Privacy Policy

Welcome to The Business Network Central & East Lancashire’s privacy and cookie policy.

The Business Network Central & East Lancashire (“TBNCELCEL”) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting yourpersonal data. This policy will inform you as to how we look after your personal data when you visit our website, use our services/meeting and you are referred to us and will inform you about cookies on the website and tell you aboutyour privacy rights and how the law protects you. Please also use the Glossary to understand the meaning of some of the terms used in this policy.

Important information and who we are

Purpose of this policy This policy, together with our membership terms and conditions as set out here aims to give you information on how TBNCEL collects and processes your personal data through referrals, attendance at our meetings and via our website. It will also inform you what cookies are and why they areused. It is important that you read this policy together with any other policy or fair processing policy we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully awareof how and why we are using your data. This policy supplements other notices and privacy policies and is not intended to override them, and applies to your use of our website, meetings and referrals. Our website is not intended forchildren, and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children. Please read the following carefully to understand how we will use and treat your personal data.

Controller The Business Network Central & East Lancashire is the controller and responsible for your personal data (collectively referred to as “we”, “us”, “our” or “TBNCEL” in this policy). If you have any questionsabout this policy, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact us using the details set out below.

Contact details If you have any questions about this policy or our privacy practices, please contact us in the following ways: Email address:

Postal address: 702 Merlin Business Park, Ringtail Road, Burscough, Lancashire, L40 8JY. You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues ( We would, however, appreciate thechance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO, so please contact us in the first instance if there is an issue which we can help you with in relation to our use of your personal data.

Changes to the policy and your duty to inform us of changes We keep our policy under regular review. This version was last updated on 21 September 2020. It may change and if it does, these changes will be posted onthis page. It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

Third-party links Our website may include links to third-party websites, platforms, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share dataabout you. We do not control these third-party websites, platforms, plug-ins and applications and are not responsible for their privacy and cookie statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy and cookiepolicies of every website, platform, plug-in or applications you visit before you submit any personal data to them.

The data we collect about you

Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data). We may collect, use, store and transfer differentkinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:

Identity Data includes first name, maiden name, last name, username or similar identifier, marital status, title, date of birth and gender.Contact Data includes employer details, email address and telephone numbers.Financial Data includes bank account and payment card details (but only if you are entering a contract with us yourself).Transaction Data includes details about payments to and from you and other details of services you have purchased from us (this only applies if you enter an agreement with us yourself).Technical Data includes (but is not limited to) internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system andplatform, and other technology on the devices you use to access our website, the type of mobile device you use, a unique device identifier (for example, your Device’s IMEI number, the MAC address of its wireless network interfaceor its mobile phone number), mobile network information, your mobile operating system, the type of mobile browser you use or time zone settings.Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.

We do not collect any other Special Categories of Personal Data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership and genetic andbiometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.

How is your personal data collected?

We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:

Direct interactions. You may give us your Contact and Financial Data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email or otherwise.Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with our website, we will automatically collect Technical Data, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, server logs andother similar technologies. We may also receive Technical Data about you if you visit other websites employing our cookies.Third parties or publicly available sources. We will receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources as set out below:

Technical Data from the following parties:

analytics providers such as Google based outside the EU;advertising networks; andsearch information providers.Contact, Financial and Transaction Data from referrals to us or providers of technical, payment and delivery services.Identity and Contact Data from referrals to us.Identity and Contact Data from publicly available sources such as Companies House and the Electoral Register based inside the EU.

How we use your personal data

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you. This is a direct contract with you and not a contract with your employer (when you become a network member as you are a sole trader orpartner in your business).Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests. This will include where you are representing your employer in our meetings.Where we need to comply with a legal obligation.Where you have consented to our doing so.

Please see below to find out more about the types of lawful basis that we will rely on to process your personal data. Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data, although we will get your consent before sendingthird party direct marketing communications to you via email or text message. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by contacting us. We will get your express opt-in consent before we share your personal datawith any third party for marketing purposes.

Purposes for which we will use your personal data We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We havealso identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate. Please note that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contactus if you need details about the specific legal ground, we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the table below.

Purpose/ActivityType of personal dataLawful basis for processing including basis of legitimate interestTo register you as a memberIdentity Contact Financial TechnicalPerformance of a contract with you – this applies where the contract is with youTo register your employer as a memberIdentity Contact Financial TechnicalNecessary for our legitimate interests and those of your employer for our contract with themTo deliver services Identity Contact Financial Transaction Technical Marketing and CommunicationsNecessary for our legitimate interests and those of your employer for our contract with them To administer and protect our business and our website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data)Identity Contact (a) Necessary for our legitimate interests (for running our business, provision of administration and IT services, network security, to prevent fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise)(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligationTo deliver relevant content and advertisements to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of the advertising we serve to youIdentity Contact Content Profile Usage Marketing and CommunicationsNecessary for our legitimate interests (to study how users use our products/services, to develop them, to grow our business and to inform our marketing strategy)To use data analytics to improve our website, products/services, marketing, user relationships and experiencesIdentity Contact Device Content Profile Usage Marketing and CommunicationsNecessary for our legitimate interests (to define types of users for our products and services, to keep our website updated and relevant, to develop our business and to inform our marketing strategy)To make suggestions and recommendations to you about goods or services that may be of interest to youNecessary for our legitimate interests (to develop our products/services and grow our business)

Marketing We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising. We have established the following personal data control mechanisms:

Third-party marketing We will get your express opt-in consent before we share your personal data with any third party for marketing purposes.

Opting out You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by logging into the website and checking or unchecking relevant boxes to adjust your marketing preferences or by contactingus at any time. Where you opt out of receiving these marketing messages, this will not apply to personal data provided to us as a result of a product/service purchase, product/service experience or other transactions.

 Cookies Our website use cookies to distinguish you from other users. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. Acookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. We use the following cookies:

Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart ormake use of e-billing services.Analytical or performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our websitework, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choiceof language or region).

Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website, and the advertising displayed on or throughthem more relevant to your interests. You can set your device to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this websitemay become inaccessible or not function properly. [Please note that the following third parties may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These may include, for example, advertising networks and providers of external serviceslike web traffic analysis services. These third-party cookies are likely to be analytical cookies or performance cookies or targeting cookies:

To deactivate the use of third-party advertising cookies, you may visit the consumer page to manage the use of these types of cookies [include link to consent management solution]].[We do not share the information collected by the cookies with any third parties.]

Change of purpose We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the originalpurpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us. If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you andwe will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so. Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

Disclosures of your personal data

We may share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in the table above.

External Third Parties as set out in the Glossary.Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new ownersmay use your personal data in the same way as set out in this policy.

We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process yourpersonal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

International Transfers

We do not transfer your personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

Data security

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents,contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions, and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality. All personal data which you provide to us is storedon our secure servers. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We haveput in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.

Data retention

How long will you use my personal data for? We will only retain your personal data for as long as reasonably necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal,regulatory, tax, accounting or reporting requirements. We may retain your personal data for a longer period in the event of a complaint or if we reasonably believe there is a prospect of litigation in respect to our relationship withyou. To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposesfor which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal, regulatory, tax, accounting or other requirements. By law we have to keep basic information about ourmembers (including Contact, Identity, Financial and Transaction Data) for six years after they cease being users for tax purposes. In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data: see your legal rights below for further information. In some circumstances we will anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes, in which case we may use this informationindefinitely without further notice to you.

Your legal rights

Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data. You have the right to:

Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”).

Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you.

Request erasure of your personal data.

Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processingon this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we havecompelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.

Request restriction of processing of your personal data.

Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party.

Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdrawyour consent, we may not be able to provide certain services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent. If you wish to exercise any of those rights, please contact us.

No fee usually required You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitiveor excessive. Alternatively, we could refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

What we may need from you We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This isa security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

Time limit to respond We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it could take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests.In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.



Legitimate Interest means the interest of our business in conducting and managing our business to enable us to give you the best service/product and the best and most secure experience. We make sure we consider andbalance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overriddenby the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law). You can obtain further information about how we assess our legitimate interests against any potential impact on you in respect ofspecific activities by contacting us.

Performance of Contract means processing your data where it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or to take steps at your request before entering into such a contract.

Comply with a legal obligation means processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation that we are subject to.


External Third Parties

Service providers who provide IT and system administration services.Professional advisers including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services.HM Revenue & Customs, regulators and other authorities who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances.Marketing and advertising agencies who provide advice with our marketing and advertising.

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