Membership Terms and Conditions

Please read these terms and conditions carefully before you apply to become a member of the Centre for Big Synergy. By using this website, you are confirming that you are 18 years of age or over.

Definitions

Member: An individual or an organisation that is awarded a Membership Designation and certificate by CBS, following a successful membership application.

Synergist: A Member of the CBS.

Membership: The status of being a ‘Member’ of CBS.

Membership period: The period of one year from the time a membership is granted to an individual or organisation upon successful qualification of their membership application.

Membership Fees: The fees payable by an individual or organisation to CBS to assess their membership application and receive a Membership certificate or Certificate of Patronage, as the case may be.

Membership logo: This is an electronic image representing a Member’s Designation, year when the Membership application was made, CBS’s official crest, its logo and mission tagline.

Designation: An official name, description or title awarded by CBS to a Member.

1. Introduction

The contract is between the Centre for Big Synergy (‘CBS’, ‘we’ or ‘our’ or ‘us”) who will deliver membership services (the “Services”) to you as a Member of the CBS (‘you’, ‘your’, ‘synergist’). 

The domain name and website, www.thebigsynergy.org, hereafter referred as “website” or “site” or  “our site” is operated by the Centre for Big Synergy, a company limited by guarantee (Company number 11529720), registered in England and Wales, with registered office at Office7, 35-37 Ludgate Hill, London, England, EC4M 7JN.

We are a not-for-profit, global consortium of cross-disciplinary synergists tasked to create a more responsible future for all. Our synergists are individuals and organisations who currently are, or have the potential of fulfilling our vision and mission.

All applications for membership go through an assessment process to ensure that the personal and professional goals of the applicant, i.e., an individual or organisation, are in line with ours. The Terms and conditions stated below apply as soon as you submit your application to become a Member of CBS. You agree to be bound by the terms and conditions below in submitting your membership application to CBS.

2. Membership benefits

2.1 The membership benefits offered by the CBS vary according to the Designations.  You can access the details of all current membership benefits here.

2.2 We shall use reasonable endeavours to provide the membership benefits specified for each Designation for all Members within the advertised times, but do not guarantee those.

2.3 We have the right to decide on the scope of membership benefits offered to Members. We also reserve the right to change the membership benefits at any time and without prior notice.

2.4 Any changes or additions to the membership benefits will be notified to you in writing by us in advance of those changes taking place.

2.5 Benefits provided by external providers to Members will be under the absolute discretion of the external provider’s provision of services. Services or products supplied by an external provider will be subject to the provider’s own terms and conditions, and we do not accept any liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of a fault, error or omission in the provision of these services.

2.6 We do not guarantee the provision of products or services provided by any external provider within our membership benefits. We reserve the right to change our external providers without prior notice which can affect the services or products provided by them to Members.

2.7 We shall have no liability for any losses suffered by a Member as a result of using services or products for free or otherwise, offered by another Member of CBS.

2.8 We shall have no liability for any losses suffered by a Member as a result of using services or products provided for free or otherwise, by any third parties even though they may have been introduced to the Member by CBS.

3. Use of Membership Logo and Designation

3.1 A Member is entitled to use the Membership logo and Designation awarded by CBS.  These guidelines must be followed as a condition of its use.

3.2 We would recommend that you publicise your Membership status by placing the Membership logo and Designation awarded to you by the CBS as follows:

  • Email signatures and CV;
  • On your business stationery (e.g. letterheads, invoices and more);
  • In your marketing materials or promotional materials and presentations;
  • On tender documentation, vehicles and plant;
  • On your personal or business website;
  • On your business premises;
  • On social media and print media materials.

3.3 Use of the Membership logo and Designation is limited to the named Member only and cannot be transferred to any other person or organisation or may not be used in conjunction with any subsidiaries or other associated companies without our written permission.

3.4 Unauthorised use of the Membership logo and Designation may result in termination of your membership.

3.5 The design, colour, artwork of the Membership logo should not be altered to prevent its misuse.

3.6 At no time must the use and/or context of the Membership logo and Designation bring the CBS into disrepute.

3.7 CBS will be entitled to instruct a Member to remove the Membership logo if, at its absolute discretion, it considers that continued use is prejudicial to the good name and reputation of CBS.

3.8 At no time must the use and/or context of the Membership logo and Designation be used to imply that CBS is endorsing a Member, product or service.

3.9 Members may only use the Membership logo and Designation for as long as they are registered with the CBS. In the event that their Membership expires or their Membership of CBS is discontinued for any reason, Members must immediately discontinue use of the Membership logo and Designation.

3.10 CBS is not liable for any costs that may arise from the requirement for a Member to cease using the Membership logo and /or Designation.

4. Membership contract

4.1 By registering as a Member on our website, you are confirming that you are 18 years of age or over. You must ensure that the personal and contact details you enter on the website are accurate and complete and that you update us on any changes.

4.2 It is your responsibility for keeping the user ID and password confidential that have been provided to you or chosen by you to access certain parts of the site. We request that you do not share a password with anyone at any point.

4.3 Your Membership of the CBS is for a year from the date of approval and is subject to re-assessment at the end of this period. The fee payable on application is non-refundable as it is to assess your application before you are accepted as a member of the CBS and for the award of the Membership certificate or Certificate of Patronage once your application is accepted. The benefits of a year’s membership are provided free of charge once your application is successful. Your eligibility for membership will be reassessed one year after we accept your application. We’ll remind you before the fee for re-assessment is due. We reserve the right to review the fee annually. Hence, all fees are subject to change without notice. If this change affects existing members, you will be informed in advance.

4.4 If you are not using your own credit/debit card to pay for the fee payable on application for assessing new or existing membership applications, you must ask the permission of the credit/debit card holder before entering the payment details.

4.5 We may waive the fee payable on application to assess your application for certain periods, before you are accepted as a member of the CBS, which will be notified to you when you apply for a Membership on our site.

4.6 You should submit your application to become a Member of the CBS via our online application forms. Any confirmation or acknowledgement that your application has been received and is being assessed does not indicate that your application has been accepted.

4.7 Your 12 month Membership period with the CBS starts on the date when the membership application is approved or accepted. The period of assessment for your application for membership could vary between 10-21 working days from application.

4.8 On submitting your application for Membership, you agree to subscribe to CBS, which, if accepted by our assessment team, will result in a legally binding contract between you and us. Once accepted as a Member, you will enjoy the benefits of your Membership and you will be subject to a re-assessment during the renewal of your Membership with us.  Your application for renewal of Membership stands as a confirmation of the continued acceptance of this contract.

4.9 Under no circumstances can you transfer any of your rights and obligations under these Terms and conditions to another person or organisation. Where a company or organisation that forms part of a group of companies or organisations, successfully qualifies for Membership, this does not entitle the parent company or any other subsidiary of the parent company to become a Member. Each company or organisation in the group shall be required to apply separately for membership or the parent company or organisation shall take out a collective Membership that includes all parts of the group.

5. Renewal of Membership

5.1 If you are an existing Member and have been issued a renewal of Membership notice or would voluntarily wish to renew your Membership, you can log in to your account on our site and follow the renewal instructions to proceed with the application for renewal of Membership. The date for future assessment of application for renewing your Membership each year will be due on the date of submission of your application to CBS in the previous year.

5.2 Your application fee to renew your Membership will be due at the end of the Membership period and a renewal notice will be issued prior to the end of the membership period. Non-payment of the application fee will result in expiry of Membership on the last day of your Membership period; we will assume that you do not wish to renew your Membership. This term will not be applicable if we have waived the fee for assessing applications (new and existing Members) for a specified period of time. This will be notified to you when your application is due to be assessed for a new Membership period.

6. Cancellation, termination and refund

6.1 A Member may terminate their Membership by giving notice in writing via our contact form at least one month before the day when their next assessment of Membership application is due.

6.2 The fee payable on application for Membership is for assessment of the application and the award of the Membership certificate or Certificate of Patronage, and is non-refundable on cancellation and/or if your application has not been accepted for Membership.

6.3 The Membership Designations are assigned and granted based on the assessment of your Membership application by our assessment team. Application for an even higher Designation can be made at the time of a Membership renewal application. We reserve the right to downgrade the membership Designation if the initial application does not meet the assessment criteria for the Designation applied. You have the right to appeal and provide new supporting documents or evidence to support the application for the Designation applied for. In such a case, a thorough review will be conducted and the decision of the assessment team will be considered as final. No refund of any application fee already paid will apply.

6.4 We reserve the right to accept, not fulfil, cancel or reject any application for Membership, without providing any reason. In case we are unable to obtain payment authorisation from your issuer of credit/debit card or direct debit payments, we reserve the right to not fulfil, cancel or suspend your application for Membership.

6.5 We have the right to terminate Membership on notice for breach of any of these Terms and Conditions, as well as in the event of insolvency, or other event judged by us to result in the Member being unable to fulfil the Membership obligations. In the event of termination of Membership for any reason, Members must terminate use of the Membership logo and Designation and make no reference to indicate themselves as a Member of CBS.

6.6 Even after your Membership application has been accepted or your Membership period has started, we have the right to cancel your Membership if we find that any or all of the information provided by you was misleading or false. This is applicable without your right to appeal for reconsideration. Refund of fee paid will not apply in such a case.

6.7 If we decide to not fulfil or reject your application for Membership, a 50% refund of the Membership fee paid will be applicable. If you paid by credit or debit card, then your refund will be made directly to your credit or debit card. For payments made by any other methods, payment will be made by bank transfer deducting any transaction or service fee charged by the respective banks. We will request for your bank details in consequent communications if need be.

7. Changes to Terms and site availability

7.1 We may revise these Terms and Conditions from time to time. It is your responsibility to check these periodically for any changes. If you continue to use the site, it will mean that you agree to any changes. These Terms and conditions were most recently updated on 5 July 2019.

7.2 The site content and design are subject to change without prior notice. We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will always be available. We may suspend or withdraw or restrict all or any part of our site for technical or business reasons. In case of such suspension or withdrawal, we will try to give you sufficient notice beforehand.

8. Intellectual property rights and use of website

8.1 The site content, logos, graphics, design, layout, data, databases and trademarks published on the site are owned by us and protected by intellectual property and copyright laws. All such rights are reserved.

8.2 All trademarks, logos or copyright materials reproduced in this website, which are not the property of, or licensed to us, are acknowledged on the website.

8.3 The website can be used for personal and lawful purposes only. You may download and print content from the site for your own personal, non-commercial use, provided that all copyright notices and trademarks are acknowledged and published. Use of the site for any commercial purpose is totally prohibited including:

  • copying, downloading or modifying material from our site or linking our site to other websites for further redistribution, sale or licensing, for a fee or otherwise;
  • material from our site should not be republished without our permission, including republication of materials on another website, except for content that has been specifically and expressly made available for the purpose of redistribution;
  • incorporating our website content on other site(s) or service(s) for the purpose of advertisement for a fee or otherwise;
  • use of our site materials for promotional or advertising purposes, via any channels, whether for a fee or otherwise;
  • use of our site content for the purpose of sale, resale, sub-licensing, loan, hire, transfer or for any other commercial use or for other online or print works without our permission;
  • modifying, editing or deforming any content on our site, as well as publishing or showing any content from the site in public domains or publications, without proper accreditation of the original source.

You must not:

  • on any occasion systematically download, print or modify any part of our site or create copies of our site content in any language or code;
  • use our trade mark, copyright materials or logos without our prior written consent;
  • distribute or make available by electronic means to any third party, paper or electronic copies of our site content for illegal or commercial use;
  • use any bots, web crawler or any other technology to index the site content or to scrape, build databases or otherwise create permanent copies of any part of our site. The cached copies kept by you should not be longer than permitted by the cache header;
  • deliberately misuse our site by introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs, spyware, adware or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful or designed to adversely affect the operation of our site or of any computer software or hardware related or connected to it;
  • under no circumstances attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site and /or attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. In such a case, we will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.

8.4 If you breach these terms of use and print off, copy or download any part of our site, you will immediately lose any right to use our site and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

9. Use of site content

9.1 The content of our site is for your general information and use only. The content should not be considered as any form of advice on which you should rely on without thorough verification. Although, we make all efforts to update the information, neither we nor any third parties on the site make no warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability and up to date of the information and materials found or offered on our site for any particular purpose whatsoever. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.

9.2 Your use of any information or materials on our site is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through our site meet your specific requirements. The site can have contents from professionals from different fields and they may have varied opinions and comments on specific topics or fields of work or practice. However, you should be aware that any field of work or research is subject to regular advances, hence we strongly advise that you should independently verify any information you may choose to use or rely on.

10. Third-party material and links

10.1 We do not endorse, own or take responsibility for any third party advertisements, information, services, products, promotions, materials or content that may be described, offered, advertised or otherwise displayed on our site. Our site may also contain links to external sites and companies. Links are provided for your ease of use, and do not imply any kind of approval or endorsement from our side. We are not responsible or have no control over the contents, resources and functionality of those website(s) and accept no responsibility for any loss or damages that may arise from your use of them. We are not responsible for any website outside our site, and use of any such website will be subject to relevant terms and conditions and privacy policies of the respective websites.

11. User- generated content

11.1 User generated content may be posted or uploaded to our site, materials posted via platform, discussion boards and on our groups and networks. You should be aware that this information and these materials have not been verified or approved by us. The views expressed by other users on our site do not represent our views or values. You are allowed to upload, submit, post, send and receive content. You are solely responsible for all electronic communications and content you upload, submit, post or send.

12. Link to our site

12.1 We allow you to link to our pages, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our  web presence , brand value, reputation or take undue advantage of it.

12.2 On linking to our site you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement from our side where none exists. You must not establish a link to our site in any website that is not owned by you. Our site must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our site other than the ones that are allowed. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice, in case of any breach of our terms. The website in which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out in our Terms and conditions. If you would like to make link to our site or use any published content for your site you can contact us via the link provided below.

13. Permission and re-use

If you intend to request for permission for use of our content, logos or images, or other use of our intellectual property not authorised in these Terms or under a subscription or licence agreement, contact us here.

14. Rights and permission on content uploaded

14.1 Any material or content uploaded to our site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary where you retain all of your ownership rights in your content but for such content or material uploaded to our site you grant us a transferable, royalty free, worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive licence to store, use, copy, distribute, edit, amend, disclose, publish, sub-licence to third parties and create different versions of the works for any purpose, in any media. You grant us the right to remove, edit or amend any such material at any time without notice to you and/or compensation to you or others by us.

14.2 We will have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who claims that any content or material posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their copyright or intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

14.3 We also have the right to remove any post or content you make or upload on our site if, in our opinion, they do not comply with the content standards of our site or if it is considered to be malicious or unacceptable in all forms or shapes. You should backup your content before uploading or publishing it on our website.

15. Protection against virus

Although we take all necessary steps to protect the site and servers used including secure connections, firewalls and server protections, we do not guarantee that our site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses at all times. You are responsible for your own online protection, use your own virus protection, and configure your information technology, computer programmes and platforms to access our site.

16. Use of your personal data

We will only use any personal data you may provide in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

17. Limitation of liability

17.1 You agree that your use of our site is at your own risk and that any damage or loss arising from your use and/or any reliance placed on its contents is your sole responsibility. However, nothing in these terms and conditions excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence including employees, agents or subcontractors, or our fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

17.2 To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to our site or any content on it, whether express or implied. 

17.3 We will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

(a) use of, or inability to use, our site; or

(b) use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site. 

​If you are a business user, please note that in particular, we will not be liable for:

(c) loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;

(d) business interruption;  

(e) loss of anticipated savings; 

(f) loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or

(g) any indirect or consequential loss or damage. 

17.4 If you are an individual user, please note that we only provide our site for domestic and private use. You agree not to use our site for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.

17.5 We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it. We assume no responsibility for the content of websites linked on our site. Such links should not be interpreted as approval or endorsement by us of those linked websites. We will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

18. Law and jurisdiction

18.1 These Terms and conditions and any dispute or claim resulting from or out of or in connection with them shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

18.2 The English courts will have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, a visit to and/or use of our site although we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these Terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

19. Contact us

If you have any queries, comments or complaints please see contact us here.