Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions (T&Cs) and the order form (Order Form) between you (Customer) and Real Links Limited, incorporated and registered in England and Wales with company number 10570135 whose registered office is at The Pill Box, 115 Coventry Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 6GG (Supplier) govern the terms and conditions between you and the Supplier for use of the Deliverable, Software and Services.

  1. Interpretation

1.1       The definitions and rules of interpretation in this clause apply to these T&Cs.

Authorised Users: those employees and independent contractors of the Customer and/or other person nominated by the Customer who are authorised to use the Software through the Hosting Services under these T&Cs, as further described in clause 3.2(b).

Business Day: a day other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday in England when banks in London are open for business.

Confidential Information: information that is proprietary or confidential and is either clearly labelled as such or identified as Confidential Information in clause 9.6 or clause 9.7.

Configuration Services: the configuration and related work referred to in clause 2, to be performed by the Supplier to configure the Software.

Customer Account Team: the individuals appointed by the Customer from time to time who shall serve as the Supplier’s primary contacts for the Supplier’s activities under these T&Cs.

Customer Data: the data inputted into the information fields of the Software by the Customer, by Authorised Users, or by the Supplier on the Customer’s behalf or other data relating to the Customer communicated to or processed or generated by the Supplier.

Customer’s Project Manager: the member of the Customer Account Team appointed in accordance with clause 5(c).

Deliverable: the Supplier’s online platform which is designed for the purpose of facilitating and reporting on recruitment via employee referrals.

Effective Date: the effective date specified in the Order Form.

Hosting Services: the services that the Supplier provides to allow Authorised Users to access and use the Software, including hosting set-up and ongoing services, as described in Schedule 1.

Intellectual Property Rights: patents, utility models, rights to inventions, copyright and neighbouring 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.

Maintenance and Support: any error corrections, updates and upgrades that the Supplier may provide or perform with respect to the Software and Hosting Services, as well as any other support or training services provided to the Customer under these T&Cs, all as described in Schedule 3.

Normal Business Hours: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm local UK time, each Business Day.

Services: the Configuration Services, Hosting Services and/or Maintenance and Support as applicable, and all other obligations of the Supplier.

Software: the Supplier’s proprietary software in machine-readable object code form as described in Schedule 2, including any error corrections, updates, upgrades, modifications and enhancements to it provided to the Customer under these T&Cs.

Supplier Account Team: the individuals appointed by the Supplier from time to time who shall serve as the Customer’s primary contacts for the Customer’s activities under these T&Cs.

Supplier’s Project Manager: the member of the Supplier’s Account Team appointed in accordance with clause 2.2.

Term: as defined in clause 13.1 of these T&Cs.

Virus: any thing or device (including any software, code, file or programme) which may:

  • (a)        prevent, impair or otherwise adversely affect the operation of any computer software, hardware or network, any telecommunications service, equipment or network or any other service or device;
  • (b)       prevent, impair or otherwise adversely affect access to or the operation of any programme or data, including the reliability of any programme or data (whether by rearranging, altering or erasing the programme or data in whole or part or otherwise); or
  • (c)        adversely affect the user experience, including worms, trojan horses, viruses and other similar things or devices.

1.2       Clause, Schedule and paragraph headings shall not affect the interpretation of these T&Cs.

1.3       A person includes a natural person, corporate or unincorporated body (whether or not having separate legal personality).

1.4       A reference to a company shall include any company, corporation or other body corporate, wherever and however incorporated or established.

1.5       Unless the context otherwise requires, words in the singular shall include the plural and in the plural include the singular.

1.6       Unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to one gender shall include a reference to the other genders.

1.7       A reference to writing or written includes email.

1.8       References to clauses and Schedules are to the clauses and Schedules of these T&Cs and references to paragraphs are to paragraphs of the relevant Schedule.

1.9       A reference to a statute or statutory provision is a reference to it as amended, extended or re-enacted from time to time.

1.10     A reference to a statute or statutory provision shall include all subordinate legislation made from time to time under that statute or statutory provision.

1.11     Any words following the terms including, include, in particular, for example or any similar expression shall be construed as illustrative and shall not limit the sense of the words, description, definition, phrase or term preceding those terms.

1.12     If there is an inconsistency between any of the provisions in the main body of these T&Cs and the Schedules, the provisions in the main body of these T&Cs shall prevail.

  1. Configuration Services

2.1       The personnel on the Supplier Account Team shall be notified to the Customer.

2.2       The Supplier shall appoint the Supplier’s Project ManagerThe Supplier shall be entitled to change the Supplier’s Project Manager at any time but shall use reasonable endeavours to ensure continuity.

2.3       The Supplier shall prepare the Deliverable and submit it to the Customer, subject to such reasonable cooperation by the Customer as may be required. Within ten (10) Business Days of the Supplier’s delivery of the Deliverable, the Customer shall review such Deliverable to confirm that it functions in material conformance with the Software features set out in Schedule 2. If the Deliverable fails to conform with the features set out in Schedule 2, the Customer shall give the Supplier a detailed description of any such non-conformance, in writing, within the ten-day review period.

2.4       With respect to any errors contained in the Deliverable during the Configuration Services (an “Error”), the Supplier shall use reasonable endeavours to correct any Error within ten (10) Business Days of the Customer’s notification and, on completion, submit the corrected Deliverable to the Customer. The provisions of this clause 2.4 shall then apply again, up to two additional times.

2.5       If the Customer does not provide any written comments in the ten (10) Business Day period described in clause 2.3, or if the Deliverable is found to conform with the Software features set out in Schedule 2, the Deliverable shall be deemed accepted.

2.6       If the Supplier is unable to correct an Error after three attempts, then the Customer shall be entitled to terminate these T&Cs on written notice to the Supplier, provided such notice is provided within ten (10) Business Days after the third unsuccessful attempt to correct the Error. In the event of such termination the Supplier shall repay all unaccrued sums the Customer has paid the Supplier under these T&Cs.

  1. Hosting Services, Maintenance and Support

3.1       The Supplier shall perform the Hosting Services and Maintenance and Support services using reasonable skill and care, subject to such reasonable cooperation by the Customer as may be required.

3.2       In relation to Authorised Users:

(a)        the Customer’s access to the Hosting Services shall be limited to Authorised Users;

(b)       the Customer shall maintain a written list of current Authorised Users of the Software, and the Customer shall provide such list to the Supplier as may be reasonably requested by the Supplier from time to time;

(c)        the Customer shall ensure that each Authorised User keeps a secure password for their use of the Software, that each Authorised User keeps their password confidential and does not provide access to the Software to any other individual or entity; and

(d)       the Customer shall be responsible for all actions and/or omissions of the Authorised Users.

3.3       In relation to the Software:

(a)        the Supplier hereby grants to the Customer on and subject to the terms and conditions of these T&Cs, a non-exclusive, non-transferable licence for the Term to allow Authorised Users to access the Software through the Hosting Services and to use the Software solely for the Customer’s recruitment purposes;

(b)       the Customer shall not store, distribute or transmit any Virus, or any material through the Hosting Services that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, defamatory, obscene, infringing, harassing or racially or ethnically offensive; facilitates illegal activity; depicts sexually explicit images; or promotes unlawful violence, discrimination based on race, gender, colour, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability, or any other illegal activities;

(c)        the Customer shall not:

  1. attempt to copy, duplicate, modify, create derivative works from or distribute all or any portion of the Software;
  2. attempt to reverse compile, disassemble, reverse engineer or otherwise reduce to human-perceivable form all or any part of the Software;

iii.        use the Software or Hosting Services to provide information and/or services to third parties;

  1. transfer, temporarily or permanently, any of its rights under these T&Cs; or
  2. attempt to obtain, or assist third parties in obtaining, access to the Software; and

(d)       the Customer shall prevent any unauthorised access to, or use of, the Software and notify the Supplier promptly of any such unauthorised access or use.

  1. Supplier’s obligations

4.1       The Supplier undertakes that it will perform the Services with reasonable skill and care.

4.2       The Supplier shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations with respect to its activities under these T&Cs.

4.3       The undertaking at clause 4.1 shall not apply to the extent of any: (a) non-conformance which is caused by misuse of the Software; (b) use of the Software by any Authorised User or the Customer contrary to the terms of these T&Cs  and/or the Supplier’s instructions; and/or (c) modification or alteration of the Software by any party other than the Supplier or the Supplier’s duly authorised contractors or agents.

4.4       These T&Cs shall not prevent the Supplier from entering into similar agreements with third parties or from independently developing, using, selling or licensing materials, products or services which are similar to those provided under these T&Cs.

  1. Customer’s obligations

The Customer shall:

(a)        provide the Supplier with:

  1. all necessary co-operation reasonably required; and
  2. all necessary access to such information as may reasonably be required by the Supplier,

in order for the Supplier to render the Services, including Customer Data, security access information and software interfaces to the Customer’s other business applications;

(b)       provide such personnel assistance, including appointing the Customer’s Project Manager, the Customer Account Team and other Customer personnel, as may be reasonably requested by the Supplier from time to time. The Customer shall use all reasonable endeavours to ensure continuity of its personnel assigned pursuant to these T&Cs;

(c)        comply with all applicable laws and regulations with respect to its activities under these T&Cs;

(d)       carry out all other Customer responsibilities set out in the Order Form, these T&Cs or in any of the Schedules in a timely and efficient manner;

(e)        promote, market and give appropriate visibility of the Supplier’s Deliverable to its employees in order to encourage use of such Deliverable; and

(f)        collaborate with Supplier to produce one case study after 1 month from commencement of the Period as set out in the Order Form, describing the benefits arising from the implementation of the Software. The case study will be created by Supplier through interviews and will be subject to final approval by Customer.

  1. Charges and payment

6.1       The Customer shall pay the fee set out in the Order Form for the Term in accordance with these T&Cs.

6.2       The Fees shall include eight (8) hours of work on the Configuration Services in accordance with the scope of work set out in Schedule 4. Any hours above this shall be charged at a rate of £90 per hour.

6.3       All amounts and fees stated or referred to in these T&Cs or the Order Form are exclusive of value added tax, which shall be added to the Supplier’s invoice(s) at the appropriate rate.

6.4       The Supplier shall invoice the Customer on the Effective Date of  and, where applicable, annually thereafter. Each invoice is due and payable 30 days after the invoice date. If the Supplier has not received payment within 30 days after the due date, and without prejudice to any other rights and remedies of the Supplier:

(a)        the Supplier may suspend the supply of the Services (but shall recommence them at no further cost when the outstanding invoice has been paid); and

(b)       interest shall accrue on a daily basis on such due amounts at an annual rate equal to 2% over the then current base lending rate of Barclays plc from time to time, commencing on the due date and continuing until fully paid, whether before or after judgment.

  1. Change control

7.1       For so long as these T&Cs are effective, the Customer’s Project Manager and the Supplier’s Project Manager shall speak at least once every two (2) months during the six (6) months after the Effective Date and every quarter thereafter to discuss matters relating to the Services. If either party wishes to change the scope of the Services (including Customer requests for additional Hosting Services), it shall submit details of the requested change to the other in writing.

7.2       If the Customer requests a change to the scope or execution of the Services, the Supplier shall, within a reasonable time, provide a written estimate to the Customer of:

(a)        the likely time required to implement the change;

(b)       any variations to the fees arising from the change; and

(c)        any other impact of the change on the terms of these T&Cs and/or the Order Form.

7.3       If the Customer wishes the Supplier to proceed with the change, the Supplier has no obligation to do so unless and until the parties have agreed in writing the necessary variations to its charges and any other relevant terms of these T&Cs and/or the Order Form to take account of the change.

  1. Proprietary rights

8.1       The Customer acknowledges and agrees that the Supplier and/or its licensors (if any) own all Intellectual Property Rights in the Software and the Services. Except as expressly stated herein, these T&Cs do not grant the Customer any rights to, or in, Intellectual Property Rights, or any other rights or licences in respect of the Software, Services or any related documents.

8.2       The Supplier represents, warrants and undertakes that it has all the rights in relation to the Software and Services that are necessary to grant all the rights it purports to grant and perform all the obligations it agrees to perform under, and in accordance with these T&Cs.

8.3       The Supplier acknowledges and agrees that the Customer owns all Intellectual Property Rights in the Customer Data. Except as expressly stated herein, these T&Cs do not grant the Supplier any rights to, or in, any Intellectual Property Rights, or any other rights or licences in respect of the Customer Data.

8.4       The Customer grants the Supplier the express right to use the Customer’s company name and logo for provision of the Services and in marketing, sales and public relations materials (including press releases) and other communications solely to identify the Customer as a customer of the Supplier. The Supplier grants the Customer the express right to use the Supplier’s company name and logo solely to identify the Supplier as a provider of services to the Customer. Other than as expressly stated herein, neither party shall use the other party’s marks, drawings or specifications without the prior written permission of the other party. 

  1. Confidentiality

9.1       Each party may be given access to Confidential Information from the other party in order to perform its obligations under these T&Cs. A party’s Confidential Information shall not include information that:

(a)        is or becomes publicly known other than through any act or omission of the receiving party;

(b)       was in the other party’s lawful possession before the disclosure;

(c)        is lawfully disclosed to the receiving party by a third party without restriction on disclosure; or

(d)       is independently developed by the receiving party, which independent development can be shown by written evidence.

9.2       Subject to clause 9.4, each party shall hold the other’s Confidential Information in confidence and, unless required by law, not make the other’s Confidential Information available to any third party, or use the other’s Confidential Information for any purpose other than the implementation of these T&Cs.

9.3       Each party shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that the other’s Confidential Information to which it has access is not disclosed or distributed by its employees or agents in violation of the terms of these T&Cs.

9.4       A party may disclose Confidential Information to the extent such Confidential Information is required to be disclosed by law, by any governmental or other regulatory authority or by a court or other authority of competent jurisdiction, provided that, to the extent it is legally permitted to do so, it gives the other party as much notice of such disclosure as possible and, where notice of disclosure is not prohibited and is given in accordance with this clause 9.4, it takes into account the reasonable requests of the other party in relation to the content of such disclosure.

9.5       Neither party shall be responsible for any loss, destruction, alteration or disclosure of Confidential Information caused by any third party, unless such loss, destruction, alteration or disclosure is the direct result of such party’s gross negligence or willful misconduct.

9.6       The Customer acknowledges that the Software, the results of any performance tests of the Software and the Services constitute the Supplier’s Confidential Information.

9.7       The Supplier acknowledges that the Customer Data is the Confidential Information of the Customer.

9.8       This clause 9 shall survive termination of these T&Cs, however arising.

  1. Data, data protection, security and integrity

10.1     The following definitions apply:

(a)        Customer Personal Data means any personal data provided by or on behalf of the Customer;

(b)       “data controller”, “data processor”, “data subject” and “processing” bear the respective meanings given them in the Data Protection Act 1998;

(c)        “data” includes personal data;

(d)       “Data Protection Law” means all applicable data protection law and regulations in any jurisdiction; and

(e)        “data protection principles” means the eight data protection principles set out in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998;

10.2     The Customer shall own all rights, title and interest in and to all of the Customer Data and shall have sole responsibility for the legality, reliability, integrity, accuracy and quality of the Customer Data. Except as expressly stated herein, these T&Cs do not grant the Supplier any rights to, or in, any Intellectual Property Rights or any other rights or licences in respect of the Customer Data. The parties acknowledge that no Intellectual Property Rights subsist in any Customer Personal Data.

10.3     The Supplier shall:

(a)        only carry out processing of any Customer Personal Data as required in order to provide the Services and the Deliverable to the Customer and otherwise comply with its obligations under these T&Cs;

(b)       implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect any Customer Personal Data against unauthorised or unlawful processing and accidental loss or damage;

(c)        not transfer Customer Personal Data to any country outside the European Economic Area unless the Customer Personal Data is transferred and held in compliance with the laws and regulations of the European Economic Area;

(d)       ensure that access to the Customer Personal Data is limited to those employees or subcontractors who need access to the Customer Personal Data to meet the Supplier’s obligations under these T&Cs  and that all employees and subcontractors are informed of the confidential nature of the Customer Personal Data;

(e)        comply with its obligations under any applicable Data Protection Law, and shall not put the Customer in breach of any such Data Protection Law;

(f)        promptly and fully notify the Customer in writing of any notices in connection with the processing of any Customer Personal Data, including subject access requests, and provide such information and assistance as the Customer may reasonably require;

(g)        promptly notify the Customer in writing if any Customer Personal Data has been disclosed in non-compliance with this clause 10;

(h)       if reasonably requested, submit to a data security audit at the Customer’s cost before any Services commence, once during the 12-month period commencing on the Effective Date or any subsequent 12-month period and if any regulator of the Customer requests or requires an audit of the Customer and/or any of its service providers;

(i)         take reasonable precautions to preserve the integrity of any Customer Data or other data which it processes and to prevent any corruption or loss of such data;

(j)         follow its archiving procedures for such data as described in Schedule 1; and

(k)        at the reasonable written request of the Customer at any time or times up until three months after termination of these T&Cs return to the Customer without further charge and in the format reasonably stipulated by the Customer a copy of all Customer Data residing on the hosting equipment referred to in Schedule 1.

10.4     The Customer shall:

(a)        ensure that it has all necessary consents in order for the Supplier to process the data in accordance with clause 10.3(a); and

(b)       comply with its obligations under any applicable Data Protection Law, and shall not put the Supplier in breach of any such Data Protection Law.

  1. Anti-bribery

11.1     Each party hereby represents, covenants and warrants that:

(a)        it shall not violate any applicable laws including (without limitation) any laws in regards to anti-corruption, anti-bribery and money laundering (any such violation being a material breach of these T&Cs), and shall promptly notify the other party in writing in the event of any actual or alleged violation of such laws; and

(b)       during the term of these T&Cs, it shall not, nor shall any of its officers, directors, employees or contractors, engage (or cause another party to engage) in any activity that is, or is reasonably likely to be, in breach of this clause.

11.2     If either party is subject to any regulatory investigation as a result of a breach by the other party, the other party shall indemnify the party under investigation for any costs associated, and shall fully co-operate with, such investigation.

11.3     If either party receives any requests for bribes from any third party relevant to these T&Cs and the Order Form, such party shall promptly report this request to the other party.

11.4     If either party reasonably believes that a breach of any of the representations, covenants or warranties contained within this clause has occurred, or is reasonably likely to occur, said party may terminate these T&Cs and the Order Form immediately and pursue all available remedies.

11.5     Notwithstanding clause 11.4, in the event an applicable court of law or tribunal finds a breach of any representations, covenants or warranties under this clause 11 by a party, these T&Cs and the Order Form will automatically terminate and the party found to be in breach shall indemnify the other party and its directors, employees, affiliates and subsidiaries in respect of any damages, losses, fees and costs (including, without limitation, audit costs) incurred by that other party as a result of or in relation to such breach.

11.6     Supplier hereby represents that it has exercised independent judgment in providing the Services to Customer and has not been offered payment(s) or benefit(s) to enter into these T&Cs, except those contractual benefits expressly set out in these T&Cs and the Order Form.

  1. Limitation of liability

12.1     The following provisions set out the entire financial liability of either party (including without limitation any liability for the acts or omissions of its employees, agents and sub-contractors) to the other in respect of:

(a)        any breach of these T&Cs and/or the Order Form howsoever arising;

(b)       any representation, misrepresentation (whether innocent or negligent), statement or tortious act or omission (including without limitation negligence) arising under or in connection with these T&Cs and/or the Order Form.

12.2     Nothing in these T&Cs excludes either party’s liability:

(a)        for death or personal injury caused by that party’s negligence;

(b)       for gross negligence or willful misconduct; or

(c)        for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

12.3     Subject to clause 11.2:

(a)        Except as set forth in Section 12.2 above, neither party shall in any circumstances be liable for indirect or consequential loss, loss of revenue, loss of profits, loss of anticipated savings, loss of business, loss of opportunity or loss of goodwill. 

(b)       Other than in respect of the Customer’s payment obligations contained herein, or for claims arising under Section 12.2 above, each party’s total liability arising in connection with the performance or contemplated performance of these T&Cs shall be limited to ten (10) times the price paid for the Services.

(c)        The Supplier shall not be liable for any failure in or interruption in the use of the Deliverable or Software caused directly or indirectly by the Customer’s equipment. communication networks, software environment or any actions or emissions by the Customer or any of its Authorised Users.

  1. Term and Termination

13.1     The term shall commence on the Effective Date and shall continue for the Period as set out in the Order Form, unless otherwise terminated as provided in clauses 2.6, 11.4, 11.5, 14 or this clause 13 (the “Term”).

13.2     At the end of the Term, provision of the Services may be extended by the parties both agreeing to enter into a letter of renewal which sets out the fees to be paid by Customer, in which case, save as varied in such renewal letter, the terms of these T&Cs shall continue in effect for such extended term(s).

13.3     Without affecting any other right or remedy available to it, either party may terminate these T&Cs and the Order Form with immediate effect by giving written notice to the other party if:

(a)        the other party fails to pay any amount due on the due date for payment and remains in default not less than 30 days after being notified in writing to make such payment;

(b)       the other party commits a material breach of any other term of these T&Cs and/or the Order Form which breach is irremediable or (if such breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within a period of 15 days after being notified in writing to do so;

(c)        the other party repeatedly breaches any of the terms of these T&Cs and/or the Order Form in such a manner as to reasonably justify the opinion that its conduct is inconsistent with it having the intention or ability to give effect to the terms of these T&Cs;

(d)       the other party suspends, or threatens to suspend, payment of its debts or is unable to pay its debts as they fall due or admits inability to pay its debts or is deemed unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986;

(e)        the other party commences negotiations with all or any class of its creditors with a view to rescheduling any of its debts, or makes a proposal for or enters into any compromise or arrangement with its creditors other than (being a company) for the sole purpose of a scheme for a solvent amalgamation of that other party with one or more other companies or the solvent reconstruction of that other party;

(f)        a petition is filed, a notice is given, a resolution is passed, or an order is made, for or in connection with the winding up of that other party (being a company) other than for the sole purpose of a scheme for a solvent amalgamation of that other party with one or more other companies or the solvent reconstruction of that other party;

(g)        an application is made to court, or an order is made, for the appointment of an administrator, or if a notice of intention to appoint an administrator is given or if an administrator is appointed, over the other party (being a company);

(h)       the holder of a qualifying floating charge over the assets of that other party (being a company) has become entitled to appoint or has appointed an administrative receiver;

(i)         a person becomes entitled to appoint a receiver over the assets of the other party or a receiver is appointed over the assets of the other party;

(j)         a creditor or encumbrancer of the other party attaches or takes possession of, or a distress, execution, sequestration or other such process is levied or enforced on or sued against, the whole or any part of the other party’s assets and such attachment or process is not discharged within 14 days;

(k)        any event occurs, or proceeding is taken, with respect to the other party in any jurisdiction to which it is subject that has an effect equivalent or similar to any of the events mentioned in clause 12.3(d) to clause 12.3(j) (inclusive);

(l)         the other party suspends or ceases, or threatens to suspend or cease, carrying on all or a substantial part of its business; or

(m)      there is a change of control of the other party (within the meaning of section 1124 of the Corporation Tax Act 2010).

13.4     On termination of these T&Cs and/or the Order Form for any reason:

(a)        all licences granted under these T&Cs shall immediately terminate;

(b)       each party shall return and make no further use of any equipment, property, materials and other items (and all copies of them) belonging to the other party; and

(c)        any rights, remedies, obligations or liabilities of the parties that have accrued up to the date of termination, including the right to claim damages in respect of any breach of the agreement which existed at or before the date of termination shall not be affected or prejudiced.

  1. Force majeure

Neither party shall be in breach of these T&Cs and/or the Order Form nor liable for delay in performing, or failure to perform, any of its obligations under these T&Cs and/or the ORder Form if such delay or failure results from events, circumstances or causes beyond its reasonable control, including strikes; lock-outs or other industrial disputes (whether involving the workforce of the Supplier or any other party); failure of a utility service or transport or telecommunications network or the internet; act of God; war; riot; civil commotion; malicious damage; compliance with any law or governmental order, rule, regulation or direction; accident; breakdown of plant or machinery; fire, flood, or storm; or default of suppliers or sub-contractors. In such circumstances the affected party shall be entitled to a reasonable extension of the time for performing such obligations, provided that if the period of delay or non-performance continues for six months, the party not affected may terminate these T&Cs by giving 30 days’ written notice to the other party.

  1. Waiver

15.1     A waiver of any right under these T&Cs is only effective if it is in writing and it applies only to the party to whom the waiver is addressed and to the circumstances for which it is given.

15.2     Unless specifically provided otherwise, rights arising under thse T&Cs are cumulative and do not exclude rights provided by law.

  1. Rights and remedies

Except as expressly provided in these T&Cs, the rights and remedies provided under these T&Cs are in addition to, and not exclusive of, any rights or remedies provided by law.

  1. Severance

17.1     If any provision (or part of a provision) of these T&Cs and/or the Order Form is found by any court or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions shall remain in force.

17.2     If any invalid, unenforceable or illegal provision would be valid, enforceable or legal if some part of it were deleted, the provision shall apply with whatever modification is necessary to give effect to the commercial intention of the parties.

  1. Entire agreement

18.1     These T&Cs, the Order Form and any documents annexed to each of them constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes and extinguishes all previous agreements, promises, assurances, warranties, representations and understandings between them, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.

18.2     Each party acknowledges that in entering into the Order Form and these T&Cs it does not rely on, and shall have no remedies in respect of, any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether made innocently or negligently) that is not set out in these T&Cs.

18.3     Each party agrees that it shall have no claim for innocent or negligent misrepresentation or negligent misstatement based on any statement in these T&Cs.

18.4     Nothing in this clause shall limit or exclude any liability for fraud.

18.5     In the event of any conflicts between these T&Cs and the Order Form, the terms of these T&Cs shall prevail.

  1. Assignment

Neither party shall assign, transfer, mortgage, charge, or declare a trust of any or all of its rights and obligations under these T&Cs and/or the Order Form without the prior written consent of the other party (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed).

  1. No partnership or agency

Nothing in these T&Cs is intended to, or shall be deemed to, establish any partnership or joint venture between any of the parties, constitute any party the agent of another party, nor authorise any party to make or enter into any commitments for or on behalf of any other party.

  1. Variation

These T&Cs may be varied and/or updated by the Supplier from time to time. No variation of the Order Form shall be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the parties (or their authorised representatives).

  1. Third party rights

Neither these T&Cs nor the Order Form confer any rights on any other person or party (other than the parties to these T&Cs a Order Form and (where applicable) their successors and permitted assigns) pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

  1. Notices

23.1     Any notice required to be given under these T&Cs shall be in writing and shall be delivered by hand or sent by pre-paid first-class post or recorded delivery post to the other party at its address set out in the Order Form, or such other address as may have been notified by that party for such purposes, or sent by email to the other party’s email address as set out in the Order Form or as may be notified by a party from time to time.

23.2     A notice delivered by hand shall be deemed to have been received when delivered (or if delivery is not in business hours, at 9 am on the first Business Day following delivery). A correctly addressed notice sent by pre-paid first-class post or recorded delivery post shall be deemed to have been received at the time at which it would have been delivered in the normal course of post. A notice sent by email shall be deemed to have been received 2 business hours after the time at which it was sent.

  1. Governing law

These T&Cs, the Order Form and any disputes or claims arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by, and construed in accordance with, the law of England.

  1. Dispute Resolution

If a dispute arises out of or in connection with these T&Cs and/or the Order Form (a “Dispute”) then the Parties shall follow the following procedure:

(a)        either party shall give to the other written notice of the Dispute, setting out its nature and full particulars (“Dispute Notice”), together with relevant supporting documents. On service of the Dispute Notice, the Supplier’s Project Manager and the Customer’s Project Manager shall attempt in good faith to resolve the Dispute; and

(b)       if the Supplier’s Project Manager and the Customer’s Project Manager are for any reason unable to resolve the Dispute within 21 days of it being referred to them, the parties shall be entitled to take such action as they consider appropriate to settle the Dispute.

  1. Jurisdiction

The parties irrevocably agree that the courts of England have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with these T&Cs, the Order Form or their respective subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).

Schedule 1

Hosting Services

  1. Hosting set-up

The set-up phase of the Hosting Services includes those services provided by the Supplier to design, install, configure, integrate and test the Deliverable, as well as the hosting facility.

  1. Installation and configuration

The Supplier shall procure, install, configure and integrate the hosting equipment to provide access to the Software. This includes the rack mounting of servers and related equipment, installation of system and database software components, configuration of clustering and cross-connects, installation of the Software, and loading of initial Customer Data.

  1. Facility

The hosting equipment shall be installed in a rack-mounted configuration inside a professional hosting facility designed for such use. The facility shall be equipped with access security, climate control, fire suppression, and managed power supply with UPS and generator back-up.

  1. Continuing Hosting Services

The continuing Hosting Services provided by the Supplier include load distribution management, security services, monitoring, back-up, release management and change control, and administration services.

  1. Back-up, archiving and recovery services

The Supplier shall perform scheduled back-ups and provide routine and emergency data recovery. In the event of data loss, the Supplier shall provide recovery services to try to restore the most recent back-up.

  1. Release management and change control

The Supplier shall provide release management and change control services to ensure that versions of servers, network devices, storage, operating system software and utility and application software are audited and logged, and that new releases, patch releases and other new versions are implemented as deemed necessary by the Supplier to maintain the Hosting Services.

  1. Administration services

These services include the installation and administration of additional hardware, operating system and other software, and other resources as necessary to maintain the Hosting Services.

Schedule 2     

Software

The Software is an employee referral platform that enables Authorised Users to refer candidates for job vacancies and track referral job applications via the Deliverable.

The Software consists of the following components:

  • Web portal
  • White-labelling branding to the Customer’s group trading style
  • Job listings and editing
  • Job sharing functionality for employees to refer contacts
  • Matchingof employees’ connections to jobs
  • Customisable gamiification with employee leaderboards and raffles.
  • Updates on the status of referrals.
  • Email and Slack notifications for employees.
  • Content sharing functionality.
  • Performance statistics & analytics.
  • Performance statistics & analytics
  • The ability to determine aspects of the relevant role in the referral link
  • Referral tracking system

Schedule 3     

Maintenance and Support

  1. Training

The Supplier shall provide training to the Customer’s resourcing team annually via online web demonstration or on-site at Supplier’s discretion.

  1. Maintenance Events

2.1       The Supplier shall use reasonable endeavours to ensure that maintenance of the hosting equipment, facility, Software or other aspects of the Hosting Services (other than emergency maintenance) that may require interruption of the Hosting Services (Maintenance Events) are not performed during Normal Business Hours. The Supplier may interrupt the Services to perform emergency maintenance at any time where required. In addition, the Supplier may interrupt the Hosting Services outside Normal Business Hours for unscheduled maintenance, provided that it has given the Customer at least one days’ advance notice. Any Maintenance Events that occur during Normal Business Hours, and which were not requested or caused by the Customer, shall be considered downtime for the purpose of service availability measurement. The Supplier shall at all times use all reasonable endeavours to keep any service interruptions to a minimum.

  1. Maintenance

3.1       Maintenance includes all regularly scheduled error corrections, software updates and those upgrades limited to improvements to features described in the Schedule 2. Support for additional features developed by the Supplier, as requested by the Customer, may be purchased separately at the Supplier’s then current rates.

3.2       The Supplier shall maintain and update the Software. Should the Customer determine that the Software includes a defect, the Customer may at any time file error reports and the Supplier shall use reasonable endeavours promptly to correct any errors. During maintenance periods, the Supplier may, at its discretion, upgrade versions, install error corrections and apply patches to the hosted systems. The Supplier shall use commercial endeavours to avoid unscheduled downtime for Software maintenance.

3.3       The Supplier shall maintain technical support on the most current releases of the Software.

3.4       The Supplier shall provide the Supplier with a web-based portal for the rationalisation of live Authorsied Users by removing or deactivating Authorsied Users who are no-longer employed by the Customer.

  1. Technical support services

4.1       The Supplier shall provide the Customer with technical support services. The Customer shall have Customer support representatives (CSRs) who are authorised to contact the Supplier for technical support services. The Supplier shall provide technical support services to those CSRs. The Supplier shall provide the Supplier support engineers (SSEs) who are assigned to the Customer account. The SSEs shall handle support calls from the Customer’s CSRs.

4.2       Supplier technical support shall accept voicemail and email from CSRs between 9.30am to 5.30pm on Business Days. The Supplier shall use reasonable endeavours to process support requests, issue trouble ticket tracking numbers if necessary, determine the source of the problem and respond to the Customer. The Supplier technical support call centre shall respond to all support requests from CSRs within the time periods specified below, according to priority.

4.3       The named CSRs and Supplier technical support shall jointly determine the priority of any defect, using one of following priorities:

Priority

Description

Response time

Target resolution time

Priority 1

The entire Service is “down” and inaccessible. Priority 1 incidents shall be reported by telephone only.

Within two Normal Business Hours.

Four Normal Business Hours. Continuous effort after initial response and with Customer co-operation.

Priority 2

Operation of the Services is severely degraded, or major components of the Service are not operational and work cannot reasonably continue. Priority 2 incidents shall be reported by telephone only.

Within four Normal Business Hours.

Within two Business Days after initial response.

Priority 3

Certain non-essential features of the Service are impaired while most major components of the Service remain functional.

Within 12 Normal Business Hours.

Within seven Business Days after initial response.

Priority 4

Errors that are non-disabling or cosmetic and clearly have little or no impact on the normal operation of the Services.

Within 24 Normal Business Hours.

Next release of Software.

4.4       If no progress has been made on a Priority 1 or Priority 2 incident within the relevant target resolution time specified in the table set out in paragraph 4.3, the incident shall be escalated to the Supplier’s Project Manager. If the incident is not resolved, then after each successive increment of the relevant target resolution time (for example, four Business Hours for a Priority 1 incident, two Business Days for a Priority 2 incident), the incident shall be escalated to the Account Manager.

4.5       The Customer shall provide front-line support to Authorised Users who are not the designated CSRs. However, the Customer’s designated CSRs may contact Supplier technical support in order to report problems from Authorised Users that the Customer’s designated CSRs cannot resolve themselves after they have performed a reasonable level of diagnosis.

4.6       Before the Supplier or the Customer makes changes to integration interfaces between the Software and the Customer’s internal data stores or systems, the Supplier or the Customer shall provide notice to the other in order to ensure the continued operation of any integration interfaces affected by such changes. The Supplier shall provide the CSRs, or the Customer shall provide the SSEs, with at least 60 days’ advance notice of such changes. Such notice shall include at least the new interface specifications and a technical contact to answer questions on these changes. The Supplier or the Customer (as applicable) shall also provide up to 15 days of integration testing availability to ensure smooth transition from the previous interfaces to the new interfaces and the Customer shall pay for all such services relating to integration testing carried out by the Supplier at the Supplier’s then current daily fee rates.

  1. Service Level Arrangements

Service availability

5.1       The Supplier shall provide at least a 99% uptime service availability level (Uptime Service Level). Availability does not include Customer-caused outages or disruptions, scheduled or emergency maintenance, or outages or disruptions to force majeure events within the meaning of clause 14.

Service credits

5.2       If availability falls below the Uptime Service Level (as defined in paragraph 1. of Schedule 3) in a given calendar month (Service Delivery Failure), the Supplier shall credit the Customer’s account by an amount calculated as the product of the total cumulative downtime (expressed as a percentage of the total possible uptime minutes in the month concerned) and the fees owed for that quarter (Service Credit).

5.3       The maximum Service Credit allowable in a given month is limited to an amount equal to the total fees paid by the Customer for that quarter.

Schedule 4     

Configuration Services Scope of Work

The Software consists of the following components:

  • White-labelling of the Deliverable which includes updating the design of the Deliverable to include the logo and colour scheme of the Customer
  • Completing any integration work specified in the Order Form.
  • Setting up a custom domain for the Customer.
  • Setting up of an authentication system for Customer’s Authorised Users to login into the Deliverable.