Business Growth and Support Club
- Meeting invitations will be issued 2 weeks in advance, confirming topic/activity, time and date.
- Places will be allocated on ‘first come, first served’ basis only to encourage pre-payment. Previous attendance will not automatically secure a place.
- A reminder email will only be issued 1 week in advance if places remain.
- A confirmation email will go out on the day of the meeting.
- Confirmation email will state the venue meeting room e.g. ‘small meeting room’ to allow arrivals to buzz and gain entrance from
within the centre.
- Cash payment on the night is subject to the unlikely event of places being available.
Ethos/expectations/Code of Conduct
- The club purpose is to share knowledge and build new relationships.
- There is no one expert, we all have valuable contributions to make.
- We recognise that discussions may be of a sensitive or commercial nature and therefore ‘what said in the room, stays in the room’ to promote open discussion.
- Members should be courteous to each other and behave in a business-like manner at all times. Profanity and excessive swearing will not be tolerated.
- Members should contribute to the creation of a supportive atmosphere that encourages learning and personal growth in others and themselves. Feedback, comments etc. should be framed in a positive and encouraging manner whenever possible. Cruel, discriminatory and hurtful comments will not be tolerated.
- All Members should feel at ease and all are free to ask questions. Attempts to dominate conversations or discussions will be discouraged.
- Members should treat others in a non-judgemental manner irrespective of their age, background, care responsibilities, disabilities, earning difficulties, gender, race and sexual orientation.
- Business Growth and Support Ltd reserve the right to expel a Member if it is felt that the Member is not working within the spirit of the club.
- Members pledge to hold, in strict confidence, all information acquired in the course of the relationship concerning the business and the club. No such information will be released unless authorised by the Member or required by law.
- Members accept and understand that all transactions between Members are undertaken at their own risk and judgment and that, under no circumstances, can Business Growth and Support Ltd be held responsible.
Refusal of entry
The meeting host reserves the right to refuse entry to club meetings to any person as a guest, at their discretion.
Members will be refused admission under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Business Growth Programme
STANDARD TERMS & CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS
In these terms and conditions Business Growth and Support Limited is a company registered in England, Number 7294960. Registered office: 27 The Oakwood Centre, Havant, Hants, PO9 2NP.
APPLICATION OF TERMS
These terms and conditions are the only terms upon which Business Growth and Support Limited is prepared to deal with the Client and they shall govern the Contract to the entire exclusion of all other terms and conditions.
These definitions apply:
“Contract” means the written proposal concluded between Business Growth and Support Limited and the Client, and incorporating these terms and conditions.
“Client” means the company or individual to whom the written contract/proposal is addressed.
“Charges” means the charges made by Business Growth and Support Limited for the provision of the Services.
“Meeting” means any dialogue between the client and Business Growth and Support Limited including planned and ad hoc face-to-face, telephone, Skype or email conversations.
“Consultant” is any independent contractor of Business Growth and Support Limited.
These conditions also apply:
Either party shall have the right to terminate the contract at any time giving one  months written notice. This does not detract from the rights of each party to terminate for breach.
Business Growth and Support Ltd reserves the right to levy the following cancellation charges once a contract has been accepted by the client and a meeting date has been agreed.
1.1 Cancellation or postponement of a face to face meeting by the client six  or more working days before the scheduled meeting date will not incur cancellation charges.
1.2 Cancellation or postponement of a face to face meeting by the client between three to five [3 – 5] working days before the scheduled meeting date will incur cancellation charges up to 50% of the meeting fee.
1.3 Cancellation or postponement of a face to face meeting by the client one to two [1 – 2] working days before the scheduled meeting date will incur cancellation charges of up to 100% of the meeting fee.
1.4 Planned meetings can only be postponed and rescheduled by either party once before they are deemed to be cancelled.
Postponed meetings not held within 20 working days of the original planned date will be deemed to be cancelled and subject to the cancellation charges outlined at 1.4 above.
Contract and Terms of Reference
2.1 The Consultant agrees to carry out the Contract in accordance with the Terms. We will make every effort to give the client reasonable notice in respect of a change of venue, postponement or cancellation of a meeting. This may be communicated by phone, text or email.
2.2 The Client agrees to cooperate with the Consultant in the performance of the Consultant’s services and to give such support, facilities and information as may be reasonably required.
2.3 Additional work including telephone, Skype and email are available in variance to the contract subject to contract payment terms.
Charges and Payments
3.1 The Client agrees to pay the charges and expenses in accordance with the provisions of the Contract.
3.2 Initial meeting payment is to be made, in full, by BACS within three  working days of booking to secure the consultant’s diary time.
3.3 To secure the consultant’s diary time, subsequent face to face meeting fees are to be achieved by full payment not least 4 working days before scheduled meeting date. Failure to do so will result postponement and the application of clause 1.4 cancellation charges.
3.4 Work including telephone, Skype and email must be fully paid for by BACS before commencement.
3.5 The Consultant may from time to time increase the hourly rates (if applicable) referred to in the Contract by such amount as is reasonable and unless the Client objects to such increased rates within seven days of notification in writing all services shall thereafter be provided at the increased rates notified. If the Client objects to the increased rates, the Client shall retain the right to terminate the contract at any time giving one  months written notice and remain liable for any outstanding payments, including expenses.
3.6 All sums due from the Client which are not paid on the due date (without prejudice to the rights of the Consultant or Business Growth and Support Limited under these terms) shall bear interest from day to day at the same annual rate as is prescribed from time to time pursuant to section 6 of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 with a minimum rate of Bank of England (Base Rate) + 8% (per annum).
3.7 During any period in which payments from the Client are overdue, the obligations of the Consultant may be suspended.
The Consultant undertakes not at any time to divulge or allow to be divulged to any person any confidential information relating to the business or affairs of the Client other than to sub-contractors who have signed an appropriate secrecy undertaking or others where the Client has expressly or impliedly consented to the disclosure.
5. Intellectual Property
The Consultant undertakes not to cause or permit anything which may damage or endanger the intellectual property of the Client or the Client’s title to it or assist or allow others to do so.
6. Liability and Insurance
The Consultant shall not be liable to the Client for loss or damage to the Client’s property unless due to the negligence or other failure of the Consultant to perform its obligations under this agreement or the general law.
The Consultant shall have no liability to the Client for any indirect, special or consequential loss to the Client arising out of or in connection with the provision of any goods or services pursuant to this agreement (except in respect of death or personal injury resulting from negligence) and the total liability of the Consultant for any other loss of the Client arising pursuant to this agreement in respect of any one event or series of connected events shall not exceed the indemnity cover (if any) arranged pursuant to the Contract or if no such cover has been agreed between the Client and the Consultant the charges payable by the Client in respect of the Consultant’s services hereunder.
7. Consultant’s Outputs, Materials and Information
All intellectual property rights including copyright which are capable of existing in any documents, computer software or information or without limit) other materials created or provided pursuant to this contract by the Consultant shall be and remain the Consultant’s property.
The Client undertakes to keep all materials, documents and information provided to it by the Consultant confidential to itself and its employees and not to distribute any product of the services provided hereunder to any third party without the Consultant’s prior written consent.
Any materials produced or supplied to the Client by the Consultant in which intellectual property rights are capable of subsisting shall be licensed to the Client for internal use only in connection with the purposes of the terms of reference and such licence shall forthwith terminate if notice is given by the Consultant terminating this contract. The contract does not give any third party any rights.
The Client and the Consultant undertake with each other not during the course of this contract to infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.
8. Termination for breach
The following obligations are conditions of this agreement and any breach of them shall entitle the party not in breach to terminate this agreement by immediate written notice.
8.1 Failure on the part of the Client to make punctual payment of all sums due to the Consultant under the terms of this agreement.
8.2 Failure on the part of the Consultant to remedy any breach of its obligations hereunder within a reasonable time following written notice from the Client which: refers to this clause; specifies the breach with full particulars; indicates how the breach is to be remedied and specifies the Client’s opinion of a reasonable time for remedy.
8.3 The levying of distress or execution against the Client or the making by it of any composition or arrangement with creditors or the presentation of a petition for the Client’s liquidation or bankruptcy or administration or the appointment of a receiver over any part of the Client’s assets.
8.4 The doing or permitting of any act by which the Consultant’s rights in any intellectual property may be prejudiced or put in jeopardy.
8.5 Any serious or persistent breach by the Client of its obligations hereunder.
9. Proper Law and Jurisdiction
This agreement shall be governed by English law in every particular including formation and interpretation and shall be deemed to have been made in England.
Any proceedings arising out of or in connection with this agreement may be brought in any court of competent jurisdiction in England or Wales.
The submission by the parties to such jurisdiction shall not limit the right of the Consultant to commence any proceedings arising out of this agreement in any other jurisdiction it may consider appropriate.
10. Status of Consultant
The Consultant (if an individual) shall be an independent contractor and not the employee of the Client.
In such capacity, the Consultant shall bear exclusive responsibility for the payment of his or her National Insurance contributions as a self-employed person and for the discharge of any income tax and VAT liability arising out of remuneration for the work performed by him or her under this agreement.
The Consultant shall not be subject to directions from the Client as to the manner in which she shall perform her work.
The Client shall not be entitled to withhold payment of any sum otherwise payable to the Consultant by reason of any claim, set-off or for damages in relation hereto.
12. Force majeure
Both parties shall be released from their respective obligations in the event of national emergency, war, prohibitive governmental regulation or if any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the parties or either of them renders the performance of this agreement impossible, whereupon all money accrued due under this agreement shall be paid.
Each of the parties warrants its power to enter into this agreement and has obtained all necessary approvals to do so.