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Terms and Conditions

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully before registering for a chargeable subscription for the Services offered on this website operated by AirBlade Software Limited with registered address: 3 Manor Courtyard, Hughenden Avenue, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 5RE, UK; registered company number: 5707678; VAT number: 977398249.

By registering for a free trial or completing the online registration form for a chargeable subscription for the Services at https://sparklehq.com and clicking on the accept buttons relating to our Terms and Conditions, DPA and Privacy Policy, you the Customer agree to be legally bound by these Terms and Conditions, DPA and Privacy Policy as they may be modified and posted on our website from time to time. In the event of any inconsistency between the content of the Terms and Conditions, DPA and the Privacy Policy, the Terms and Conditions shall prevail followed by the DPA and then the Privacy Policy.

If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, DPA and Privacy Policy then you may not purchase our Services.

  1. Definitions

In this Agreement, the following words shall have the following meanings:

Agreement means these Terms and Conditions, DPA and the Privacy Policy together;
Business Day means Monday to Friday excluding any national holiday in England and Wales;
Business Hours means 9am to 5pm (UK time);
Company means AirBlade Software Limited;
Confidential Information means any and all information in whatsoever form relating to the Company or the Customer, or the business, prospective business, finances, technical processes, computer software (both source code and object code), IPRs or finances of the Company or the Customer (as the case may be), or compilations of two or more items of such information, whether or not each individual item is in itself confidential, which comes into a party’s possession by virtue of its entry into this Agreement or provision of the Services, and which the party regards, or could reasonably be expected to regard, as confidential and any and all information which has been or may be derived or obtained from any such information;
Consequential Loss means pure economic loss, losses incurred by any client of the Customer or other third party, loss of profits (whether categorised as direct or indirect loss), losses arising from business interruption, loss of business revenue, goodwill or anticipated savings, losses whether or not occurring in the normal course of business, wasted management or staff time;
Customer Data means all data imported into the Services for the purpose of using the Services or facilitating the Customer’s use of the Services;
Customer means the company or person who completes the online registration form for use of the Services;
DPA means the data processing agreement published at https://sparklehq.com/company/data-processing-agreement as amended from time to time;
Effective Date means the date set out in the confirmation invoice;
Fees means the fees set out in the confirmation invoice sent to the Customer upon acceptance of its online order;
Force Majeure means anything outside the reasonable control of a party, including but not limited to, acts of God, fire, storm, flood, earthquake, explosion, accident, acts of the public enemy, war, rebellion, insurrection, sabotage, epidemic, quarantine restriction, labour dispute, labour shortage, power shortage, including without limitation where Company ceases to be entitled to access the Internet for whatever reason, server crashes, deletion, corruption, loss or removal of data, transportation embargo, failure or delay in transportation, any act or omission (including laws, regulations, disapprovals or failures to approve) of any government or government agency;
Initial Term means a period of 1 month or 6 months or 12 months as agreed with the Customer starting on the Effective Date;
IPR means all copyrights, patents, utility models, trademarks, service marks, registered designs, moral rights, design rights (whether registered or unregistered), technical information, know-how, database rights, semiconductor topography rights, business names and logos, computer data, generic rights, proprietary information rights and all other similar proprietary rights (and all applications and rights to apply for registration or protection of any of the foregoing) as may exist anywhere in the world;
Operating Rules means any Company rules or protocols, in whatever form recorded or set, that affect the Customer’s access to or use of the Services, and made available by the Company from time to time to the Customer;
Privacy Policy means the privacy policy published at https://sparklehq.com/company/privacy-policy as amended from time to time;
Renewal Term means a period of the same length as the Initial Term;
Services means the software applications services (including any computer software programmes and, if appropriate, Updates thereto) of the Company, ordered online by the Customer and set out in the confirmation invoice sent to the Customer;
Term means the Initial Term plus any Renewal Terms together;
Terms and Conditions means these terms and conditions published at https://sparklehq.com/company/terms-and-conditions as amended from time to time;
Updates means any new or updated applications services or tools (including any computer software programmes) made available by the Company as part of the Services.
  1. Services
    1. The Customer engages the Company and the Company agrees to provide the Services to the Customer for the Term in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
    2. The Services shall be made available to Customers via the Internet during any calendar month at least 99.5% on Business Days during Business Hours in accordance with the terms of this Agreement (together with any Operating Rules).
  2. Licences & Intellectual Property Rights
    1. Subject to the Customer’s payment of the Fees, the Customer is granted a non-exclusive and non-transferable licence to use the Services (including any associated software, IPRs and Confidential Information) during the Term for the Customer’s internal business operations. Such licence shall permit the Customer to make such copies of software or other information as are required for the Customer to receive the Services via the Internet. Where open source software is used as part of the Services, such software use by the Customer will be subject to the terms of the open source licences.
    2. Disassembly, decompilation or reverse engineering and other source code derivation of the software comprised within the Services is prohibited. To the extent that the Customer is granted the right by law to decompile such software in order to obtain information necessary to render the Services interoperable with other software (and upon written request by the Customer identifying relevant details of the Services(s) with which interoperability is sought and the nature of the information needed), the Company will provide access to relevant source code or information. The Company has the right to impose reasonable conditions including but not limited to the imposition of a reasonable fee for providing such access and information.
    3. Unless otherwise specified in this Agreement, the Services are provided and may be used by the Customer in conjunction with its existing systems and applications to facilitate the Customers use of the Services with its employees, who are permitted to access and use the Services. The Customer may not: (i) lease, loan, resell or otherwise distribute the Services save as permitted in writing by the Company; (ii) use the Services to provide ancillary services related to the Services; or (iii) except as permitted in this Agreement, provide access to or allow use of the Services by or on behalf of any third party.
    4. All IPRs and title to the Services (save to the extent they incorporate any Customer or third party owned item) shall remain with the Company and/or its licensors and no interest or ownership in the Services, the IPRs or otherwise is transferred to the Customer under this Agreement. No right to modify, adapt, or translate the Services or create derivative works from the Services is granted to the Customer. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to mean, by inference or otherwise, that the Customer has any right to obtain source code for the software comprised within the Services.
    5. The Customer shall retain sole ownership of all rights, title and interest in and to Customer Data its pre-existing IPRs and shall have the sole responsibility for the legality, reliability, integrity, accuracy and quality of the Customer Data and its pre-existing IPRs. The Customer grants the Company a non-exclusive, licence to use Customer Data, Customer IPR and any third party owned item from the Effective Date for the Term to the extent required for the provision of the Services.
    6. The Customer grants the Company a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable licence to display the Customer’s name, logo and trademarks, as designated and/or amended by the Customer from time to time and as required in the creation of correspondence, documentation and website front ends in the provision of the Services.
    7. The Company may take and maintain technical precautions to protect the Services from improper or unauthorised use, distribution or copying.
  3. Ordering, Fees, Invoicing and Payments
    1. In consideration of the provision of the Services by the Company, the Customer shall pay the Company the Fees.
    2. The Company shall render invoices to the Customer in respect of the Fees and all Fees are payable by bank transfer or SEPA direct debit for UK and EU Customers and credit card using Stripe for other Customers at the time of order. The Fee is the price in force at the date and time of the Customer’s order, set out in the confirmation invoice. All Fees are inclusive of VAT for UK Customers.
    3. The Company is entitled to refuse any order placed by a Customer. If an order is accepted, the Company will confirm acceptance by sending a confirmation invoice to the Customer via email.
    4. All invoices shall be in pounds Sterling for UK Customers or Euros for EU Customers or US Dollars otherwise and shall be payable immediately in full by the Customer together with any Value Added Tax (if applicable).
    5. The Customer undertakes that all details provided for the purpose of obtaining the Services are correct and that the credit card details used are its own and that there are sufficient funds or credit facilities to cover the Fees.
    6. Unless stated otherwise in the confirmation invoice, payment of all Fees is due immediately on receipt of invoices and shall be without prejudice to any claims or rights which the Customer may have against the Company. If the Customer believes that any invoice is incorrect, it must notify the Company in writing within 30 days of the invoice date.
    7. Where payment of any Fee is not received on the due payment date, the Company may, without liability to the Customer, disable the Customer’s password, account and access to all or part of the Services and the Company shall be under no obligation to provide any or all of the Services while the invoice(s) concerned remains unpaid.
    8. The Company shall be entitled to charge interest on overdue Fees at the applicable statutory rate and reserves the right to recover any costs and reasonable legal fees it incurs in recovering overdue payments.
  4. Warranties
    1. The Company warrants to the Customer that (i) it has the right to license the Services and that the Services will operate to provide the facilities and functions implemented by the Company; and (ii) that by performing the Services it will not infringe the IPRs of any third party or be in breach of any obligations it may have to a third party. The foregoing warranties shall not: (i) cover deficiencies or damages relating to any third party components not furnished by the Company; or (ii) any third party provided connectivity necessary for the provision or use of the Services. In the event of a breach of the warranties under this section 5.1, the Company shall have no liability or obligations to the Customer other than to reimburse the Fees for the Services.
    2. The Customer warrants and represents that: (i) it has full corporate power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to perform its obligations; (ii) the execution and performance of its obligations under this Agreement does not violate or conflict with the terms of any other agreement to which it is a party and is in accordance with any applicable laws; (iii) it shall respect all applicable laws and regulations, governmental orders and court orders, which relate to this Agreement; and (iv) it rightfully owns the necessary user rights, copyrights and ancillary copyrights and permits required for it to fulfil its obligations under this Agreement; and (v) it shall maintain reasonable security measures (as may change over time) covering, without limitation, confidentiality, authenticity and integrity to ensure that access to the Services granted under this Agreement is limited as set out in this Agreement.
    3. Except as expressly stated in this Agreement, all warranties and conditions, whether express or implied by statute, common law or otherwise (including but not limited to satisfactory quality and fitness for purpose), are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. No warranty is made regarding the results of usage of the Services or that the functionality of the Services will meet the requirements of the Customer or that the Services will operate uninterrupted or error free.
  5. Liability
    1. Neither party excludes or limits its liability to the other for fraud, death or personal injury caused by any negligent act or omission or wilful misconduct in connection with the use or provision of the Services.
    2. In no event shall the Company be liable to the Customer whether arising under this Agreement or in tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation or however arising, for any Consequential Loss.
    3. Subject to sections 6.1 and 6.2, the total liability of the Company (whether in contract, tort or otherwise) under or in connection with this Agreement or based on any claim for indemnity or contribution shall not exceed one hundred (100) per cent of the total Fees (excluding any VAT, duty, sales or similar taxes) paid or payable by the Customer to the Company during the preceding twelve (12) month period or, if the duration of the Agreement has been less than twelve (12) months, such shorter period, as applicable.
    4. In no event shall the Customer raise any claim under this Agreement more than one (1) year after: (i) the discovery of the circumstances giving rise to such claim; or (ii) the effective date of the termination of this Agreement.
    5. The Customer acknowledges and agrees that in entering into this Agreement, the Customer had recourse to its own skill and judgement and has not relied on any representations made by the Company, any employees or agents of the Company.
  6. Indemnities
    1. The Company, at its own expense, shall: (i) defend, or at its option, settle any claim or suit brought against the Customer by a third party on the basis that use of the Services is an infringement of any IPRs of a third party (excluding any claim or suit deriving from any Customer provided item); and (ii) pay any final judgement entered against the Customer on such issue or any settlement thereof, provided that: (a) the Customer notifies the Company promptly of each such claim or suit; (b) the Company is given sole control of the defence and/or settlement; and (c) the Customer fully co-operates and provides all reasonable assistance to the Company in the defence or settlement.
    2. If all or any part of the Services becomes, or in the opinion of the Company may become, the subject of a claim or suit of infringement, the Company at its own expense and sole discretion may: (i) procure for the Customer the right to continue to use the Services or the affected part thereof; or (ii) replace the Services or affected part with other suitable non-infringing service(s); or (iii) modify the Services or affected part to make the same non-infringing.
    3. The Company shall have no obligations under this section 7 to the extent that a claim is based on: (i) the combination, operation or use of the Services with other services or software not provided by the Company, if such infringement would have been avoided in the absence of such combination, operation or use; or (ii) use of the Services in any manner inconsistent with this Agreement; or (iii) the negligence or wilful misconduct of the Customer.
    4. The Customer shall indemnify and hold the Company and its suppliers or agents harmless from and against any cost, losses, liabilities and expenses, including reasonable legal costs arising from any claim relating to or resulting directly or indirectly from: (i) any claimed infringement or violation by the Customer of any IPRs with respect to the Customer’s use of the Services outside the scope of this Agreement; (ii) any access to or use of the Services by a third party; (iii) use by the Company of any Customer Date or Customer provided item; and (iv) breaches of applicable data protection law or the terms of the DPA.
  7. Term and Termination
    1. This Agreement will commence on the Effective Date and continue for the Initial Term. Upon expiry of the Initial Term the Agreement shall automatically renew for further Renewal Terms until either party terminates the Agreement: (i) by giving 30 days notice prior to the start of any Renewal Term; or (ii) terminates in accordance with its rights set out below in this section 8.
    2. The Company may immediately terminate this Agreement or the provision of any Services provided pursuant to this Agreement if the Customer has used or permitted the use of the Services in breach of the terms of this Agreement.
    3. The Company shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement at any time without notice if the Company is prohibited, under the laws of England or otherwise, from providing the Services.
    4. Either party shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement at any time on written notice if the other party: (i) goes into voluntary or involuntary liquidation (otherwise than for the purpose of a solvent reconstruction or amalgamation) or has a receiver or administrator or similar person appointed or is unable to pay its debts within the meaning of s268 Insolvency Act 1986 or ceases or threatens to cease to carry on business or if any event occurs which is analogous to any of the foregoing in another jurisdiction; or (ii) commits a material breach of any term of this Agreement which, if capable of remedy, is not remedied within five (5) Business Days of receipt of a written notice specifying the breach and requiring it to be remedied; (iii) is prevented by Force Majeure from fulfilling its obligations for more than 28 days.
    5. Upon termination of this Agreement: (i) the Company shall immediately cease providing the Services to the Customer; (ii) all licences granted hereunder shall terminate; (iii) the Customer shall promptly pay the Company all unpaid Fees for the remainder of the Term. No Fees already paid shall be refunded if the Agreement is terminated prior to the end of the Term; (iv) at the option of the Customer, the Company shall following receipt of a request from the Customer delete (in accordance with the terms of the DPA) or return all Customer Data stored in the Company’s database in its then current format, free of charge, provided that such request is made within 30 days of termination. If the Customer requires any Customer Data to be returned in a different format the Company reserves the right to charge for this additional service.
    6. Termination of this Agreement for whatever reason shall not affect the accrued rights of the parties. All clauses which by their nature should continue after termination shall, for the avoidance of doubt, survive the expiration or sooner termination of this Agreement and shall remain in force and effect.
  8. Confidential Information
    1. Each party may use the Confidential Information of the other party only for the purposes of this Agreement and must keep confidential all Confidential Information disclosed to it, except where the recipient of Confidential Information is required to disclose the Confidential Information by law to any regulatory, governmental or other authority with relevant powers to which either party is subject.
    2. Each party may disclose the Confidential Information of the other party to those of its employees and agents who have a need to know the Confidential Information for the purposes of this Agreement but only if the employee or agent is bound by confidentiality undertakings equivalent to those set out in this Agreement.
    3. Both parties agree to return (or destroy) all documents, materials or data containing Confidential Information to the disclosing party without delay upon completion of the Services or termination or expiry of this Agreement.
    4. The obligations of confidentiality under this Agreement do not extend to information that: (i) was lawfully in the possession of the receiving party before the negotiations leading to this Agreement; (ii) is, or after the Effective Date, becomes public knowledge other than through any act or omission of the receiving party; or (iii) independently developed by the receiving party, which independent development can be shown by written evidence; (iv) is required to be disclosed by law, by any court of competent jurisdiction or by any regulatory or administrative body.
    5. If either party is required to disclose any Confidential Information pursuant to clause 9.4.(iv) such party shall, where lawfully permitted to do so: (i) promptly consult with and take into account any comments from the other party prior to making any disclosure; and (ii) work with the other party to ensure that any exemptions or other legitimate means of preventing disclosure or limiting disclosure are used to the fullest extent possible.
  9. Data Protection
    1. Each party undertakes to comply with its obligations under relevant applicable data protection laws, principles and agreements.
    2. To the extent that personal data is processed when the Customer or its users use the Services, the parties acknowledge that the Company is a data processor and the Customer is a data controller and the parties shall comply with their respective statutory data protection obligations.
    3. The parties shall comply with their respective obligations under applicable data protection law and the terms of the DPA.
    4. If a third party alleges infringement of its data protection rights, the Company shall be entitled to take measures necessary to prevent the infringement of a third party’s rights from continuing.
    5. Where the Company collects and processes personal data of the Customer, as a data controller, when providing the Services to the Customer, such collection and processing shall be in accordance with the Privacy Policy.
  10. Security
    1. The Customer must ensure that each password is only used by the user to which it has been assigned. The Customer is responsible for any and all activities that occur under the Customer’s account and via the Customer’s passwords. The Customer will immediately notify the Company if the Customer becomes aware of any unauthorised use of the Customer’s account, the Customer’s passwords or breach of security known to the Customer. The Company shall have no liability for any loss or damage arising from the Customer’s failure to comply with these requirements.
    2. The Company may suspend access to the Services, or portion thereof, at any time, if in the Company’s sole reasonable discretion, the integrity or security of the Services is in danger of being compromised by acts of the Customer or its users. The Company shall where possible give the Customer 24 hours written notice, before suspending access to the Services, giving specific details of its reasons
  11. Third Parties
    1. Nothing contained in this Agreement is intended to be enforceable by a third party under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999, or any similar legislation in any applicable jurisdiction.
  12. Force Majeure
    1. If a party is wholly or partially prevented by Force Majeure from complying with its obligations under this Agreement, that party’s obligation to perform in accordance with the terms of this Agreement will be suspended.
    2. As soon as practicable after an event of Force Majeure arises, the party affected by Force Majeure must notify the other party of the extent to which the notifying party is unable to perform its obligations under this Agreement. If the Force Majeure event last for more than 28 days the non-defaulting party may terminate this Agreement with immediate effect without penalty.
  13. Miscellaneous
    1. Should a provision of this Agreement be invalid or become invalid then the legal effect of the other provisions shall be unaffected. A valid provision is deemed to have been agreed which comes closest to what the parties intended commercially and shall replace the invalid provision. The same shall apply to any omissions.
    2. This Agreement constitutes the whole agreement and understanding between the parties and supersedes all prior agreements, representations, negotiations and discussions between the parties relating to the subject matter thereof.
    3. No party may assign, transfer or subcontract its rights under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other party, such consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, however the Company shall be entitled to assign the Agreement to any company in the Company’s group of companies.
    4. The Company and the Customer are independent contractors and nothing in this Agreement will be construed as creating an employer-employee relationship.
    5. Amendments to, or notices to be sent under this Agreement, shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if sent by registered post or acknowledged fax to a party at the address given for that party in this Agreement. Notwithstanding the aforesaid, the Company may change or modify the terms of this Agreement, upon giving the Customer 30 days notice via email. All changes shall be deemed to have been accepted by the Customer unless the Customer terminates the Agreement prior to the expiry of such 30 day period
    6. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales. The courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction for the settlement of all disputes arising under this Agreement.