Selling A Franchise Ltd – Privacy Policy 

Last updated: 10th May, 2018 

Selling A Franchise Ltd knows that you care how information about you is used and shared and we appreciate your trust in us to do that carefully and sensibly. This notice describes the privacy policy of Selling A Franchise Ltd. By visiting our website or contacting our office, you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this Privacy Notice. 

By sharing your personal information with us, and by continuing to use our website or services, you confirm that you have read and understood the terms of this privacy policy. We take responsibility for the personal information we collect about you, and we aim to be transparent about how we handle it, and give you control over it. 

General Privacy Inquiries: Please submit any questions, concerns or comments you have about this Privacy Statement or any requests concerning your personal data to our Data Protection Lead by email to info@sellingafranchise.co.uk  

Personal Data That We Collect 

The information we learn from customers helps us personalise and continually improve your experience when using the Selling A Franchise website. We use the information to handle enquiries, deliver services, process payments, communicate with you about businesses for sale that might be of interest to you along with services and promotional offers, update our records and generally maintain your accounts with us.  

We also use this information to improve our website, prevent or detect fraud or abuses of our website and enable third parties to carry out technical, logistical or other functions on our behalf. 

Here are the types of information we gather: 

Selling A Franchise Ltd may collect personal information which we receive when: 

  • you use our website   
  • you use our services 
  • you contact us, or 
  • you are a recipient of our services 

This may include information which you provide when you:  

  • complete one of our forms 
  • contract with us 
  • enter information on our website 
  • contact Selling A Franchise directly in writing or by phone or; which is recorded on mail or parcels sent to you via Selling A Franchise Ltd. 

We may collect the following types of information: 

  • your name, address, email address and telephone number(s) 
  • information required to provide you with a service, and details of our services that you have used 
  • your company’s name, your position in the company, the company’s address, company’s email address and telephone number 
  • information collected through your use of the Selling A Franchise website. Please refer to the Cookies section within this policy for more information

Email Communications 

As a user of our services, we will need to send you support communications by e-mail. 

As long as you are happy for us to do so, we would also like to keep you up to date with other things happening at Selling A Franchise Ltd which we think you might like to know about; whether it’s our latest business for sale announcements, or upcoming events. However, if you do not wish to receive communications via email from us, you can find out how to change how you hear from us, or stop us contacting you, in the section below titled How is this personal information used?

Direct Mail Communications 

We’d like to use your details to keep in touch by post from time to time. 

Our postal communications are designed to contact you where attempts to communicate by telephone or email have failed. We might also send you details of our services from time to time. We use the information we have about you to tailor the content and try to ensure that the information given is as relevant to you as possible. 

You can tell us at any time that you do not wish to receive postal communications from us. However, this may mean you don’t hear about services and promotions or other work we do that may be of interest to you. 

Personal data provided to us may also be profiled to help us with targeting strategies. For example, we may use your personal data to find new customers with a similar profile to yourself who may be interested in our services. 

We may sometimes use third parties to capture some of our data on our behalf, but only where we are confident that the third party will treat your data securely, in accordance with our terms and in line with the requirements set out in the GDPR. 

Online interactions 

We collect and handle information from all visitors to our website, whether you actively provide us with that information or merely browse our websites. The information we collect includes the internet protocol (IP) address of the device you are using, the browser software you use, your operating system, the date and time of access, the internet address of the website from which you link through to our website and information on how you use our websites. 

We use this information so that we can see how long our website takes to load, how it is used, the number of visitors to the different sections of our website, and what information visitors look at most. 

We also collect and handle information about how you engage with our promotional campaigns and advertising online, outside of our own websites (for example, on Google, YouTube [or on social media]). 

That information is, predominantly, collected through our use of cookies and similar technologies. 

Social Media 

You may use social media to contact us about Selling A Franchise, or to let people know what you think about Selling A Franchise Ltd services. We review publicly available social media and online sites to get a better understanding of what people are saying about us, and our services and to assist consumers who prefer to contact us through social media. 

The information we collect from social media and online sites sometimes includes personal information that has been put online and is publicly available. We make sure any information we use is properly credited to its source or is made anonymous. 

These online and social media sites may have their own privacy policies explaining how they use and share your personal information. You should carefully review those privacy policies before you use these sites to make sure that you are happy with how your personal information is being collected and shared. 

Our Use of Cookies and Similar Technologies 

Please note that we use cookies on our Website. Cookies are files that store information on your hard drive or browser so that the Website can recognise that you have visited it before. You can, should you choose, disable the cookies from your browser and delete all cookies currently stored on your computer. Please consult the HELP menu of your browser to learn how to disable or delete cookies. On Microsoft Internet Explorer, this can be done by selecting “Tools/Internet Options” and reviewing your privacy settings or selecting “delete cookies”. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of some features on the Website. 

Any notices we send to you will be sent to the most recent e-mail address or postal address provided to us by you. These Terms and Conditions are a contract between you and us. Neither of us intend that these Terms and Conditions will be enforceable by any other person by virtue of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999. These Terms and Conditions and all communications between us will be conducted in the English language. The laws of England and Wales apply to these Terms and Conditions. If any disputes arise between you and us (for example, in relation to services provided) and you want to take court proceedings, you must do so in the courts of England and Wales. 

The cookies used on our websites have been categorised based on the guidelines found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. We use the following categories on our websites and other online services: 

Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies 

These cookies are essential to enable you to browse around our websites and use their features. Without these cookies, services like shopping baskets and e-billing cannot be provided. 

Category 2: Performance Cookies 

These cookies collect information about how you use our websites — for instance, which pages you go to most. This data may be used to help optimise our websites and make them easier for you to navigate. These cookies are also used to let affiliates know if you came to one of our websites from an affiliate and if your visit resulted in the use or purchase of a product or service from us, including details of the product or service purchased. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies you. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. 

Category 3: Functionality Cookies 

These cookies allow our websites to remember choices you make while browsing. For instance, we may store your geographic location in a cookie to ensure that we show you our website localised for your area. We may also remember preferences such as text size, fonts and other customisable site elements. They may also be used to keep track of what featured services or videos have been viewed to avoid repetition. The information these cookies collect will not personally identify you, and they cannot track your browsing activity on non-Selling A Franchise Ltd websites. 

How is your personal information used? 

We use the personal information we collect to: provide and improve our services, to provide you with a personalised experience on our sites (especially, by offering you services and items that you may like), to contact you about your account and our Services, to provide you customer service, to provide you with personalized advertising and marketing, and to detect fraudulent or illegal activities. We may use and retain your personal information as follows: 

Provide, improve and personalise our services 

  • Provide access to and use of our services. 
  • Offer you site content that includes items and services that you may like 
  • Customise, measure and improve our Services 
  • Provide other services requested by you as described when we collect the information
  • We may use geo-location information to provide you with location-based services (such as advertising, search results and other personalised content) 

Contact you about your account and provide you customer service 

  • Contact you to notify you regarding your account, to troubleshoot problems with your account 
  • Contact you to enforce any agreement we may have with you
  • For these purposes we may contact you via email, telephone, text messages and postal mail 

Personalise our advertising and marketing communications 

  • Personalise, measure and improve our advertising based on your advertising customisation preferences 
  • Contact you, either via email, telephone, text messages or postal mail to: offer inform about our Services  
  • We will use the contact information you have provided to contact you by email, SMS text and/or telephone if you have consented to such contact. Message and data rates may apply
  • Deliver targeted marketing, service updates and promotional offers based on your communication preferences 

Prevent, detect, mitigate and investigate fraudulent or illegal activities 

  • Prevent, detect, mitigate and investigate fraud, security breaches, potentially prohibited or illegal activities 
  • Enforce our Privacy Notice 

 We retain your personal information for as long as it is necessary and relevant for our operations. In addition, we may retain personal information from closed accounts to comply with laws, prevent fraud, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigation, enforce and take other actions permitted or required by applicable laws. After it is no longer necessary for us to retain your personal information, we dispose of it in a secure manner according to our data retention and deletion policies. 

Changing the way we contact you about our services 

We will only send you marketing communications when you have told us that you are happy for us to do so. 

You can change the way that we contact you in the following ways; 

Opt-In/Start Contacting Me 

If you hadn’t previously asked us to send you marketing communications, you can ask us to start contacting you (sometimes called an “opt-in”) by Contacting Selling A Franchise Ltd and stating that you would like to receive communications from us. 

Changing your preferences 

If you have previously said that you would like us to contact you (“opted-in”) but would like to change or update the way that we do so, you can update your preferences by Contacting Selling A Franchise Ltd and stating that you would like to change or update the way that we contact you;  

Opt-Out/Stop Contacting Me 

If you want to stop receiving marketing or support communications from us (sometimes called “opting out”), you can do so at any time by: 

  • Contacting Selling A Franchise Ltd stating that you no longer wish to receive such communications 
  • Using the unsubscribe option included in all our e-mail correspondence (on all marketing and support communications)

Data sharing with third parties 

We will never sell your personal information to anyone and only share it as outlined in this privacy policy or when you ask us to. 

Third parties who provide services on our behalf.

We share your personal information with certain third parties who provide services on our behalf. They only have access to the personal information they need to perform those services. They are required to keep your personal information confidential and may not use it other than as we ask them to and always in accordance with this privacy policy. 

The third parties who provide services on our behalf fall into the following categories: 

  • Those helping us to deliver products to you 
  • Third parties that help us with mailing services, product services and repairs, processing product purchases, financial services, audit services, administrative services, IT technologies (e.g. data storage), security services and claims
  • Third parties that help us to provide services and responses to you
  • Third parties that assist us with our marketing, helping us to understand how well our online advertising works, to reach people who are more interested in Selling A Franchise Ltd services, by setting cookies on our websites (more information on this can be found in our cookies policy.)
  • Social media platforms who serve our advertising on their platforms on our behalf (and who we may securely share your personal information with in order to serve this advertising to both you and/or others) 

How long we keep personal information 

Selling A Franchise Ltd will only retain customers’ personal information for as long as it needs it to carry out a purpose or meet a particular obligation. 

Keeping personal information accurate 

Selling A Franchise Ltd will ensure that personal information is kept accurate and up to date as far as is reasonably possible. However, Selling A Franchise Ltd relies on customers to ensure that some of the information it holds about them is accurate and up-to-date. We encourage customers to inform Selling A Franchise Ltd of any changes to their information.  

Access to your personal information 

We give you control over the personal information we collect about you, to ensure it is accurate and reflects your preferences. 

You have the right to access, update and amend personal information that we hold about you. In certain circumstances, you can also: 

  • object to our use of your personal information for certain purposes
  • ask us to limit or restrict our use of your personal information
  • ask us to remove or delete personal information about you; or
  • provide your personal information to a third-party provider of services 

If you would like to exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal information, please email info@franchiseresales.co.uk   requesting a copy of your information. You can request details of personal information Selling A Franchise Ltd holds about you, including on our websites’ databases, by contacting us. 

 Requests must be made in writing. Proof of identification will be required to protect your information. We also require sufficient details to be able locate your information. For example, dates and details of the products or services that you have used. An optional application form may be provided to assist us in locating the information you require. 

How we protect personal data 

We know how important it is to protect and manage your personal data. This section sets out some of the measures we have in place. 

We use computer safeguards such as firewalls and data encryption, and we enforce physical access controls to our buildings and files to keep this data safe. We only authorise access to employees who need it to carry out their job responsibilities. 

Our procedures mean that we may request proof of identity before we share your personal information with you. 

In the unlikely event that we do suffer a security breach which compromises our protection of your personal information and we need to let you know about it, we will do so. 

However, whilst we take appropriate technical and organisational measures to safeguard your personal data, please note that we cannot guarantee the security of any personal data that you transfer over the internet to us. 

Marketing and market research 

This section explains the choices you have when it comes to receiving marketing communications and taking part in market research. 

We will send you relevant information  and news about our services in a number of ways including by email, but only if you have previously agreed to receive these marketing communications. When you register with us we will ask if you would like to receive marketing communications, and you can change your marketing choices online, over the phone or in writing at any time. 

We also like to hear your views to help us to improve our services, so we may contact you for market research purposes. You always have the choice about whether to take part in our market research. 

Children 

Selling A Franchise Ltd websites and products are not directed at children. We do not knowingly collect any personal information from children. 

If you are a child, please do not attempt to become a registered user of our websites, apps or products or otherwise provide us with any personal information. If we learn that we have inadvertently obtained personal information from a child, we will delete that information as soon as possible. 

If you are aware of a child who has provided their personal information to us, please contact us at  info@sellingafranchise.co.uk   

Changes to our privacy policy 

We will keep our privacy policy under regular review and will place any updates on this webpage. This privacy policy was last updated May, 2018. 

Contact Us 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, or would like to make a complaint about how we use the personal information we hold about you, please email our Privacy Team. 

If, after speaking to us, you are not satisfied with our response, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office ( https://ico.org.uk) who is responsible for handling complaints about the use of personal information. 

You can contact our Team at any time at info@sellingafranchise.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.