Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory company, in Egham, Surrey.

On Friday 27th October they hosted a 1920s Murder Mystery Evening, and on Saturday 28th October they held a Black Tie Ball with dinner and dancing. The two events were for a Masonic Ladies Festival. Chris is a Freemason, and this was the Ladies Festival. The events took place at the Tortworth Estate in South Gloucestershire, a Costwolds country estate house set in 30 acres of parkland. The venue is a picture perfect Grade II listed Victorian mansion house.

Group Photo 2 Sat night71 people attended the two events, with all proceeds from the weekend donated to two charities - Bipolar UK and Dementia UK. Although fancy dress was optional, a large number of the guests joined in to really get in the spirit to raise money for the chosen good causes.

The two charities are particularly close to Breda and Chris’s hearts, as Chris’s son Lee (Breda’s stepson) suffers from bipolar, and Breda’s dad suffers from dementia. Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. They provide a range of support services for individuals affected by bipolar, including information, support and advice, a national network of support groups, a moderated 24/7 web-based peer support forum, a mentoring service, youth service and workplace training. They work to ensure all individuals with bipolar can manage their illness and lead independent lives.

Dementia UK offers specialist one-to-one support and expert advice to help people living with dementia through their unique admiral nurses who work hand in hand with families, helping them cope with the fear, uncertainty and difficult everyday reality of dementia.

Group Photo 2 Fri NightBreda and Chris raised approximately £2,000 for these two amazing charities, with proceeds being raised over the weekend from a prize raffle which took place on the Saturday night, and via donations from Kingdom, Gartner and some smaller local businesses in the Staines area. We were very proud to support this event, and would like to congratulate Breda and Chris on such a fantastic achievement.

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.


Police praise Kingdom for help with incident

police AdobeStock_177788524Members of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Team have been praised by the West Midlands Police after they helped them to deal with a suspicious package that had been left in the centre of Birmingham.

The situation is explained in an email from an officer from the West Midlands Police, who wrote to Kingdom saying:

“I am emailing you to place my thanks for your assistance in dealing with the suspicious package left outside Deichmann Shoes, High Street, which I was sent to deal with whilst working with you on litter enforcement.

“As you know there was a delay in uniform officers attending and whilst waiting for them with your assistance we managed to clear members of the public from the danger, and you know how difficult a task that was, but I could not have managed that on my own without your assistance.

“Could you please also pass my thanks to other members of your team.

“I know in dealing with this incident it took us away from litter enforcement but it was great to put team work in action.”

Kingdom provides environmental protection services to Birmingham City Council, and has done for a number of years, tackling street litter and city centre issues such as graffiti, fly posting and smoking in prohibited areas.

Whilst the role of our Environmental Protection officers up and down the country is to tackle litter, dog fouling, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and other environmental crimes or anti-social behaviour, the fact is that they are also a uniformed, highly visible presence in public spaces providing many residents with a feeling of safety and security, making them the obvious people to turn to for help in emergency situations.

For this reason, our environmental protection officers often step in or are called upon to provide first aid or protect members of the public whilst out on patrol. In essence, the role Kingdom plays allows our officers to act as the eyes and ears of the community, and we are proud to play such a key role in many towns and cities up and down the country.

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


Kingdom praised for help at top fireworks night

22855485_10214586907647433_19876550_nKingdom was very pleased to once again help out at Merthyr Tydfil’s annual fireworks night by providing an events team to make sure that the event ran smoothly.

The Firework Skyshow 2017 was held on Friday 3rd November at Cyfarthfa Park in Merthyr Tydfil. As usual, it was listed as one of the top ten Bonfire Nights in the country.

It was hosted by the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, with gates opening at 5.45pm and the display starting at 7.15pm. The park was open until 9pm, and the event included a Fun Fair and lots of food and drink, as well as the spectacular backdrop of Cyfarthfa Castle. Approximately 4,500 people attended the Firework Skyshow.

After the event, Bethen England, Events Planner at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, wrote to Kingdom saying:

“I was really pleased with how the whole event was handled by your team and thought that you having your own radios with you being the point of contact for our radios worked really well so as not to muddle the communication, so thank you for that.

“We’ve had feedback via Facebook that all of the staff were really friendly and that the whole site felt really secure with the presence of your staff. Your staff also were instrumental in helping us trace the parent of a lost child.

“You were always prompt and courteous in your responses and any issues were dealt with in a highly effective manner. I would not hesitate to use Kingdom again.

“On a personal note, thank you for helping me through the stresses of my first year organising the event and doing the site visit with me to ensure that we had all bases covered.”

Kingdom’s Events and Close Protection teams provide specialist operatives in ensuring the safety, security and wellbeing of a broad spectrum of client groups. We ensure that itineraries run to plan and that the long days and sometimes overwhelming list of tasks can be accomplished with as much ease as possible. We do all we can to ensure our customers receive the highest possible standards of hospitality, care, practical and moral support at every moment of the day and night. As well as providing crowd management and stewarding teams, we also offer Close and VIP protection and Consultancy Advice.

For more information about our Events and Close Protection Service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/event-close-protection/


Kingdom welcomes changes to litter fine rules

litter-bug-1-1481737Kingdom has welcomed the news that, from next year, there are going to be changes to the rule when it comes to littering fines, following a review that has been carried out by the government.

Last week it was announced that littering fines are to rise following a review by the government department DEFRA – the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The review was part of a public consultation on England’s Litter Strategy.

From April 2018, the minimum on-the-spot fine that can be issued for dropping litter will increase from £50 to £65, whilst the maximum on-the-spot fine that can be issued will increase from £80 to £150. The default figure is currently £75, and this will rise to £100 from April.

DEFRA has told councils to consider local circumstances when deciding on the level of fines, and will issue additional guidance around the beginning of next year.

As well as this increase, we are very pleased that the law will change so that motorists can be prosecuted when litter is thrown from their cars, regardless of who was responsible for throwing it. Therefore, even if someone else threw the litter out of the vehicle, it will still be the responsibility of the vehicle’s owner.

The changes were announced by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, Dr Therese Coffey, who said the government was making the changes to ensure that “perpetrators, not the local community” pay the £800million it costs each year to keep our roads clean.

Making the announcement, Dr Coffey said: “Littering blights our communities, spoils our countryside and taxpayers’ money is wasted cleaning it up.

“Throwing rubbish from a vehicle is just as unacceptable as dropping it in the street, and we will tackle this antisocial behaviour by hitting litter louts in the pocket.

“These new fines will make sure the perpetrators, not the local community, bear the cost of keeping our streets and roads clean.”

We agree with the statement that was issued last week by Martin Tett, the spokesperson on the environment for the Local Government Association, who described the announcements as a “hugely positive step in the right direction”, and went on to say:

“Allowing councils to fine the owners of vehicles which litter is thrown from, rather than expecting councils to prove who exactly in the vehicle had thrown litter, is also something that the LGA has long called for. It is great that from April, councils will be able to get tough with the anti-social minority who think our roads are a repository for rubbish.

“We now need to see more detail in the forthcoming Government guidance. Whilst recognising that any action must be proportionate, it must also be robust to deter abuse of the local environment.

“It is frequently the more deprived communities that suffer most from litter louting and where the demand for more enforcement is loudly heard. Local authorities are keen to get on with the job of tackling anti-social litter louts, and delivering local environments that our residents can be proud of.”

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 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 tackling litter and dog fouling in Lancashire

Blackburn-With-Darwen-CouncilKingdom is pleased to have started a 12 month pilot scheme providing Environmental Protection Services to Blackburn with Darwen Council in Lancashire.

Anyone caught dropping litter (which includes cigarette butts and chewing gum) or not cleaning up after their dog has fouled is being given a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by Kingdom’s officers, who are patrolling the streets and public places wearing body cameras.

Our team will patrol both Blackburn and Darwen town centres, as well as parks, open spaces and problem areas. Kingdom has been called in by the council after receiving complaints from residents who were “fed up with having to step around dog mess and litter on the streets,” according to an article in the Lancashire Telegraph.

The FPN for dropping litter will be £75, whereas the FPN for not cleaning up your dog mess will be £100, although it will be reduced to £75 if it is paid within 10 days.

Our first day providing services to the council was Wednesday 18th October 2017.

The scheme itself won’t cost the council, and therefore tax payers, a penny, as it is self financing, with our costs being covered by the income from the Fixed Penalty Notices. In fact, rather than having to pay out for environmental protection, the council will get money back from the scheme which will be spent on improving the local area.

Commenting on the new contract, Cllr Jim Smith who is responsible for the environment at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “Decent people have simply had enough of this disgusting behaviour.

“This litter enforcement service is about taking back the streets for these law-abiding citizens, and making offenders take responsibility for their actions.

“Time and time again people have told me that dog fouling and litter are important priorities for them.

“It can spoil streets and communities and is a blight for so many people.

“They have had enough of the selfish minority of people who spoil our neighbourhoods for everyone.

“The fine is a fair amount as some of that money will go into the health department to improve our parks and make our streets cleaner.

“So this is a warning for anyone who thinks they can leave their dog mess or drop litter and get away with it: you will likely end up with a big fine to pay.

“The simple thing is no one will get fined who does not drop litter.

“This is the council saying we have been warning you and will make you pay if you litter.”

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 brought in to fight litter in Bristol

logoWe are delighted to announce that, from the 6th November 2017, Kingdom will be providing Environmental Protection services in Bristol. The news was announced exclusively this morning in the Bristol Post under the headline “You could pay up to £2,500 for spitting, dropping rubbish or cigarette butts in Bristol.”

Kingdom will be enforcing £75 on-the-spot fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for people caught dropping rubbish, leaving cigarette butts and spitting in the street as part of Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees’ plans to get tough on tackling litter. We will initially focus on the city centre, and if that is successful the service may be expanded to include other areas of Bristol.

Children under the age of 18 and those who are considered to “lack capacity” will be exempt from the measures. Money raised through the fines will cover the cost of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, and any additional profit will be used by Bristol City Council to tackle environmental issues in the city.

As explained in the Bristol Post, “the measures – which come in to force next month – will cover a number of littering acts including leaving dog poo, leaflets and chewing gum on pavements and public places. Fines will also be issued to those caught leaving graffiti tags.

“People who don’t pay their fines could be taken to court and incur fines and costs of up to £2,500, although there is a £25 discount for early payment.

“Existing rules already allow street officials to levy on-the-spot fines to those caught littering but it is thought the dedicated team and wider category of potential offences will ensure that more people are caught in the act and fined.

“Street-cleaning currently costs Bristol City Council £6 million a year and last year around 7,000 tonnes of waste was collected from the streets.”

The move was one of a number of measures being announced by Bristol’s Mayor in his annual State of the City address to make Bristol “measurably cleaner” by 2020. With Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers taking on these duties, it will free up council officers to tackle other issues such as fly tipping, noise complaints, abandoned vehicles and dangerous or stray dogs.

Explaining Kingdom’s role, our Operations Director John Dunne said: “We will be using trained and experienced teams to work in collaboration with the council’s in-house teams in identified hotspots. Our aim is to reduce the amount of litter unlawfully dropped, resulting in a safer, greener and cleaner city."

Bristol is one of the largest cities in the UK with a population of over 450,000 people, and is also one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations. This is not surprising considering its history dates well over a thousand years, and it is famous for its role in exploring the new world, the slave trade and the achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel amongst other things.

Bristol is home to two universities, the Bristol Old Vic theatre, the Bristol Hippodrome and the Theatre Royal, many historical buildings, museums and art galleries, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers football teams, and Bristol Rugby. In 2008 it was a finalist for the European Capital of Culture, but lost out to Liverpool, who Kingdom also provides environmental protection services to.

Bristol has previously been named as one of the world’s top ten cities by the international travel publishers Dorling Kindersley in their Eyewitness series of travel guides. It has also twice been named by The Sunday Times as the best city in Britain to live (in 2014 and 2017) and won the EU’s European Green Capital Award in 2015. Bristol was also designated as England’s first “cycling city” in 2008 and is home to Sustrans.

With all of this in mind, Kingdom is very honoured and excited to be playing a key role in keeping such a fantastic city clean for all of the residents and people who visit Bristol every year.

Commenting on the news in the Bristol Post, the Mayor said: “Keeping Bristol clean is everyone’s responsibility. I launched the Clean Streets Campaign to encourage people to step up and help keep their local community clean and tidy. Although the response has been positive among schools, community groups and individuals, litter remains a huge issue for the city.

“For this reason we have decided to take a tougher stance on enforcement, and are bringing in a specialist company to help us target people who continue to think it is acceptable to use Bristol as their own personal dustbin.

“Picking up litter costs the city a massive amount of money at a time when we are having to make severe cut backs to vital services. We will not tolerate mindless littering in Bristol - it is time for us to take pride in our city and stamp out this thoughtless behaviour.”

We are particularly delighted that the move has been supported by community groups in the city. Ben Barker from the Greater Bedminster community partnership told the Bristol Post that “most people understand that litter is a ‘bad thing’. It disfigures our beautiful parks and makes our retail districts unattractive to all apart from rats, and often it smells. Most people understand, and are prepared to help by picking up or not dropping litter, but a few haven’t got the message or don’t care.

“The council’s new enforcement policy will help to bring this minority in line with the rest of us and make us proud to live in Bristol.”

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/


Dancing Kingdom officer at IKEA car park goes viral

One of Kingdom’s officers at IKEA’s newest store in Sheffield has gone viral after being filmed dancing whilst directing cars and welcoming customers to IKEA’s car park.

Kingdom’s officers were in action for the opening week of IKEA’s latest store in Sheffield, which opened its doors to the general public on Thursday 28th September 2017, and saw thousands of customers visit for the opening evening alone. Kingdom provided 15 licensed staff each day to IKEA during the opening week.

One of the officers was Nana Asare, who has become something of an online sensation, after a video of him was uploaded to the IKEA Facebook page with the post “Credit to this man at the IKEA Sheffield store #dedication.” That post has so far been liked nearly 2,000 times, shared nearly 500 times and been commented on nearly 300 times.

The story has now been reported in The Star, under the headline, “Hilarious footage of dancing parking attendant at Sheffield IKEA goes viral”, saying the following:

Footage of a parking attendant dancing enthusiastically whilst working at Sheffield IKEA has gone viral.

“The new IKEA finally opened on Sheffield Road in Tinsley earlier this month with the store employing around 480 people.

“Staff were out in force on the opening day, cheering new customers in and waving Swedish flags.

“However, one employee’s job enthusiasm has not stopped there as he’s been spotted breaking out some dance moves whilst directing cars around the car park.

“The man is filmed dramatically beckoning cars in, ordering them to stop and directing them out whilst throwing in some energetic dance moves.

“Sheffield Hallam student Joe Dawson filmed the fantastic footage and uploaded it to IKEA’s Facebook page.”

Kingdom has provided retail security to all of IKEA’s stores in the UK (including Belfast), as well as their two distribution centres for seven years now, having first started providing security to the company in the UK in 2010. In 2014 it was announced that Kingdom would be the sole security provider to IKEA in the UK. Kingdom provides IKEA with a unique security service which has been tailored specifically to match the IKEA environment and work ethos. When Kingdom was last audited by IKEA to make sure that they were compliant with the IKEA work ethos and standards, they received high praise.

IKEA is a multinational group of companies that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances and home accessories, and since January 2008 has been the world’s largest furniture retailer. The company was founded in Sweden in 1943 by the then 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad, and the acronym IKEA stands for Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd (the name of the farm where he grew up) Agunnardyd (his home town in south Sweden).

IKEA now has around 400 stores in 49 countries. Their vision is “to create a better everyday life for the many people”, and their business idea is “to offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them”.

Kingdom is an established retail specialist with a dedicated retail division that works in partnership with some of the biggest names in retail to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment (ROI).

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

Video credit: Joe Dawson


Kingdom helps client IKEA with latest store opening

IKEA Sheffield image3 (1)Kingdom was very pleased to recently help one of their clients, the well known multinational company and world’s largest furniture retailer IKEA, with the opening of their latest store.

IKEA’s newest store in Sheffield opened its doors to the general public on Thursday 28th September 2017, with thousands of customers attending the opening evening.

Before the opening evening there was an IKEA Family preview day on Tuesday 26th September, and guided welcome tours have been given from Friday 29th September through to Sunday 8th October.

During the opening week, Kingdom provided 15 licensed staff per day, and received praise all round from IKEA regarding how well our colleagues worked to ensure a very busy week went smoothly.

The new £60million, 340,000 square feet store is the only IKEA store in the country to have a tram stop, and also has a 983 space capacity car park.

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Kingdom has provided retail security to all of IKEA’s stores in the UK (including Belfast), as well as their two distribution centres for seven years now, having first started providing security to the company in the UK in 2010. In 2014 it was announced that Kingdom would be the sole security provider to IKEA in the UK. Kingdom provides IKEA with a unique security service which has been tailored specifically to match the IKEA environment and work ethos. When Kingdom was last audited by IKEA to make sure that they were compliant with the IKEA work ethos and standards, they received high praise.

IKEA is a multinational group of companies that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances and home accessories, and since January 2008 has been the world’s largest furniture retailer. The company was founded in Sweden in 1943 by the then 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad, and the acronym IKEA stands for Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd (the name of the farm where he grew up) Agunnardyd (his home town in south Sweden).

IKEA now has around 400 stores in 49 countries. Their vision is “to create a better everyday life for the many people”, and their business idea is “to offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them”.

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Kingdom is an established retail specialist with a dedicated retail division that works in partnership with some of the biggest names in retail to reduce shrinkage and provide a return on investment (ROI).

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


Kingdom guard raises funds for local maternity ward

20170923_114229Kingdom was very pleased to once again support one of their colleagues, David Lench, with his recent fundraising activities. David is one of Kingdom’s retail security guards at the Cooperative store in Westcliff on Sea.

David took part in a 7km sponsored walk on Sunday 17th September 2017 to raise money for Southend Hospital. There was a good turnout on the day with over 200 people walking to raise money for this very worthy cause. On a day of mixed weather, David completed the 7km walk in 80 minutes. The walk was along Southend seafront, going from Shoeburyness (an old army barracks town), past the longest pleasure pier in the world, and finishing at Chalkwell.

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust cares for more than 380,000 patients each year. It’s the local hospital for the Southend area and beyond, providing a wide range of acute services and specialising in cancer care.

Southend Hospital Charity raises funds to help make a difference for their patients. They make sure all the money donated benefits the specific ward or department that it was designated for, thus helping to provide state-of-the-art medical equipment, improve patient and staff amenities and fund vital research.

Each September the charity arranges a sponsored walk, called Walk for the Wards, along Southend seafront as part of their fundraising activities. The walkers can choose which ward or department they would like the money they raise to go towards.

Kingdom was pleased to sponsor David, having also sponsored him in the same event last year. David wore a curly blond wig to take part, and he chose the hospital’s maternity ward to receive the funds he raised.

For more information about the Southend Hospital Charity, please visit www.southendhospitalcharity.co.uk. If you would like to help David with his fundraising efforts and by doing so help Southend Hospital’s maternity ward, please visit David’s JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-lench1.

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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 given record score once again in major audit

sia-approved-contractorAs we reach the end of September 17 it is that time of year again when Kingdom has their annual audit for the SIA (Security Industry Authority) ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme) assessment.

Kingdom has been taking part in this scheme for the last eleven years, and every year we are proud to say that we have improved our score on the year before.

We are delighted to say that 2017 is no exception to that rule! In 2015 we received a record score of +161. Last year in 2016 we beat that score, achieving +167 out of a possible maximum score of +174. This year we have gone one better, achieving an incredible score of +168 out of +174, our highest ever score, and just 6 points away from the very highest score that it is possible to achieve. This outstanding result places us in the top 1% of security companies audited, meaning we are officially one of the very best security companies in the entire UK.

We were particularly pleased with this result as the Approved Contractors Schemes’ requirements for ACS scoring has changed this year to make it much more difficult to achieve a high score, and because some of the points in the audit are not feasible in the current environment for Kingdom to achieve. We feel that this result demonstrates not only the strengths of our company as a whole, but most importantly the colleagues within it, and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone in Kingdom who has contributed towards this excellent result.

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry. It is an independent body that reports to the Home Office and covers the whole of the United Kingdom. The SIA has two main duties. The first is the compulsory licensing of individuals that undertake specific activities within the private security industry. This includes manned guarding (including security guarding, door supervision, close protection, cash and valuables in transit, and public space surveillance using CCTV) and key holding. Being licensed by the SIA means that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job.

The other key role of the SIA is to manage the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS). This is a voluntary scheme and was established by the SIA to form a set of operational and performance standards for private security companies, measuring them against independently assessed criteria. The objective of the Approved Contractor Scheme, according to their website, is to “raise performance standards and to assist the private security industry in developing new opportunities.” It gives organisations the opportunity to distinguish themselves as being among the best providers of private security services in the UK, and thus gives their clients confidence and trust in them. We are delighted each year to take advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate that we are among the very best security companies in the whole country.

To be accredited under the scheme, security companies must voluntarily submit themselves for annual inspection by one of 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 a minimum score) to receive ACS accreditation.

Kingdom’s annual inspection was carried out in the weeks commencing 11th and 18th September 2017, with assessments carried out on sites and in our offices. The auditor interviewed a total of 41 licensed colleagues across eight different locations and was very impressed with her findings.

Commenting on this outstanding result for Kingdom, CEO and founder Terry Barton BA (Hons) said: A fantastic result achieved again and for the 11th year running. This is a result of hard work and effort from all at Kingdom and a result we should all be very proud of. The criteria had changed this year making it harder to maintain previous scores but to exceed last year’s score is an even better achievement and demonstrates our success as an organisation.

Kingdom remains steadfast in its "commitment to quality" (C2Q) by embracing five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes. As a supplier to brand focused customers, our investment and dedication to quality and safety is taken extremely seriously. We regularly access experts in their field to openly audit and challenge us. 

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.