In these Terms and Conditions, any reference to “we”, “us” or “our” means the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Scheme Ltd (HICS).
Terms of website use
Information about us
www.hicsscheme.org.uk is a site operated by HICS (“We”). Home Improvement Consumer Protection Scheme Ltd (HICS) is a private company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales under Company Registration Number 09507751 at Centurion House, Leyland Business Park, Centurion Way, Farington, Leyland, England, PR25 3GR.
Using our website
Access to our site is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on our site without notice (see below). We will not be liable if for any reason our site is unavailable at any time or for any period.
From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of our site, or our entire site, to users who have registered with us.
You may not access or use the website to exploit, extract or reproduce any part of the websites and may not use electronic automations or bots to interact with the website.
You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to our site. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these terms, and that they comply with them.
Our website is for personal use or use by our registered members only. Use of the site for any other purposes such as commercial reasons is not acceptable.
We may take legal action if we discover any unauthorised use of interference with access to the website, misuse or infringement of our content, or taking any action to impair the good-will of our business and trade name.
Intellectual property rights
We are the owner of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All rights are reserved in all intellectual property on this site including trading name, logos, copyrights, database rights, design rights, content and links on this site.
Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of material on our site must always be acknowledged.
The materials on this website are provided by HICS as a service to its consumers, employees and other interested persons and may be used for informational, non-commercial purposes only. You should assume that everything you see or read on the Site is copyrighted and may not be used for marketing purposes without the express written permission of HICS.
Reliance on information posted
We endeavour to ensure our website is correct and frequently reviewed, but the commentary and other materials posted on our site are not intended to amount to advice, therefore reliance should be not placed on such content. You should carry out your own investigations and due diligence enquiries rather than rely upon the same. We therefore disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by any visitor to our site, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.
We have no liability to you or others regarding this website, including damage caused by:
- Inaccurate or incomplete information
- Unavailability at any time
- Failure to gain access to the website or to stay online
Information about you and your visits to our site
Viruses, hacking and other offences
You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored, or any server, computer or database connected to our site.
By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities, and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.
Linking to our site
You may link to our home page, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.
You must not establish a link from any website that is not owned by you.
Our site must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our site other than the home page. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.
Links from our site
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.
Uploading content to our site
Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload content to our site, or to make contact with other users of our site, you must comply with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy.
You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those standards, and you will be liable to us and indemnify us for any breach of that warranty.
Any content you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. You retain all your ownership rights in relation to the content, but you are required to grant us and other users of the Site a limited licence to use, store and copy that content and to distribute and make it available to third parties, where it is in our legitimate interest to do so. The rights you licence to us are described in the next paragraph (Rights you licence).
We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any content posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.
We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any content posted by you or any other user of our site.
We have the right to remove any posting you make on our site if, in our opinion, your post does not comply with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy.
The views expressed by other users on our site do not represent our views or values.
Jurisdiction and applicable law
The English courts will have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, a visit to our site although we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.
If you have any concerns about material which appears on our site, please contact us on 0333 323 2655 or at firstname.lastname@example.org