The Impact of Technology on Retail Security

Prevention is better than cure. The adage may be a favourite of mum’s worldwide but it’s equally relevant to business, especially in this age of constant technological advancement.

In this post we consider whether the retail industry has enough systems in place to deal with the changing face of crime within the sector.  How will technological changes affect retailers approach to crime? Can they respond effectively and how will dedicated security providers, such as Kingdom, assist in the war against crime?

Fighting crime in a digital era

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How apprenticeships can transform your business

Apprenticeships used to be the only way for young people to learn a skills-based trade or get into particular industries. This is no longer the case with many employers now using apprenticeships for learners aged 18 to 65 to help develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours of their existing workforce.

However, a majority of employers perhaps do not recognise the huge benefits and opportunities that apprenticeships present. The new employer-led Standards are sector specific and set the benchmark for the required skills, knowledge and behaviours for given roles within your business. Skills Centre will be able to develop an apprenticeship delivery model around your specific organisational needs. With the behaviours and wider soft-skills development, it is the whole person approach of an apprenticeship that sets it apart from a straight classroom/assignment qualification model. Skill Centre use a blended learning method - each learner is assigned one of our assessor-coaches who supports them through their journey. Learners will also have access to our e-learning platform that is revolutionising learning.

Who is Skill Centre?

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Kingdom secure UK Government framework success

Multi award-winning services provider, Kingdom Services Group Ltd, have become part of the Government and Public Sector supply chain.

Following a successful engagement with Government business specialists, GovData, Kingdom received confirmation from the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) regarding their contract award to become a supplier on the Workplace Services (FM Marketplace Phase 2) framework. The contract is used throughout the Public Sector in Central and Local Government, Defence, Education, Health and Justice organisations to provide access to pre-approved suppliers for the full range of soft and hard facilities management services.

Kingdom is one of Britain’s fastest growing companies, specialising in security solutions and facilities management and a top 10 UK accredited market provider.  The Group also sits within the top 0.5% of ACS-approved contractors in the UK. 

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Kingdom retains Health & Safety accreditation

Kingdom is once again delighted to have achieved the Certificate of Health & Safety accreditation from Acclaim Accreditation, which is backed and assured by Supplier Assessment Services.

Acclaim Accreditation is a member of Safety Systems in Procurement (SSIP) and supports the objectives of improving health and safety standards across the UK while also reducing duplication of paperwork in procurement.

Kingdom's most recent accreditation further confirms their commitment to the highest health and safety standards. Kingdom remains steadfast in its commitment to quality (C2Q) by embracing five key components: Safety, Health, Environment, Service and Outcomes.

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The City Security Council

Kingdom is delighted to announce that it is one of the founding members of the City Security Council, an initiative which has been set up to support anti-terror efforts in the City of London. The City Security Council will work with the local police to help people feel safer in their surroundings by ensuring swifter communication, the sharing of intelligence/information, and providing backup security personnel in times of crisis.

The launch event was held on the 29th May at the Leadenhall Building and was attended by senior members of all 18 of the founding security companies. This demonstrates the collective commitment to supporting the Square Mile. Speaking on counter-terrorism efforts at the event were David Ward (Chair of the CSC Strategic Board), Ian Dyson (Commissioner of the City of London Police) and David Evans, CEO of Global Aware.

Andrew Howe, Head of Risk & Mitigation at Kingdom, said "I look forward to working collaboratively with the CSC and the City of London Police as Kingdom's liaison, providing rapid communications during fast-moving incidents. The live testing exercises and enhanced levels of training for security officers that the CSC will look to provide will ultimately contribute to a safer environment for the City of London."

CEO Terry Barton said, "I'm happy to sign Kingdom up to this initiative to help support in times of crisis. The additional security presence by providing security personnel when incidents occur will release police officers to do what they do best in keeping the community safe."

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