Terms and conditions of sale

Devon Education Services shop

Terms and conditions of sale as of 1st August 2022

 

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS CAREFULLY BEFORE PLACING AN ORDER

 

  1. DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION
  • The following capitalised words apply to these Terms:
    • Academic Year means 00.01 hours 1st September to 23.59 hours 31st
    • Financial Year means 00.01 hours 1st April to 23.59 hours 31st
    • A Service Level Agreement (SLA) / Academy Service Level Agreement (ASLA) is a contract for annually pre-ordered services (consultancy or subscriptions) to be delivered across either a Financial Year or Academic Year.
    • Devon County Council registered in England and Wales with its registered office address at County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4NG.
    • Charges means the charges for the Products and Services set out in the Order.
    • Client means a school, academy, setting or individual as set out in any Order.
    • Confidential Information means all confidential information (however recorded, preserved or disclosed (including without limitation whether in writing, in electronic format or given orally)) disclosed or made available, directly or indirectly, by the Disclosing Party on or after the date of these Terms.
    • Disclosing Party means a party to these Terms which discloses or makes available Confidential Information.
    • Devon Education Services Shop means the online system used by Devon County Council to enable sales of Products and Services.
    • Force Majeure Event means an event or series of related events that is outside the reasonable control of the party affected to include but not limited to epidemic or pandemic (including but not limited to COVID-19), illness and/or shortage of staff, power failures, national industrial disputes, changes to the law, disasters, explosions, fires, floods, riots, terrorist attacks and war.
    • IPR means all intellectual property rights whether registered or unregistered including any application or right of application for such rights, copyright and related rights, database rights, confidential information, trade secrets, know-how, business names, trade names, trademarks, service marks, passing off rights, patents and rights in design.
    • Order means a purchase order or request for services from the Client to order the Products or the Services from the Devon Education Services Shop.
    • Party means jointly Devon County Council and the Client and each a party.
    • Products means such products available via the Devon Education Services Shop.
    • Services means such services available via the Devon Education Services Shop.
    • Terms means these terms and conditions of sale.
  • In these Terms words importing the singular only shall also include the plural and vice versa and, where the context requires, words importing persons shall include firms and corporations.
  • These Terms shall be the only terms and conditions that shall apply to any Order and any pre-printed terms and conditions on any Order placed by the Client shall have no force or effect.
  1. SERVICE and PRODUCTS
  • The Service and Products provided by Devon County Council shall be such Services and Products as set out in Devon Education Services Shop and shall include and not be limited to such training, resources, digital downloads, conferences – and SLAs/ASLAs as specified on the Order.
  • Devon County Council provides Services and Products to the Client for either the Financial Year or the Academic Year as set out in the Order.
  • Devon County Council warrants that it shall provide the Services and Products with all due skill, care and diligence in accordance with good industry practice and (without limiting the generality of this condition) with its own established internal procedures.
  • Devon County Council further warrants that all obligations shall be performed and rendered by appropriately experienced, qualified and trained staff.
  • Any unused Services or Products ordered by the Client can only be used within the Financial Year or Academic Year that they have been purchased and cannot be carried over at the end of the Financial Year or Academic Year and are non-refundable.
  1. CHARGES/PAYMENT
  • The Charges payable by the Client for the provision of the Service and Products shall be as set out on the Order. All prices are exclusive of VAT and travel (where applicable).
  • The Charges are payable within thirty (30) days of issue of a valid invoice. Payment from the Client to Devon County Council shall be by electronic means. Orders placed for the Financial Year will be invoiced annually at the beginning of the Financial Year. Purchases made for the Academic Year for charges up to the value of £1500.00 +VAT will be invoiced annually at the beginning of the academic year. Orders placed for the Academic Year for charges over the value of £1500.00 +VAT will be invoiced termly in advance. All termly invoices will be payable within 30 days of issue of a valid invoice.
  • Where relevant charges are based on pupil numbers, Devon County Council will use the most recently available school census data (full time pupil equivalent figure) as the number on the roll or where the Client has updated the pupil numbers on the Devon Education Services Shop.
  • Without prejudice to Devon County Council right to claim costs under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998, if for any reason any payment is not made when due, Devon County Council reserve the right to be paid on an indemnity basis any cost incurred in recovering any money due under these Terms (such costs to include but not be limited to administrative costs and any legal costs incurred).
  1. LIABILITY & INDEMNITY
  • Except as provided in clause 4.3, the aggregate liability of Devon County Council to the Client, whether under contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), statute or otherwise, arising out of or in connection with these Terms shall be limited to the Charges paid by the Client in the last Financial or Academic Year as appropriate.
  • Neither Party shall be liable to the other for any consequential, special or indirect losses and/or any and all loss of profit or anticipated profit, loss of product, loss of business, loss of production, loss of use or loss of efficiency, loss of revenue howsoever the same may be caused by, including without limitation, the fault, breach of contract, tort (including negligence), strict liability or otherwise of Devon County Council or the Client as the case may be.
  • Nothing in this clause shall exclude or limit either Party’s liability to each other for death or personal injury; or fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation or any liability which cannot be excluded under applicable law.
  1. INSURANCE
  • A copy of the insurance policies held by Devon County Council shall be made available on request.
  1. HEALTH AND SAFETY AND SECURITY & ACCESS
  • Whilst on the Client's premises, Devon County Council shall comply with all reasonable health, safety and security instructions given to it by the Client or any authorised representative of the Client.
  • Devon County Council shall be afforded such access to the Client’s premises, staff and facilities as may reasonably be required for the delivery of the Service
  1. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ("IPR")
  • Devon County Council warrants that it is either the owner of or authorised to use any and all IPR in any of the Services and any Products provided under these Terms and grants a non-transferable, non-assignable, non-exclusive, revocable fully payable licence to the Client to use all IPR in any of the Services and any Products subject to the Client complying at all times with the following provisions:
    • the IPR in any of the Services and any Products provided will remain at all times the property of Devon County Council and the Client is not entitled to any rights or interests in the IPR;
    • the Services and any Products provided under these Terms is at all times deemed Confidential Information of Devon County Council and the Client will only use the Services and the Products in connection with providing the Services and shall not sub- licence, assign or novate any of the Services to another company without the prior written consent of Devon County Council.
    • the Services and any Products shall not be altered or adapted or edited or copied, modified, disassembled, de-compiled or reverse engineered at any time.
    • the Services and any Products shall only be used for their intended purpose, subject to these Terms.
  1. TERMINATION
  • Once an order is placed by a Client for Services or Products it shall only be entitled to terminate the order and receive a refund in the following circumstances otherwise the client will be liable to pay all of the charges set out in the order.
    • For Orders covering only one Financial Year or Academic Year the Client will be required to give three months’ written notice of termination of an Order. The Client will not receive a refund for any Services or Products committed as part of an Order which have not been used upon termination.
    • For Orders for a period longer than a year the Client will be required to give three months’ written notice of termination of the Order, or any SLA provided under it, by 31st December or 31st May each year, which will then be effective from 1st April or 1st September (depending on the start date of the original Order). The Client will be required to pay the difference between the full cost and the discounted amount for any year(s) completed. In the event that the Client fails to give notice Devon County Council shall be entitled to charge a termination fee of 3 months’ charges plus the difference between the full cost and the discounted amount for any year(s) to the Client.
    • For an Order for one-off bespoke products or services, the following graduated approach will be taken to refunds and charges: Should the Service or Products be cancelled by the Client prior to commencement, a cancellation notice must be provided in writing to Devon County Council. The Client will be liable for the following cancellation fees which shall apply as a percentage of Charges; Less than 28 days (20%), less than 14 days (50%), less than 7 days (100%).
  1. MAINTAINED SCHOOL CONVERSION TO ACADEMY STATUS
  • If the Client converts to academy status during the period of the SLA, any unused proportion will be calculated and refunded to the Client.
  • A new ASLA will then need to be placed and will start for the period from the date of academy conversion to the end of the current academic year. Invoicing will be as set out in Clause 3.
  1. SUBSTITUTION/CANCELLATION BY Devon County Council
  • In the event that the consultant(s) contracted to provide the Service is unavailable for any reason, Devon County Council will endeavour to offer an alternative consultant.
  • Subject to clause 12, if a Service or Product has to be cancelled by Devon County Council, Devon County Council shall refund the Charge for the Service or Product or offer an alternative Service or Product to the Client.
  • Subject to clause 10.2 and clause 12, if Devon County Council is unable to provide the Service or Product on a face-to-face basis, it reserves the right to provide the Service or Product via an online method, subject to availability of online facilities and/or internet connection.
  1. CONFIDENTIALITY
    • Each Party shall treat all information, marked as confidential or by its nature being deemed confidential, as confidential and safeguard it accordingly and shall not disclose any Confidential Information belonging to the other Party to any other person without the prior written consent of the other Party, except to such persons and to such extent as may be necessary for the performance of these Terms or except where disclosure is otherwise expressly permitted by the provisions of these Terms.
  • The provisions of this clause 11 do not apply to any Confidential Information received by one Party from the other (a) which is or becomes public knowledge (otherwise than by breach of this clause); (b) which was in the possession of the receiving Party, without restriction as to its disclosure, before receiving it from the Disclosing Party; (c) which is received from a third party who lawfully acquired it and who is under no obligation restricting its disclosure; (d) is independently developed without access to the Confidential Information; or (e) which must be disclosed pursuant to a statutory, legal or parliamentary obligation placed upon the Party making the disclosure.
  1. FORCE MAJEURE
  • Neither party shall be in breach of these Terms nor liable for delay in performing or failure to perform any of its obligations under these Terms if due to a Force Majeure Event. In such circumstances the affected party shall be entitled to a reasonable extension of time for performing such obligations. If the period of delay or non- performance continues for four (4) weeks the party not affected may terminate these Terms by giving five (5) day notice to the affected party.
  1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
  • The Client may not, without Devon County Council’s prior written consent, which shall not unreasonably be withheld or delayed, assign, transfer, or otherwise deal with or dispose of any of its rights or obligations accruing under these Terms. Devon County Council may freely assign or transfer any of its interests, rights or obligations.
  • Devon County Council warrants that it has in place appropriate security measures against unlawful or unauthorised processing of personal data and against loss or corruption of personal data in accordance with the terms of the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • It is the intention of the Parties that no person who is not a party to these Terms shall have any rights to enforce any of its terms under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
  • If any provision of these Terms shall be or become unenforceable, void or invalid, such provision or part thereof shall not affect and shall be deemed to be severed from the remainder of the provisions of these Terms and the remainder of these Terms shall continue to be fully enforceable and valid.
  • Each Party warrants that it has not done, and in performing its obligations under these Terms, it shall not do, any act or thing that contravenes the Bribery Act 2010 or any other applicable anti-bribery or anti-money laundering laws and/or regulations
  • These Terms supersede any previous Terms or arrangement between the Parties in respect of the Services and no variation of these Terms shall be made except with the written consent of the Parties. These Terms constitutes the entire understanding between the Parties relating to the Services and Products subject to an Order.
  • Any failure by Devon County Council to exercise or enforce any right or provision shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
  • These Terms shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and both parties shall submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
  1. NOTICES
  • Any notice or communication given under these Terms shall be given in writing. Any notice given under or in connection with these Terms shall be regarded as properly served when delivered by hand or by post, to Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4QD or by email to: [email protected].
  • In the case of the Client it is delivered by hand or by post to the address, or by email to the email address, of the Client who placed the Order.
  • In the event that the Client has any dispute Devon County Council will seek to resolve all disputes. The Client should contact the Head of Support Services by phoning 01392 287301 or emailing [email protected].
  • The Parties shall attempt in good faith to negotiate a settlement to any dispute between them arising out of or in connection with these Terms within 30 days of either Party notifying the other of the dispute. Nothing in this dispute resolution procedure shall prevent the Parties from seeking from any court of competent jurisdiction an interim order restraining the other Party from doing any act or compelling the other Party to do any act.
  1. SPECIAL TERMS RELATING TO SPECIFIC PRODUCTS OR SERVICES
  • The following clauses relate to School Libraries Termination / Cancellation.
    • If the Client terminates a subscription and has already placed Order(s) for topic boxes then the Client will be liable for the Charges for the cost of all of the topic boxes.
    • If the Client terminates a subscription or Order, the Client must return all overdue books on or before the date 14 days after termination of the Order or subscription, failing which the Client will be charged for all overdue book returns.
    • In addition to the general provisions regarding termination in clause 8, if a school cancels an Order mid-year for Library Services then the school must return their book deposit at their cost and in accordance with directions issued by Devon County Council.
    • In the case of a three year School Library Service, the discount offered for the 1st year (a 1/3 off the first year Charges for such service) will need to be repaid if the school cancels an Order at any point during the three years.

Expiry / non-renewal of contract/subscription

  • In the event of expiry or non-renewal of the contract and/or subscription, the Client is required to return all books currently on loan including any deposit books held on or before the date 14 days after expiry/non-renewal of the contract or subscription.
  • If the Client fails to return the book deposit in accordance with clause 15.1.5, the Client will be liable for the cost of the books.
  • The following clauses relate to Training and Conferencing (termination / cancellation).
    • For the purposes of clause 15 “Event” means conference, seminar, masterclass or training course.
    • For Event places the full event fee will be payable if a place is cancelled within 10 working days prior to the Event date.
    • Transfers cannot be made within 10 working days prior to the Event date.
    • If an Event place is cancelled more than 10 working days before the Event then the place can be transferred to an alternative Event, if available. Devon County Council are only able to facilitate one such transfer.
    • Non-attendance of an Event place included within an SLA subscription or late cancellation (within 10 working days prior to the Event date) will be subject to a £40 non- attendance fee.
    • Exhibitors must give at least 10 working days’ notice before the Event if they wish to cancel their exhibitor space, otherwise a refund will not be paid.
    • Whilst Devon County Council will make reasonable endeavours to provide training on a face to face basis where advertised, on occasion it may be necessary to provide the training by way of virtual means due to low attendee numbers and/or circumstances outside of Devon County Council’s control, including but not limited to changes in Government guidelines relating to COVID-19.
  • The following clauses relate to Digital resources / downloads and webinars.
    • Train the Trainer digital resource is only available for the Client set out in the Order and the resource must not be provided or used by anybody else without the prior written consent of Devon County Council.
    • By purchasing or downloading this webinar you agree: not to record the session, including on an electronic device or via screen recording, that any audio and/or text contributions you make during the webinar may be recorded by us and used for training or other purposes including resale.
  • The following clauses relate to the hiring of Devon County Council Outdoor Centres
    • The signatory of the applicant shall be the hirer. Where a promoting organisation is named in the application, the representatives of that organisation shall also be considered the hirer and shall be jointly and severally liable hereunder, with the signatory.
    • The fee payable for the hiring shall be calculated in accordance with the scale charge in force at the time of the booking. Devon County Council reserves the right to alter or revise these charges at any time.
    • The non-refundable deposit shall be as shown on the accompanying charges sheet and will be payable at the time of booking. The booking remains provisional until receipt of the deposit.
    • Devon County Council may at any time, without notice, cancel a hiring or withdraw permission for the hirer to occupy any part of the hired premises. In such event, Devon County Council shall not incur any liability whatsoever to the hirer other than for the return of any fee or the appropriate part of
    • Cancellation of a booking by the hirer will incur loss of the deposit.
    • Cancellation by the hirer of between 20 and 4 weeks in advance of the booking will incur loss of 50% of the full cost of the booking.
    • Cancellation by the hirer within 4 weeks in advance of the booking will incur loss of the full cost of the booking.
    • The hired premises should be deemed to include its contents and facilities though additional charges may be levied for the use of additional staffing, equipment, educational activities and resources. The premises may not be altered in any way except by permission of the Centre Manager, acting on behalf of Devon County Council.
    • The hirer shall, during the hiring, be responsible for:-
      • Taking all measures necessary to ensure that the permitted number of persons using the hired premises is not exceeded.
      • The efficient supervision of the hire premises and for the orderly use there of including the observance of “No Smoking” throughout the building and grounds.
      • Ensuring that all doors giving egress from the hired premises are left unfastened and unobstructed and that no obstruction is placed or allowed to remain in any area giving access to the hired premises.
      • Ensuring that all proper safety measures are taken for the protection of the users of the premises and equipment, including adequate adult supervision of young people concerned.
      • Familiarising themselves with fire alarm positions, the location of the fire-fighting equipment and the establishment’s exit route.
    • At the end of the hiring the hirer shall be responsible for ensuring that the hired premises are vacated quickly and quietly, and are left in a clean, tidy and secure state.
    • The hirer shall not permit or suffer any damage to be done to the hired premises and its contents and shall make good to the satisfaction of Devon County Council and pay for any damage (including accidental damage) however caused by any act of neglect of himself or his agents.
    • Except insofar as the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 otherwise provides, Devon County Council will not be responsible or liable in any way whatsoever or to any person whatsoever (and whether or not there shall be any negligence by its servants) or agents in respect of:
      • Any damage or loss of any property brought onto or left upon the hired premises either by the hirer or by any other person.
      • Any loss or injury which may be incurred by or be done or happen to the hirer or any person resorting to the hired premises of the use thereof by the hirer.
      • Any loss due to any breakdown of machinery, failure of electrical supply, fire, flood, or Government restriction which may cause the hiring to be interrupted or cancelled.
    • The hirer shall be responsible for and shall indemnify Devon County Council, its servants and agents against all claims, demands, actions and costs arising from the hirer’s use of the hired premises or from any loss, damage or injury suffered by any person arising in any manner whatsoever out of the use of the hired premises by the hirer.
    • The right of entry to the hired premises at any time is reserved to officers and employees of Devon County Council or any other person they may authorise.

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