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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