Last updated 2 November 2019
Protecting your privacy is important to us. Please take a few moments to review our Privacy and Cookies Policy.
The website at Funding-focus.com (“the Site”) is operated by Funding Focus Limited, a company registered in England and Wales with company number 12353120 of 8 Ainsdale Road, London, W5 1JX (“the Company”). Our Site is currently hosted in the UK. We take privacy issues seriously and are committed to protecting your personal information. This Privacy and Cookies policy (“Policy”) explains this and also explains how the Company collects, uses and discloses personal information about you when you visit the Site and when you contact the Company, whether by e-mail, post, fax, telephone or using the contact options on the Site.
The information you provide to us through the Site will be collected by the Company. All references to “the Company”, “we” and “our” in this Policy mean Funding Focus Limited, unless distinguished in the text. This Policy has been developed in accordance with our legal obligations and may be updated from time to time. You should check this page regularly to familiarise yourself with any changes to this Policy.
If you have any queries concerning your personal information or any questions on our use of the information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What type of personal information do we collect and why?
The Site is intended to be used by entrepreneurs, investors and those interested in investing in entrepreneurial businesses, although of course it is easily accessible to others.
The Site allows you to interact with us in many ways, including where you choose to:
• Attend one of our events
• Comment on a blog post
• Follow social channels
• Sign up to newsletter
If you want to use our any of these services, you may need to provide us with some additional personal information so that we can liaise with you in order to deal with your registration. If you do choose to provide us with your personal information, we will collect that information for our own use and for the purposes described in this Policy.
There may be free text boxes on this Site from time to time, including where you can comment on content. This includes our forums and message boards.
YOU MUST NOT UPLOAD OR OTHERWISE SHARE WITH US THROUGH THE SITE ANY PERSONAL DATA INCLUDING SENSITIVE PERSONAL DATA. WE DO NOT WISH TO COLLECT OR OTHERWISE PROCESS ANY SUCH INFORMATION THROUGH THIS SITE.
Where you interact with us in any of the ways explained above, we may collect the following personal information from you, for the purposes more particularly described in this Policy:
• your forename, surname and username;
• your personal or work related (depending on which you choose to submit) e-mail address and your password (which allow us to create your account);
• your personal or work related contact details (depending on which you choose to submit) such as your telephone number(s), fax numbers and postal address;
• your contact and marketing preferences;
• if you take a survey or interact with us in various other ways – demographics information and information about subjects that may interest you;
• information necessary for legal compliance; and/or
• where you “like” us or make posts on our pages on social networking websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
This information will be collected primarily from you as information voluntarily provided to us, but we may also collect it where lawful to do so from (and combine it with information from) public sources, third party service providers, tax or law enforcement agencies and other third parties. We may also collect personal information about you from your use of other Company websites or services.
How does the Company use information about me?
The Company may use information about you for the following purposes:
• to respond and/or deal with your enquiry;
• to process and administer your attendance at our events. When you apply for a ticket to attend our events you will be transferred to the website of one of our partners who will process your ticket and any payment required securely. Our partner for ticketing is Eventbrite. We will not hold any of your payment information;
• to improve our products and services and to ensure that content from the Site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer (or other electronic Internet-enabled device);
• to administer the Site;
• for internal record keeping;
• to contact you (directly, either by the Company or through a relevant partner or agent) by e-mail or phone for any of the above reasons;
• subject to your consent where required under applicable laws, to carry out direct marketing and/or e-mail marketing;
• where necessary as part of any restructuring of the Company or sale of the Company’s business or assets;
• to perform any contract the Company has with you;
• for compliance with our legal, regulatory and other good governance obligations; and
• to analyse trends and customer journeys in using and accessing our Site.
This list is not intended to be exhaustive and may be updated from time to time as business needs and legal requirements dictate. Some of the personal information that we maintain will be kept in paper files, while other personal information will be included in computerized files and electronic databases.
In addition, we may use your personal information as necessary for the exercise of our legitimate business interests and needs (subject to data protection laws).
We may also convert your personal information into anonymous form and use it (normally on an aggregated statistical basis) for research and analysis purposes, such as to improve the content on the Site. We may also use it to monitor usage patterns on the Site to improve navigation and design features to help you get information more easily. This information is provided to us as daily logged files. In order to help us develop the website and our services, we may provide such aggregate information to our support and technical teams. The statistics however will not include any information that can be used to identify you. In addition, we may use pixels or transparent GIF files, to help manage online advertising.
Do you share my personal information with third parties?
Your personal information will be made available for the purposes mentioned above (or as otherwise notified to you from time to time), on a ‘need-to-know’ basis and only to responsible management, accounting, legal, logistics, audit, compliance, information technology and other corporate staff who properly need to know these details for their functions within the Company. Please note that certain individuals who will see your personal information may not be based at the Company or in your country (please see below).
Where you apply for tickets to attend one of our events, as explained above, your payment information will be shared with our partners to effect payment.
We may share personal information within the Company as needed for reasonable management, analysis, planning and decision making, including in relation to taking decisions regarding the expansion and promotion of our product and service offering, order or user and member request fulfilment and for use by those companies for the other purposes described in this Policy.
Your personal information may also be made available to third parties (within or outside the Company) providing relevant services under contract to the Company (see below for further details). Third parties in this context means, providers to the Company of responsible management, accounting, legal, logistics, audit, compliance, information technology, marketing and other services. This may also include providers of call centers, data storage and database hosting services, IT hosting and IT maintenance services. These companies may use information about you to perform functions on our behalf.
We will not sell your personal information to any third party other than as part of any restructuring or sale of the Company or relevant Company business.
Will my personal information be transferred abroad?
We have explained above how your personal information may be disclosed outside of the Company. As part of this, including for instance where we engage providers of services, such as our payment partners, your personal information may be transferred to countries or territories located outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) which do not have adequate protections for personal information. Steps will be taken with a view to protecting your personal information in that instance consistent with applicable data protection law.
What choices do we offer you with regard to direct marketing?
With your consent where relevant and in accordance with applicable data protection law, we may wish to provide you with information about new products, services, promotions and offers which may be of interest to you and may invite you to take part in market research or request feedback on our events and other products and services. This communication may occur by e-mail, telephone, post or SMS. We will take steps to advise you of how to opt-out of receiving such communications for example by clicking the “unsubscribe” link on any email that we send to you or by emailing email@example.com at any time.
Please note that marketing communications are not the same as “information only” communications and that consents are not usually required in order for us to communicate with you about the services you have enquired about or have signed up to obtain through the Sites, using contact details you have provided for this purpose.
What rights do you have in respect of your personal information?
You have a number of rights in respect of your personal information under applicable data protection law. These include the right to access or obtain copies of your personal information and to have inaccurate information about you corrected. To exercise these rights you would need to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and pay the statutory fee of £10 to the Company’s bank account with Tide, sort code: 23-69-72; account number: 05575232.
Can you change information we hold about you?
Where you have provided us with an email address or any other personal information which has since become outdated, you should inform us by using the contact form on the website.
The information we collect about site visitors the site, is stored in secure environments and we do not share any data that identifies any individual, to any other individual or party. We have mechanisms in place to protect data. One such mechanism is called a “firewall”. A firewall is a barrier that allows only authorised traffic through. It safeguards our computer systems and your information. We also use system and application logs to track all access. We review these logs periodically and investigate any anomalies or discrepancies. We understand that the security of your information is important to you. We also understand that our continued success as a publisher on the web relies on our ability to communicate with you in a secure manner. We adhere to the highest standards of decency, fairness, and integrity in our operations. We use several measures to authenticate your identity when you visit our site. We also take steps to protect your information as it travels the internet, and to make sure all information is as secure as possible against unauthorised access and use (for example, by hackers). Despite our best efforts, and the best efforts of other firms, “perfect security” does not exist on the internet, or anywhere else. As a result, whilst we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot warrant the security of the information you transmit to us online. You therefore do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best efforts to ensure its security on our system.
Any email between you and Funding-focus.com is not encrypted.
Keeping you informed
We will keep your details on record until we have completely dealt with your request, enquiry or application and then for a reasonable period afterwards, in accordance with data protection and other applicable legislation.
The Company may keep your details on record for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out above and will then endeavour to delete your details in accordance with data protection and other applicable legislation.
Changes to this Policy
We keep this Policy under regular review. We may change this Policy from time to time by updating this page in order to reflect changes in the law and/or our privacy practices. The date at the top of this Policy will be updated accordingly.
We encourage you to check the date of this Policy when you visit the Site for any updates or changes. We will notify you of any modified versions of this Policy that might materially affect the way we use or disclose your personal information.
By using our Site, submitting your personal information to us or interacting with us in other ways, you consent to the use of your personal information as described in this Policy (as amended from time to time).
This Policy only extends to the Site and does not, therefore, extend to your use of, provision of data to and collection of data on any website not connected to us to which you may link by using the hypertext links within this website.
If you have any questions about this Policy, please contact us at email@example.com.