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Terms and Conditions


These Conditions of Sale (“Conditions”) apply

between the Seller and the Buyer (both as

defined in the Standard Terms (referred to in

paragraph 1 below). Other defined terms used in

these Conditions shall have the meanings given

to them in the Standard Terms.

1. Introduction

These Conditions shall be read together with any

special terms and conditions agreed by us in

writing, and the Standard Conditions of Contract

2004 (the “Standard Terms”), each of which are

incorporated and which shall together form one

and the same legally-binding contract between

you and us, for the provision of Services and

related Goods. The Buyer is deemed to have

accepted these Conditions, whether or not it has

signed a formal written contract with us.

2. Additional Terms

2.1 Any date(s) (including those for

delivery) indicated by the Seller is not of

the essence, being an indication of

expectation only, and any failure by the

Seller to meet any such expected date(s)

shall not entitle the Buyer to treat the

contract as repudiated or otherwise

confer any right to terminate it or any

related contract or arrangement with

the Seller.

2.2 The Buyer warrants that it has not been

induced to enter in to a contract as a

result of any representation, statement

or assurance made on or before the

date of the contract and no such

representation, statement or assurance

shall be deemed to be incorporated in

to a contract; the Buyer accepts that any

description of the Services or Goods

contained in the Seller’s advertising or

marketing materials are only issued for

the sole purpose of giving an

approximate indication of them and

shall not have contractual force.

2.3 The Seller’s maximum liability to the

Buyer in contract, tort or otherwise

arising from or in connection with any

contract shall be limited to the greater

of the price due to the Seller under that

contract and the amount actually paid

by the Buyer in respect of such sums


2.4 All warranties, conditions or other

terms implied by statute or common law

are excluded to the fullest extent

permitted by applicable law; nothing in

these Conditions or under any contract

shall limit or exclude the Seller’s liability

for death or personal injury caused by

its negligence.

2.5 Notwithstanding any other provision of

these Conditions, the Seller shall not be

liable to the Buyer by reason of any

representation (unless fraudulent), or

any implied warranty, condition or

other term, or any duty at common law,

or under the express terms of these

Conditions, for any indirect, special or

consequential loss or damage (whether

for loss of profit or otherwise, to include

those brought by third parties), the

Seller’s liability being limited to direct

loss(es) only, nor any costs, expenses or

other claims for compensation

whatsoever (whether caused by

negligence of the Seller, its employees

or agents or otherwise) and which arise

out of or in connection with the subject

matter of the contract.

2.6 The Seller shall not be liable to the Buyer

or be in breach of these Conditions by

reason of any delay in performing or any

failure to perform, any of the Seller’s

obligations in relation to the Services or

any Goods, if the delay or failure was

due to any cause beyond the Seller’s

reasonable control; this shall be

deemed always to include any failure or

delay caused by any third party or



The following Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between the parties and supersede any previous agreements, warranties, representations, undertakings or understandings between the parties and may not be varied except in writing.

1. Definitions

a. "Seller" means the party providing the goods or services under these terms and conditions.

b. "Buyer" means the party contracting with the Seller to acquire the good and services supplied under these terms and


c. "Work" means all goods (by way of intermediate or finished product) and services supplied by the Seller to the Buyer.

d. “Intermediates” means all products produced during the manufacturing process including non-exhaustively discs, film,

plate, intellectual property.

e. "Preliminary Work" means all work done in the concept and preparatory stages (including non-exhaustively design,

artwork, colour matching).

f. "Electronic File" means any text, illustration or other matter supplied or produced by either Party in digitised form on

disc, through a modem, or by ISDN or any other communication link.

g. "Periodical Publications" means publications produced at (normally regular) intervals.

h. "Insolvency" means the Buyer is in a position where it is unable to pay its debts or has a winding up petition issued

against it or has a receiver, administrator or administrative receiver appointed to it or being a person commits an act

of bankruptcy or has a bankruptcy petition issued against him.

2. Payment

a. Estimates are based on the Seller's current costs of production and, unless otherwise agreed in writing, are subject to

amendment to meet any rise or fall in such costs that have taken place by the time of delivery.

b. Estimates are given exclusive of tax and the Seller reserves the right to charge and the Buyer will pay any VAT or

other tax payable.

c. All work carried out shall be charged. This includes all Preliminary Work whether or not the Buyer agrees to that work

being taken forward to production.

d. Any additional work required of the Seller by reason of the Buyer supplying inadequate copy, incomplete or incorrect

instructions or insufficient materials; or late delivery of the same shall be charged.

e. Payment shall become due before delivery of the Work. The Seller, at his absolute discretion, may ask for part or full

payment in advance of starting the Work.

f. If Credit Facilities have been granted, payment is due by the end of the month following the month of Invoice. If any

item(s) remain unpaid by that due date charges will apply, in accordance with s5A and/or s6 of the Late Payment

Commercial Debt (Interest) Act 1998 or any subsequent enactment. In addition, all invoices will become due and

payable immediately and will be treated as overdue items, with appropriate charges applied and all costs reasonably

incurred in collecting the debt payable by the Buyer.

g. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, the price of the Work will be "ex-works" and delivery shall be charged extra.

h. Should the Work be suspended or delayed by the Buyer for any reason the Seller shall be entitled to charge for

storage and for loss of or wastage of resources that cannot otherwise be used.

i. Should the suspension or delay in 2(h) above extend beyond 30 days the Seller shall be entitled to immediate

payment for work already carried out, materials specially ordered and any other additional costs.

3. Credit Facilities

Credit facilities may be granted to applicants who complete the Seller’s Credit Account Application Form and who

satisfy the Seller’s criteria as set out from time to time. Where facilities are granted the Seller reserves the right

to withdraw them at any time, without having to give their reasons and, in such a case, all outstanding invoices

become due and payable immediately.

4. Delivery

a. Delivery of the Work shall be accepted when tendered.

b. Unless otherwise agreed in writing completion and delivery times are a guide only and, whilst the Seller will make

every effort to adhere to proposed timescales, time is not of the essence in any contract with the Buyer.

c. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, (in which case an extra charge may be made) delivery will be to kerbside at the

Buyer's address and the Buyer will make arrangements for off-loading and for any additional transportation to its

storage facility.

d. Subject to any agreement as per 4(c) above, delivery involving difficult access and/or unreasonable distance from

vehicular access shall entitle the Seller to make an extra charge to reflect its extra costs.

e. Should expedited delivery be agreed the Seller shall be entitled to make an extra charge to cover any overtime or any

other additional costs.

5. Materials supplied or specified by the Buyer

5.1 Electronic Files

a. It is the Buyer's responsibility to maintain a copy of any original Electronic File provided by the Buyer.

b. The Seller shall not be responsible for checking the accuracy of supplied input from an electronic file unless otherwise

agreed in writing.

c. Without prejudice to clause 5.2(b), if an electronic file is not suitable for outputting on equipment normally adequate for

such purposes without adjustment or other corrective action the Seller may make a charge for any resulting additional

cost incurred or may reject the file without prejudice to his rights to payment for work done/material purchased.

5.2 Other Materials

a. Metal, film and other materials owned by the Buyer and supplied to the Seller for the production of type, plates, filmsetting,

negatives, positives, electronic files and the like shall remain the Buyer's exclusive property. However where

the content is generated by the Seller, the Seller may, in order to protect his intellectual property rights and at his

absolute discretion, replace such material with unused material of a similar or better quality.

b. The Seller may reject any film, discs, paper, plates, electronic files or other materials supplied or specified by the

Buyer which appear to him to be unsuitable for the purpose intended. Additional cost incurred if materials are found to

be unsuitable during production may be charged except that if the whole or any part of such additional cost could have

been avoided but for unreasonable delay by the Seller in ascertaining the unsuitability of the materials then that

amount shall not be charged to the Buyer.

c. Without prejudice to clause 5.2.b, where materials are so supplied or specified, and the Seller so advises the

Buyer, and the Buyer instructs the Seller in writing to proceed anyway, the Seller will use reasonable

endeavours to secure the best results, but shall have no liability for the quality of the end-product(s).

d. Quantities of materials supplied shall be adequate to cover normal spoilage. Any costs incurred as a result of

shortages, including re-starting jobs, duplicating masters etc will be charged in addition to the estimated price.

5.3 Risk and storage

a. Buyer's property and all property supplied to the Seller by or on behalf of the Buyer shall while it is in the possession of

the Seller or in transit to or from the Buyer be deemed to be at Buyer's risk unless otherwise agreed in writing and the

Buyer should insure accordingly.

b. The Seller shall be entitled to make a reasonable charge for the storage of any Buyer's property left with the Seller

before receipt of the order or after notification to the Buyer of completion of the work.

5.4 Finished Goods

a. The risk in the Work and all goods delivered in connection with the Work shall pass to the Buyer on delivery and the

Buyer should insure accordingly.

b. On completion of the Work, the Seller will store the Buyer’s materials and Work for a maximum of one month, after

which time they will be destroyed without further notice.

6. Materials and equipment supplied by the Seller

a. Metal, film and other materials owned by the Seller and used in the production of intermediates, type, plates, filmsetting,

negatives, positives, electronic files and other production processes, together with items thereby produced,

shall remain the Seller's exclusive property.

b. Type shall be distributed and film and plates, tapes, discs, electronic files or other work destroyed immediately after

the order is executed unless written arrangements are made to the contrary. In the latter event, storage shall be


c. The Seller shall not be obliged to download any digital data from his equipment or supply the same to the Buyer on

disc, tape or by any communication link.

7. Retention of Title

a. The Work remains the Seller's property until the Buyer has paid for it and discharged all other debts owing to the


b. If the Buyer becomes subject to Insolvency and the Work has not been paid for in full the Seller may take the goods

back and, if necessary, enter the Buyer's premises to do so, or to inspect and/or label the goods so as to identify them


c. If the Buyer shall sell the goods before they have been paid for in full he shall hold the proceeds of sale on trust for the

Seller in a separate account until any sum owing to the Seller has been discharged from such proceeds.

d. Where the Buyer is in breach of these Terms or performs any act of Bankruptcy or Insolvency the Seller reserves the

right to approach the Buyer's customer and to offer the Work directly to them, notwithstanding the fact that this will

involve advising the Buyer’s customer that the Buyer is in breach or in default.

8. Proofs and variations

a. The Seller shall incur no liability for any errors not corrected by the Buyer where the Buyer has been provided with

proofs. The Buyer's alterations and additional proofs necessitated thereby shall be charged extra. When style, type or

layout is left to the Seller's judgement, changes therefrom made by the Buyer shall be charged extra.

b. Where the Buyer specifically waives any requirement to examine proofs the Seller is indemnified by the Buyer against

any and all errors in the finished Work.

c. Colour proofs Due to differences in equipment, paper, inks and other conditions between colour proofing and

production runs, a reasonable variation in colour between colour proofs and the completed job will be deemed

acceptable unless otherwise agreed in writing.

d. Variations in quantity Every endeavour will be made to deliver the correct quantity ordered, but estimates are

conditional upon margins of 5 per cent for work being allowed for overs or unders the same to be charged or

deducted, unless otherwise agreed in writing.

9. Claims and Liability

9.1 Claims

a. Advice of damage, delay or loss of goods in transit or of non-delivery must be given in writing to the Seller and the

carrier within three clear days of delivery (or, in the case of non-delivery, within 3 days of notification of despatch of the

goods) and any claim in respect thereof must be made in writing to the Seller and the carrier within seven clear days

of delivery (or, in the case of non-delivery, within 7 days of notification of despatch). All other claims must be made in

writing to the Seller within 14 days of delivery. The Seller shall not be liable in respect of any claim unless the

aforementioned requirements have been complied with except in any particular case where the Buyer proves that (i) it

was not possible to comply with the requirements and (ii) the claim was made as soon as reasonably possible.

b. If the Work is defective so that the Buyer may in law reject it, said rejection must take place within 7 days of delivery of

the goods, failing which the Buyer will be deemed to have accepted the Work.

c. In the event of all or any claims or rejections the Seller reserves the right to inspect the Work within seven days of the

claim or rejection being notified.

9.2 Liability

d. Insofar as is permitted by law where Work is defective for any reason, including negligence, the Seller's liability (if any)

shall be limited to rectifying such defect, or crediting its value against any invoice raised in respect of the Work.

e. Where the Seller performs its obligations to rectify defective Work under this condition the Seller shall not be

liable for indirect loss, consequential loss or third party claims occasioned by defective Work and the Buyer

shall not be entitled to any further claim in respect of the Work nor shall the Buyer be entitled to repudiate the

contract, refuse to pay for the work or cancel further deliveries.

f. Defective Work must be returned to the Seller before replacement or credits can be issued. If the subject Work

is not available to the Seller the Seller will hold that the Buyer has accepted the Work and no credits or

replacement Work will be provided.

g. The Seller shall not be liable for indirect loss, consequential loss or third party claims occasioned by delay in

completing the work or for any loss to the Buyer arising from delay in transit, whether as a result of the Seller's

negligence or otherwise.

h. Where the Seller offers to replace defective Work the Buyer must accept such an offer unless he can show clear

cause for refusing so to do. If the Buyer opts to have the work re-done by any third party without reference to the

Seller the Buyer automatically revokes his right to any remedy from the Seller, including but not exclusively the right to

a credit in respect of Work done by the Seller.

i. Where the Work will be forwarded by or on behalf of the Buyer to a third party for further processing the Buyer will be

deemed to have inspected and approved the Work prior to forwarding and the Seller accepts no liability for claims

arising subsequent to the third party’s processing.

j. The Seller reserves the right to reject any work forwarded to him after initial processing by a third party as soon as is

reasonably practicable without processing the work any further. Should the Buyer require the Seller notwithstanding to

continue, then the Seller is only obliged to do so after confirmation from the Buyer in writing.

k. Nothing in these conditions shall exclude the Seller's liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence.

10. Insolvency

Without prejudice to other remedies, if the Buyer becomes insolvent, the Seller shall have the right not to

proceed further with the contract or any other work for the Buyer and be entitled to charge for work already

carried out (whether completed or not) and materials purchased for the Buyer, such charge to be an immediate

debt due to him. Any unpaid invoices shall become immediately due for payment.

11. General Lien

Without prejudice to other remedies, in respect of all unpaid debts due from the Buyer the Seller shall have a

general lien on all goods and property of or provided by the Buyer in his possession (whether worked on or not)

and shall be entitled on the expiration of 14 days' notice to dispose of such goods or property as agent for the

Buyer in such manner and at such price as he thinks fit and to apply the proceeds towards such debts, and

shall when accounting to the Buyer for any balance remaining be discharged from all liability in respect of such

goods or property.

12. Illegal matter

a. The Seller shall not be required to print any matter which in his opinion is or may be of an illegal or libellous nature or

an infringement of the proprietary or other rights of any third party.

b. The Seller shall be indemnified by the Buyer in respect of any claims, costs and expenses arising out of the printing by

the Seller for the Buyer of any illegal or unlawful matter including matter which is libellous or infringes copyright,

patent, design or any other proprietary or personal rights. The indemnity shall include (without limitation) any amounts

paid on a lawyer's advice in settlement of any claim that any matter is libellous or such an infringement.

13. Periodical publications

A contract for the printing of a periodical publication may not be terminated by either party unless 13 weeks

notice in writing is given in the case of periodicals produced monthly or more frequently or 26 weeks notice in

writing is given in the case of other periodicals. Notice must be given after completion of work on any one issue.

Nevertheless the Seller may terminate any such contract forthwith should any sum due thereunder remain


14. Force majeure

The Seller shall be under no liability if he shall be unable to carry out any provision of the contract for any reason

beyond his reasonable control including (without limiting the foregoing): Act of God; legislation; war; fire; flood;

drought; inadequacy or unsuitability of any instructions, electronic file or other data or materials supplied by the Buyer;

failure of power supply; lock-out, strike or other action taken by employees in contemplation or furtherance of a

dispute; or owing to any inability to procure materials required for the performance of the contract. During the

continuance of such a contingency the Buyer may by written notice to the Seller elect to terminate the contract and

pay for work done and materials used, but subject thereto shall otherwise accept delivery when available.

15. Data Protection

The Buyer is hereby notified that the Seller may transfer personal information about the Buyer to a Credit Agency

pursuant to cl 2f above.

16. Law

These conditions and all other express and implied terms of the contract shall be governed and construed in

accordance with the laws of England and the parties agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and


17. Notices

All specifications and notices relied on by either party and all variations to this agreement must be in writing and include

a duly authorised signature.

18. Consumers

Nothing in these Terms shall affect the rights of Consumers.

19. Severability

All clauses and sub-clauses of this Agreement are severable and if any clause or identifiable part thereof is held to be

unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction then such enforceability shall not affect the enforceability of the

remaining provisions or identifiable parts thereof in these Terms and Conditions.