Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how the St Francis Group uses and protects any information that you give the St Francis Group when you use this website.

St Francis Limited - Privacy Policy

Overview – the key information you should be aware of
(A) Who we are: We are St Francis Limited, one of the UK's leading veterinary buying groups, based in England.  If you need it, our company number is 02617906 and our registered office is at Centaur House, Torbay Road, Castle Cary, United Kingdom BA7 7EU and our main trading address is Office Unit 1, Oundle Wharf, Station Road, Oundle, PE8 4DE.  St Francis Limited is the controller of your personal information, and is responsible for your personal information.  All references in this policy to "St Francis Group", "our", "us" or "we" refer to St Francis Limited.  All references in this policy to "our website" refer to the website owned by St Francis Group at www.st-francis.co.uk.

(B) Our values and what this policy is for: We value your privacy and want to be accountable and fair to you as well as transparent with you in the way that we collect and use your personal information.  We also want you to know your rights in relation to your information which you can find here Your rights
In line with these values, this privacy policy tells you what to expect when we collect and use personal information about you.  We have tried to make it easy for you to navigate so you can find the information that is most relevant to you and our relationship with you. 
We are always looking to improve the information we provide to our customers and contacts so if you have any feedback on this privacy policy, please let us know using our contact details in section 13 Contact Details

(C) Who this policy applies to:  This policy applies to:
1. Visitors to our website - Visitors
2. Customers, and employees of our customers - Customers
3. Prospective customers (to whom we send marketing communications) and people who contact us with enquiries - Prospective; and
4. Our suppliers, and employees of our suppliers - Suppliers
Depending on our relationship, we will collect and use your information in different ways.  Please click on the links above to find out the information that we collect about you and how we use this information.

(D) What this policy contains: This privacy policy describes the following important topics relating to your information (you can click on the links to find out more):
1. How we obtain your personal information - How to
2. Collection of your personal information and how we use it - Collection
3. Our legal basis for using your personal information - Legal Basis
4. How and why we share your personal information with others - How and Why
5. How long we store your personal information - Store
6. Your rights - Your rights
7. Children - Children
8. Marketing - Marketing
9. Where we may transfer your personal information - Transfer
10. Risks and how we keep your personal information secure - Risks
11. Links to other websites - Links
12. Changes to this privacy policy - Changes and
13. Further questions and how to make a complaint - Contact Details

(E) Your rights to object: You have various rights in respect of our use of your personal information as set out in section 6.  Two of the fundamental rights to be aware of are that:
1. You may ask us to stop using your personal information for direct marketing purposes.  If you exercise this right, we will stop using your personal information for this purpose.
2. You may ask us to consider any valid objections which you have to our use of your personal information where we process your personal information on the basis of our, or another person's, legitimate interest. 

You can find out more information in section 6 - Your rights

(F) What you need to do and your confirmation to us: Please read this privacy policy carefully to understand how we handle your personal information. By engaging with us in the ways set out in this privacy policy, you confirm that you have read and understood the entirety of this privacy policy, as it applies to you.
The detail – the key information you should be aware of
1. How we obtain your personal information
1.1 You may provide us with your personal information voluntarily.  You may give us personal information about yourself by using the enquiry forms on our website, by completing forms in order to set up an account for your employer, at trade fairs or similar events, or by contacting us by phone, email or other means. This includes, for example, where you provide your personal information to us in order to receive information or services from us. If you are a supplier, you may also give us personal information about you when you are offering or providing services to us.

2. Collection of your personal information and how we use it 
Please go to the section or sections below that best describes our relationship with you to find out the information that we collect about you and how we use this information.  We refer to this as "personal information" throughout this policy.

2.1 Visitors to our website
(a) What personal information we collect about you

We, or third parties on our behalf, may collect and use any of the following information about you:
(i) your name including your title;
(ii) your email address;
(iii) your telephone number;
(iv) information provided when you correspond with us;
(v) any updates to information provided to us; and
(vi) the following information created and recorded automatically when you visit our website:

(A) Technical information. This includes: the Internet Protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the internet address; the website address from which you access information; and the files requested; . We may use this personal information to administer our website and to measure the efficiency of our systems; and

(B) Information about your visit and your behaviour on our website (for example, the pages that you click on).  This may include the website you visit before and after visiting our website (including date and time), time and length of visits to certain pages, traffic data, weblogs and other communication data and information provided when requesting further service or downloads.

(b) How we use your personal information
We will collect, use and store the personal information listed above for the following reasons:
(i) to receive and respond to enquiries from you through the website;
(ii) for improvement and maintenance of our website and to provide technical support for our website;
(iii) to ensure the security of our website; and
(iv) to recognise you when you return to our website, to store information about your preferences, and to allow us to customise the website for you.
Please see sections 2.5 and 2.6 for more details about how we use your personal information.

(c) Cookies
(i) Some pages on our website use cookies, which are small files placed on your internet browser when you visit our website. We use cookies in order to offer you a more tailored experience in the future, by understanding and remembering your particular browsing preferences. 
(ii) Where we use cookies on our website, you may block these at any time. To do so, you can activate the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies), you may not be able to access all or parts of our website or to use all the functionality provided through our website.
(iii) For detailed information on the cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them, please refer to our Cookies Policy https://www.st-francis.co.uk/assets/downloads/r6535103179876988790-02/St_Francis_Limited_-_Cookie_Policy_-_20180523.pdf.

2.2 Customers, and employees of our customers
(a) What personal information we collect about you
We may collect and use any of the following information about you:
(i) your name including your title;
(ii) your postal address;
(iii) your email address;
(iv) your telephone number;
(v) information provided when you correspond with us;
(vi) any updates to information provided to us; and
(vii) information needed to provide products and services to you (including order details, order history and payment details, customer services information, and customer relationship management information).

(b) How we use your personal information
We will collect, use and store the personal information listed above for the following reasons:

(i) to facilitate deliveries of products and services ordered by you;
(ii) to deal with any enquiries or issues you have about our products and services;
(iii) to send you certain communications (including by email or post) about our products and services such as administrative messages;
(iv) to carry out statistical analysis and market research on practices who may be interested in our products and services;
(v) if it is in our legitimate interests for business development and marketing purposes, and subject to section 2.2(b)(vi) directly below, to contact you by telephone, post or email with information about our products and services or the products and services of our suppliers which either you request, or which we feel will be of interest to you; and
(vi) if you are a sole trader or a non-limited liability partnership and you have consented, to contact you by email with information about our products and services or the products and services of our suppliers which either you request, or which we feel will be of interest to you.

Please see sections 2.5 and 2.6 for more details about how we use your personal information.

(c) Special categories of data. We do not collect any special categories of data.

2.3 Prospective customers (to whom we send marketing communications) and people who contact us with enquiries

(a) We may collect and use any of the following information about you:
(i) your name including your title;
(ii) your postal address;
(iii) your email address; and
(iv) your telephone number.

(b) How we use your personal information
We will collect, use and store the personal information listed above, if it is in our legitimate interests for business development and marketing purposes, to contact you (including by telephone, email or post) with information about our products and services which you request, or if you are a sole trader or a non-limited liability partnership where you have consented.

Please see sections 2.5 and 2.6 for more details about how we use your personal information.

2.4 Our suppliers, and employees of our suppliers

(a) We may collect and use any of the following information about you:
(i) your name including your title;
(ii) work contact information (phone number, postal address, mailing address, email address);
(iii) your job title;
(iv) information provided when you correspond with us;
(v) any updates to information provided to us; and
(vi) personal information we collect about you from third party sources.

(b) How we use your personal information
We will collect, use and store the personal information listed above for the following reasons:
(i) to enable us to purchase and receive products and services from you (including supplier due diligence, payment and expense reporting and financial audits);
(ii) to deal with enquiries from you; and
(iii) for security vetting and criminal records checks (where applicable and allowed by law).

Please see sections 2.5 and 2.6 for more details about how we use your personal information.

(c) Source of personal information.  We may receive some of your personal information from third party sources, such as your employer or your employer's company website.

(d) Special categories of data. We do not collect any special categories of data.

2.5 Whatever our relationship with you is, we may also collect, use and store your personal information for the following additional reasons:

(a) to deal with any enquiries or issues you have about how we collect, store and use your personal information, or any requests made by you for a copy of the information we hold about you.  If we do not have a contract with you, we may process your personal information for these purposes where it is in our legitimate interests for customer services purposes;

(b) for internal corporate reporting, business administration, ensuring adequate insurance coverage for our business, ensuring the security of our depots and facilities, and to identify and implement business efficiencies.  We may process your personal information for these purposes where it is in our legitimate interests to do so;

(c) to comply with any procedures, laws and regulations which apply to us – this may include where we reasonably consider it is in our legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of others to comply, as well as where we are legally required to do so; and

(d) to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights – this may include where we reasonably consider it is in our legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of others, as well as where we are legally required to do so.

2.6 Further processing

We will not use your personal information in any way that is incompatible with the purposes set out in this section 2.  Please contact us using the details in section 13 - Contact Details if you want further information on the analysis we will undertake to establish if a new use of your personal information is compatible with these purposes.

3. Legal basis for use of your personal information

3.1 We consider that the legal bases for using your personal information as set out in this privacy policy are as follows:
(a) our use of your personal information is necessary to perform our obligations under any contract with you (for example, to comply with the terms of use of our website which you accept by browsing our website); or

(b) our use of your personal information is necessary for complying with our legal obligations (for example, for health and safety purposes); or

(c) where neither (a) nor (b) apply, use of your personal information is necessary for our legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of others (for example, to ensure the security of our website). Our legitimate interests are to:

(i) run, grow and develop our business including processing and creating invoices and other financial documents on behalf of suppliers;
(ii) operate our website; and
(iii) carry out marketing, market research and business development.

If we rely on our legitimate interests for using your personal information, we will undertake a balancing test to ensure that our legitimate interests are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms which require protection of the personal information.  You can ask us for information on this balancing test by using the contact details at section 13 - Contact Details.

3.2 We may process your personal information in some cases for marketing purposes on the basis of your consent (which you may withdraw at any time after giving it, as described below).

3.3 If we rely on your consent for us to use your personal information in a particular way, but you later change your mind, you may withdraw your consent by contacting us at privacy@cvws.co.uk and we will stop doing so. However, if you withdraw your consent, this may impact the ability for us to be able to provide services to you (for example, we may not be able to provide e-mail marketing information to you).

4. How and why we share your personal information with others

4.1 We may share your personal information with our group companies where it is in our legitimate interests to do so for internal administrative purposes (for example, for corporate strategy, compliance, auditing and monitoring, and quality assurance).   

4.2 We will share your personal information with the following third parties or categories of third parties:

(a) our suppliers; and

(b) our other service providers and sub-contractors, including payment processors, utility providers, suppliers of technical and support services, and insurers.

4.3 Any third parties with whom we share your personal information are limited (by law and by contract) in their ability to use your personal information. We will always ensure that any third parties with whom we share your personal information are subject to privacy and security obligations consistent with this privacy policy and applicable laws.

4.4 We will also disclose your personal information to third parties:
where it is in our legitimate interests to do so to run, grow and develop our business:

(i) if we sell or buy any business or assets, we may disclose your personal information to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets;

(ii) if substantially all of our or any of our affiliates' assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal information held by us will be one of the transferred assets;

(b) if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal information in order to comply with any legal obligation, any lawful request from government or law enforcement officials and as may be required to meet national security or law enforcement requirements or prevent illegal activity;
(c) in order to enforce or apply our terms of use, or any other agreement or to respond to any claims, to protect our rights or the rights of a third party, to protect the safety of any person or to prevent any illegal activity; or
(d) to protect the rights, property, or safety of St Francis Group, our staff, our customers or other persons. This may include exchanging personal information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection.

4.5 We may also disclose and use anonymised, aggregated reporting and statistics about users of our website or our services for the purpose of internal reporting or reporting to our group or other third parties, and for our marketing and promotion purposes. None of these anonymised, aggregated reports or statistics will enable our users to be personally identified.

4.6 Save as expressly detailed above, we will never share, sell or rent any of your personal information to any third party without notifying you and, where necessary, obtaining your consent. If you have given your consent for us to use your personal information in a particular way, but later change your mind, you should contact us and we will stop doing so.

5. How long we store your personal information

We keep your personal information for no longer than necessary for the purposes for which the personal information is processed.  The length of time for which we retain personal information depends on the purposes for which we collect and use it and/or as required to comply with applicable laws and to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights.   

6. Your rights

6.1 You have certain rights in relation to your personal information. If you would like further information in relation to these or would like to exercise any of them, please contact us via email at privacy@cvws.co.uk at any time. You have the following rights:

(a) Right of access.  You have a right of access to any personal information we hold about you.  You can ask us for a copy of your personal information; confirmation as to whether your personal information is being used by us; details about how and why it is being used; and details of the safeguards which in place if we transfer your information outside of the United Kingdom or the European Economic Area ("EEA").
(b) Right to update your information.  You have a right to request an update to any of your personal information which is out of date or incorrect.
(c) Right delete your information.  You have a right to ask us to delete any personal information which we are holding about you in certain specific circumstances.  You can ask us for further information on these specific circumstances by contacting us using the details in section 13 - Contact Details.
We will pass your request onto other recipients of your personal information unless that is impossible or involves disproportionate effort.  You can ask us who the recipients are, using the contact details in section 13 - Contact Details.
(d) Right to restrict use of your information: You have a right to ask us to restrict the way that we process your personal information in certain specific circumstances.  You can ask us for further information on these specific circumstances by contacting us using the details in section 13 - Contact Details
We will pass your request onto other recipients of your personal information unless that is impossible or involves disproportionate effort.  You can ask us who the recipients are using the contact details in section 13 - Contact Details.
(e) Right to stop marketing: You have a right to ask us to stop using your personal information for direct marketing purposes.  If you exercise this right, we will stop using your personal information for this purpose.
(f) Right to data portability: You have a right to ask us to provide your personal information to a third party provider of services. 
This right only applies where we use your personal information on the basis of your consent or performance of a contract; and where our use of your information is carried out by automated means.
(g) Right to object.  You have a right to ask us to consider any valid objections which you have to our use of your personal information where we process your personal information on the basis of our or another person's legitimate interest. 

6.2 We will consider all such requests and provide our response within a reasonable period (and in any event within one month of your request unless we tell you we are entitled to a longer period under applicable law). Please note, however, that certain personal information may be exempt from such requests in certain circumstances, for example if we need to keep using the information to comply with our own legal obligations or to establish, exercise or defend legal claims. 

6.3 If an exception applies, we will tell you this when responding to your request.  We may request you provide us with information necessary to confirm your identity before responding to any request you make. 

7. Children

7.1 You must be aged 18 or over to purchase products or services from us. Our website and services are not directed at children and we do not knowingly collect any personal information from children.

7.2 If you are a child and we learn that we have inadvertently obtained personal information from you from our websites, or from any other source, then we will delete that information as soon as possible.

7.3 Please contact us at privacy@cvws.co.uk if you are aware that we may have inadvertently collected personal information from a child.

8. Marketing

8.1 If you are a customer, or an employee of a customer, we may send you certain marketing communications as set out in section 2.2(b) How we use.  

8.2 We will always obtain your consent to direct marketing communications where we are required to do so by law. 

8.3 If you wish to stop receiving marketing communications from us, you can contact us by email at privacy@cvws.co.uk

9. Where we may transfer your personal information

We will not transfer your personal information outside of the United Kingdom. 

10. Risks and how we keep your personal information secure

10.1 The main risk of our processing of your personal information is if it is lost, stolen or misused.  This could lead to your personal information being in the hands of someone else who may use it fraudulently or make public, information that you would prefer to keep private.

10.2 For this reason, St Francis Group is committed to protecting your personal information from loss, theft and misuse.  We take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal information, including through use of appropriate organisational and technical measures such as physical access controls to premises, staff training, using passwords for systems access, and using anti-virus software.

10.3 In the course of provision of your personal information to us, your personal information may be transferred over the internet.  Although we make every effort to protect the personal information which you provide to us, the transmission of information over the internet is not completely secure. As such, you acknowledge and accept that we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our website and that any such transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your personal information, we will use strict procedures and security features to prevent unauthorised access to it.

10.4 Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access your online account, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential.

11. Links to other websites

Our website may contain hyperlinks to websites that are not operated by us. These hyperlinks are provided for your reference and convenience only and do not imply any endorsement of the activities of such third-party websites or any association with their operators. This privacy policy only applies to the personal information that we collect or which we receive from third party sources, and we cannot be responsible for personal information about you that is collected and stored by third parties. Third party websites have their own terms and conditions and privacy policies, and you should read these carefully before you submit any personal information to these websites. We do not endorse or otherwise accept any responsibility or liability for the content of such third party websites or third party terms and conditions or policies.

12. Changes to our privacy policy

We may update our privacy policy from time to time. Any changes we make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by post or email. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy policy.

13. Further questions and how to make a complaint

13.1 If you have any queries or complaints about our collection, use or storage of your personal information, or if you wish to exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal information, please contact our Data Protection Co-ordinator at privacy@cvws.co.uk. We will investigate and attempt to resolve any such complaint or dispute regarding the use or disclosure of your personal information.

13.2 In accordance with Article 77 of the General Data Protection Regulation, you may also make a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office, or the data protection regulator in the country where you usually live or work, or where an alleged infringement of the General Data Protection Regulation has taken place.  Alternatively, you may seek a remedy through the courts if you believe your rights have been breached.

The practices described in this privacy policy statement are current as of 22nd May 2018.