Vision Linens Limited Terms of Business
In these Conditions, the following definitions apply:
Business Day: a day (other than a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday) when banks in London are open for business.
Commencement Date: has meaning set out in clause 2.3.
Conditions: these terms and conditions as amended from time to time in accordance with clause 15.8. Contract: the contract between the Supplier and the Customer for the supply of Goods and/or Services in accordance with these Conditions.
Customer: the person or firm who purchases the Goods and/or Services from the Supplier. Deliverables: the deliverables set out in the Order.
Delivery Location: has the meaning set out in clause 4.1.
Force Majeure Event: has the meaning given to it in clause 15.1(a).
Goods: the goods (or any part of them) set out in the Order
Goods Specification: any specification for the Goods, including any relevant plans or drawings that are agreed in writing by the Customer and the Supplier
Intellectual Property Right: all patents, rights to inventions, utility models, copyright and related rights, trade marks, service marks, trade, business and domain names, rights in trade dress or get-up, rights in goodwill or to sue for passing off, unfair competition rights, rights in designs, rights in computer software, database right, topography rights, moral rights, rights in confidential information (including know-how and trade secrets) and any other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications for and renewals or extensions of such rights, and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection in any part of the world.
Order: the Customer’s order for the supply of Goods and/or Services, as set out in the Customer’s purchase order form.
Services: the services, including the Deliverables, supplied by the Supplier to the Customer as set out in the Service Specification.
Service Specification: any description or specification for the Services provided in writing by the Supplier to the Customer.
Supplier: Vision Linens Limited, registered in England and Wales with company number
Supplier Materials: has the meaning set out in clause 8.1(g).
In these Conditions, the following rules apply:
- a person includes a natural person, corporate or unincorporated body (whether or not having separate legal personality);
- a reference to a party includes its personal representatives, successors or permitted assigns;
- a reference to a statute or statutory provision is a reference to such statute or statutory provision as amended or re-enacted. A reference to a statute or statutory provision includes any subordinate legislation made under that statute or statutory provision as amended or re-enacted;
- any phrase introduced by the terms including, include, in particular or any similar expression shall be construed as illustrative and shall not limit the sense of the words preceding those terms; and
- A reference to writing or written includes faxes and e-mails.
BASIS OF CONTRACT
2.1 These Conditions apply to the Contract to the exclusion of any other terms that the Customer seeks to impose or incorporate, or which are implied by trade, custom, practice or course of dealing.
2.2 The Order constitutes an offer by the Customer to purchase Goods and/or Services in accordance with these Conditions.
2.3 The Order shall only be deemed to be accepted when the Supplier issues written acceptance of the Order (Order Confirmation) at which point and on which date the Contract shall come into existence (Commencement Date).
2.4 The Contract constitutes the entire agreement between the parties. The Customer acknowledges that it has not relied on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on behalf of the Supplier which is not set out in the Contract.
2.5 Any samples, drawings, descriptive matter or advertising issued by the Supplier and any descriptions of the Goods or illustrations or descriptions of the Services contained in the Supplier’s catalogues or brochures are issued or published for the sole purpose of giving an approximate idea of the services and/or Goods described in them. They shall not form part of the Contract or have any contractual force.
2.6 All of these Conditions shall apply to the supply of both Goods and Services except where application to one or the other is specified.
3.1 The Goods are described in the Supplier’s quotation or catalogue as modified by any applicable Goods Specification.
3.2 To the extent that the Goods are to be manufactured in accordance with a Goods Specification supplied by the Customer, the Customer shall indemnify the Supplier against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses (including any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal and other reasonable professional costs and expenses) suffered or incurred by the Suppler in connection with any claim made against the Supplier for actual or alleged infringement of a third party’s intellectual property rights arising out of or in connection with the suppliers use of the Goods Specification. This clause 3.2 shall survive termination of the Contract.
3.3 The Supplier reserves the right to amend the Goods Specification if required by any applicable statutory or regulatory requirements.
DELIVERY OF GOODS
4.1 Subject to clause 4.2, the Supplier shall deliver the Goods to the location set out in the Order or such other location as the parties may agree (Delivery Location) at any time after the Supplier notifies the Customer that the Goods are ready.
4.2 If agreed with the Supplier, the Customer may collect the Goods from the Supplier’s premises at such location as may be advised by the Supplier before delivery (Delivery Location) within three Business Days of the Supplier notifying the Customer that the Goods are ready for collection. 4.3 Delivery of the Goods shall be completed on the Goods’ arrival at the Delivery Location.
4.4 Any dates quoted for delivery of the Goods are approximate only, and the time of delivery is not of the essence. The Supplier shall not be liable for any delay in delivery of the Goods that is caused by Force Majeure Event or the Customer’s failure to provide the Supplier with adequate delivery instructions or any other instructions that are relevant to the supply of the Goods or the Delivery Location is not ready to accept delivery of the Goods or the provision of the Services.
4.5 If the Supplier fails to deliver the Goods, its liability shall be limited to the costs and expenses incurred by the Customer in obtaining replacement goods of similar description and quality in the cheapest market available less the price of the Goods. The Supplier shall have no liability for any failure to deliver the Goods to the extent that such failure is caused by a Force Majeure Event, the Customer’s failure to provide the Supplier with adequate delivery instructions for the Goods, or any relevant instruction related to the supply of the Goods or the Delivery Location is not ready to accept delivery of the Goods or the provision of the Services.
4.6 If the Customer fails to accept or take delivery of the Goods within three Business Days of the Supplier notifying the Customer that the Goods are ready, then except where such failure or delay is caused by a Force Majeure Event or by the Supplier’s failure to comply with its obligations under the Contract in respect of the Goods:
(a) delivery of the Goods shall be deemed to have been completed at 9.00 am on the third Business Day following the day on which the Supplier notified the Customer that the Goods were ready; and
(6) the Supplier shall store the Goods until delivery takes place, and charge the Customer for all related costs and expenses (including insurance).
4.7 If 10 Business Days after the Supplier notified the Customer that the Goods were ready for delivery the Customer has not accepted or taken delivery of them, the Supplier may resell or otherwise dispose of part or all of the Goods and, after deducting reasonable storage and selling costs, account to the Customer for any excess over the price of the Goods or charge the Customer for any shortfall below the price of the Goods.
4.8 The Supplier may deliver the Goods by instalments, which shall be invoiced and paid for separately. Each instalment shall constitute a separate contract. Any delay in delivery or defect in an instalment shall not entitle the Customer to cancel any other instalment.
QUALITY OF GOODS
5.1 The Supplier warrants that on delivery the Goods shall:
(a) conform in all material respects with their description and any applicable Goods Specification;
(b) be free from material defects in design, material and workmanship;
(c) be of satisfactory quality (within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979); and
(d) be fit for any purpose held out by the Supplier.
5.2 Subject to clause 5.3, if:
- the Customer gives notice in writing within a reasonable time of discovery that some or all of the Goods do not comply with the warranty set out in clause 5.1;
- the Supplier is given a reasonable opportunity of examining such Goods; and
- the Customer (if asked to do so by the Supplier) returns such Goods to the Supplier’s place of business at the Customer’s cost,
the Supplier shall, at its option, repair or replace the defective Goods or refund the price of the defective Goods in full.
5.3 The Supplier shall not be liable for the Goods’ failure to comply with the warranty in clause 5.1 if:
- the Customer makes any further use of such Goods after giving a notice in accordance with clause 2;
- the defect arises because the Customer failed to follow the Suppliers oral or written instructions as to the storage, installation, commissioning, use or maintenance of the Goods or (if there are none) good trade practice;
- the defect arises as a result of the Supplier following any drawing, design or Goods Specification supplied by the Customer
- the Customer alters or repairs such Goods without the written consent of the Supplier;
- the defect arises as a result of fair wear and tear, willful damage, negligence, or abnormal working conditions;
- the Goods differ from their description as a result of changes made to ensure they comply with applicable statutory or regulatory standards.
5.4 Except as provided in this clause 5, the Supplier shall have no liability to the Customer in respect of the Goods failure to comply with the warranty set out in clause 5.1.
5.5 The terms of these Conditions shall apply to any repaired or replacement Goods supplied by the Supplier under clause 5.2.
TITLE AND RISK
6.1 The risk in the Goods shall pass to the Customer on completion of delivery.
6.2 Title (both legal and beneficial) to the Goods shall not pass to the Customer until the Supplier has received payment in full (in cash or cleared funds) for
- the Goods; and
- any other goods that the Supplier has supplied to the Customer in respect of which payment has become due.
6.3 Until title to the Goods has passed to the Customer the Customer shall:
(a) hold the Goods on a fiduciary basis as the Supplier’s bailee;
(b) store the Goods separately from all other goods held by the Customer so that they remain readily identifiable as the Supplier’s property;
(c) not remove, deface or obscure any identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the Goods;
(d) maintain the Goods in satisfactory condition and keep them insured against all risks for their full price on the Supplier’s behalf from the date of delivery;
(e) notify the Supplier immediately if it becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 13.1(b) to clause 13.1(I); and
(f) give the Supplier such information relating to the Goods as the Supplier may require from time to time,
but the Customer may resell or use the Goods in the ordinary course of its business.
6.4 If before title to the Goods passes to the Customer the Customer becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 13.1(b) to clause 13.1(I) inclusive, or the Supplier reasonably believes that any such event is about to happen and notifies the Customer accordingly, then, provided the Goods have not been resold, or irrevocably incorporated into another product, and without limiting any other right or remedy the Supplier may have, the Suppler may at any time require the Customer to deliver up the Goods and, if the Customer fails to do so promptly, enter any premises of the Customer or of any third party where the Goods are stored in order to recover them.
SUPPLY OF SERVICES
7.1 The Supplier shall provide the Services to the Customer in accordance with the Service Specification in all material aspects.
7.2 The Supplier shall use all reasonable endeavours to meet any agreed performance dates for
the Services, but any such dates shall be estimates only and time shall not be of the essence for the performance of the Services.
7.3 The Supplier shall have the right to make any changes to the Services which are necessary to comply with any applicable law or safety requirement, or which do not materially affect the nature or quality of the Services, and the Supplier shall notify the Customer in any such event.
7.4 The Supplier warrants to the Customer that the Services will be provided using reasonable care and skill.
8.1 The Customer shall:
- ensure that the terms of the Order and (if submitted by the Customer) the Goods Specification are complete and accurate;
- co-operate with the Supplier in all matters relating to the Services;
- provide the Supplier, its employees, agents, consultants and subcontractors, with access to the Customer’s premises or any other premises where the Services are to be provided or the Goods delivered, office accommodation and other facilities as reasonably required by the Supplier to provide the Services;
- provide the Supplier with such information and materials as the Supplier may reasonably require to supply the Services, and ensure that such information is accurate in all material respects;
- prepare the Customer’s premises or any other premises where the Services are to be provided or the Goods delivered for the supply of the Services;
(f) obtain and maintain all necessary licenses, permissions and consents which may be required for the Services before the date on which the Services are to start; and
(g) keep and maintain all materials, equipment, documents and other property of the Supplier (Suppler Materials) at the Customer’s premises or any other premises where the Services are to be provided or the Goods delivered in safe custody at its own risk, maintain the Supplier Materials in good condition until returned to the Supplier, and not dispose of or use the Supplier Materials other than in accordance with the Supplier’s written instructions or authorisation.
8.2 If the Supplier’s performance of any of its obligations in respect of the Services is prevented or delayed by any act or omission by the Customer, its agents, subcontractors, consultants or employees or failure by the Customer, its agents, subcontractors, consultants or employees to perform any relevant obligation (Customer Default):
- the Supplier shall without limiting its other rights or remedies have the right to suspend performance of the Services until the Customer remedies the Customer Default, and to rely on the Customer Default to relieve it from the performance of any of its obligations to the extent the Customer Default prevents or delays the Supplier’s performance of any of its obligations;
- the Supplier shall not be liable for any costs or losses sustained or incurred by the Customer arising directly or indirectly from the Supplier’s failure or delay to perform any of its obligations as set out in this clause 8.2; and
(e) the Customer shall reimburse the Supplier on written demand for any costs or losses sustained or incurred by the Suppler arising directly or indirectly from the Customer Default.
CHARGES AND PAYMENT
9.1 The price for Goods and the Services shall be the price set out in the Order or, if no price is quoted, the price set out in the Supplier’s published price list as at the date of delivery.
9.2 The Supplier reserves the right to increase the price of the Goods, by giving notice to the Customer at any time before delivery, to reflect any increase in the cost of the Goods to the Supplier that is due to:
- any factor beyond the control of the Supplier (including foreign exchange fluctuations, increases in taxes and duties, and increases in labour, materials and other manufacturing costs);
- any request by the Customer to change the delivery date(s), quantities or types of Goods ordered, or the Goods Specification; or
(iii) any delay caused by any instructions of the Customer in respect of the Goods or failure of the Customer to give the Supplier adequate or accurate information or instructions in respect of the Goods. 9.3 In respect of Goods, the Supplier shall invoice the Customer on or at any time after completion of delivery. In respect of Services, the Supplier shall invoice the Customer on or at any time after completion of the Services.
9.4 The Customer shall pay each invoice submitted by the Supplier
- on the dates specified in the Order or, in default of such dates having been so specified, within 30 days of the date of the invoice; and
- in full and in cleared funds to a bank account nominated in writing by the Supplier, and time for payment shall be of the essence of the Contract.
9.5 All amounts payable by the Customer under the Contract are exclusive of amounts in respect of value added tax chargeable from time to time (VAT). Where any taxable supply for VAT purposes is made under the Contract by the Supplier to the Customer, the Customer shall, on receipt of a valid VAT invoice from the Supplier, pay to the Supplier such additional amounts in respect of VAT as are chargeable on the supply of the Services or Goods at the same time as payment is due for the supply of the Services or Goods.
9.6 Without limiting any other right or remedy of the Supplier, if the Customer fails to make any payment due to the Supplier under the Contract by the due date for payment (Due Date), the Supplier shall have the right to charge interest on the overdue amount at the rate of 4 per cent per annum above the then current Barclays Bank Plc’s base rate accruing on a daily basis from the Due Date until the date of actual payment of the overdue amount, whether before or after judgment, and compounding quarterly.
9.7 The Customer shall pay all amounts due under the Contract in full without any deduction or withholding except as required by law and the Customer shall not be entitled to assert any credit, set-off or counterclaim against the Supplier in order to justify withholding payment of any such amount in whole or in part. The Supplier may, without limiting its other rights or remedies, set off any amount owing to it by the Customer against any amount payable by the Supplier to the Customer.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
10.1 All Intellectual Property Rights in or arising out of or in connection with the Services shall be owned by the Supplier.
10.2 The Customer acknowledges that, in respect of any third party Intellectual Property Rights in the Services, the Customer’s use of any such Intellectual Property Rights is conditional on the Supplier obtaining a written license from the relevant licensor on such terms as will entitle the Supplier to license such rights to the Customer.
10.3 All Supplier Materials are the exclusive property of the Supplier.
A party (Receiving Party) shall keep in strict confidence all technical or commercial know-how, specifications, inventions, processes or initiatives which are of a confidential nature and have been disclosed to the Receiving Party by the other party (Disclosing Party), its employees, agents or subcontractors, and any other confidential information concerning the Disclosing Party’s business or its products or its services which the Receiving Party may obtain. The Receiving Party shall restrict disclosure of such confidential information to such of its employees, agents or subcontractors as need to know it for the purpose of discharging the Receiving Party’s obligations under the Contract, and shall ensure that such employees, agents or subcontractors are subject to obligations of confidentiality corresponding to those which bind the Receiving Party. This clause 11 shall survive termination of the Contract.
- LIMITATION OF LIABILITY (THE CUSTOMER’S ATTENTION IS PARTICULARLY DRAWN TO THIS CLAUSE)
12.1 Nothing in these Conditions shall limit or exclude the Supplier’s liability for
- death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or the negligence of its employees, agents or subcontractors;
- fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;
- breach of the terms implied by section 2 of the Supply of Gccds and Services Act 1982 (title and quiet possession);
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE SUPPLY OF GOODS AND/OR SERVICES The Customer’s attention is particularly drawn to the provisions of clause 12.
- breach of the terms implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (title and quiet possession);
- defective products under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
12.2 Subject to clause 12.1:
- the Suppler shall under no circumstances whatever be liable to the Customer, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any loss of profit, or any indirect or consequential loss arising under or in connection with the Contract ; and
- the Supplier’s total liability to the Customer in respect of all other losses arising under or in connection with the Contract, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, shall in no circumstances exceed the total price payable by the Customer for the Goods and Services as specified in the Order.
12.3 Except as set out in these Conditions, all warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract.
12.4 This clause 12 shall survive termination of the Contract.
13.1 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, each party may terminate the Contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the other party if;
- the other party commits a material breach of its obligations under this Contract and (if such breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within 10 days after receipt of notice in writing of the breach;
- 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 (being a company) is deemed