The following expressions shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them:
a Premier Inn Business Account held under this scheme;
the corporate entity or other body in whose name the account is held and "your" shall be construed accordingly;
the agreement entered into between you and us and which incorporates these terms and conditions;
the cancellation policy set out in any of Premier Inn’s Terms and Conditions (as amended from time to time), hub by Premier Inn's terms and conditions (as amended from time to time) and Premier Meetings terms and conditions (as amended from time to time), all of which are available at premierinn.com;
hubhotels.co.uk and premiermeetings.co.uk (as applicable)
the Premier Inn Business Account card (s) issued to you for use to obtain supplies within Premier Inn hotels, meeting rooms and restaurants in the UK as notified from time to time by us or, where we elect not to issue such physical cards and only issue the relevant card number(s), such card number(s) shall be deemed to be the cards for these purposes;
an individual employed or engaged by you who is authorised by you to use the card to obtain supplies in accordance with these terms and conditions;
Whitbread Group Plc and "our" shall be construed accordingly;
the maximum debit balance allowed at any one point in time under this scheme for your account;
a UK Premier Inn site (or such other third party site affiliated with us, from time to time) selling supplies from time to time by us (or the relevant third party) to you;
a VAT invoice recording sales generated by us (or a relevant third party) for obtaining supplies under this scheme for the relevant period in question;
the individual to whom the supply is to be (and/or is) made (this may or may not be the same person as the cardholder);
account summary detailing the balance on the account;
the Premier Inn Business Account scheme or any other replacement scheme notified from time to time by us;
Premier Inn Business Account
Worldline IT Services Limited
1 Trinity Court
Worldline IT Services UK Limited or such replacement as we may notify from time to time;
The Premier Inn Business Account card helpline on 03330 050 504 or such replacement number as we may notify from time to time;
"scheme web portal"
account summary detailing the balance on the account;
room nights, meeting room space, food and beverages and/or other items supplied by us (or relevant third party) via the scheme sites.
between 08.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday, or such other hours as notified to you by the company from time to time.
2. Use of scheme
i. Authorisation by us under the scheme permits you to distribute cards to cardholders to obtain supplies from the scheme sites.
ii. None of your, the card holder's or any guest's statutory rights are affected by these terms and conditions.
3. Applying to participate in the scheme
i. To apply to participate in the scheme, you must complete the online application and submit it to the scheme agent. Your account will be approved when acceptance is confirmed to you in writing by the scheme agent.
ii. Before you can be accepted onto the scheme , the scheme agent carries out credit checks. By applying for an account under the scheme, you confirm that you agree to the scheme agent (or a reputable third party credit reference agency nominated by the scheme agent) to undertake a credit reference agency search. Any credit search will place a “footprint” on your or your organisation’s credit file (including those of directors, owners, partners or equivalent) whether or not the application to participate in this scheme is successful.
iii. If false or inaccurate information is provided and fraud is identified, details will be passed to fraud prevention agencies to prevent fraud and money laundering. Further details explaining how the information held by fraud prevention agencies may be used can be obtained at www.businessaccount.premierinn.com/Secure/Cifas.aspx
4. Credit Limits
i. If you are authorised by us to participate in the scheme, a credit limit will be applied to the account. We will inform you of that credit limit on or before the date from which you can participate in the scheme. The credit limit applies to the account, not per card or cardholder. You may not exceed your credit
ii. We may vary (up or down) your credit limit or withdraw your credit limit at any time with or without notice. In the event that any credit insurance (where in place) in respect of your account is withdrawn or reduced we reserve the right to suspend your account and card facilities or terminate your account with or without notice.
iii. If the credit limit on the account is reached or exceeded at any one point in time, we reserve the right to suspend your account immediately and/or terminate your participation in this scheme with or without notice.
Any outstanding transactions must be paid for by you in accordance with section 8.
iv. Notwithstanding any of the above, we, in our absolute discretion, reserve the right to refuse or reject (and to permit the scheme agent to refuse or reject) any application to participate in the scheme, or to require a deposit (the amount of which to be determined by us) to be credited against the account.
5. Issue, Activation and Use of Cards
i. Cards will be issued to you solely for the purpose of allowing you or persons authorised by you to obtain supplies at the scheme sites.
ii. Each card issued will include your name and a unique card number. You must ensure that where the cardholder's name appears on the card, that
cardholder will sign the card immediately on receipt. Unless cancelled or terminated early in accordance with these terms and conditions, cards issued will remain valid until the expiry date marked on each card or such shorter end date as requested by you during your online application process to participate in the scheme . Cards must only be used during the period in which they are valid, and must not be used once cancelled or terminated.
iii. All cards remain our property (or the property of such other party as we may specify from time to time) at all times and do not confer any rights on you, the cardholder or guest to receive supplies. All cards must be returned to us or destroyed (at our option) on our request.
iv. All or any cards issued may be suspended or cancelled by us (or the scheme agent on our behalf) at any time with immediate effect upon giving notice.
v. Cards are inactive when issued. It is your responsibility to ensure all cards are activated online at the scheme web portal and to create a unique username and password . You shall ensure that all usernames and passwords are kept secure at all times.
vi. All bookings and/or transactions for supplies made or requested:
a. by telephone by a person who identifies your account and holds themselves out as authorised by you;
b. via premierinn.com, premiermeetings.co.uk or hubhotels.co.uk (as applicable) using the relevant card user name and password; or
c. at a scheme site by a person who identifies your account and holds themselves out as authorised by you,
shall be deemed to be fully authorised by you and such transactions (and, subject to our cancellation policy, bookings) shall, unless we refuse to authorise such transaction, be debited from your account in accordance with these terms and conditions. You will pay all charges for such transactions (and, subject to our cancellation policy, bookings) in full and shall not be entitled to dispute such charges. In particular you shall not be entitled to claim that bookings and/or transactions were not made by an authorised individual. The scheme shall only be used for the purchase of supplies for trade purposes.
vii If your account is debited with a sum through use of a card or otherwise, we may treat such transaction as valid even if you, the cardholder, or other authorised person did not comply with these terms and conditions.
viii Your (or a cardholder's) use of a card shall constitute your irrevocable acceptance of these terms and conditions.
ix We may refuse to authorise any transaction made using or via the scheme at our discretion.
6. Cancellation of Cards
i. You may request to cancel a card as follows:-
a. by accessing and using the scheme web portal; or
b. by calling the scheme helpline.
If you request to cancel a card, the card will be de-activated by us or the scheme agent within 2 hours following receipt of the request (or, where the request is received outside of the support hours, within 2 hours of the commencement of the support hours) and you acknowledge that you will continue to be liable for all supplies and transactions charged to the account via the card in respect of bookings or supplies made prior to the card being so de-activated.
ii. Where your account is not used for a period of 12 months, you may be issued with a cancellation notice. If you do not confirm within 21 days of the date of such notice that you wish the account to remain active, we may de-activate the account.
iii. It is your responsibility to notify cardholders of any cancellation/de-activation.
7. Damaged, Lost or Stolen Cards
i. If any issued card is damaged, you may order a replacement card via the scheme email address or the scheme web portal or by calling the scheme helpline. The scheme agent will endeavour to issue a replacement card within
3 working days of such order. The replacement card must be signed in accordance with section 5 and you must ensure that the damaged card is destroyed immediately upon receipt of the replacement card.
ii. If any issued card is lost, misused or stolen, you must immediately inform us via the scheme email address or by calling the scheme helpline. The scheme agent will endeavour to issue a replacement card within 3 working days of being notified. The replacement card issued must be registered and activated in accordance with section 5.
iii. We may levy a charge to you and debit the same to your account for the cost of issuing replacement cards.
iv. You shall indemnify us against all claims, cost and expenses incurred by us arising from theft, loss, or misuse of any card(s) and shall pay all charges in respect of all bookings made, and other transactions debited from your account using (or as a result of the use of) lost or stolen cards or made via such misuse, at any time prior to the expiry of 1 hour following the time when you informed us that the card was lost, stolen or being misused (or, where the information is received outside of the support hours, the expiry of
1 hour following the commencement of the support hours) (and all such prior bookings and transactions shall not be refundable). We will deactivate the lost, misused or stolen card. It is your responsibility to notify the scheme agent of any unusual use of a card or suspicious transactions.
v. If you notify us of suspected fraudulent activity by our employees regarding the operation of the scheme, we will investigate and take appropriate action.
i. Where a dinner allowance is requested at the time of booking (either online via the scheme web portal or over the phone, in each case using the relevant card user name and password), a pre-authorised spend voucher will be issued to the guest on check in. You acknowledge that the details set out on the relevant card with which the booking was made may also be set out on the said pre-authorised spend voucher issued.
ii. You must ensure that the value of the dinner allowance (and whether or not alcohol is included) is communicated to the relevant guest prior to check in and any additional charges in excess of the pre-authorised spend vouchershall be paid for by you in the event the guest fails to settle such additional charges prior to departure.
iii. Pre-authorised dinner vouchers must not be used by any person other than the relevant individual named on the voucher and we reserve the right to refuse or accept a pre-authorised voucher presented by any person other than the individual named on the voucher.
iv. We reserve the right to decline refunds of pre-paid breakfasts purchased online using a card user name and password where the relevant card holder or authorised individual has failed to notify the scheme site at the time of (or prior to) their check in that the breakfast will not be taken.
9. Payment and Invoicing
i. All room prices are set as at the time of booking and all food prices are set as at the time of consumption of the food (other than pre booked hospitality).
ii. The cancellation policy shall apply to all bookings made under the scheme. iii. An invoice together with statement will be issued to you on or after the first day of the month following the relevant calendar month.
If you have opted to receive twice monthly invoices, you will also receive an invoice on or after the 14th of each month.
If you have opted to receive weekly invoices, you will receive an invoice each Monday.
iv. All sums are shown on the invoice and the statement shall be paid by you by Direct Debit and into such account (in our name or the name of the scheme agent) as we nominate. Payment shall be made (and collected via Direct Debit) on or before the 14th day after the invoice is issued or the tax point date on the invoice (or of such date does not fall on a banking day, on the next banking day thereafter).
v. You will ensure that a valid Direct Debit instruction is in place at all times and that your relevant bank account has adequate funds for all sums due to be debited via the Direct Debit. In addition you will immediately inform us of any changes (including cancellation or replacement) to such instruction which you may make.
vi. All amounts (whether disputed or not) stated on each invoice must be paid in full (in accordance with section 9(iv) ) and any queries raised in respect of any particular amounts on the invoice will be investigated. Any refund or adjustment made by us will be applied to the next invoice. For the avoidance of doubt, all invoice queries must be raised by you within 30 days of the date of the invoice failing which you may not challenge or dispute such invoice.
vii. If you fail to make payment in full in respect of any invoice on the due date for payment:
a. such outstanding amount may be referred to debt collection and legal action may be taken to recover such outstanding amount;
b. we may charge you a fee for such non-payment and we shall be entitled to recover any costs associated with such recovery action from you
together with interest on late payment; and
c. we may suspend and/or terminate your ability to participate in the scheme, in each case without notice.
a. you fail to make payment in full in respect of any invoice on the due date for payment;
b. you otherwise fail to comply fully with these terms and conditions;
c. you enter into liquidation (compulsory or voluntary), or have a receiver, administrative receiver or manager appointed over any of your assets or suffer the appointment of an administrator or (if you are an individual or a partnership) if you or a member of the firm has a bankruptcy order made against you/him or a statutory demand served upon you/him or make/makes any arrangement or composition with your/his creditors;
the whole of the outstanding balance on your account (including the balance for all transactions and charges since the date of the last invoice) will become immediately due and payable and we shall be entitled to request alternative payment for or cancel some or all pre-booked supplies and to charge a cancellation fee.
ix. We shall be entitled to charge an administration fee for services such as providing additional copies of statements and invoices. Statements and invoices are available for your to download free of charge from the scheme web portal.
10. Data Protection
i. Any information given by you, a cardholder, a guest or an authorised individual to us or the scheme agent for the purposes of participating in this scheme will be stored in written form (electronically or otherwise) by us and/or the scheme agent and used for the purposes of creating, managing and administering the account and processing payments. We (and any company associated with us) may also process such information for the purposes of internal accounting, market/statistical analysis and market research. We may disclose any information relating to your account to the scheme agent, to any party to whom we may transfer the whole or part of our business or the whole or part of the benefit or burden of the agreement, and otherwise as required by law or regulation. Whitbread Group Plc and the scheme agent are registered under the Data Protection Act 1998 or any subsequent amendment.
ii. You must promptly notify us and the scheme agent of any changes or updates to the details provided by you and the cardholders under the scheme.
iii. You agree and consent that for marketing purposes, we may contact you to offer products and/or services and that we may share information on you and your account with third party organisations who are business partners of ours and with companies within our own group structure. You may withdraw such consent at any time on the scheme web portal.
iv. You agree that we, the scheme agent and such other third party as we may nominate are authorised to carry out credit checks prior to you being authorised and accepted by us to participate in the scheme. You further agree that additional credit checks may be carried out by us, the scheme agent or nominated third party whilst you continue to participate in the scheme. We reserve the right to request additional information or data in respect of you to assist us, the scheme agent or nominated third party in carrying out any such credit checks. Such credit checks may involve the searching of files of credit reference agencies and recording the results of any credit searches. You agree that such results may be used by other credit providers when making credit decisions about you.
11. Cancellation or Termination
i. You may cancel or terminate your participation in the scheme at any time by giving notice in writing to us at the scheme address. We may cancel or terminate your participation in this scheme at any time by giving notice in writing to you.
ii. Following receipt of a cancellation or termination notice by either party, all outstanding sums (including the balance for all transactions and charges since the date of the last invoice) will be debited to the account and a statement issued showing the outstanding balance. The outstanding balance will be payable by you and may be collected by us by Direct Debit. Once all outstanding sums have been settled by you and where the account is in credit, the remaining balance will be returned to you. You will not cancel any Direct Debit instruction until all outstanding sums have been settled and will at all times throughout the agreement ensure that adequate funds are in the relevant account to enable payment in full via Direct Debit in accordance with this agreement of all sums when due.
iii. You must promptly inform all cardholders of any cancellation or termination of the account and all cards issued to you or in a cardholder's possession must be destroyed or, at our option, returned to us.
i. We may vary or amend these conditions and/or vary or amend the scheme at any time. Such amendment may be by written notice, or by posting notice of the amended terms (or a link to the amended terms) on the scheme web portal. Unless a notice stipulates otherwise , any such amendment shall take effect 7 days after you first received such notice or the amended terms were first so posted, whichever is the earlier. If, during such notification period, you cancel your participation in the scheme under section 11.i., the said amendments will not take effect other than to the extent they are needed in order to enable us to comply with applicable law or regulation.
ii. We may assign, novate or transfer in whole or part the agreement (which may or may not include transfer of the burden as well as the benefit of the agreement). You will execute such documents as we may reasonably require in order to effect such an assignment, novation or transfer (which documents may release us from ongoing obligations and liabilities under the agreement).
iii. You may not assign or transfer these conditions or the agreement to a third party without our prior written approval.
iv. These conditions and the agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the parties shall submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.
v. Except in the case of group bookings (which shall be subject to the group bookings terms and conditions provided following receipt of the booking request), the Premier Inn Terms and Conditions (as amended from time to time) the Premier Meeting terms and conditions (as amended from time to time), and hub by Premier Inns conditions (as amended from time to time) shall apply to all bookings made under this scheme. See premierinn.com for Premier Inn's Terms and Conditions for bookings, premiermeetings.co.uk for Premier Meetings terms and conditions and hubhotels co.uk for hub by Premier Inn terms and conditions . Our liability in respect of any such bookings shall be governed by said terms and conditions.
vi. We will not be liable to you under the agreement for any failure to comply with the agreement which is beyond our reasonable control. Nor will we be liable (in tort, contract or otherwise) for any indirect or consequential loss, or for loss of profit, revenue or goodwill.
vii. All warranties, terms and conditions which may be implied or otherwise held applicable as a result of statute, common law or otherwise are excluded.
viii. Nothing in these terms excludes or limits our liability for fraud, or for death or personal injury caused by negligence.
ix. We and the scheme agent reserve the right to perform all or part of the service outside the European Economic Area.