STANDARD TERMS & CONDITIONS

  1. Scope – these Terms & Conditions (“the Terms”) shall apply to all quotations and offers made by Laura Beer of 25 Halls Close, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 2AG and any purchase orders accepted by Laura Beer. The Terms shall apply to all sales made by Laura Beer to the extent that the Terms do not conflict with any express terms incorporated into any contractual undertaking between Laura Beer and any person, firm, company or other legal entity (“the Customer”) placing an order with Laura Beer. The Terms shall prevail over all other terms & conditions which the Customer seeks to impose or incorporate either within any communication from the Customer or implied by trade, custom or practice or course of dealing unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing by Laura Beer.
  2. The Contract – by placing an order with Laura Beer, the Customer is offering to purchase Products and/or Services from Laura Beer on the basis of these Terms. The contract shall only be formed when Laura Beer acknowledges acceptance of the order in writing or upon delivery of the Products or the commencement of delivery of the Services whichever occurs first. No pricing made available by Laura Beer shall constitute an offer capable of acceptance and Laura Beer expressly reserves the right to amend its prices at any time. Any images, drawings or descriptions made available by Laura Beer in any form or via any medium whatsoever are produced for guidance only and do not constitute part of an offer or part of the contract unless expressly agreed in writing. The Customer is responsible for checking that the terms and details of any order are correct and accurate.
  3. Contract Variations -
    • Laura Beer reserves the right to vary or alter the specifications of its Products and/or Services at any time and without notice unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Customer.
    • Any contract variation by the Customer must be submitted in writing to Laura Beer for assessment as to impact on price and delivery. Such variation will not have contractual legal effect until agreed in writing by both parties.
  4. “Products and Services” – Products and services governed by these Terms means any Products produced or sourced by Laura Beer as listed in the order and may include:
    • Standard list Products – these are part of Laura Beers standard range of Products which are available for purchase by all customers and are publicised as being for general sale;
    • Bespoke Products and Services – these are non-standard Products designed and produced by Laura Beer to the explicit instructions and requirements of the Customer; commission work. Any brief or instruction from the customer to create a design based on pre existing design reference and or images provided by the customer can be used with the customer carrying full liability for any breach of copyright/infringement.
  5. Pricing -
    • All pricing quoted is exclusive of VAT and any other applicable taxes or duties which will be charged at the prevailing rate where applicable
  6. Delivery -
    • Although Laura Beer shall try in all good faith to meet Product and/or Services delivery dates they are not guaranteed but are estimates based upon the information available to Laura Beer at the time of order confirmation. Under no circumstances shall Laura Beer be liable for any damages or losses whatsoever arising from any delay in delivery, even if caused by Laura Beer.’s negligence, unless there is specific written agreement between Laura Beer and the Customer. Liability of Laura Beer shall be limited at its sole discretion to;
      • Delivering the Products and/or Services within a reasonable time;
      • Refunding (including issuing a credit note against a raised invoice) the pro-rata price based on the quantity of the Products and/or Services that are undelivered.
    • Delivery shall be made by Laura Beer to the delivery location specified by the Customer and shall require the Customer to have a responsible person at that location to accept and sign for the Products and/or Services. If there is no such person available at the specified delivery location then the Customer consents to either:
      • Laura Beer leaving the Products at that location and in this case risk in the Products will pass to the Customer at that time and no further liability shall remain with Laura Beer with respect to the Products to the limit permitted by applicable law and/or
      • Laura Beer refusing to perform the Services at that location.
    • If the Customer fails to take delivery of either Products and/or Services, delivery fails because of inaccurate delivery location information provided by the Customer or any other reason due to the negligence or fault of the Customer then Laura Beer can, at its sole discretion and without limitation to any other rights and remedies:
      • Charge the Customer for any delivery and recovery costs of the Products to and from the delivery location together with a £50 administration fee
      • Charge the Customer for any costs associated with the Services delivery failure together with a £50 administration fee.
      • Charge the Customer for any storage costs in order to store the Products for future delivery.
      • Invoice at full value for any Bespoke Products and or Services.
      • Invoice at full value for any Sourced or Customer Nominated Sourced Products where such products cannot be sold elsewhere or returned for full refund to the original supplier within 15 days of the failed delivery.
      • Invoice at full value for any Sourced or Customer Nominated Sourced Services within 15 days of the failed delivery where such Services incur any charges from the original supplier.
  7. Delivery in Instalments – if the Products and/or Services are delivered in instalments then each delivery shall constitute a separate contract. Any failure by Laura Beer to deliver any one or more instalment in accordance with these Terms shall not entitle the Customer to repudiate the entire contract.
  8. Inspection of the Products –
    • It is the Customer’s responsibility to check that either:
      • That the quantities and specifications of the Products correspond to the contract and that there is no visible signs of damage before accepting and signing for delivery and/or
      • That the delivery of the Services complies with the specifications within the contract
    • Claims for damaged or faulty Products and/or non-compliance with the Services specification will only be accepted if made within 48hrs of delivery unless otherwise agreed in writing. The Customer must retain and store the disputed Products in good condition for inspection and collection.
  9. Payments -
    • Laura Beer will grant credit at its absolute discretion and reserves all rights to refuse credit to the extent of applicable law.
    • Textile Designs - A deposit of £300 per design is payable at which point the digital file will be supplied. The full balance then becomes due, payment terms are 14 days from receipt of digital file. Until full payment is received the copyright and intellectual property will remain with Laura Beer. Unless otherwise agreed in writing payment for all Products and/or Services must be made in full, without any deductions unless agreed in writing, within 14 days from date of invoice. Time for payment shall be of the essence.
    • Failure to pay any overdue invoices or charges shall entitle Laura Beer to suspend any unexecuted or future orders without further notice and at their sole discretion.
    • Failure to pay according to these terms, or as otherwise agreed in writing, shall entitle Laura Beer to, at its sole discretion and without further notice, to charge Statutory Interest on any overdue balances together with a late payment fee of £50. Statutory Interest will be charged for the period from the payment due date until the date the date on which payment is made. Failure to pay any Statutory Interest and late payment fees shall also invoke clause 10(iii).
    • If failure to pay is due to any cheques, standing orders or directs debits in the Customer’s name being dishonoured then this will invoke clause 10(iii) together with a further charge of £80 to cover bank and administrative costs.
    • Set-off – Laura Beer reserves the right to, at any time and without limiting any other rights and remedies that it has, set-off any amount owed to it by the Customer against any amount owed by Laura Beer to the Customer.
  10. Risk, Title and Ownership – risk in the Products will pass to the Customer upon delivery. Ownership is established by the transfer of title which shall not pass to the Customer until payment has been made in full and the funds have been cleared. Until title has passed the Customer must act in his capacity of fiduciary owner and hold the Products as Laura Beer’s Bailee and, at no cost to Laura Beer, must also:
    • Store the Products safely in suitable conditions separately from other Products such that they remain easily identifiable as Laura Beer’s property
    • Maintain in good condition and do not destroy or deface any labelling, identifying marks or packaging associated with the Products
    • Maintain adequate insurance on [Customer Name]’s behalf for full value/price against all risks and to hold any proceeds of such insurance on trust for Laura Beer and not mix them with other monies or pay them into an overdrawn bank account.
    The Customer shall not be entitled to resell the Products until title has passed to the Customer.
  11. Where title has not yet passed to the Customer and the Customer commits a material breach of any of the obligations contained within these Terms or any contract governed by these Terms is terminated under clause 20 then Laura Beer shall be entitled to recover payment for the Products notwithstanding that the Customer does not have title to them.
  12. The Customer grants Laura Beer, its agents, sub-contractors and employees an irrevocable licence to enter premises where the Products are known to be or believed to be stored to inspect and where the Customer has never had or no longer has title to recover the Products.
  13. On termination of any contract governed by these Terms, the Customers obligations and Laura Beer’s rights under this clause 10 shall remain in effect.
  1. Copyright - All Intellectual Property Rights already owned by Laura Beer or created during the performance of any contract governed by these Terms is and shall remain the property of Laura Beer unless confirmed in writing and signed by an authorised representative of Laura Beer. All designs are copyright of Laura Beer; any reproduction in whole or in part in any manner is expressly prohibited. Copyright on designs purchased from Laura Beer will not be transferred to the customer until payment has been cleared.
  2. Limitation of liability – Laura Beer limits its liability to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law and we expressly exclude:
    • All representations, warranties and conditions relating to the supply of the Products and the use of them including, without limitation, any warranties implied by law in respect of satisfactory quality or fitness for purpose.
    • Any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by you in connection with use of the Products. This includes, but is not limited to, liability in respect of the Customer and/or any 3rd party for: Loss of income or revenue; Loss of profits; Loss of business; Loss of data; Loss of goodwill; Loss of opportunity; Any indirect, consequential or special loss or damage; Wasted management or staff time;
    Nothing in this disclaimer will:
    • Limit or exclude your or our liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence;
    • Limit or exclude your or our liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;
    • Limit any of our liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law;
    • Exclude any of our liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law.
    Subject to the preceding provisions the limitations and exclusions of liability govern all liabilities arising from the supply of the Products and/or Services under contracts governed by these Terms including all liabilities arising in contract, tort (including negligence) and for breach of statutory duty.
  3. Confidentiality - The Customer agrees that they will not disclose Laura Beer's Confidential Information to anyone other than an employee or consultant with the Customer, nor will they use any Confidential Information for any purpose other than for the execution of any contract governed by these Terms. Upon termination of this Agreement the Customer agrees to return all Confidential Information in their possession to Laura Beer. For the purposes of this clause Confidential Information includes any information that is not already in the public domain that is:
    • Information specifically designated by Laura Beer as confidential
    • Information relating to the components, costs, Production processes, profitability, development programmes or any information identified by Laura Beer as “trade secret” of any Product produced by Laura Beer
    • Information relating to business and marketing plans, customers or clients, associates, agents, partners or affiliates of Laura Beer
    • Information relating to business structure, processes, turnover, profitability or forward strategy of Laura Beer
    The obligations of this clause shall survive the termination of the Agreement in perpetuity.
  4. Bribery and ethics - neither party shall, at any time, engage in, nor require the other party to engage in, activities which are contrary to The Bribery Act 2010, The Competition Act 1998 or any other analogous local laws including but not limited to:
    • The offering of any inducement or reward whether financial or otherwise to any 3rd party whatsoever in relation to the activities covered by this agreement
    • Any attempt to manipulate markets or engage in any activity that constitutes a restraint of free trade including, but not limited to, market share agreements, pricing fixing, predatory pricing or resale price maintenance.
    • Both parties agree to uphold the highest standards of business ethics in their dealings with each other and 3rd parties associated with the activities covered by any contract governed by these Terms.
  5. Health and Safety - Both parties shall ensure that any employees, associates, consultants or anyone else for whom they are vicariously liable shall at all times comply with any existing health and safety requirements on either party’s premises and will at all times conduct themselves in a way that is in accordance with safe working practices whilst performing their duties under any contract governed by these Terms.
  6. Data Protection - Both parties undertake and agree that they will comply fully with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and any other relevant analogous local legislation during the performance of their duties under any contract governed by these Terms. In this respect both parties will indemnify and hold harmless the other party from any of their actions in breach of data protection that lead to the other party being sued by a 3rd party.
  7. Equality Act - Both parties undertake and agree that they will comply with all aspects of the Equality Act 2010 and will not directly or indirectly discriminate against any person during the performance of their duties under any contract governed by these Terms.
  8. Privacy – Neither party will, under any circumstances, share or sell any of the other party’s details or information to any 3rd party without that party’s prior written consent.
  9. Waiver - No waiver, by either party, whether implied or express, of any particular provision of these Terms, or of any breach or default of either party, shall constitute either a continuing waiver of such provisions or a waiver of any other provisions of the Terms.
  10. Termination of Contract -
    • Cancellation by Customer - any contract governed by these Terms may not be cancelled by the Customer without the Laura Beer’s prior written consent. Upon giving consent Laura Beer reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee relating to Products that are the subject of the contract in order to cover liquidated losses by Laura Beer arising from the cancellation.
    • Cancellation by Laura Beer – Laura Beer can terminate any contract governed by these Terms immediately upon written notice to the Customer and suspend any further deliveries if the following happen or Laura Beer reasonably believes that they may happen:
      • The Customer fails to perform any of its obligations within the contract
      • The Customer suspends all payments and ceases or threatens to cease trading or performing its business obligations.
      • A receiver or administrator is appointed over any assets, including property, of the Customer
      • The Customer makes or proposes to make any voluntary arrangement with its creditors, enters into administration, is unable to pay its debts as they fall due, makes an application to a court to suspend enforcement action against it goes into liquidation or becomes insolvent.
  11. Force Majeure - Laura Beer shall not be liable for delay in performing or for failure to perform its obligations if the delay or failure results from any of the following: Acts of God; Outbreak of hostilities, riot, civil disturbance, acts of terrorism; The act of any government or authority (including refusal or revocation of any licence or consent); Fire, explosion, flood, fog or bad weather; Power failure, failure of telecommunications lines, failure or breakdown of plant, machinery or vehicles; Default of suppliers or sub-contractors; Theft, malicious damage, strike, lock-out or industrial action of any kind; Any cause or circumstance whatsoever beyond Laura Beer’s reasonable control
  12. Notice - Any notice or communication served during the performance of this agreement shall be sent by hand or by recorded delivery first class post to the following address: Laura Beer – 25 Halls Close, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 2AG
  13. Severability - The provisions of this document are severable and if any part thereof is held to be invalid or unenforceable by any court then it will not affect the validity or enforceability of any of the remaining provisions. If any unlawful and/or unenforceable clause would be lawful or enforceable if part of it were deleted, that part will be deemed to be deleted, and the rest of the clause will continue in effect (unless that would contradict the clear intention of the parties, in which case the entirety of the relevant clause will be deemed to be deleted).
  14. Governing Law - Any differences arising between Laura Beer and the Customer concerning this Agreement or the rights and liabilities within it shall be governed by and interpreted, in all respects, in accordance with the Laws of England. The parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
  15. Third Party Rights – a person who is not a party to any contract governed by these Terms (a 3rd Party) shall have no rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any of these Terms.
  16. Dispute Resolution - The parties shall attempt to resolve any dispute arising out of or relating to this contract through negotiations between representatives of the parties, who have authority to settle such disputes. If the matter is not resolved by negotiation within 30 days of receipt of a written 'invitation to negotiate', the parties will attempt to resolve the dispute in good faith through an agreed Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure.
  17. If the matter has not been resolved by an ADR procedure within 60 days of the initiation of that procedure, or if any party will not participate in an ADR procedure, the dispute may be referred to arbitration by any party. Nothing in this clause shall be construed as prohibiting a party or its affiliate from applying to a court for interim injunctive relief.
  1. Whole Agreement – These Terms governing any contract established with the Customer constitute the entire Agreement between Laura Beer and the Customer and supersede any and all prior terms whether written or oral. No modification to the Terms or any claimed waiver shall be deemed to be valid unless in writing and signed by authorised representative of Laura Beer.