Kingdom were founded a quarter of a century ago on the 2nd March 1993 by the man who is still their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) today, Terry Barton BA (Hons).
Terry started Kingdom as a security company all those years ago with just seven security officers. He had previously worked in the police, completed a law degree and trained to be a solicitor. When a local business asked him to recommend a security business he didn’t know any, so he set up one himself.
The Company are very proud to say that we still have colleagues with us at Kingdom today who joined us in the very early days, including our Discipline & Grievance Manager Steve Foster, who has been with them from the beginning, Tony Mooney (Scheduling), who joined in 1996, and Finance Team Manager Sue Bold, who joined in 1998.
Since 1993, Kingdom has grown from just seven officers to now employing 6,000. They still have one of the early rosters from September 1993 when the company had 20 static sites and employed 44 members of staff.
No longer just a security company, there are now four core services to Kingdom, which are Security Solutions, Facilities Management, Environmental Protection and Recruitment, with a new training division to be added in 2018.
Kingdom is now one of the largest independent and privately-owned companies specialising in these areas within the UK, Ireland and South Asia.
They currently operate on a turnover of more than £106 million, and despite this huge growth, Kingdom has not forgotten its origins and that there is family continuity within the business, with Terry’s son Rob playing a key role at Kingdom as IT and Innovation Director.
Some of the key highlights in the development and growth of Kingdom over the last 25 years include the following:
1993:Kingdom founded by Terry Barton
1995:Kingdom moved to Mill Brow, Eccleston, where they would remain for 21 years until outgrowing the premises and moving to a new National Support Centre in 2016
2006:Kingdom acquires Wallace Security Ltd, making them an overnight national provider. Mark Wallace remains at the heart of the Kingdom business today as Chief Operating Officer
2013:Kingdom launch an Environmental Protection division to help reduce the amount of littering and dog fouling in public places on behalf of local councils
2016: Kingdom enters the Indian market and starts providing security services on the Indian sub-continent
2016: Kingdom’s National Support Centre moves from Mill Brow, Eccleston, St Helens, to Newton le Willows
2017: Kingdom enters the recruitment market place to supply staffing solutions to its customers and to supply Kingdoms own internal recruitment needs
Speaking about Kingdom’s anniversary, Terry said: “When I started Kingdom in 1993 I started it with the very firm belief that we had to be different and that the company had to continually evolve, keep learning about our customers’ needs and desires, embrace the latest technology and invest in our most important asset – our people. Since then I am very proud to say that Kingdom has stuck rigidly to those beliefs and we have built what I regard as the best teams within the service streams and sectors in which we operate.
“Like running any business, it has been 25 years of highs and lows, but the 25 years have flown by and it has never not been exciting times at Kingdom. Our future aspirations not only keep myself excited but also the great team and togetherness built around me. I thank everybody from colleagues to customers to suppliers to anyone that has ever touched Kingdom throughout this amazing 25-year journey”
For more information about Kingdom, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk