1.1 “MEMBER” means the person who is named on The Pluralists Club Application for Membership form and for whom, following acceptance by The Pluralists Club (‘the Club’), the Club has agreed to provide services to.
1.2 “MEMBERSHIP” means the period of time when a Member is contracted to the Club.
1.3 “SPECIFIED SERVICE” means the service provided by the Club as described in the literature provided with these terms.
1.4 “CLUB” means The Pluralists Club (“The Pluralists Club” is a company incorporated in England and Wales (registered number 09851156) whose registered office is at Angel News CF5, Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5NF).
1.5 “PAYMENTS” means the payments due to the Club at agreed intervals throughout the Contract Term and until the agreement is terminated by either party in accordance with these terms.
1.6 “INITIAL CONTRACT TERM” means the initial 12 month period from the date when the Member signs the Application for Membership form.
1.7 “RENEWAL TERM” means membership periods of 12 months following the Initial Contract Term.
2. Agreement to these Terms
When applying for membership of the Club, the Member confirms that he/she has read and agrees with these Terms and Conditions. A copy of the Terms and Conditions should be kept by the Member for future reference.
The Directors of the Club reserve the right to revise the Terms and Conditions at any time to ensure regulatory compliance and best practice. An up to date version of the Terms and Conditions will always be available on the website www.thepluralists.club
3. Supply of the Specified Service
3.1 The Club will provide the Specified Service to the Member subject to these terms.
3.2 The Club will make every effort to provide the Specified Service at the advertised times.
3.3 Where it proves necessary, the Club may at any time without notifying the Member make any changes to the Specified Service.
3.4 Any other changes or additions to the Specified Service will be notified to the Member in writing or by e-mail by the Club in advance of those changes taking place.
4. Contract Term and Payments
4.1 Membership of the Club is for an Initial Contract Term of 12 months from the date of signing the application form or confirming your application online. The membership fee (plus VAT) is payable either in its entirety in advance or by 12 Monthly Payments by direct debit, as set out in the literature provided with these terms. The Member will receive invoices in respect of these payments.
4.2 Following the expiry of the Initial Contract Term, membership and payments will continue for further periods of twelve months – the Renewal Term - until either party terminates in accordance with these Terms.
4.3 All charges quoted to the Member for the provision of the Specified Service are exclusive of VAT at the prevailing rate unless otherwise indicated.
4.4 Should a Monthly Payment be late or remain unpaid during the Contract Term, the remaining Monthly Payments up to the end of the Contract Term will be due immediately, plus interest at a rate of 5%, and the Club will suspend the Specified Service until outstanding payments have been made.
4.5 If overdue Monthly Payments are not received within 14 days of the Club requesting them, debt collection proceedings will be commenced and any fees incurred charged to the Member.
5. Warranties and Liability
5.1 The Club will provide the Specified Service using reasonable care and skill as far as is practically possible. From time to time the Club will use the services of a third party (such as speakers at events). The Club will use its best endeavours to ensure that these third parties are suitable for the particular event and audience.
5.2 The Club shall not be liable to the Member (unless fraudulent or negligent) for any loss of profit or any indirect, special or consequential loss, damage costs, expenses or other claims (whether caused by the negligence of the Club or its agents or otherwise) which arise out of or in connection with the provision of the Specified Service.
5.3 The Club shall not be liable to the Member or be deemed to be in breach of these Terms for any delay in performing, or any failure to perform, any of the Club’s obligations in relation to the Specified Service, if the delay or failure is due to any cause beyond the Club’s reasonable control.
6. Termination of Membership
6.1 The Member may terminate their membership by giving 1 month’s written notice to the Club. If notice is given during the Initial Contract Term or the Renewal Term, the Member remains liable for the Monthly Payments for the period of the written notice.
6.2 Either party may at any time terminate the contract by immediate written notice if the other commits any material breach of these terms or goes into liquidation, becomes bankrupt, makes a voluntary arrangement with its creditors or has a receiver or administrator appointed.
6.3 Upon termination of this contract for whatever reason all sums owed by the Member to the Club are due and payable by the Member with immediate effect.
7. Membership - Initial Contract Term Guarantee
7.1 The Club wishes for members to receive a return on their investment many times over through full involvement in the Specified Services, however, the Member retains responsibility for making the very most of the many opportunities membership offers.
7.2 During the first 6 weeks of the Initial Contract Term should a Member feel they have not received value for money, they may cancel their membership without further payment of membership fees and receive a full refund of all fees paid.
7.3 During the period from the end of week 6 to the end of week 12 of the Initial Contract Term a Member may cancel their membership without further payment of membership fees and receive a 50% refund of all fees paid subject to the minimum attendance requirements set out in 7.6 and at the Club’s discretion
7.4 During the period from the end of week 12 to the end of week 18 of the Initial Contract Term a Member may cancel their membership without further payment of membership fees and receive a 25% refund of all fees paid subject to the minimum attendance requirements set out in 7.6 and at the Club’s discretion
7.5 During the period from the end of week 18 to the end of the Initial Contract Term a Member may cancel their membership without further payment of membership fees and receive a 5% refund of all fees paid subject to the minimum attendance requirements set out in 7.6 and at the Club’s discretion
7.6 Minimum attendance requirements to qualify for a refund after week 6:
7.6.1 The Member must have attended at least two evening events (Insight Conversations or networking events) and two afternoon Masterclasses
7.7 Any request for a refund must be submitted in writing to The Club for consideration, documenting the above as proof that the conditions have been met.
8. Membership Renewal
8.1 You will be notified in writing by letter or email six weeks before you Membership is due to expire.
8.2 Your Membership will automatically be renewed at the appropriate charge if you do not cancel.
8.3 If you wish to cancel please let us know in writing to the address set out in paragraph 1.4 or by email email@example.com within TWO weeks of receiving your renewal notice. We will then cancel your payments and do all other paperwork.
9.1 Notices to the Club are to be sent to the address set out in para 1.4. Notices to the Member will be sent to the postal or email address shown on the application form, unless the Club is otherwise informed in writing.
9.2 If any provision of these Terms is held by any court or other competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, the validity of the other provisions of these Terms and the remainder of the provision in question shall not be affected.
9.3 English law shall apply to this agreement, and the parties agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.
9.4 Membership of the Club is personal to each Member and can not be transferred.
9.5 Membership allows a Member to access private areas of the Club’s website and online network. This access will continue whilst payments are up to date. Should payments lapse, access may be suspended. If a Member should decide to cancel their Membership, access will stop from the end of the notice preiod.
9.6 The Club understands that e-mail marketing is a useful tool, however, members are asked to keep email marketing to other members to a minimum and to include an ‘opt-out’ facility on every email. The Club reserves the right to suspend the Member’s access to the private network in the event of complaints.
9.7 Members agree to conduct themselves in a professional and business-like manner, treating other members with respect at all times. If the Club should receive a complaint about any Member’s behaviour, it reserves the right to suspend membership. Being the subject of such complaints may constitute a breach of these terms.
9.8 Membership of the Club is at the sole discretion of the Club and it reserves the right to refuse membership.
Steffan Williams, CEO of Newgate Communications, Pluralist