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Canongate Communications Limited (Trading as Business Scotland)  
LEGAL & PRIVACY: Effective 01 April 2021 

  1. TERMS & CONDITIONS 
  2. PRIVACY 
  3. COOKIES 

TERMS & CONDITIONS 

This web site is owned and operated by Business Scotland  and is made available to you under our terms and conditions and privacy policy. By using the site, you accept these terms and conditions. We reserve the right to change these terms and conditions at any time. It shall be your responsibility to check these pages regularly to ensure that you agree to any amendments.  

  • The design, databases, intellectual rights, images and all content of the site are the property of Business Scotland.  
  • You may use, print and download information from the site for these purposes only.  
  • You may not copy, display, transmit or distribute any material from the site without prior consent.  
  • No part of the site can be reproduced on, transmitted to or stored on any other web site or other form of electronic retrieval system.  
  • Please respect this by not using the site for unlawful purposes, posting defamatory or obscene content or promoting your own products or services. We will suspend your access to the site if you do.  

Warranties 

We do not warrant that the Site will continue to be available to you in either its current format or from its current domain name, or any software available will be free from viruses or defects, material contained will be true, accurate or complete in all respects, except always to the extent otherwise set out in the Terms and Conditions and to any warranties which would be implied by law (including without limitation, warranties as to satisfactory quality and fitness for a particular purpose). We do not warrant that this website, the server that supplies it or any other of our systems will be uninterrupted or free of errors, viruses or bugs and we shall not be liable if this site is inaccessible at any time. Access may be suspended temporarily without notice for technical reasons or for reasons over which we have no control  

Liability 

We shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage (including without prejudice to the foregoing generality, any lost business opportunities, loss of profit or goodwill) arising from or in any way connected with the site, or your inability to use the site.  

Downloadable Material  

All our downloadable material is checked for viruses before being uploaded onto the site, however we recommend that, as an extra precaution you run your own virus check on each document you download before saving it to your disk or hard drive.  

You undertake:  

  • Not to use the Material for any unlawful purpose. 
  • You shall not make any use of the site so that the site is interrupted, damaged, rendered less efficient, or the functionality of the site is in any way impaired; in particular that you shall not run any automated scripts on any part of the site without our express authorisation.  
  • Not to use the site for the transmission or posting of any computer viruses or any material which is defamatory, offensive or of an obscene or menacing character, or in such a way as to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.  
  • Not to use the site in a manner which constitutes a violation or infringement of any person, firm or company (including but not limited to rights of copyright or confidentiality).  
  • You will not use the site to transmit any material for the purposes of publicity, promotion and/or advertising without our prior written consent.  
  • That in the event that you may have any right, claim or action against any other user arising out of the use of the site you shall pursue such right, claim or action independently of, and without recourse to.  
  • You will indemnify and defend us against all claims, liability, damages, costs and expenses, including legal fees, arising out of a breach of these Terms and Conditions or any use of the Material or the Site.  

Our Rights  

The design, images and content of the site are our property or our licensors’ property. We provide Material on the site solely for your personal use and the reproduction of the whole or any part of the site, except for any temporary copies made necessarily in downloading the site, for purposes other than private and personal use, is prohibited, as is distributing, displaying or copying the site, unless it is for the personal use of a third party.  

No part of the site can be reproduced on, transmitted to or stored on any other web site or other form of electronic retrieval system, nor may any part of the site be accessed in such manner as to make it appear part of any third parties web site without our prior written consent.  

Links to other Sites 

Any web sites to which you link through the Site are independent of the site and we have no control over them and accept no liability in respect of your use or inability to use them or any of the content of such web sites.  

Content 

We accept no liability with respect to any of the products, information, material or services offered or provided by other organisations listed on, or linked to, this site, nor do we endorse any of those organisations or any of their products or services.  

  • Should you decide to contract with any of these organisations, the contract will be directly between you and the relevant organisation.  
  • We will have no contractual involvement and will not be liable in contract or otherwise for any products, information, materials or services provided to you by any of these organisations.  
  • Please note that, although these organisations have attempted to ensure that any information or prices provided through the Site are as accurate as possible, they are not legally binding in any way.  
  • We make no representations and give no warranties with regard to the quality, suitability, reliability, compatibility, accuracy, non-infringement or completeness of the contents of this website, and any implied warranties are excluded to the extent permitted by law.  

Data protection  

We will use your personal details to administer this site.  

  • From time to time, we may send direct marketing or promotional material information from us or selected third parties.  
  • You can indicate you do not wish to receive such material by contacting us at news@businessscotland.com  

Jurisdiction  

These Terms shall be governed by the laws of Scotland and any disputes will be submitted to and resolved by the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.  

Privacy  

All personal information supplied by users of this site is governed by our privacy policy. We make every effort to comply with the 1998 Data Protection Act and understand the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of your personal information.  

We take reasonable precautions to keep your personal information secure and protect against unauthorised access using the latest security software however, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose, and you do so at your own risk.  

Contact and other details you supply are stored by us and used to provide you with the information you have requested.  

Should you have any questions about this privacy policy please e-mail us at news@businessscotland.com  


2 – PRIVACY POLICY  

Canongate Communications Limited; publishers of businessscotland.com, and organisers of Business Scotland Events, is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.  

This Privacy Policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us.  

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.  

  • We will only use your personal data in the manner set out in this Privacy Policy.  
  • We will only use your personal data in a way that is fair to you.  
  • We will only collect personal data where it is necessary for us to do so and where it is relevant to our dealings with you.  
  • We will only keep your personal data for as long as it is relevant to the purpose for which it was given consent to collect, or for as long as we are required to keep it by law.  

Your personal information 

Whilst using our website, software applications or services, you may be required to provide personal information (name, address, email, account details, etc.). We will use this information to administer our website, applications, client databases and marketing material.  

  • We will ensure that all personal information supplied is held securely in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679, as adopted into law of the United Kingdom in the Data Protection Act 2018.  
  • Further, by providing telephone, and email details, you consent to Canongate Communications Limited (Business Scotland) contacting you using that method.  
  • You have the right at any time to request a copy of the personal information we hold on you. Should you wish to receive a copy of this, or would like to be removed from our database, please contact us at privacy@canongate.org  
  • This includes information provided at the time of booking Services or requesting further services.  
  • You should keep your information up-to-date and let us know if any of that information changes by emailing us at privacy@canongate.org .  
  • By submitting your or anyone else’s data to us or the Website, you must ensure that you have full authority and consent to supply us with that data on their behalf and you warrant to us that you have that authority.  

Where we store your personal data 

All information you provide to us is stored on our files held on the Cloud and administered by Microsoft.  

  • Our newsletter is processed by HubSpot, by subscribing to the newsletter you understand your information will be processed in accordance to their privacy policy.  
  • We have put in place suitable physical passwording, security and electronic procedures to ensure your data both in hard and soft format is kept safe.  
  • We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards in connection with the collection, storage and disclosure of your information.  
  • Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to the Website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.  

Uses made of your information 

We use information held about you in the following ways:  

  • To send you our Business Scotland newsletter so you can keep up to date with the most recent industry events, news and developments  
  • To send you information about past, current and future planned Supplements and Magazines that will be distributed in the Times  
  • To send you copies of Supplements and Magazines in PDF format and links to e-books of the same  
  • To provide you with billing information in relation to any events or publications you have booked and need invoiced for  
  • To manage the Website, detect fraud or Website abuses, send you information relevant to the Website and in case we have any queries.  
  • To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.  
  • To notify you about changes to the services you have used in the past  
  • To provide you with information about any new products, services or events we are launching that we feel may be of interest to you.  

Other websites 

The Website may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of those websites, please note that those websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for those policies. Please check those policies before you submit any personal data to those websites.  

Access to information 

The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.  

Consent 

When you sign up for updates you consent to our use of your data and of anyone you represent in the manner set out in this Privacy Policy (as amended from time to time, as described below) and you are responsible for ensuring that you have authority to consent on behalf of anyone about whom you submit data to us.  

Please note that you can revoke any consent you have given us under this policy at any time by contacting us at privacy@canongate.org and referencing this Privacy and Cookies Policy in the email subject line, using the body of the email to say what consent you are revoking.  

Changes to our Privacy Policy 

Any changes we may make to this Privacy Policy in the future will be posted on the Website and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. Each time you enter the Website, you agree that the Privacy and Cookies Policy current at that time shall apply to all information held by you.  

Questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy and Cookies Policy are welcomed and should be addressed to news@businessscotland.com .This Privacy and Cookies Policy was most recently updated on 10th May 2018 If you have any questions regarding how we store your personal data please get in touch. If you feel that we are not handing your personal data correctly you can get in touch with the Information Commissioners Office.  


3 – COOKIES 

This cookie notice is for visitors to our website, and other digital platforms. It sets out how we use cookies. In this notice ‘we’ and ‘our’ means Business Scotland and Canongate Communications which operate this platform.  

For almost any modern website to work properly, it needs to collect certain basic information on its users. To do this, a site will create files known as cookies – which are small text files – on its users’ computers, tablets or mobile devices. These cookies are designed to allow the website to recognise its users on subsequent visits, or to authorise other designated websites to recognise these users for a particular purpose.  

Cookies do a lot of different jobs which make your experience of the Internet much smoother and more interactive. For instance, they are used to remember your preferences on sites you visit often, to remember your user ID and the contents of your shopping baskets, and to help you navigate between pages more efficiently. They also help ensure that the advertisements that you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.  

Information collected by cookies is now classed as personal data.  

How do we use cookies?  

We collect a number of cookies from our users for various reasons, not least to track our own performance – but also to let us serve you content tailored to your own specifications, hopefully improving your overall experience of the website. Amongst other things, the cookies we use allow users to register to make comments, allow us to calculate how many visitors we have and how long they stay on our site.  

We do our utmost to respect users’ privacy. We use cookies to monitor and improve our services, but they do also allow us to sell advertising campaigns that are tailored to your interests and reading behaviour on our website, which helps keeps our content free to our readers. We sometimes include links on our site to goods and services offered by third parties and we may be paid some commission if you subsequently decide to make a purchase. Cookies may be used to track your visits to third party sites to help ensure that we are paid the correct amounts. Please note that these commercial arrangements do not influence our editorial content in any way.  

We believe that your experience of the site would be adversely affected if you opted out of the cookies we use.  

How do I manage my cookies?  

You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete all cookies, and many websites will not work properly or you will lose some functionality. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using our website for these reasons.  

Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. Generally, you have the option to see what cookies you’ve got and delete them individually, block third party cookies or cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. Visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser to change settings and check the following links for more browser-specific information.  

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer  
Cookie settings in Firefox  
Cookie settings in Chrome  

Cookie settings in Safari for macs and iOS  

It is possible to opt out of having your anonymised browsing activity within websites recorded by performance cookies.  

Please note that if you want to opt out from receiving targeted advertising, this does not mean that you will receive less advertising when you use our website. This just means that the advertising you see will not be as customised to you.  

If you would like to change your data preferences on this website, please visit our consent management platform.  

You can also change your consents to the use of cookies at any time by clicking on our http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices. This will give you a list of all cookies that are currently set on your device and how to opt out of each of them. Please note that this list will contain more networks than just found on businessscotland.com