1. Definitions and Interpretation
1.1 In these terms and conditions the following words have the meanings given:-
"Business Day" -
"Intellectual Property Rights " -
"Licence Agreement" -
1.2 All other words and expressions are to be given their normal English meaning taken in the context of the Contract. Any dispute as to the meaning of a word is to be settled by reference to the Oxford English Dictionary.
1.3 Any reference to a clause shall mean a clause of these terms and conditions unless otherwise stated.
1.4 The use of headings in these terms and conditions shall be for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of these terms and conditions.
1.5 Reference to any statute or statutory provision or any other regulation includes any provision which subsequently supersedes it or re-
1.6 In the event of any inconsistency between these terms and conditions and the terms contained in the Customer Agreement the Customer Agreement shall prevail unless stated herein.
2. Contract Formation
2.1 All Orders submitted by the Customer to BIT and accepted by BIT shall be subject to these following terms and conditions which shall form part of and govern any Contract.
2.2 Acceptance by the Customer of any estimate or quotation for Products and/or Services issued by BIT shall be deemed to be acceptance of these terms and conditions.
2.3 Any terms and conditions appearing in any Order or other document whatsoever issued by the Customer shall be void and of no effect and these terms and conditions shall override any previous agreements relating to the provision of Products or Services between the parties.
2.4 No waiver of or amendment to these terms and conditions shall be effective unless made in writing and signed by BIT.
2.5 The Contract contains the entire agreement of the parties in relation to the supply of Products or Services by BIT to the Customer and the Customer irrevocably waives any right it might have to claim for damages and/or to rescind a Contract because of any
misrepresentation by BIT (unless such misrepresentation was made fraudulently) or any warranty not contained in the Contract.
3.1 All prices for Products or Services stated in any quote, estimate or acceptance of Order are those current at the time of the Customer's enquiry. The price payable by the Customer for Products or Services will be the price in force at the time of delivery of the Products or supply of Services to the Customer and BIT reserves the right to pass on to the Customer any increase in the price of Products or Services occurring after the time of any quotation, estimate or acceptance of an Order by BIT.
3.2 All prices for the Products are exclusive of Value Added Tax or other applicable sales tax whether in substitution or in addition which shall be paid by the Customer at the rate from time to time in force.
3.3 Unless otherwise agreed in writing by BIT, all prices for the Products are exclusive of BIT's charges for delivery, handling or Services which will be added to BIT's invoice for the Products.
4.1 BIT may at its discretion offer credit terms to the Customer subject to the status of the Customer and completion by the Customer of a credit application form supplied by BIT. Such credit terms shall be governed by separate terms agreed between BIT and the Customer.
4.2 Subject to any credit terms agreed, the Customer shall pay for Products or Services no later than 30 days following the date of BIT's invoice.
4.3 If Products are delivered in instalments BIT reserves the right to invoice each instalment as and when Delivery is made to the Customer in which case payment shall be due in accordance with clause 4.2 above notwithstanding non-
4.4 If any payments are overdue the Customer will be placed on credit hold and no further Products or Services will be delivered or made available to the Customer until all payments due to BIT under the Contract have been paid. Repeated failure by the Customer to comply with BIT's payment terms will result in permanent withdrawal of credit facilities.
4.5 If payment is not received by the relevant due date BIT may charge the Customer interest on any overdue amount (on a daily basis) from the due date of payment to the date of actual payment (both dates inclusive) at the rate of four (4) per cent above the Midland Bank Base Rate for the time being in force.
4.6 All payments made by the Customer to BIT shall be in sterling in immediately available funds free and clear of any right of set off or counter claim or any withholding or deduction whatsoever.
5.1 Title to and property in any Products will remain vested in BIT until payment in full of the purchase price (together with any interest and VAT thereon) and in cleared funds has been received by BIT in respect of:-
(i) those Products; and
(ii) all other amounts payable by the Customer to BIT (whether or not due for payment).
5.2 Title to and property in Products will remain with BIT notwithstanding that the relevant Products have been Delivered and/or incorporated in or affixed to other products including, for the avoidance of doubt, the storage of or incorporation of any Software in ROM, RAM or any other hardware, software or firmware or other media whatsoever.
5.3 Until such time as title to and property in any Products passes to the Customer, the Customer will store those Products on its premises in conditions that adequately protect them and separately from the Customer's own goods or those of any other person and clearly marked as BIT's property, and the Customer shall redeliver the Products to BIT on demand.
5.4 If the Customer fails to redeliver any Product on demand in accordance with clause 5.3,
BIT shall be entitled with or without notice, without incurring any liability to the Customer, to enter the Customer's premises for the purpose of taking possession of the Product, and to take such steps as are necessary to remove the Product including the right to dismantle any product into which the Product has been incorporated and the right to detach the Product from any other goods to which the Product has been attached.
5.5 The Customer shall fully indemnify BIT in respect of all BIT's costs (including legal costs) in connection with enforcing the provisions of clause 5.4.
5.6 Until such time as, in accordance with the above provisions, either the Customer shall have ceased to have the right to retain possession of any Product or shall have acquired title to and property in the Product the Customer is hereby authorised by BIT to sell the same and to pass good title to its customers if they purchase the Product in good faith without notice of BIT's rights. This right shall automatically cease on the occurrence of any of the events set out in clause 17 and/or if any sum owed to BIT is not paid when due.
5.7 Where a Product is sold or otherwise disposed of to a third party before title to and property in it has passed to the Customer, the sale will constitute a sale by the Customer of BIT's property, and the Customer shall hold on trust for BIT such sum as represents, or is equivalent to, the price at which the Product concerned was invoiced by BIT to the Customer. Such proceeds shall be paid by the Customer into a separate bank account opened for the purpose and approved by BIT and shall ensure that in no circumstances are the proceeds mingled with other money or paid into any overdrawn bank account that are at all times identified as BIT's money.
5.8 If the Customer has not received the proceeds of any such sale or disposition, it will, if required by BIT, assign to BIT forthwith all rights against the person, firm or company by whom the proceeds are owed.
6. Performance of the Contract
6.1 Any dates quoted or mentioned by BIT for Delivery of the Products or the provision of the Services whether verbally or otherwise are estimates only and whilst BIT will use all reasonable endeavours to meet such dates it cannot guarantee to do so. Time will not be of the essence in the Delivery of the Products or the performance of the Services. BIT shall have no liability to the Customer if it fails to meet any requested, quoted, estimated or agreed date for Delivery of Products or the provision of the Services. BIT will be entitled to a reasonable extension of time in which to effect Delivery of the Products or perform the Services.
6.2 BIT shall be entitled to make a partial Delivery of the Products or Delivery by instalments.
6.3 Notwithstanding clause 5 above, the risk in any Product shall pass to the Customer on Delivery.
6.4 All illustrations or specifications contained in any catalogues or publicity material produced by BIT are approximate only and are only intended to convey a general idea of the Products or Services and any typographical, clerical or other error or omission in any literature/document or information issued by BIT will be correctable without notice or any liability to the Customer.
7.1 Where Products are delivered to the Customer, the Customer must inspect the Products immediately upon their arrival to check whether:-
(a) the Products have been damaged in transit; and
(b) the Products are those, and in the quantity, specified in the Order.
7.2 Any discrepancy between the Products delivered and those specified in the Order and/or any damage to the Products in transit must be notified to BIT in writing within two Business Days of receipt by the Customer of the Products.
7.3 In the case of non-
7.4 No claim for damage in transit, non-
7.5 If the Customer requests BIT to provide duplicate copies of any signed delivery notes, a charge of £12.00 (Twelve Pounds) per copy shall be made by BIT and invoiced accordingly.
8.1 The Customer will be deemed to have accepted Products or Services as being in accordance with the Contract unless the Customer notifies BIT in writing of any defect in materials or workmanship or failure to comply with specifications or other data supplied by you or any other failure of the Products or Services which would be apparent on reasonable inspection of the Products within five Business Days from the date of delivery of the Products or completion of the Services (whichever is later).
8.2 In the event of a valid claim by the Customer under Clause 8.1, BIT shall upon return of the defective Product at its option replace the relevant Product or arrange for repair of the Product within a reasonable time at no cost to the Customer but otherwise shall have no liability for such non-
9. Customer Obligations
9.1 The Customer shall be entirely responsible for:-
(a) providing a suitable environment for the installation of the Products; and
(b) unless otherwise agreed by BIT, the installation of the Products.
(c) using the Products in accordance with the manufacture's instructions and recommendations (including those contained in any Licence Agreement).
(d) carrying out cleaning operations as recommended by the Product manufacturer or BIT.
9.2 The Customer shall provide such access to its premises, personnel and facilities as BIT shall reasonably require in order to provide the Services.
9.3 The Customer will provide BIT with such information as it may reasonably need concerning the Customer's operations and answers to queries, decisions and approvals which may be reasonably necessary for BIT to undertake any Services. The Customer is responsible for ensuring that such information and answers are accurate and complete. BIT will, to the extent reasonably practicable, give the Customer reasonable prior notice of any information or answers it requires in accordance with this clause 9 and will notify the Customer promptly in writing if it considers the Customer to have failed to provide information or answers in accordance with this clause 9 or if it has reason to suspect that any information is inaccurate or incomplete.
9.4 In the event the Services includes installation the Customer will provide, free of charge, the following facilities to authorised personnel of BIT and its Sub-
reasonable prior notice from BIT (such authorisation not to be reasonably withheld or delayed):
9.4.1 access to and use of the Customer equipment and unloading equipment, access to the Customer's employees, the products and the site;
9.4.2 all electric power, lighting, heating and air conditioning reasonably needed by the BIT to perform the Services
9.4.3 office space suitable for this purpose and the provision of normal office services
including first aid, photocopying, telephone and facsimile facilities (but excluding any secretarial support, typing and photocopying facilities needs to produce any documentation for which the BIT is responsible), and such facilities may be used only for the purposes of providing the Services
9.4.4 competent operators for the Products and any relevant Customer equipment.
9.4.5 The Customer shall also be responsible for ensuring that the Customer's existing hardware and software is properly installed and is sufficient and suitable for its purpose and that any adjustments which may be required are carried out expeditiously. BIT will be responsible for connecting the Products to Customer's existing hardware with the cooperation of the Customer.
10.1 Except as provided herein, the Customer shall not be entitled to return any Product or cancel any Orders which BIT has accepted without BIT's prior written agreement and any such cancellation or return shall be subject to:-
(a) the Customer indemnifying BIT in full for any costs, charge, expenses, damages or loss (including loss of profit) incurred or suffered by BIT in respect of such return or cancellation; and
(b) the Product returned being accompanied by a reference to a returns not number issued by BIT and being in stock condition, complete with all packing and appropriately boxed.
10.2 The Customer shall be responsible for the cost of carriage and insurance in respect of all Products returned to BIT, which Products shall also be at the Customer's risk until actual receipt by BIT.
11. Product Modifications
11.1 BIT may modify the specification of any Product to be supplied by BIT and/or substitute substantially conforming components provided the modifications and/or substitutions do not adversely affect the performance of the Product. BIT will wherever practicable advise the Customer of all such modifications or substitutions in advance of delivering the Product to the Customer.
12.1 BIT, to the extent that it is permitted to do so, hereby assigns the benefit of any guarantee or warranty covering any defects in Products received by BIT under an agreement with the manufacturer or supplier of the relevant Product.
12.2 The warranty service (if any) will be that provided by the manufacturer or supplier (as the case may be) and any validation procedures relating to that warranty service are the responsibility of the Customer.
12.3 BIT may in its discretion offer support or maintenance services with respect to Products and such services shall be governed by separate terms agree between BIT and the Customer.
12.4 The warranty of the manufacturer or supplier is in lieu of all other terms or conditions whether express or implied concerning the quality or fitness for purpose of Products and all such other terms and conditions are hereby excluded.
12.5 BIT warrants that the Services will be carried out with reasonable care and skill and by suitably trained and qualified persons.
13. Year 2000
13.1 BIT undertake that it will use all reasonable endeavours to obtain from the original manufacturer of the Products a warranty that the Products are Year 2000 Compliant, and to the extent that it is able, BIT will transfer to the Customer the benefits of any such warranty.
For the purposes of this clause, "Year 2000 Compliant" means that neither the performance nor the functionality of the Products shall in any way be affected by any date whether before, at or after 1st January 2000, that the Products will be capable of correctly processing all dates and that Year 2000 will be recognised as a leap year.
13.2 BIT will in no circumstances be liable to the Customer for any losses, claims or damages whatever nature that the Customer may suffer as a result of the Products not being Year 2000 Compliant.
13.3 All other express or implied warranties or conditions relating to quality or fitness for purpose (whether implied by statute or otherwise) are hereby excluded in so far as they might apply in the event of the Products not being Year 2000 Compliant.
14.1 BIT will accept liability without limitation for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of BIT (and for any fraudulent misrepresentation).
14.2 The maximum liability of BIT whether in contract, tort or otherwise for any direct physical damage to tangible property of the Customer caused by a Default by BIT shall be limited to the lesser of £500,000 per incident or series of incidents or an amount equal to the sums paid by the Customer under the Contract during the preceding 12 months.
14.3 The maximum liability of BIT to the Customer whether in contract, tort or otherwise for a direct loss or damage (other than to tangible property) suffered by the Customer as a result of
any Default of BIT shall be limited to the lesser of £100,000 or an amount equal to the sums paid by the Customer under the Contract during the preceding 12 months.
14.4 BIT shall not be liable to the Customer whether in contract, tort or otherwise and even if foreseeable by or on the contemplation of BIT for:-
(a) any loss of profits, business, revenue, goodwill, data or anticipated savings, whether sustained by the Customer or any other person; or
(b) any special, indirect, or consequential loss whether sustained by the Customer or any other person.
14.5 The Customer acknowledges that the level of Charges has been calculated on the basis that BIT's liability will be limited in accordance with this clause. The Customer may by written notice request BIT to agree a higher limit of liability provided insurance cover can be obtained therefor and the Customer will pay any additional premiums incurred by BIT as a result.
15. Intellectual Property Rights
15.1 All Intellectual Property Rights in or in relation to the Products (including any manuals and operating documentation relating thereto) or in any materials (including Software) created by BIT during the course of providing the Services shall vest in BIT or its suppliers as the case may be and the Customer shall have no title to or interest in any such Intellectual Property Rights except to the extent specifically agreed by BIT.
15.2 The Customer shall notify BIT immediately if it becomes aware of any illegal or unauthorised use of any of the Products or any of the Intellectual Property Rights in the Products and will assist BIT and/or its suppliers in taking steps necessary to defend the owners' rights.
15.3 The Customer undertakes to execute and comply with the terms of any Licence Agreement relating to the use of any Software.
15.4 Where no Licence Agreement is used, the Customer is hereby granted a nonassignable, non-
15.5 Unless specifically authorised under a Licence Agreement, the Customer undertakes that it shall not (and that it shall not employ nor permit any third party) attempt to copy, adapt, amend, disassemble, de-
15.6 The Customer further acknowledges that Software and all accompanying operating documentation and manuals are confidential and subject to the terms of clause 16.
16.1 Each party shall treat as confidential all information obtained from the other which is specifically designated as confidential or propriety and shall not divulge such information to any person (except to such party's own employees and the only to those employees who need to know the same) without the other party's prior written consent.
16.2 This clause shall not extend to any information which was rightfully in the possession of a party prior to the commencement of the negotiations leading to a Contract, which is already public knowledge or becomes so at a future date (otherwise than as a result of a breach of the clause) or which is trivial or obvious.
16.3 Each party shall ensure that its employees are aware of and comply with the provisions of this clause.
17.1 Without prejudice to any other rights or remedies BIT might have against the Customer BIT may terminate a Contract or suspend the performance of its obligations under a Contract forthwith by notice in writing to the Customer if:-
(a) the Customer defaults in making payment for any of the Products or Services supplied by BIT within seven days of its due date;
(b) any steps are taken or negotiations commenced by the Customer or any of its creditors with a view to a kind of voluntary arrangement, compromise, or other arrangement between the Customer and its creditors; or
(c) the Customer is deemed unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986 be unable to pay his debts or any steps are taken to wind up the Customer, or an administrator, administrative receiver or receiver is appointed over the Customer's business or any part of its assets.
17.2 Upon termination of a Contract under clause 17.1, BIT have the right, without prejudice to any other right or remedy available, to enter the Customer's premises and repossess the Product or any of them and shall have the right to dismantle any machinery, product, item or equipment into which the Product or any of them have been incorporated and the Customer shall be responsible for all BIT's costs and expenses in connection with so doing.
17.3 Upon termination of a Contract under clause 17.1, the Licence granted to the Customer under clause 15.4 shall terminate forthwith and BIT shall at its options have the right without notice to enter on the Customer's premises to remove any Software and all copies of the Software, or to request the Customer to return all copies of the Software, or to insist that the Customer destroys all copies of Software and certifies in writing that they have been destroyed.
17.4 Those clauses capable of surviving termination shall do so.
18.1 BIT reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions upon notice in writing to the Customer. Any such modification will apply on the effective date specified in the said notice to all Orders which are accepted by BIT on or after the date of notice. The Customer shall have thirty days from the date of notice within which to cancel any Order sent to BIT prior to the date of notice and not accepted by BIT at that date.
19.1 The Customer shall not assign or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations under a Contract whether in whole or in part without the prior written consent of BIT.
21.1 The Customer acknowledges that BIT has incurred significant costs in recruitment and training its employees to enable them to provide the Services. Accordingly the Customer agrees that it will not, and it will ensure that no other company within its Group will not, solicit or approach in any way, any of BIT's employees who are involved in the provision of the
Services with a view to offering the employment or to solicit services from them on their own account (whether for the Customer or another party) during the period of the Contract and for a period of six (6) months after the termination or expiration of the Contract.
21.2 The Customer acknowledges that damages will not be an adequate remedy for BIT if the Customer breaches clause 21.1 and that BIT will be entitled to seek injunctive relief and any other equitable remedies with respect to such breach.
21.3 If any employee of BIT leaves the employment of the BIT as a result of a breach by the customer of clause 17.1 and commences employment with, or provided services to, the Customer or other member of the Customer's Group it shall pay BIT 50% of the higher of:-
(a) the annual salary (including any benefits-
(b) the annual salary of the employee at the time they commence employment by the Customer or other member of the Customer's Group and the Customer acknowledges that any such payment is by way of liquidated damages and is reasonable and genuine pre-
22.1 If any provisions, or portions thereof, of a Contract are held to be invalid and unenforceable under any applicable statute or rule of law, they are to that extent to be deemed omitted and the validity and/or enforceability of the remaining provisions of the Contract shall not be impaired or affected by that omission.
23. Force Majeure
23.1 Neither party shall be liable for any delay of failure in performing any of its obligations under a Contract (except payment by the Customer of any sums due under a Contract) if such delay or failure is caused by circumstances beyond that party's reasonable control.
24.1 All notices are required to be given hereunder shall be in writing and shall be sent to the registered address of the party in question.
25. Export Control
25.1 The Customer acknowledges that certain Products may be subject to export controls imposed by United Kingdom or other Governments and undertakes to apply for and obtain any necessary licenses or other consents that may be necessary to export or take any product (or any part thereof) out of the United Kingdom.
26.1 All Contracts shall be governed by, and constructed in accordance with, English law and the parties submit to the non-