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    Copyright Notice

    This website and its content is copyright of abacus Franchising Company Limited - © 2017 abacus Franchising Company Limited. All rights reserved.

    Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited other than the following:-

    You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.

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    This privacy policy sets out how abacus Franchising Company Limited uses and protects any information that you give abacus Franchising Company Limited when you use this website.

    abacus Franchising Company Limited is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

    abacus Franchising Company Limited may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 1st October 2009.

    What we collect

    We may collect the following information:-

    What we do with the information we gather

    We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:-


    We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

    How we use cookies

    A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

    We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

    Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

    You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

    Links to other websites

    Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

    Controlling your personal information

    You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:-

    We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

    You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to abacus Franchising Company Limited, 3a Blue Sky Way, Monkton Business Park South, Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, NE31 2EQ. If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

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    Terms and Conditions

    Welcome to our website. If you continue to browse and use this website, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy govern [business name]'s relationship with you in relation to this website. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, please do not use our website.

    The term 'abacus Franchising Company Limited' or 'us' or 'we' refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is 3a Blue Sky Way, Monkton Business Park South, Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, NE31 2EQ. Our company registration number is 4987125 registered in England & Wales. The term 'you' refers to the user or viewer of our website.

    The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:-

    You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.

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    Website Disclaimer

    The information contained in this site is of a general nature and is not a substitute for professional advice. You are recommended to obtain specific professional advice before you take any action.

    This website is published for the information of clients. Resources and factsheets provides only an overview of the regulations in force at the date of publication, and no action should be taken without consulting the detailed legislation or seeking professional advice. Therefore no responsibility for loss occasioned by any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the material can be accepted by the authors or the firm.

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    Cookie Policy

    "Almost all websites use cookies to help provide visitors with the best experience possible."

    Cookies help you and website owners to:-
    Most websites do not use cookies to:-

    What are Cookies?

    Cookies are files that websites place on visitors' PCs to store information, usually specific to that visitor - or rather the device they are using to view the site - like the browser or mobile phone.

    Cookies were created to overcome website limitations. Web pages are ‘dumb’, they have no memory and cannot easily pass information from page to page. So cookies are a way to provide a memory for web pages.

    Cookies allow you to login to one page on a website and then move to other pages whilst remaining logged in. They allow you as the visitor to set your preferences for the display of a page, and for these to be remembered when you return.

    Cookies can also track the pages you visit between sites, which allows advertisers to build up a profile and record your interests. In this way, when you land on a site that shows one of their adverts - they can tailor the ad to match your interests.

    Just about every website uses cookies, and every page you visit in those sites writes cookies to your computer and receives information back from them.

    The vast majority of cookies are totally innocent, very few collect any personal information, and in many cases the information they do gather is only used whilst you are on the site and is then forgotten.

    As explained below perhaps the best example used for very good reasons by a substantial percentage of all websites is Google Analytics – this tracks visitor numbers, where they came from, which pages were visited, how long was spent on each page and the like.

    Clearly it would be commercial madness to run a website without some form of Analytics, so if you want to use the internet you have little option but to accept that cookies will be used.

    Types of Cookies

    First Party Cookies

    One of the key elements of a cookie is the host domain of the site that sets the cookie, (the domain name), and therefore is picked up again on the next and subsequent visit. If the host name is the same as the domain in the browser address bar when it is set or retrieved, then it is a First Party Cookie.

    Third Party Cookies

    If the host domain for a cookie is not the same as the one in the browser bar when it was downloaded, these are referred to as third party cookie. Third party cookies are frequently used in conjunction with display ads shown on multiple sites. When you visit a site displaying that company's adverts, their cookies, are set and retrieved. This allows advertisers to 'track' the websites visited - and by inference build up an understanding of what visitors are interested in.

    Session Cookies

    Session Cookies are temporarily and are destroyed when the browser session ends, although they will survive navigating away from the website they came from. If you login to a website every time visit a site - it is using a session cookie to record your login details.

    Persistent Cookies

    This type of cookie is saved on the visitors computer so when you leave and return it will still be present. All persistent cookies have an expiry date, when it expires, it will be destroyed. If the expiry date isn't set, or is in the past, then it's a session cookie.

    There is no useful limit on an expiry date - it could be 25 years from the date of the first visit. If you return to the website, you will receive an updated version with a revised future expiry date, e.g. still 25 years from the subsequent visit.

    If when you return to a site having shut down your computer to find you are still logged in - it is using a persistent cookie to remember you.

    Persistent cookies can be used to track visitor behaviour as they navigate around a site. This data can be used to understand what visitors like and don't like about a site so it can be improved. This practice is known as Web Analytics. Ever since Google started providing Google Analytics free of charge, almost all websites use some form of it, (either that or paid for alternatives).

    Analytics cookies are probably the most common form of persistent cookies in use today.

    Secure Cookies

    Secure cookies are transmitted via HTTPS - which you will typically find in the checkout pages of online shopping sites. They ensure that data in the cookie is encrypted when it passes between the websites and browsers.

    HTTP Only Cookies

    If a cookie has the HTTP Only attribute set, a browser prevents any client script in the page (like JavaScript) from accessing the contents of the cookie. This protects it from cross-site-scripting (XSS) attacks, where a malicious script tries to send the content of a cookie to a third party website.

    Further information can be found at:-
    http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communica... and http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.

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