Website Terms and Conditions

www.businesswales.gov.wales, known as Business Wales, is managed by the Welsh Government: (referred to as 'We' below). In entering this site you as a user ('You') are accepting these terms and conditions. This page was last updated on 28 July, 2016.

The Welsh Government's business support services including Business Wales is available for your personal use and viewing. The access and use of Business Wales featuring these terms and conditions constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions. They take effect from the date on which you first use this website.

You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of, this site by any third party. Such restriction or inhibition includes, without limitation, conduct which is unlawful, or which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person, and the transmission of obscene or offensive content or disruption of normal flow of dialogue within this site.

You are prohibited from posting or transmitting via this website any unlawful, defamatory, obscene, offensive or scandalous material, or any material that constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offence, likely to give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violates any law. We will fully co-operate with any law enforcement authorities or court order lawfully requesting or directing us to disclose the identity of anyone posting any such information or materials on this website.

The Freedom of Information Act and your information

We are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations, 2004 (EIR). This means that any information we hold, including any information you provide to us, is potentially disclosable if caught by a FoI request. Should any information you provide to us be caught by a request, we will normally consult with you to seek your views on what harm, if any, would arise from the release of the information into the public domain. 

Except as stated elsewhere in this Privacy Policy, we will not share the information you provide to us with any other third party unless:

  • we are under a duty to disclose or share the information in order to comply with any legal obligation (such as FoIA)
  • in order to enforce or apply our User Terms and any other relevant agreements
  • to protect the rights, property or safety of others
  • if we outsource or transfer the management and/or operation of all or part of this website to a third party, to enable that third party to continue to provide you with access to the website or any of the services provided by the website

Linking to and from businesswales.gov.wales

We welcome and encourage other websites to link to the information that is hosted on these pages, and you don’t have to ask permission to link to Business Wales.

However, we don’t give you permission to suggest that your website is associated with, or endorsed by Business Wales.

Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

Using businesswales.gov.wales content

Business Wales is published under the Open Government Licence, and you can reproduce information from the site as long as you obey the terms of that licence.

The material featured on this site is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated.

The names, images and logos identifying the Welsh Government are proprietary marks of the Welsh Government. Copying or use of the logo and/or any other third party logos accessed via this website is not permitted without prior approval from the relevant copyright owner.

Requests for permission to use the Welsh Government logo should be should be directed to the Welsh Government Corporate Communications Branding Team. Email: brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk.

Disclaimer

The Business Wales website and material relating to government information, products and services (or to third party information, products and services), is provided 'as is', without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security, completeness and accuracy.

We do not warrant or represent that the functions contained in the material available on this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy or reliability of the materials.

In no event will we be liable for any expense, loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any expense, loss or damage whatsoever arising from use, or loss of use, of data, or loss of profits, arising out of or in connection with the use of the Business Wales website or reliance on its content.

No data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed as totally secure. Whilst we strive to protect such information, we do not warrant and cannot ensure the security of any information which you transmit to us. Accordingly, any information which you transmit to us is transmitted at your own risk.

The Business Wales website is not a substitute for independent professional advice and users should obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances.

The material on this website may include the views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect the views of the Welsh Government, or indicate its commitment to a particular course of action. We assume no responsibility or liability arising in respect of any such third party material.

Directory of Welsh Businesses

In addition to the general disclaimer set out above, please note that we do not make any representations regarding the accuracy or reliability of any information, content or advertisements contained in, distributed through, linked to and/or downloaded from the services, businesses and connected websites comprised within the Directory of Welsh Businesses (the 'Directory'). We do not guarantee the quality of any services, products, information or materials displayed on the Directory or which may be purchased or obtained by you as a result of or in connection with a listing or any other information contained in the Directory.

You are responsible for undertaking the necessary checks to ensure that the services offered by a business on the Directory meet your specific needs and/or that a business is suitably accredited and holds appropriate insurances.

We are not responsible for the accuracy, legality or decency of material contained in websites featured on our Directory. If you consider any business listings to be inappropriate, illegal or offensive please contact us.

We reserve the right, at our own discretion and without any obligation whatsoever, to amend or remove any business listing or correct any error or omission in any part of the Directory.

We shall not be liable for any losses you may suffer, including any indirect or consequential loss, loss of business or profits or any other financial loss arising out of or in connection with your use of the Directory. 

Governing law

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising under these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. You must take your own precautions to ensure that the process which You employ for accessing this website does not expose You to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which may damage your own computer system. It is always wise for You to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the internet.

We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.

Variation

We may at any time revise these terms and conditions without notice. Please check regularly. Continued use of the Business Wales website after a change has been made is your acceptance of the change.

General

We accept no liability for any failure to comply with these terms and conditions where such failure is due to circumstance beyond our reasonable control. If We waive any rights available to us under these terms and conditions on one occasion, this does not means that those rights will automatically be waived on any other occasion. If any of these terms and conditions are held to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, the remaining terms and conditions shall nevertheless continue in full force.

Connecting to other websites

This site contains links to and from websites of government departments and other organisations. We should make it clear that this privacy policy (the one you're reading) only applies to this businesswales.gov.wales site.

Following a link to another website

If you go to another website from this one, please read the privacy policy on that website if you want to know what it does with your information.

Following a link to businesswales.gov.wales from another website

When you come to Business Wales from another website, we may get personal information about you from the other website. You should read the privacy policy of websites you visit that link you to Business Wales if you want to know about this.

Linking to and from www.businesswales.gov.wales

The Welsh Government welcomes and encourages other websites to link to the information that is hosted on these pages, and you don’t have to ask permission to link to it. However, we don’t give you permission to suggest that your website is associated with, or endorsed by, Business Wales.

Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

Privacy and Cookies

Privacy policy www.businesswales.gov.wales

Our goal is to ensure that we adhere to a robust privacy policy. We collect information specifically for the following purposes:

  • to help us make the site work better for you
  • so that we can contact you when you ask us to do so
  • to enable us to inform you about the relevant changes to business support if you are registered to receive our newsletters
  • to enable us to provide accurate local information when you need it in order to understand how people use the site, so that we can constantly improve it

This website uses links to and from the government’s departmental websites and other organizations. We want to make it clear that this privacy policy (the one you are reading) relates to the Business Wales website only.

Cookies are used on this site

The information we collect

We collect the following information from people visiting the website:

  • the questions, queries and feedback people leave, including your email address if you send us email
  • brief personal and business details (your name, business name, email address, region)
  • visitors' IP addresses, and details of which browser they used
  • information on how people use the site, using cookies and page tagging techniques

If you send us feedback, we will keep a record of your message.

More about cookies

Business Wales uses small data files stored on your computer called 'cookies'. Most big websites do this. They help us improve the website experience for you. Find out what we use them for, and how to control their use on our cookies page

Any information we collect is used to:

  • improve the content and design of the website
  • contact you (with your permission) to respond to feedback
  • contact you through our newsletters to send you information about possible support for your business, and associated news

We will not share your information with other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, and we don’t pass on your personal information to any other website.

Cookies used on this site

Universal Analytics

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Description

_ga

This helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you’ve visited before

_gat

Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made

Google Analytics

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_utma

Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to GOV.UK or to a certain page

_utmb

This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on GOV.UK

_utmc

This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser

_utmz

This tells us how you reached GOV.UK (for example, from another website or a search engine)

Cookie control widget

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business-wales_cookiecontrol

Stores your cookie control preference. This is always set.

AddThis

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__atuvc

Used by the AddThis social sharing buttons
 

__atuvs

Used by the AddThis social sharing buttons

Drupal cookies

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Description

has_js

Drupal uses this cookie to indicate whether or not the visitors browser has JavaScript enabled.

Drupal authenticated users

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SESS*

Session cookie to store the authenticated user session

drupal.tabledrag.showweight

Sets whether table items are draggable

drupal.visitor.s8080_localisation_unitary_authority

Stores the unitary authority set by the user in the 'My Business Wales' section

Drupal.toolbar.collapsed

Stores the preference to collapse the admin menu display

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