Conditions of Sale
1.1 ‘The Company’ means Choice Building Supplies Ltd
1.2 ‘The Conditions’ means the standard terms of sale set out in this document and (unless the context requires otherwise) includes any special terms agreed in Writing between the Buyer and the Company.
1.3 ‘The Buyer’ means the person, firm or company to whom Goods or Services are supplied by the Company.
1.4 ‘The Goods’ means any goods, materials, accessories and services supplied by the Company to the Buyer.
1.5 ‘Writing’ and any similar expression including facsimile transmission and comparable means of transmission, but not electronic mail.
2. EXISTANCE OF CONTRACT
2.1 Any Written quotation or estimate issued by the Company shall constitute an invitation to treat. No binding contract shall be created by the placing of an order by the Buyer, unless and until the Company has despatched the Goods to the Buyer. These Conditions shall apply to all Contracts to the exclusion of all other terms and conditions including any terms and conditions which the Buyer may purport to apply under any purchase order or similar document. All orders for Goods shall be deemed to be an offer by the Buyer to purchase Goods pursuant to these conditions. Acceptance of delivery of the Goods shall be deemed conclusive evidence of the Buyer’s acceptance of these Conditions.
2.2 No particulars contained in any advertising matter, catalogues or other publications supplied by the Company (including references to weights, dimensions or performance therein), nor any verbal representation by any employee or agent of the Company shall form part of the Contract nor shall they be treated as constituting a representation on the part of the Company, but nothing in these Conditions affects the liability of either party for fraudulent misrepresentation.
3. AMENDMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
3.1. No amendments to these Conditions shall be binding on the Company unless accepted in Writing by a director of the Company.
3.2. The Contract may not be cancelled by the buyer except with the Written consent of the Company.
4. MINIMUM ORDER VALUES
Where the Buyer orders less than the minimum order value as notified from time to time by the Company the Company will apply the minimum order surcharge current from time to time.
All prices are exclusive of VAT or any other sales tax and subject to variation by the Company without notice, and Goods will be invoiced at prices ruling at the date of despatch to the Buyer.
6. SETTLEMENT TERMS
6.1. ‘Pro forma’ – Full payment of the pro forma invoice to be received by the Company before the Buyers order for Goods is accepted by the Company.
6.2. ‘On Delivery’ – Shall be paid net in cash or cleared funds within 7 days of the date of delivery or sales invoice whichever the latter.
6.3. ‘Account’ – Shall be paid net in cash or cleared funds not later than 30 days from the end of the month of the date of the sales invoice – ’30 days net monthly’.
Accounts beyond these credit terms MAY be passed to the Company’s Debt Collection Agency. Such accounts, without exception, will then be subject to a surcharge of 15% plus VAT to cover all costs in recovery and will also be subject to any legal costs incurred in obtaining settlement.
7. TERMS OF DESPATCH AND DELIVERY
7.1. Goods will be supplied and delivery of the Goods shall take place at the Buyer’s premises or site as indicated in the Buyer’s order.
7.2. Times or dates quoted by the Company for delivery of Goods are intended as estimates only and time is not of the essence of the Contract.
7.3. The Company shall not be in any way liable for any direct or indirect loss, damage, expenses or any consequential loss (including but not limited to any loss of profits and liability to third parties) suffered or incurred by the Buyer as a consequence of any delay in delivery.
7.4. The Company reserves the right to deliver Goods by instalments in any sequence and to tender a separate invoice in respect of each instalment. Where the Goods are delivered by instalments, the Contract shall become severable and each instalment shall be deemed to be the subject of a separate Contract. No default or failure by the Company in respect of any one or more instalments shall entitle the Buyer to treat the Contract as repudiated or to damages.
8. FORCE MAJEURE
The Company shall not be liable for failure to deliver the Goods for any reason whatsoever outside the reasonable control of the Company including, without limitation to the generality of the foregoing, industrial action, war, storm, fire, explosion, flood, governmental action or regulation, act of God, riots, strikes, lock-outs or non-availability of stocks or materials. Any such failure shall not affect the obligation of the Buyer to pay for Goods already delivered.
9. PROPERTY AND RISK
9.1. Risk of loss or damage to the Goods shall pass to the Buyer on delivery.
9.2. Property and ownership in the Goods shall, not withstanding delivery of the Goods to the Buyer, not pass from the Company until
9.2.1. the Buyer shall have paid the Company in full therefore pursuant to these conditions and
9.2.2. no other sums are then outstanding from the Buyer to the Company on any account whatever whether or not such sums have become due for payment.
9.3. The Buyer shall, while property in the Goods remains with the Company pursuant to this condition 9, hold the Goods on a fiduciary basis only and as bailie only for the Company. The Buyer shall store the Goods without charge to the Company separate from its own goods or those of any other person and in good condition and marked in such a way that they are clearly identifiable as the property of the Company and shall insure the Goods to their full value against ‘All Risks’ but the Buyer may re-sell the Goods in the ordinary course of its business.
9.4. In the event that the Company is entitled to execute any of its rights under Condition 12, the Buyer shall immediately place any of the Goods the property and ownership in which remains vested in the Company in its possession or under its control at the disposal of the Company and the Company shall (without prejudice to any of its other rights and remedies) have the right to re-possess, re-sell and use such Goods and may by itself, its servants or agents enter upon any land or building, vehicle or vessel or other place upon or in which such Goods are reasonably thought to be situated for the purpose of removing any such Goods and will not be liable in any way whatsoever for any reasonable or accidental damage caused in the pursuance of removing such Goods.
10. CLAIMS FOR DEFECTS, DAMAGE OR NON-DELIVERY
10.1. The Buyer shall inspect the Goods on delivery and shall within 5 days of the date of delivery notify the Company of any alleged defect, shortfall in quantity, damage or failure to comply with description or sample. In relation to any defect that is not apparent on reasonable inspection, the Buyer shall notify the Company of the defect within a reasonable time after discovery of the defect. The Buyer shall give the Company an opportunity to inspect such Goods at the Buyer’s premises or delivery site within a reasonable time following such notice and before any use is made of them.
10.2. The Buyer shall notify the Company of any non-delivery of a whole consignment within 5 days of the date of receipt of the Company’s invoice.
10.3. If the Buyer shall fail to comply with the foregoing, the Goods shall be conclusively presumed to be in accordance with the Contract and free from any defect or damage which would be apparent on reasonable examination of the Goods and the Buyer shall be deemed to have accepted the Goods. If the Buyer establishes to the Company’s reasonable satisfaction that the Goods are not in accordance with the Contract or are defective, the Buyer’s sole remedy in respect thereof shall be limited, as the Company may elect, to making good any shortage, to replacing or repairing such Goods free of charge, or refunding all, or part of, the Contract price against return of the Goods.
10.4. The Company’s liability to the Buyer whether for any breach of the Contract or otherwise shall not in any event exceed the Contract price and the Company shall be under no liability for any special consequential or indirect loss or damage suffered (including but not limited to loss of profits) or liability to third parties incurred, by the Buyer.
10.5. The Company shall be under no liability in respect of any defect in the Goods:
10.5.1. If the price for the Goods has not been paid in full;
10.5.2. In respect of any defect arising from fair wear and tear, wilful damage, negligence, abnormal working conditions, failure to follow installation instructions, misuse or alteration or repair of the Goods without the approval of the Company in writing.
10.6. Subject to the conditions of this Condition 10, all warranties and conditions whether implied by statute or otherwise are hereby excluded PROVIDED THAT nothing here in shall restrict or exclude liability for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of the Company of affect the statutory right of the Buyer dealing as consumer (as defined in Section 12 of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977).
11. COMPLIANCE WITH STATUTE
The Buyer shall be responsible for ensuring that its use of the Goods complies with all and any relevant statutes, statutory instruments and regulations having the force of law and any relevant British Standards and shall fully indemnify the Company and keep it indemnified against all costs, claims, demands, expenses and liabilities suffered or incurred by the Company as a result of any non-compliance by the Buyer.
12. DEFAULT BY THE BUYER
12.1. If the buyer fails to make payment for the Goods in accordance with Condition 6 or otherwise commits a breach of the Contract, or if the Buyer offers to make any arrangement with its creditors or commits an act of Bankruptcy or if any reconstruction without insolvency shall be passed or presented or if a receiver, administrator or administrative receiver or manager shall be appointed over the whole or any part of the Buyer’s business or if notice of intention to appoint an administrator is given by the Buyer or its directors or by a qualifying floating charge holder or if any distress or execution shall be levied upon any of the Buyer’s goods or a secured lender to the Buyer takes any steps to obtain possession of the property on which it is secured or otherwise to enforce its security all sums outstanding in respect of Goods shall become payable immediately. The Company may in its absolute discretion and without prejudice to any other rights which it may have:-
12.1.1. suspend all future deliveries of Goods to the Buyer and/or terminate the Contract without liability on its part; and/or
12.1.2. execute any of its rights pursuant to Condition 9.
And the price for any Goods delivered but not paid for shall become immediately due and payable notwithstanding any previous agreement or arrangement to the contrary.
13. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
13.1. No right or licence is granted under the Contract to the Buyer under any patent, trade mark, copyright, registered design or other intellectual property right except the right to resell the Goods.
13.2. If the Goods are manufactured or supplied by the Company in accordance with designs, specifications or other requirements expressly by the Buyer, the Buyer warrants to the Company that the manufacture or supply of such Goods by the Company does not infringe the rights of any third party, howsoever arising, and agrees to indemnify the Company in full against any liability which may arise in respect of such infringement.
14. SET-OFF AND COUNTERCLAIM
The Buyer shall not be entitled to withhold payment of any invoice by reason of any right of set off or counterclaim which the Buyer may have or allege to have or for any other reason whatsoever.
Any notice required to be served pursuant to these Conditions shall be in Writing and served by first class post to the Company at PO Box 422, Harrogate, HG1 4WU or such other address as the Company may from time to time notify the Buyer and on the Buyer at the address notified to the Company or in default of notification to the address from which the Goods were ordered or if the Buyer is a company at the option of the Company to the Buyer’s registered office. A properly addressed notice sent by prepaid first class post shall be deemed to have been served two days after the date of its despatch. Any notice given by facsimile shall be deemed to have been served twenty four hours after despatch. In proving service by facsimile it shall be sufficient to show that the facsimile was successfully despatched to the correct fax number.
Any provision or term of these Conditions which is or may be void or unenforceable shall to the extent of such invalidity or unenforceability be deemed severable and shall not affect any other provision herein.
No waiver or forbearance by the Company, whether express or implied, in enforcing any of its rights hereunder shall prejudice its right to do so in the future.
The Buyer may not assign, subcontract or in any way dispose of its right or obligations under the Contract without the prior Written consent of the Company.
19. LAW AND JURISDICTION
These Conditions and the Contract shall be governed in all respects by the laws of England and any dispute hereunder shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
20. THIRD PARTY RIGHTS
A person who is not part to these Conditions has no rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce or enjoy the benefit of these Conditions.