Terms & Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy

Welcome to the Growth Hub Network website. If you1 (see footnote) continue to register, browse and use this website, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following Terms and Conditions of Use, which together with our privacy policy govern the LEP Network and Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) relationship with you in relation to this website. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, please do not use the website.

The LEP Network operates this website on behalf of BIS specifically for the purpose of providing access to information to you. By registering to use this website you signify your acceptance of these conditions and in return for which we will provide you with access. From time to time it may be necessary to modify these conditions so please continue to check the Terms and Conditions of Use whenever accessing or using the website.

Access to and use of Crown Copyright content made available here is subject to these Terms and Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy.  You agree to use of the materials made available through this website only for lawful purposes.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

  • That you DO NOT share your Login with any other individual or organisation.
  • The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.
  • This website uses cookies to monitor browsing preferences and maintain your logged in session. If you do allow cookies to be used, the following personal information may be stored by us but will NOT be shared with or used by third parties.
  • A cookie that remembers you when you log in. Otherwise, once you've logged in, every time you visited another page on the site you'd get logged out. ï‚· 
  • Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.
  • This website contains material (e.g. Business Growth Service assets) which is owned by or licensed to BIS. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.
  • If you use any information or materials on this website you are required to acknowledge the source of the information. You can do this by saying on your service 'Supported by ' or ‘Information provided by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
  • You must not copy, distribute and transmit any of the information contained on the website outside of the LEP and growth hub network.
  • You must not re-use the information or content in a deliberately misleading way; use for promotion or advertising purposes and not exploit the information commercially whether by sub-licensing it, combining it with other information or data, or by presenting it as your own product or service. 
  • All trademarks reproduced in this website, which are not the property of, or licensed to the operator, are acknowledged on the website.
  • Unauthorised use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.
  • From time to time, this website may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).
  • Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the website is subject to the laws of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how the LEP Network and BIS uses and protects any information that you give when you use this website. The LEP Network and BIS is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. The LEP Network and BIS may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 1 June 2016.

What we collect

We will only collect the following information to understand who is utilising the website, it will not be shared with any third parties or used for marketing purposes:

  • Name
  • Job title
  • Organisation (e.g. LEP or growth hub)
  • Contact information including email address

Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online via this website.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

The cookies on the Growth Hub Network website are only used when you log in as a member, holding you in your logged in session. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to external websites

The website may contain links to external websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave the portal, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties. You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please contact LEP Network or BIS.

Browser Support and Accessibility

Due to the nature of the website, the LEP Network and BIS do not accept any responsibility for supporting the end consumers of the information shared through the portal. This includes but is not limited to:

· Browser support
· Accessibility
· Access to the service and content

The LEP Network and BIS reserves the right to revoke access to the website if these terms and conditions of use are not met, or if it is identified that the content provided has been exploited in any way. BIS may edit, amend or change the content that appears on the website at any time at its discretion. The LEP Network and BIS also reserves the right to jointly modify or discontinue the service at any time.

BIS will provide each LEP and/or growth hub delivery partner with ‘admin rights’ access (up to a maximum of TWO individuals per locality) in order that they are provided with access to their respective growth hub content areas on the website. There is no charge to LEPs or growth hubs for access to this service. Admin right access will be provided specifically be for the purpose of allowing individual localities to maintain their key content/contact information and uploading documents and case studies that may be of interest to other growth hubs.

The website will be monitored by the LEP Network and BIS who reserve the right to remove any content that is deemed to be inappropriate or seeking to market paid for services to others.

Updates to these Terms and Conditions of Use

The LEP Network and BIS may alter these Terms and Conditions of Use at any time by posting changes online. Please review these Terms and Conditions of Use regularly to ensure that you are aware of any recent changes made by BIS. Your continued use of this site after changes are posted shall indicate your agreement to adhere to and be bound by the Terms and Conditions of Use as amended or updated from time to time.

Copyright Notice

All material on this website is owned either by BIS, the LEP Network or the LEPs and growth hubs represented. You may only reproduce, download and/or print materials from this website for your own use. If you wish to use the material in any other manner, you must first obtain written permission from the copyright holder.

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1 ‘You’ in the context of this website specifically means an employee of a LEP, growth hub, LEP Network, BIS, other government departments and other partners deemed appropriate by BIS who or which registers and agrees to these Terms and Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy and accesses the documents published within.