Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

Please read the following very carefully.

By completing and signing the Expo (exhibitor or partner)  Contract Form you agree to adhere to and respect the Terms and Conditions set out below:

“The Event” – The exhibition, seminar, meeting or conference.
“The Organiser” – The event is organised and promoted by thebestof Exeter  Limited t/a South West Business Connections
“The Exhibitor” – Any company or person ordering display space at the event

EXHIBITOR COVENANT
The Exhibitor agrees to abide by all rules and regulations adopted by organiser and sponsors and agrees that organiser shall have the final decision in adopting any rule or regulation deemed necessary prior to, during and after the show.

STAND APPLICATION/ALLOCATION
The Exhibitor/Sponsor must apply for a stand by signing, completing and returning the stand booking form immediately to the organiser. Stands are assigned subject to availability. The organiser reserves the right at any time to re-arrange the stand layout or allocation and compensation will not be given.

ASSIGNMENT AND SUBLETTING
The Exhibitor shall not assign any rights under this agreement or sublet the space without the prior written permission of the organisers which permission may be withheld without giving any reason. This includes staff, promotional material and branding for any company not named on the booking form.

EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY
The Exhibitor accepts all risks associated with the use of the exhibit space and environs. The Exhibitor shall not make any claim or demand or take any legal action, whatsoever, against SWBE, the show sponsors or the facility in which the show is held, for any loss, damage or injury howsoever caused, to the Exhibitor, its officers, employees, agents or their property.

INDEMNITY
The Exhibitor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the organisers, show sponsors and the facility, their respective officers, agents and employees, against all claims, costs and charges of every kind resulting from their occupancy of the exhibit space or its environs, for personal injuries, death, property damages or any other damage sustained by the exhibitor or its officers, agents, employees or those for whom in law they are responsible, or the organisers or a delegate to the show.

EXHIBITOR’S PROPERTY
All of the Exhibitor’s property at the show shall be at the sole risk of the Exhibitor and organiser assumes no responsibility for loss or damage thereto.

EXHIBITION CONDUCT
Exhibitors may only undertake exhibition activity within the boundaries of their own stand.
 Exhibitors found leafleting  or canvassing outside their stand, or otherwise causing harassment to either delegates or other Exhibitors, will be removed from the exhibition hall, without recompense.

INSURANCE
Each Exhibitor exhibits at its own risk. The Exhibitor is responsible for and shall indemnify the Organiser in respect of all claims (whether arising from personal injury or damage to property or otherwise) arising in connection with the erection and dismantling of the Exhibitor’s Stand and anything permitted, omitted or done thereon or there from during the period of the Exhibition or during the construction and dismantling periods arising directly or indirectly by the act, omission or neglect of activity or other article or thing of the Exhibitor or in the possession or use of the Exhibitor.
The Organiser will take such precautions as it may consider appropriate for the proper running of the Exhibition, but will not at any time be responsible for the loss of, or damage to, or safety of any stand, exhibit, materials or other property of an Exhibitor or any other person under any circumstances.
ALL Exhibitors must hold a Public Liability policy of insurance providing cover of at least £5,000,000, and this must be produced prior to the exhibition upon request. All Exhibitors are advised to effect their own insurance against all relevant risks.
Any stand playing music must have its own PPL certificate and must not annoy or inconvenience any other stand-holder or delegate.

BUILDING
The Exhibitor is liable for any damage it may cause to the facility or to any property of the organisers, its agents or any other exhibitor. The Exhibitor may not apply paint, lacquer, adhesive or other coatings to the facility or to the property of organisers, its agents or any other Exhibitor. Exhibitors are expressly forbidden to alter any aspect of the as-built stand without written permission from the organisers.

PAYMENT TERMS

Payment is due within seven days of the date of invoice (or immediately on receipt of invoice if less than 60 days before the show opening date). If you fail to make payment in accordance with these terms and conditions the organisers may cancel your booking without notice. If your booking is cancelled for breach of this term you agree to pay a lost opportunity fee equivalent to the full invoice value.

If the exhibitor is paying for the stand via direct debit of 3 equal payments (for the stand only) a admin fee of £20 + VAT is charged. The stand is not booked until the final payment has been made. If the direct debit is cancelled before the total has been paid off, the exhibitor’s stand will be released for sale and the organiser will charge a cancellation fee.

CONDITIONS OF PAYMENT

Terms of payment are those stated below. Non-payment of any part of the Contract Price or of any other sums properly due from the Exhibitor to the organiser will give the organiser all or any of the following rights, which are in addition to any other rights the organiser may have:

(a)   To impose a surcharge of 8% above the Bank of England official dealing rate;
(b)   To recover additional costs including any legal costs incurred in the collection of monies due to the organiser;
(c)   To prohibit the Exhibitor from erecting and/or occupying the space or stand allocated;
(d)   To use the allocated space in such a way as the organiser thinks fit and to recover from the Exhibitor any expense in doing so;
(e)   To exercise a general lien on all the Exhibitor’s property in or about the Exhibition premises;
(f)    To treat the Contract as determined.

TERMINATION OF THE CONTRACT

The organisers may terminate this Contract if:  The Exhibitor fails to observe or perform any of the Contract terms and conditions; The Exhibitor becomes bankrupt or makes an arrangement or compromise with his creditors or, being a Company, enters into liquidation whether compulsory or voluntary (save for the purposes of amalgamation and/or reconstruction) or suffers the appointment of a receiver, administrative receiver or administrator, or enters into or suffers any similar insolvency procedure under any jurisdiction.

CANCELLATION BY EXHIBITOR
The Exhibitor may give written notice of his intention to withdraw prior to 60 days before the show – which the organiser in its discretion may permit by written confirmation – subject to the payment of 50% of the total contract price by the Exhibitor to the organiser as consideration for release from the Contract.

If the Exhibitor cancels the booking or bookings within 60 days of the show opening date, this will incur a fee of 100% of the total cost of the booking, payable immediately.

An exhibitor may transfer their booking to another event, subject to availability, with the consent of the organisers upon payment of a £70 plus vat transfer fee as long as a request to transfer is made at least 7 clear days before the event in writing.

Since withdrawal will cause the organisers loss and further costs in reselling the stand, the organiser is entitled to charge cancellation fees as set out above. These are intended purely to compensate the organiser, and once paid, the organiser will acknowledge that the exhibitor has no further liabilities in relation to this exhibition.

SETTING UP AND DISMANTLING STANDS
Exhibitors are advised that the set-up time will be on the day from 0730 – 0915. Exhibits can be dismantled after 1545 when the Expo closes. It is forbidden to dismantle before this time for health and safety reasons. The organisers reserve the right to stop exhibitors from leaving before 1545. Please note if you dismantle your stand before 1545, your business will be fined £250, with the proceeds going to our Expo Charity.

Please also make sure you take away ALL your things from your stand, anything left behind including boxes of leaflets, brochure etc will be thrown out and you will fined £250 with the proceeds going to our Expo Charity.

HEALTH & SAFETY
All exhibitors have a responsibility to ensure the health, safety and welfare of themselves and others. The organisers shall not be held responsible by any exhibitor or their staff/agents or members of the public for any injury or loss due to negligence or unsafe displays. All exhibitors are required to have carried out an assessment of the potential risks associated with their activities.

FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Exhibitors must provide fire safety equipment appropriate to their activities. In particular, all exhibitors that cook on site must have adequate fire fighting equipment including fire blankets. The organisers shall not be held responsible for loss or damage of stock or equipment, howsoever caused, during the Business Show.

ELECTRICITY
Limited electrical supplies are available. These must be booked and paid for on your booking form. Extension leads if required (from the supplied unit) are the responsibility of the exhibitor and are not available from the organisers. Please advise if you are using power hungry products, as specific electrical supplies will have to be organised.

EQUIPMENT
Exhibitors may NOT bring their own generators onto site. All electrical equipment must be certified and have a current PAT certificate. The certificate should be brought with you on the day. Please note that non PAT tested equipment cannot be used under any circumstances.

CANCELLATION OR CURTAILMENT OF EVENT 
In the event that the facility in which the show is to be held or is held is destroyed or becomes unavailable for occupancy, for reasons beyond the reasonable control of the organiser and sponsors, or if for any reason the organiser is unable to permit the exhibitor to occupy the facility or the space, or if the show is cancelled, postponed or curtailed for any reason, the organiser and sponsors will not be responsible for any loss of business, loss of profits, damage or expense of whatever nature that the exhibitor may suffer. The reasons listed include, but are not limited to, such reasons as: casualty, explosion, fire,  lightning, flood, snow, weather, epidemic, earthquake or other event, acts of public enemies, riots or civil disturbances, strike, lockout or boycott or other force majeure event. Exhibitors are advised to take out appropriate insurance to cover all eventualities. Any refunds due will be paid minus an administrative deduction to cover costs incurred.

GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION, RIGHT OF REFUSAL
This contract shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and the parties agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. This contract is assignable by the organiser to another company. The organiser reserves the right to refuse any application.