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It’s been a cruise for Kingdom Scotland


Kingdom Scotland finalises the 2019 cruise season with Seabourn Ovation into Invergordon.



It’s been a challenge throughout the season for the Security team ensuring all 178,000 passengers and over 68,000 crew members passing through the gates at the Port of Cromarty Firth.

Port of Cromarty Firth is a favourable spot for wildlife and nature presenting a spectacular display. The Cromarty Firth is home to 300 harbour seals, 195 bottlenose dolphins (one of only two resident populations in the UK) and thousands of birds. Great place for spotters.


Jamie Graham, Key Account Manager for the North had this to say; “This season has been rewarding for all the security team and Kingdom Services Group. We have had 112 cruise liners from March to September. I am really pleased with the continued professionalism from the Security team, all passengers and crew have been well looked after and may this continue for the 2020 season.”

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Kingdom Services Group Ltd acquires Manchester based Contact Industrial Recruitment Ltd

Kingdom is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of Contact Industrial Recruitment Ltd - www.contact4jobs.com

Founded in 1997, Contact Recruitment has gained an excellent reputation for being one of the leading and most trusted multi discipline recruitment agency partners, specialising in the recruitment sectors of driving, industrial, waste and recycling and managed services. With an extensive portfolio of loyal clients, Contact looks forward to using the Kingdom platform to develop further future recruitment growth throughout the UK.
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Kingdom success in SIA Audit 2019!

 


Kingdom has recently taken part in the annual audit for the SIA (Security Industry Authority) ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme) assessment, for the 13th year in a row. We are thrilled to announce that we have achieved 141 out of a possible 145.

The ACS standard was relaunched in April 2019, reducing the number of criteria and indicators available. The maximum score is now 145. They also reset the minimum achievement level for a number of indicators making it more difficult to achieve.
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NEW KINGDOM BROCHURE IS OUT!


Out NOW! View our new interactive brochure below!



The brochure has been updated with the latest branding, added service pages such as mobile, systems and the launch of Kingdom Recruitment.

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Staff at Sanctuary Students can’t thank the Kingdom Team enough!



Sanctuary students (part of the Sanctuary Group) based in Glasgow, couldn’t thank the Kingdom team enough following an extremely busy weekend.

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Sponsorship for top flight club in Scotland


We are proud to see Kingdom Scotland sponsorship boards around the ground of top tier rugby club Musselburgh RFC. Local to the Kingdom Macmerry office, the sponsorship opportunity increases the awareness of Kingdom Scotland and the support of a local sporting team. The relationship between club and the Kingdom Scotland senior leadership team stretches out for many years with former players of the club now work colleagues at Kingdom Scotland.
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Kingdom Team are ‘Heroes’ for Cadbury’s Site in Bourneville during Major Gas Leak





A huge well done to the Kingdom Security team whilst on duty at the Cadbury’s site in Bourneville. Up to 800 people were evacuated from the offices in Birmingham after a gas leak was identified from the Kingdom team.




During maintenance work by a third party, a 150mm medium pressure MDPE gas main was severely damaged during routine road repairs. The Kingdom Security team recognised the situation and acted promptly, efficiently and with great professionalism.
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Avondale Foods Relationship with Kingdom goes from strength to strength


The working relationship between Kingdom and Avondale’s management team continues to thrive. Initially providing only night and weekend cover, Kingdom now provides a full guarding solution

The trust and reliance of Kingdom’s abilities proven to be the key factor.
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Quadruple finalists in prestigious awards for Kingdom



We are delighted to announce that Kingdom are finalists in four categories at this years Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2019.

The Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2019 supported by IFSEC & FIREX takes place on Wednesday 20th November at London Hilton on Park Lane. Kingdom Services Group are finalists in four categories, they are:
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Fantastic Client Feedback - University of South Wales



The Kingdom contract team received brilliant feedback from the University of South Wales during the weekend of 7th / 8th September.

University Of South Wales



“Amazing work by the Kingdom team during our International Welcome at the University of South Wales.  We had brilliant service throughout the week, but the team who were in on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September went well above and beyond, and without them we would have been working up to midnight to get students onto campus, into halls and settled for the first night.
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Kingdom Scotland to take control of 300th Belhaven Brewery Festival part of the Greene King chain.



Kingdom Scotland will deploy 22 staff to manage the entry points, stage and bar areas at this weekend’s Belhaven Brewery Festival. With expectations of over 2000 people in attendance, Kingdom Scotland have the experience, knowledge and trust to ensure the festival runs smoothly as possible.

This year alone they have covered events such as Let’s Rock Scotland, Oktober Fest, Fringe Festival, Hawick Common-Riding and are looking forward to co-ordinating further events in the year.

Allan Jones, Operations Director commented “We take great pride in offering our services to such events and festivals across Scotland, our team work hard to ensure these occasions are run safely and smoothly, gaining appreciation and trust from public and our clients.”

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90 Second Read - Hostile State Activity Port Power - 23rd August 2019


Police or designated immigration or customs officers will be able to stop, question, search and detain an individual at a port, airport or border area to determine whether he or she is, or has been, engaged in hostile state activity. The new powers work similarly to those for terrorist activity, with a “hostile act” defined as activity linked to a foreign state which threatens national security, the economic wellbeing of the UK or is an act of serious crime.

If authorised by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner, an examining officer can now access, or even destroy, confidential information from an individual if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that it is a hostile act.

The powers which have been introduced as part of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019, are a response to the attempted murder of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in Salisbury last year. The provision will apply across the UK and within one mile of the Northern Ireland land border and at the first place at which a train travelling from the Republic of Ireland stops in Norther Ireland where passengers may leave the train.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has also called for espionage and treason laws in the UK to be revised in response to the threat of hostile activity by Russia and others. The Home Office is said to be considering a “foreign agent registration requirement”, similar to the US, under which agents representing the interests of foreign powers must disclose their relationship, as well as information about related activities and finances.

The register would not be an attempt to encourage those engaged in espionage to declare their activity, rather to regulate legitimate political interests. However, those found not complying or found to have breached the rules after registering would likely be investigated by the security services.

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Kingdom Services Group - 90 Second Read


Should venue owners be charged with a legal duty for counterterrorism measures? 


New laws could force large venues in the UK to adopt increased security measures in response to the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017. Security minister Ben Wallace said that the government is considering “whether and how further legislation could support, or indeed compel, effective and proportionate protective security” for concerts, shopping centres and sporting events. This could include increasing the use of safety checks, such as bag searches and body scanners. It might also require venue owners to take counterterrorism advice, conduct vulnerability assessments and put a plan in place to mitigate any susceptibilities.

The government had initially said that it had no plans to mandate specific security measures, despite a campaign by the mother of one of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing enjoying popular support online.


There is currently no legislation compelling venues to implement counterterrorism measures beyond standard health and safety legislation. Senior police officials are said to be supportive of creating a legal duty for venue owners. Former chief superintendent Nick Aldworth, who led the “protect and prepare” stand of national counterterror policing until May 2019, compared the issue of fire safety, noting that venue owners are expected to take responsibility for preventing fires rather than relying entirely on the emergency services. Taking the same approach to terrorism would share the burden and increase security, Aldworth argues.


There is currently no timeline for the proposed legislation, but it is unlikely that any changes would be introduced before the conclusion of the inquest into the Manchester Arena bombing which is due to begin in April 2020.
What’s your view – should venue owners be charged with a legal duty for counterterrorism measures?


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Kingdom Services Group Ltd acquires Scotland based security specialist Dunedin




Kingdom is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of Dunedin Facilities Management Ltd.
Established in 2012, Dunedin has gained an excellent reputation for delivering CCTV, Door Supervisors, Security Guards, Mobile Patrols, Key Holding and Event security solutions. With an extensive portfolio of loyal clients, Dunedin looks forward to using the Kingdom platform to develop further future growth in Scotland. 

The Dunedin acquisition continues the strategic expansion plans of Kingdom.

Terry Barton BA Hons Law, Chief Executive of Kingdom said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Kingdom to expand further in Scotland. Strategic acquisitions have always formed part of our growth strategy, but it is extremely important that when we acquire a business that there is values & culture fit to that of Kingdom. We are therefore keen that we continue to operate in the same way going forward with no planned changes to offices or points of contact. Kingdom will support and enhance the Dunedin integration with our expertise, technology and software solutions.



Iain Macintosh will undertake the role as Head of Security for Kingdom Scotland and along with his retained management team and colleagues will drive Kingdom Scotland forward. Throughout all our negotiations we were incredibly impressed with Iain as a person and with what he has achieved. With his expertise and innovative cutting edge technologies in CCTV Iain will maintain our position as a premier service provider so please give him a call”

Iain Macintosh, owner and Director of Dunedin said: “Joining the Kingdom family will enable my team and I to offer a greater range of services and strength in depth and for us to expand into new sectors. The Kingdom leadership team and I share the same aspirations and I’m excited about being a key part in the journey which is being created through this acquisition.”

Established in 1993 Kingdom are a well-established, highly regarded, privately-run, family-owned company.

The company successfully manage 6,000+ high-quality service personnel in highly complex public-facing environments driven to explore new ways of working.

Kingdom has trading longevity and a financially sound trading history within their specialist areas within both the UK and uniquely, India and through 25+ years of organic growth and strategic acquisition Kingdom has developed into a business turnover today of £100m+.

From 2016 Kingdom has operated from a purpose-built, 3 floor National Support Centre and from a number of regional support offices that oversees their national infrastructure.

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Chris Lamb – England U20s – Welsh Athletics International






Kingdom are proud to announce that Chris Lamb, son of Kingdom’s own Paula Lamb, will be performing in the Welsh Athletics International as part of the England U20’s pole-vaulting team.

At only 19 years of age, Chris is ranked 4th in the country for the sport and has been given this opportunity to represent England in his first international competition.

Chris started pole-vaulting at the early age of 14 at Liverpool Harriers, and moved to Wigan Harriers a year later in search of a more specialised type of training for pole-vaulting. During these early years, Chris performed in multiple national competitions, and medalled at the UK School Games 2016, the English Schools Championships 2018, and Nationals 2019.

Chris has stated that “over the last couple of months, everything has started to come together, and all the hard work is finally starting to pay off. I have started to progress a lot faster, achieving 4 personal bests.” As a result of his hard work and dedication, he has become the North of England champion and achieved 3rd place at the England Championships. His performance has deservedly resulted in being chosen to represent England in this event.

The end goal of performing for Team GB is within reach for Chris, and every event, competition, and medal is one step closer to realising his dream.

We wish Chris the best of luck, both in the Welsh Athletics International and in the future!

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Chris Lamb is currently campaigning to raise funds to purchase new poles that will see him improve his height and performance, which will help in his goal of performing for Team GB. If you would like to donate to Chris, any amount is immensely appreciated, you can do so by visiting his GoFundMe page below:






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