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The following terms and conditions apply to all services, including website development and design services, (the Services) provided by spireMinds Limited to the Client, in conjunction with any relevant quotation provided to the Client by spireMinds Limited (Terms), unless otherwise agreed in writing. Acceptance of a quote, purchase and/or use of the Services shall be considered acceptance of the Terms.
Charges for the Services are defined in the project quotation that the Client receives from SpireMinds Limited via email. Quotations are valid for a period of 30 days. SpireMinds Limited reserves the right to alter a quotation or decline to provide the relevant Services after the expiry of the 30 days.
Unless agreed otherwise with the Client, all website design services require an advance payment of a minimum of fifty (50) percent of the project quotation total before the work commences. A second payment of fifty (50) percent is required after the client review and design sign off stage, with the remaining percentage of the project quotation total due upon completion of the work, prior to upload to the server or release of materials.
The Client agrees to reimburse SpireMinds Limited for any additional expenses necessary for the completion of the work. Expenses may include (but are not limited to) the purchase of domain names, special fonts, and stock photography.
All Charges are exclusive of VAT.
2. Invoicing and payment
SpireMinds Limited shall submit invoices in line with the timescales above. Invoices are normally sent via email, but hard copy invoices are available on request. Payment is due on receipt of the invoice by the Client.
Payment for services is due by cheque or bank transfer. Cheques should be made payable to SpireMinds Limited and sent to SpireMinds Limited, 10 St Michaels Villas, Leeds LS6 3AF, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Bank details will be made available on invoices.
If the Client fails to make any payment due to SpireMinds Limited by the due date for payment, then, without limiting SpireMinds Limited’s remedies under or in connection with these terms and conditions, the Client shall pay interest on the overdue amount at the rate of 4% per annum above the Bank of England’s base rate from time to time. Such interest shall accrue on a daily basis from the due date until actual payment of the overdue amount, whether before or after judgment. The Client shall pay the interest together with the overdue amount.
Accounts unpaid thirty (30) days after the date of invoice will be considered in default. If the Client in default maintains any information or files on SpireMinds Limited’s webspace, SpireMinds Limited will, at its discretion, remove all such material from its web space. SpireMinds Limited is not responsible for any loss of data incurred due to the removal of the service. Removal of such material does not relieve the Client of the obligation to pay any outstanding charges assessed to the Client’s account. Cheques returned for insufficient funds will be assessed a return charge of £25 and the Client’s account will immediately be considered to be in default until full payment is received. Clients with accounts in default agree to pay SpireMinds Limited reasonable expenses, including legal fees and costs for collection by third-party agencies, incurred by SpireMinds Limited in enforcing these Terms.
3. Client Review
SpireMinds Limited will provide the Client with an opportunity to review the appearance and content of the website during the design phase and once the overall website development is completed. At the completion of the project, such materials will be deemed to be accepted and approved unless the Client notifies SpireMinds Limited otherwise within ten (10) days of the date the materials are made available to the Client.
4. Turnaround Time and Content Control
SpireMinds Limited will install and publicly post or supply the Client’s website by the date specified in the project proposal, or at the date agreed with Client upon SpireMinds Limited receiving initial payment, unless a delay is specifically requested by the Client and agreed by SpireMinds Limited.
In return, the Client agrees to provide SpireMinds Limited promptly with all necessary co-operation, information, materials and data, access to staff and timely decision-making which may be reasonably required by SpireMinds Limited for the performance of the Services. This shall include the Client delegating a single individual as a primary contact to aid SpireMinds Limited with progressing the commission in a satisfactory and expedient manner.
During the project, SpireMinds Limited will require the Client to provide website content; text, images, movies, and sound files, along with any relevant background information.
5. Failure to provide required website content
SpireMinds Limited is a small business, and to remain efficient we must ensure that the work we have programmed is carried out at the scheduled time. On occasions, we may have to reject offers for other work and inquiries to ensure that your work is completed at the time arranged.
This is why we ask that the Client provides all the required information in advance. On any occasion where progress cannot be made with the Client’s website because we have not been given the required information in the agreed time frame, and we are delayed as result, we reserve the right to impose a surcharge of up to 25% of the Charges. If the Services involve Search Engine Optimisation we need the text content for the Client’s site in advance so that the SEO can be planned and completed efficiently.
If the Client agrees to provide us with the required information and subsequently fails to do it within one week of project commencement, we reserve the right to close the project and the balance remaining becomes payable immediately. Simply put, do not give us the go-ahead to start until you are ready to do so.
NOTE: Text content must be delivered as a Microsoft Word, email (or similar) document with the pages in the supplied document representing the content of the relevant pages on your website. These pages must have the same titles as the agreed website pages. Contact us if you need clarification on this.
Using our content management system, the Client is able to keep your content up to date itself.
6. Web Browsers
SpireMinds Limited makes every effort to ensure websites are designed to be viewed by the majority of visitors. Websites are designed to work with the most popular current browsers (e.g. Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, etc.). The Client agrees that SpireMinds Limited cannot guarantee correct functionality with all browser software across different operating systems.
SpireMinds Limited cannot accept responsibility for web pages that do not display acceptably in new versions of browsers released after the website has been designed and handed over to the Client. As such, SpireMinds Limited reserves the right to quote for any work involved in changing the website design or website code for it to work with updated browser software.
Termination of services by the Client must be requested in a written notice and will be effective on receipt of such notice. Email or telephone requests for termination of services will not be honored until and unless confirmed in writing. The Client will be invoiced for work completed (including any expenses incurred, as outlined in clause 1) to the date of first notice of cancellation for payment in full within thirty (30) days.
All SpireMinds Limited services may be used for lawful purposes only. The Client agrees to indemnify and hold harmless SpireMinds Limited against all damages, losses, and expenses arising as a result of any and all actions or claims resulting from the Client’s use of SpireMinds Limited’s service.
9. Intellectual property
Background IP means any IP Rights, other than Foreground IP, that is used in connection with these Terms.
Foreground IP means any IP Rights that arise or are obtained or developed by, or by a contractor on behalf of, either party in respect of the services and deliverables under or in connection with these Terms.
IP Rights means patents, utility models, rights to inventions, copyright and neighboring and related rights, trademarks and service marks, business names and domain names, rights in get-up and trade dress, goodwill, and the right to sue for passing off or unfair competition, rights in designs, database rights, rights to use, and protect the confidentiality of, confidential information (including know-how and trade secrets), and all other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications and rights to apply for and be granted, renewals or extensions of, and rights to claim priority from, such rights and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection which subsist or will subsist now or in the future in any part of the world.
All Background IP, including but not limited to any IP Rights in data, files and graphic logos provided to SpireMinds Limited by the Client, is and shall remain the exclusive property of the party owning it (or, where applicable, the third party from whom its right to use the Background IP has derived).
The Client hereby grants to SpireMinds Limited a non-exclusive license to publish and use such material, which may be sub-licensed to any contractor acting on behalf of SpireMinds Limited. The Client must obtain permission and rights to use any information or files that are copyrighted by a third party. The Client is further responsible for granting SpireMinds Limited permission and rights for use of the same. A contract for website design and/or placement shall be regarded as a guarantee by the Client to SpireMinds Limited that all such permissions and authorities have been obtained. Evidence of permissions and authorities may be requested. The Client shall indemnify and hold harmless SpireMinds Limited against all damages, losses, and expenses arising as a result of any and all actions or claims that any materials provided to SpireMinds Limited by or on behalf of the Client infringe the IP Rights of a third party.
All Foreground IP shall vest in and be owned absolutely by the party creating or developing it. SpireMinds Limited hereby grants the Client a non-exclusive license of such Foreground IP for the purpose of operating the website.
Each party (the Receiving Party) shall use its reasonable endeavors to keep confidential all information and documentation disclosed by the other party (the Disclosing Party), before or after the date of these Terms, to the Receiving Party or of which the Receiving Party becomes aware which in each case relates to any software, operations, products, processes, dealings, trade secrets or the business of the Disclosing Party (including without limitation all associated software, specifications, designs, and graphics) or which is identified by the Disclosing Party as confidential (the Confidential Information) and will not use any Confidential Information for any purpose other than the performance of its obligations under these Terms. The Receiving Party shall not disclose Confidential Information to any third party without the prior written consent of the Disclosing Party. This clause shall survive the termination of these Terms for whatever cause.
During the term of these Terms, the Receiving Party may disclose the Confidential Information to its employees and sub-contractors (any such person is referred to as the Recipient) to the extent that it is reasonably necessary for the purposes of these Terms. The Receiving Party shall procure that each Recipient is made aware of and complies with all the Receiving Party’s obligations of confidentiality under these Terms as if the Recipient was a party to these Terms.
The obligations in this clause 10 shall not apply to any Confidential Information which is:
All tangible forms of Confidential Information, including, without limitation, all summaries, copies, excerpts of any Confidential Information whether prepared by the Disclosing Party or not, shall be the sole property of the Disclosing Party and shall be immediately delivered by the Receiving Party to the Disclosing Party upon the Disclosing Party’s request or the termination of these Terms (whichever is earlier). The Receiving Party shall not copy, reproduce, publish or distribute in whole or in part any Confidential Information without the prior written consent of the Disclosing Party.
11. Data protection
For the purposes of this clause, Data Protection Law means the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679, the Data Protection Act 2018, any other data protection and/or privacy laws applicable to SpireMinds Limited, and any applicable laws replacing, amending, extending, re-enacting or consolidating the above from time to time.
Both parties will comply with all applicable requirements of Data Protection Law. This clause is in addition to and does not relieve, remove or replace, a party’s obligations or rights under Data Protection Law.
The Client will comply with Data Protection Law in connection with the collection, storage, and processing of personal data (which shall include you providing all the required fair processing information to, and obtaining all necessary consent from, data subjects), and the exercise and performance of your respective rights and obligations under these terms and conditions, including all instructions given by the Client to SpireMinds Limited and maintaining all relevant regulatory registrations and notifications as required under Data Protection Law.
The parties acknowledge that if SpireMinds Limited processes any personal data on the Client’s behalf when performing its obligations under this agreement, the Client is the controller and SpireMinds Limited is the processor for the purposes of Data Protection Law.
The scope, nature, and purpose of processing by SpireMinds Limited, the duration of the processing, and the types of personal data and categories of the data subject are set out in our Privacy Notice and the project quotation.
In relation to the processing of personal data under these terms and conditions, SpireMinds Limited shall:
The Client hereby gives SpireMinds Limited consent to engage sub-processors for the processing of personal data on your behalf. We shall inform the Client before transferring any personal data processed on your behalf to a new sub-processor. Following receipt of such information you shall notify us if you object to the new sub-processor. If you do not object to the sub-processor within seven calendar days of receiving the information, you shall be deemed to have accepted the sub-processor. If you have raised a reasonable objection to the new sub-processor, and the parties have failed to agree on a solution within a reasonable time, the Client shall have the right to terminate these Terms with a notice period determined by the Client, without prejudice to any other remedies available under law or contract. During the notice period, we shall not transfer any personal data processed on the Client’s behalf to the sub-processor.
SpireMinds Limited shall enter into appropriate written agreements with all of its sub-processors on terms substantially similar to these Terms. We shall remain primarily liable to the Client for the performance or non-performance of the subprocessor’s obligations. Upon your request, we are obliged to provide information regarding any sub-processor, including name, address and the processing carried out by the sub-processor.
We will not transfer personal data processed on your behalf to a country outside the United Kingdom that is not recognized by the European Commission to have an adequate level of protection in accordance with Data Protection Law unless the transfer is effected by such legally enforceable mechanism(s) for transfers of personal data as may be permitted under Data Protection Laws from time to time.
12. Standard Media Delivery
Unless otherwise specified in the project quotation, this Agreement assumes that any text will be provided by the Client in electronic format (Word or Google Docs delivered via USB drive, e-mail, or FTP) and that all photographs and other graphics will be provided physically in high-quality print suitable for scanning or electronically in .gif, .jpeg, .png or .tiff format. Although every reasonable attempt shall be made by SpireMinds Limited to return to the Client any images or printed material provided for use in the creation of the Client’s website, such return cannot be guaranteed.
13. Design Credit and Marketing
A link to SpireMinds Limited will appear in either small type or by a small graphic at the bottom of the Client’s website. If a graphic is used, it will be designed to fit in with the overall site design. If a client requests that the design credit be removed, a nominal fee of 10% of the total development charges will be applied. When total development charges are less than £5000, a fixed fee of £250 will be applied.
The Client agrees that the website developed for the Client may be presented in SpireMinds Limited’s portfolio, and hereby grants SpireMinds Limited a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use its name, logo, and branding for advertising, marketing, and promotional activities.
14. Third-Party Servers
SpireMinds Limited designs and tests websites to work on its own servers, and cannot guarantee correct functionality if the Client wishes to use a third-party server. In the event that the Client is using a third-party server, it is the responsibility of the Client and any third-party host to ensure that the server is compatible with the website. SpireMinds Limited will assist the Client to configure the server if this is required. However, this may be subject to additional charges.
If the Client’s website is to be installed on a third-party server, SpireMinds Limited must be granted temporary read/write access to the Client’s storage directories which must be accessible via FTP. Depending on the specific nature of the project, other resources might also need to be configured on the server.
15. Post-Placement Alterations
In the event that the Client wishes to make alterations to the website once installed, the Client agrees to give SpireMinds Limited the opportunity to quote to provide such alterations. There is no obligation on the Client to accept the quote provided by SpireMinds Limited.
SpireMinds Limited cannot accept responsibility for any alterations caused by the Client or a third party occurring to the website once installed. Such alterations include, but are not limited to additions, modifications or deletions.
16. Domain Names
SpireMinds Limited may purchase domain names on behalf of the Client. Payment in relation to, and renewal of, those domain names is the responsibility of the Client. The loss, cancellation, or otherwise of the domain brought about by non or late payment is not the responsibility of SpireMinds Limited. The Client should keep a record of the due dates for payment to ensure that payment is received in good time.
17. Third-Party Products
Any third-party software which SpireMinds Limited agrees to provide shall be supplied in accordance with the relevant licensor’s standard terms. The one-off license fee for such third-party software is included in the Charges payable pursuant to clause 1.
These Terms constitute the entire agreement between the parties and supersede all previous representations, promises, assurances, warranties, understandings and agreements between them, whether written or oral, relating to their subject matter.
A failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under this agreement or by law shall not constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it prevent or restrict any further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
These Terms do not give rise to rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any part of these Terms.
No variation of these Terms shall be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the parties (or their authorized representatives).
A notice given to a party under or in connection with these Terms shall be in writing and in English, by email, or next working day delivery service. Notices to the Client shall be sent to the email address or address last notified to SpireMinds Limited. Notices to SpireMinds Limited shall be sent to the email address or address set out at https://www.spireminds.com
19. Digital Marketing
SpireMinds Limited will honor the components of your chosen digital marketing scope of work, providing an agreement to a minimum 3 months contract is served and monthly payments are received in advance. In the event that payment is not received on time, we regret that further work will be halted until this is rectified.
Nothing in these Terms shall operate to exclude or limit either party’s liability for (a) death or personal injury caused by its negligence; (b) fraud; or (c) any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.
SpireMinds Limited shall not be liable under or in connection with these Terms or any collateral contract for any: (a) loss of revenue; (b) loss of actual or anticipated profits; (c) loss of contracts; (d) loss of business; (e) loss of opportunity; (f) loss of goodwill or reputation; (g) loss of, damage to or corruption of data; (h) any indirect or consequential loss; (i) loss or damage caused by any inaccuracy, omission, delay or error, whether as a result of negligence or other cause in the production of the website; or (j) loss or damage to the Client’s artwork/photos supplied for the website, whether as a result of negligence or otherwise.
The entire liability of SpireMinds Limited to the Client in respect of any claim whatsoever or breach of this Agreement, whether or not arising out of negligence, shall be limited to the charges paid for the Services under this Agreement in respect of which the breach has arisen.
In the event any one or more of the provisions of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall be unimpaired and the Agreement shall not be void for this reason alone. Such invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision shall be replaced by a mutually acceptable valid, legal, and enforceable provision, which comes closest to the intention of the parties underlying the original provision.
22. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
These Terms and any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter or formation shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.
Each party irrevocably agrees that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with these Terms or their subject matter or formation.
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