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FIRST GROUP ENTERPRISES LIMITED

 

 

DIGITAL EDITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Terms and Conditions for First News Digital subscriptions paid by recurring credit or debit card.

1. Availability
1.1. These terms and conditions (“Terms”) will apply to any agreement between you and First Group Enterprises Limited (Company number 5705759) whose registered office is at 58 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0AS (“First News”, “we” or “us”). These Terms govern your use of our service. As used in these Terms, “Service” means the digital edition provided by First News including all features and functionalities, the website, and user interfaces, as well as all content and software associated with our service.1.2. Completion of your application form for a subscription constitutes an offer by you to subscribe to the Service, and/or App subject to these Terms, which will become a legally binding agreement when we confirm our acceptance. The terms of Terms supersede all previous communications, contracts, proposals or terms between us.
2. Subscriptions
2.1. Your First News subscription to the Service (“Subscription”) will continue until terminated. To use the Service you must have Internet access and provide us with one or more Payment Methods. “Payment Method” means a current, valid, accepted method of payment, as may be updated from time to time, and which may include payment through your account with a third party. Unless you cancel your membership before your billing date, you authorise us to charge the Subscription fee for the next billing cycle to your Payment Method (see “Cancellation” below).2.2. We may offer a number of subscription plans, including subscriptions offered by third parties in conjunction with the provision of their own products and services. Some subscriptions may have differing conditions and limitations, which will be disclosed at your sign-up or in other communications made available to you. We use Recurly, Inc, a safe and secure payments platform (a company incorporated in California, whose registered address is at 400 Alabama Street, Suite 202 San Francisco, CA 94110) (“Recurly”) to take and process payments for your Subscription and to provide you with account management services. You can find specific details regarding your First News Subscription by visiting Recurly and clicking on the “Account” link available at the top of the pages under your profile name.
3. Data Protection
3.1. We will process any personal data (such as contact details) listed in the application form for Services in accordance with our privacy policy (available at https://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/privacy/).
4. Promotional Offers
4.1. We may from time to time offer special promotional offers, plans or subscriptions (“Offers”). Offer eligibility is determined by First News at its sole discretion and we reserve the right to revoke an Offer and put your account on hold in the event that we determine you are not eligible. Members of households with an existing or recent First News membership may not be eligible for certain introductory Offers. We may use information such as device ID, method of payment or an account email address used with an existing or recent First News membership to determine Offer eligibility. The eligibility requirements and other limitations and conditions will be disclosed when you sign-up for the Offer or in other communications made available to you.

5. Billing and Cancellation
5.1. Billing Cycle. The Subscription fee for the Service will be charged to your Payment Method on the specific payment date indicated on the “Account” page. The length of your billing cycle will depend on the type of subscription that you choose when you signed up for the Service. In some cases your payment date may change, for example if your Payment Method has not successfully settled, when you change your subscription plan or if your paid membership began on a day not contained in a given month. Visit Recurly and click on the “Billing details” link on the “Account” page to see your next payment date. If you signed up for the Service using your account with a third party as a Payment Method, you can find the billing information about your Subscription by visiting your account with the applicable third party.5.2. Payment Methods. To use the Service you must provide one or more Payment Methods. You authorise us to charge any Payment Method associated to your account in case your primary Payment Method is declined or no longer available to us for payment of your Subscription fee. You remain responsible for any uncollected amounts. If a payment is not successfully settled, due to expiration, insufficient funds, or otherwise, and you do not cancel your account, we may suspend your access to the Service until we have successfully charged a valid Payment Method. For some Payment Methods, the issuer may charge you certain fees, such as foreign transaction fees or other fees relating to the processing of your Payment Method. Local tax charges may vary depending on the Payment Method used. Check with your Payment Method service provider for details.5.3. Updating your Payment Methods. You can update your Payment Methods by going to the “Account” page. We may also update your Payment Methods using information provided by the payment service providers. Following any update, you authorise us to continue to charge the applicable Payment Method(s).5.4. Cancellation. You can cancel your Subscription at any time, and you will continue to have access to the Service through the end of your billing period. Payments are non-refundable and we do not provide refunds or credits for any partial Subscription periods. Please click here to set up and manage your account.  To cancel, go to the “Account” page and follow the instructions for cancellation. If you cancel your Subscription, your account will automatically close at the end of your current billing period. To see when your account will close, click “Billing details” on the “Account” page. If you signed up for the Service using your account with a third party as a Payment Method and wish to cancel your Subscription, you may need to do so through such third party, for example by visiting your account with the applicable third party and turning off auto-renew, or unsubscribing from the Service through that third party.  If you are unable to self manage your account please contact the digital team on [email protected] who will assist with cancellation requests. 5.5. Changes to the Price and Subscription Plans. We may change our subscription plans and the price of our Service from time to time; however, any price changes or changes to your Subscription plans will apply no earlier than 30 days following notice to you.

6. Ownership
6.1. You agree not to archive, reproduce, distribute, modify, display, perform, publish, license, create derivative works from, offer for sale, or use (except as explicitly authorised in these Terms) content and information contained on or obtained from or through your Subscription. You also agree not to: circumvent, remove, alter, deactivate, degrade or thwart any of the content protections in the Service; use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the Service; decompile, reverse engineer or disassemble any software or other products or processes accessible through the Service; insert any code or product or manipulate the content of the Service in any way; or use any data mining, data gathering or extraction method. In addition, you agree not to upload, post, e-mail or otherwise send or transmit any material designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment associated with the Service, including any software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs. We may terminate or restrict your use of our service if you violate these Terms or are engaged in illegal or fraudulent use of the Service.6.2. The content provided to you as part of your Subscription (“Content”) is owned by us. Content is protected by the relevant intellectual property laws that may be in force from time to time.6.3. We hereby grant you a limited, revocable, license (without the right to sub-licence) to access and display the Content (excluding any software code) solely for your personal, non-commercial use in connection with viewing the website and/or using the Subscription. The Subscription may also contain Content of users and other persons licensed to us. Except as provided in this Agreement or as explicitly allowed by the subscription, you may not copy, download, stream, capture, reproduce, duplicate, archive, upload, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, retransmit, distribute, perform, display, sell or otherwise use any Content appearing on or through the subscription.
7. Our responsibility to you
7.1. We will not be responsible for any failure to perform our obligations to you in connection with these Terms or in relation to your Subscription where this failure is caused wholly or mainly by circumstances beyond our control.7.2. Our liability to you in connection with any breach of these Terms or otherwise (whether under contract, in negligence or other tort or under any other breach of duty) will not exceed the total Subscription fee charged in the twelve months preceding such breach. In no event shall we be liable for any loss of profits, loss of business opportunity, loss of data or loss of reputation or for any indirect, consequential or special loss, damage, liability, cost or expense.7.3. Nothing in these Terms affects any of your statutory rights if you are a consumer, or any liability that may not be lawfully excluded or limited.
8. Passwords and Account Access
8.1. The member who created the First News account and whose Payment Method is charged (the “Account Owner”) is responsible for any activity that occurs through the Subscription account. To maintain control over the account and to prevent anyone from accessing the account (which would include information on viewing history for the account), the Account Owner should maintain control over the devices that are used to access the Service and not reveal the password or details of the Payment Method associated with the account to anyone. You are responsible for updating and maintaining the accuracy of the information you provide to us relating to your account. We can terminate your account or place your account on hold in order to protect you, First news or our partners from identity theft or other fraudulent activity.

9. Miscellaneous
9.1. Governing Law. These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.9.2. Changes to Terms. First News may, from time to time, change these Terms. We will notify you at least 30 days before such changes apply to you.9.3. Electronic Communications. We will send you information relating to your account (e.g. payment authorisations, invoices, changes in password or Payment Method, confirmation messages, notices) in electronic form only, for example via emails to your email address provided during registration.9.4. All notices must be in writing in the English language and sent by post or email. 9.5. No party who is not a party to these terms may enforce any term of these Terms.

 

 

DIRECT DEBIT SUBSCRIPTION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Terms and Conditions for First News Print and Digital subscriptions paid by recurring direct debit.

  1. Subscription Types: We offer monthly, 3-monthly, 6-monthly, and 12-monthly direct debit subscriptions for both print and digital editions of First News.
  2. Payment Schedule:
    • Monthly Direct Debit Subscription:
      • The subscription is a continuous 4-week direct debit plan.
      • The first payment for the initial 4-week term is £10.99 and will be processed 14 days after the subscription order is placed.
      • Subsequent payments for each successive 4-week term will be processed the day after the third issue of the current term. First News is issued every Friday.
      • Payments will be automatically deducted every 4 weeks thereafter unless the subscription is canceled.
    • 3-Monthly Direct Debit Subscription:
      • The subscription is a continuous 13-week direct debit plan.
      • The first payment for the initial 13-week term is £31.99 and will be processed 14 days after the subscription order is placed.
      • Subsequent payments for each successive 13-week term will be processed the day after the 12th issue of the current term. First News is issued every Friday.
      • Payments will be automatically deducted every 13 weeks thereafter unless the subscription is canceled.
    • 6-Month Direct Debit Subscription:
      • The subscription is a continuous 26-week direct debit plan.
      • The first payment for the initial 26-week term is £51.99 and will be processed 14 days after the subscription order is placed.
      • Subsequent payments for each successive 26-week term will be processed the day after the 25th issue of the current term. First News is issued every Friday.
      • Payments will be automatically deducted every 26 weeks thereafter unless the subscription is canceled.
    • 12-Month Direct Debit Subscription:
      • The subscription is a continuous 52-week direct debit plan.
      • The first payment for the initial 52-week term is £109.99 and will be processed 14 days after the subscription order is placed.
      • Subsequent payments for each successive 52-week term will be processed the day after the 51st issue of the current term. First News is issued every Friday.
      • Payments will be automatically deducted every 52 weeks thereafter unless the subscription is canceled.
  3. Subscription Price Increases:
    • We reserve the right to increase subscription prices in line with our own inflationary cost increases. First News incurs regular cost increases due to fluctuations in the price of paper, distribution, and other factors that contribute to the overall cost of producing and supplying the products.
  4. Subscriber Details:
    • On registering for a subscription, you acknowledge that you have provided First News with the correct contact and delivery details for the ongoing management of the subscription.
    • It is your responsibility to update First News with new details if your delivery address or contact information changes. Failure to do so may result in loss of access to your digital edition and missed deliveries of your print subscription.
  5. Delivery Information:
    • Delivery charges for the print edition are included in the price of your order.
    • Copies dispatch from our mailing house every Wednesday, and UK deliveries should arrive by Friday.
    • Please note that Royal Mail may experience delivery delays from time to time, so your delivery may take longer.
    • Deliveries during December may be delayed due to the increase in demand on Royal Mail services.
    • If you experience any delivery problems, please contact [email protected]. To rectify any delivery issues, please notify First News within 5 working days of a missed delivery.
    • We reserve the right, at our absolute discretion, to cancel printed copies in your subscription if it becomes apparent to us that the postal service in your area is continually failing to deliver to your address successfully or on time.
  6. Cancellation Policy:
    • Customers have a 14-day cooling-off period to cancel their subscription before the first payment is processed.
    • If cancellation occurs within the 14-day period, the subscription will be terminated. In such cases, no print issues will be dispatched, and digital access will be revoked.
    • To cancel the subscription, customers must contact us via email at [email protected] before the payment for the next term is processed.
  7. Refund Policy:
    • No refunds will be issued for payments that have already been processed.
  8. Modification of Terms: First News reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time without prior notice. Continued use of the subscription service constitutes acceptance of the modified terms.

By subscribing to our service, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agreed to these terms and conditions in their entirety.

 

6 FOR £1 TRIAL OFFER TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  1. Offer Description: The trial offers are paid by Direct Debit and provide customers with access to a First News print and digital subscription.
  2. Payment Terms: a. Upon signing up for the trial offer, a £1 charge will be applied for the first 6 issues of the newspaper/magazine. b. The £1 payment will be processed via Direct Debit 14 days after the initial sign-up for the trial. c. Following the trial period, a quarterly payment equivalent to 13 issues of the newspaper/magazine will be charged. d. The quarterly payment will be processed once the 4th issue of the newspaper/magazine has been delivered.
  3. Cancellation Policy: a. Customers have the option to cancel their subscription at any time from signing up until they’ve received their 4th issue. b. If cancellation occurs before the quarterly payment is taken, no further copies of the newspaper will be delivered, and the trial offer will be terminated. c. Please note that no refunds will be given on payments that have already been processed.
  4. Direct Debit Cancellation: a. If you pay by Direct Debit, you must also cancel the Direct Debit with the bank to avoid further payments. b. Please note that we are unable to make refunds on payments already taken by Direct Debit.
  5. Delivery Schedule: a. The quarterly payment is taken after the 4th issue of the newspaper/magazine due to the additional time required for printing, wrapping, and delivery. b. Subsequent deliveries will continue based on the regular delivery schedule of the newspaper/magazine.
  6. Eligibility: By participating in this trial, you agree to abide by these terms and conditions. Participation is only open to individuals who have a UK delivery address.
  7. One Trial per Household: Each household is limited to one trial of First News. Multiple trials within the same household are not permitted.
  8. Verification: We reserve the right to verify household information and disqualify any participant found to be in violation of this policy.
  9. Disqualification: Participants found to have violated the one trial per household policy will be disqualified from the trial, and any benefits accrued will be forfeited.
  10. Changes to Terms: First News reserves the right to modify or terminate this policy at any time without prior notice.
  11. Contact Information: a. For any inquiries or assistance regarding subscriptions or the trial offer, please contact [email protected].
  12. Acceptance of Terms: a. By signing up for the trial offer, customers acknowledge that they have read, understood, and agreed to abide by these terms and conditions.

 

 

 

EDITORIAL COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

1.GENERAL TERMS

1.1           These terms and conditions (our “General Terms”) apply to all competitions promoted by First Group Enterprises Limited (the “Competitions”).  Each Competition also has its own specific terms and conditions such as the details of how to enter, what the opening/closing dates are and what sort of prize you may win (the “Specific Terms”.) If the Specific Terms conflict with these General Terms, the Specific Terms will take precedence.1.2           We may change these General Terms at any time.1.3           By entering any Competition you agree that you are legally bound by these General Terms and any applicable Specific Terms.

  1. IDENTITY OF FIRST GROUP ENTERPRISES LIMITED OF THE COMPETITION

2.1           Unless any Specific Terms tell you otherwise, First Group Enterprises Limited of each Competition is First Group Enterprises Limited. If First Group Enterprises Limited is a third party the terms “we” and “us” in these General Terms shall refer to both First Group Enterprises Limited and the third party promoter.2.2          First Group Enterprises Limited is a company registered in England and Wales. Our registered office is at First News, 1st Floor, 58 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0AS.  [You can write to us at that address if you have any concerns in relation to any of our Competitions – please set out clearly the name of the Competition and your concern.]

  1. ELIGIBILITY RULES FOR OUR COMPETITIONS

3.1           Where entrants are required to sign a release or other document before participating in a Competition and the entrant is under the age of 17 years, such document must be signed by that person’s parent or legal guardian before participation in the Competition.3.2           Any minimum or maximum age requirements will be stated in the Specific Terms for the relevant Competition.3.3           Certain Competitions may have additional eligibility requirements, such as valid passports, visas, good physical health and so on. Any such additional eligibility requirements will be stated in the Specific Terms covering the relevant Competition.3.4           It will be our sole decision as to whether any eligibility requirement has or has not been met and we may require evidence or confirmation from entrants before awarding prizes.3.5           The competition is only open to all residents in the UK, except:(a)     employees of First Group Enterprises Limited or its holding or subsidiary companies;(b)     employees of agents or suppliers of First Group Enterprises Limited or its holding or subsidiary companies, who are professionally connected with the competition or its administration; or(c)     members of the immediate families or households of (a) and (b) above.3.6           In entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win. First Group Enterprises Limited may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition.

  1. HOW TO ENTER

4.1           The competition will run from [TIME] on [DATE] (the “Opening Date”) to [TIME] on [DATE] (the “Closing Date”) inclusive.4.2           All competition entries must be received by First Group Enterprises Limited no later than [TIME] on the Closing Date. All competition entries received after the Closing Date are automatically disqualified.4.3           To enter the competition:(a)     by post:  to be valid, Entries must be received after the Opening time and before the closing time. Entries that are submitted before the opening time and after the closing time will not be entered in the Competition;(b)     by email:  to be valid, entries must be received after the Opening time and before the Closing time. Entries that are submitted before the Opening time and after the Closing time will not be entered in the Competition;(c)     by webform:  to be valid, entries must be received after the opening time and before the closing time. Entries that are submitted before the opening time and after the closing time will not be entered in the Competition.
4.4          First Group Enterprises Limited will not accept competition entries that are:(a)     automatically generated by computer;(b)     completed by third parties or in bulk;(c)     illegible, have been altered, reconstructed, forged or tampered with;(d)     photocopies and not originals; or(e)     incomplete.
4.5           There is a limit of one entry per person. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.4.6           [First Group Enterprises Limited reserves all rights to disqualify you if your conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the prize competition.]4.7           [Competition entries cannot be returned.]4.8           No Payment. No fees shall be payable to any entrant in relation to their entry in any Competition.]

  1. WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

5.1           The winner of the competition will be notified in writing, within 28 days.5.2           The decision of First Group Enterprises Limited is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.5.3          First Group Enterprises Limited will contact the winner personally as soon as practicable after the Closing Date, using the telephone number, postal address or email address provided with the competition entry.5.4          First Group Enterprises Limited will send the name and county of the winner to anyone who writes within one month after the Closing Date of the competition requesting details of the winner and who encloses a self-addressed envelope to the address set out in condition 2.2 OR A list of Winners can be viewed at the offices of First Group Enterprises Limited set out in condition 2.2 from the Closing Date for a period of 28 days.

  1. PRIZES

6.1           We reserve in all cases the right to replace the stated prizes with prizes that we consider to be of broadly equivalent value. We offer no cash alternative for non-cash prizes and prize winners must accept prizes in the form offered.6.2           Where entrants or prize winners are required by us to sign a release or other document before redeeming a prize and the prize winners is under the age of 17 years, such document must be signed by that person’s parent or legal guardian prior to the prize being awarded.6.3           All prize winners will be notified that they have won a prize within twenty eight (28) days of the closing date of the Competition by telephone, in writing, or via the method specified in the Competition Specific Terms.6.4           Physical prizes will be sent to the prize winners to an address within the UK only within 30 days of the Competition closing date via the UK mail service, unless otherwise stated. We will not be liable for any prizes which are lost, delayed, or damaged in the post for reasons beyond our control.6.5           We reserve the right to request proof of a prize winner’s identity, age and address. In the event that a prize winner cannot provide us with proof of identity and age reasonably acceptable to us, we may withdraw the prize and select another prize winner.6.6           We reserve the right to disqualify entrants from entering our Competitions or prize winners from receiving their prizes where any such person engages in unsafe, illegal, unsociable or inappropriate behaviour.6.7           All prizes are non-transferable and non-exchangeable. Where prizes consist of entry tickets, attendance at events, holidays and similar time-specific benefits, they must be taken on the dates specified in the relevant Specific Terms. If a prize winners does not take any element of a prize at the time stipulated by us (or any relevant third party prize provider) then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the prize winners. No cash will be awarded in lieu of that prize or part of it.6.8           We make no representation or warranty in relation to prizes provided and to the fullest extent permitted by law we shall have no liability to you in relation to any prize, its fitness for purpose, merchantability or otherwise.6.9           All stated prize values are at the supplier’s recommended retail price in pounds sterling and are correct at the time of printing. We take no responsibility for any fluctuations in prize values.6.10        No additional, further or other costs or expenses are included in any prize unless stated. For example, the costs of transport to and from a venue or an event are not included, and any accommodation prize includes the basic room charge only.6.11        Prizes supplied by third parties are always subject to availability. Third party suppliers of prizes may also often stipulate their own terms, conditions or restrictions and all prize winners agree to be bound by these. Subject to paragraph 17.2, we shall have no liability in relation to any prize provided by a third party provider.

  1. HOLIDAY PRIZES

7.1           Because of their complexity, we have certain special terms that apply to holiday prizes. These terms are set out in this section 6. Where holiday prizes include a place for a travelling companion (i.e. a holiday for the prize winners plus guest(s)) then these terms also apply to those persons.7.2           [The holiday is provided by [NAME AND ADDRESS OF TRAVEL AGENT].]7.3           [The holiday is for [NUMBER OF PEOPLE] to travel by [CLASS OF TRANSPORT AND TYPE OF CARRIER] to [TRAVEL DESTINATION] for [NUMBER OF NIGHTS] between [DATE] and [DATE] (excluding between [DATES]). The prize does not include travel insurance, the cost of transfers to and from airports or stations, food and drink, spending money, tax or personal expenses. Any other costs incurred in addition to those set out above and that are incidental to the fulfilment of the prize are the responsibility of the winner(s).]7.4           [You will be responsible for ensuring that you and any person travelling with you are available to travel and hold valid passports, any necessary visas and travel documents for the holiday in question on the travel dates specified. [Dates once notified to the travel agent cannot be changed].]7.5           It is the responsibility of the prize winners or any travelling companion (if applicable) to check any travel advisories issued by the Government and determine whether they wish to accept the risk of travelling to the holiday destination. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage suffered by any prize winners and their travelling companion (if applicable) arising out of their failure to follow any travel advisories issued by the Government.7.6           The prize winners and their travelling companion (if applicable) must comply with and are responsible for obtaining any inoculation and complying with any health regulations required by any holiday prize destination country.7.7           We will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage suffered by any prize winners or their travelling companion (if applicable) if any prize winners or their travelling companion (if applicable) does not redeem a holiday prize as a result of any Government travel warning or advisory applicable to the destination country and/or countries. In particular, we shall have no obligation to substitute any alternative prize, cash equivalent or other compensation where a prize winners and/or their travelling companion (if applicable) fails to redeem a holiday prize for any reason.7.8           Prize winners and their travelling companions must comply with the terms and limitations of airlines, other transport providers, and the venues involved in the provision of any holiday prize, including any insurance policy relating to the holiday. In particular, entrants must comply with all health and safety guidelines and instructions and all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.7.9           Where the United States of America is a holiday prize destination, the prize winners and any travelling companion will be required to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). Applications must be submitted no later than three (3) days prior to the departure date. If this form is not lodged by both parties and within this time, they will be ineligible to enter the United States of America and will therefore forfeit their holiday prize.7.10        All holiday prizes must be taken within six (6) months of the closing date of the relevant Competition, or within the time limit specified in the Specific Terms if different, or the prize will lapse.

  1. EVENTS PRIZES

8.1           Where the prize for any Competition involves the prize winner’s attendance at (or tickets to) an event, the prize winners acknowledges that we are not liable or responsible if any part of the event is cancelled, varied or rescheduled for any reason. If this means that the prize winners (and/or any accompanying guests) cannot attend the relevant event, we shall be under no obligation to provide any cash or alternative tickets.8.2           Entrants proposing to participate in any Competition which involves, or to redeem a prize which involves, performing stunts or physical challenges should notify us of any medical condition and we may at our absolute discretion require the entrant, as a condition of entering the Competition or receiving the prize:(a)     to submit to a medical examination by a medical practitioner approved by us and to obtain medical clearance to participate in the Competition and/or redeem the prize; and/or(b)     to execute a legal document to exonerate us from liability in a form prescribed by us in order to participate further in the Competition and/or redeem the prize.8.3           Where prizes comprise or include “meet and greet” elements with celebrities, the prize may be subject to the availability of the celebrity in question or to rules imposed by the celebrity and we will have no liability for any inability or failure of any prize winners to attend any “meet and greet” session that has been arranged and offered on any date nor will we offer any alternative prize or cash alternative or compensation for such failure.

  1. UNCLAIMED PRIZES

9.1           All prizes must be claimed within twenty-one (21) days of our notification of winning or as otherwise stated in any Specific Terms. We reserve the right to award prizes unclaimed after this period to alternative prize winners or not to award them at all.9.2           If you do not provide us with correct and accurate up-to-date contact details, we will be unable to contact you and you may as a result forfeit your prize.

  1. PUBLICITY AND PERSONAL INFORMATION

10.1        The personal information supplied by entrants when entering our Competitions will be used by us in accordance with our privacy policy, which may be modified in respect of any particular Competition. You should always read our privacy policy as your entry in the relevant Competition is an agreement to be bound by the privacy policy. All entrants may have their details removed from our database by contacting us. If details are removed prior to the conclusion of the Competition and/or award of prize(s), entrants will however forfeit their right to claim any prizes.10.2        If you are the winner of the competition, you agree that First Group Enterprises Limited may use your name, image and town or county of residence to announce the winner of this competition and for any other reasonable and related promotional purposes.10.3        [You further agree to participate in any reasonable publicity required by First Group Enterprises Limited.]10.4        By entering the competition, you agree that any personal information provided by you with the competition entry may be held and used only by First Group Enterprises Limited or its agents and suppliers to administer the competition.

  1. PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS

11.1        Should any Competition require entrants to submit a photograph or video clip as a part of entry into or participation in a Competition (collectively, “Photograph”):(a)     entrants warrant that they are the person in the photograph or have prior approval from the person in the photograph that it may be submitted as part of their entry;(b)     entrants agree that we have the right to publish and communicate to the public the Photographs in any media (including but not limited to online) at all times without restriction or limitation throughout the world and not only for the purposes of the Competition;(c)     entrants acknowledge that we may edit the Photographs in our sole discretion;(d)     entrants agree that we have the right to use entrants’ first names, likenesses, county and age in conjunction with the Photographs;(e)     entrants agree not to bring against us any actions, suits, claims and demands us any respect of defamation or any infringement or violation of any personal and/or property rights of any sort from our use of their Photographs;(f)      entrants unconditionally waive their right to seek or obtain an injunction to prevent or restrict our use of the Photographs; and(g)     entrants aged under 17 shall have obtained the consent of a parent or a guardian (and will provide us with the contact details we need if we wish to verify this).

  1. DRAWS

12.1        Where any prize is awarded via a prize draw, prize winners will be chosen at random from all qualifying entries within twenty eight (28) days (unless a lesser period is specified in the Specific Terms) of the Competition closing date.12.2        If we become aware that the same person has been selected as a prize winner more than once, that person will win once only and we will draw another name.

  1. COPYRIGHT

13.1        All competition entries and any accompanying material submitted to First Group Enterprises Limited will become the property of First Group Enterprises Limited on receipt and will not be returned OR First Group Enterprises Limited does not  claim any rights of ownership in your competition entry.]13.2        [By submitting your competition entry and any accompanying material, you agree to:(a)     assign to First Group Enterprises Limited all your intellectual property rights with full title guarantee; and(b)     waive all moral rights, in and to your competition entry and otherwise arising in connection with your entry to which you may now or at any time in the future be entitled under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as amended from time to time and under all similar legislation from time to time in force anywhere in the world.]13.3        For the avoidance of doubt, all rights in the name and title of the Competition and the format of the Competition are our sole property and we may exploit the same at our absolute discretion.

  1. TAMPERING AND OTHER MATTERS

14.1        If for any reason any Competition is not capable of running as planned as a result of any (including but not limited to) technical failures, unauthorised intervention, computer virus, mobile network failure, tampering, fraud or any other causes beyond our control which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of a Competition, we reserve the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition and/or any draw/s or judging related to the Competition and/or to disqualify any individual who (whether directly or indirectly) causes the problem.

  1. TERMINATION OF COMPETITION

15.1        We may vary the terms of, or terminate, a Competition at any time at its absolute discretion without liability to any contestant or other person. We will not award any prize if the Competition is terminated.

  1. DECISIONS FINAL

16.1        All our decisions relating to any Competition and/or redemption of the prizes are final. No discussions or correspondence with entrants or any other person will be entered into.16.2        Tiebreakers, disputes, conflicts, questions or concerns will be managed by us and, if required by law, by an independent adjudicator.16.3        Where a Competition involves voting, the accuracy of the pooled results received and published by us will be deemed to be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

  1. FAILURE TO ENFORCE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

17.1        A failure by us to enforce any one of these terms and conditions in any instance(s) will not give rise to any claim or right of action by any entrant or prize winners, nor shall it be deemed to be a waiver of any of our rights in relation to the same.

  1. EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY

18.1        Except as specifically set out herein and to the maximum extent permitted by law, all conditions, warranties and representations expressed or implied by law are hereby excluded.18.2        To the fullest extent permitted by law, we hereby exclude and shall not have any liability to any entrant or prize winners in connection with or arising out of any Competition howsoever caused, including for any costs, expenses, forfeited prizes, damages and other liabilities, provided that nothing herein shall operate so as to limit or exclude our liability for personal injury or death caused by our negligence. For the avoidance of doubt, this paragraph 17.2 shall also apply in respect of any prize provided by a third party provider.18.3        In the event that any provision of these General (or any Specific) Terms are held to be illegal, invalid, void or otherwise unenforceable, it shall be severed from the remaining provisions which shall continue in full force and effect.

  1. GENERAL

19.1        If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these terms and conditions, First Group Enterprises Limited may, at its sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude you from participating in the competition.19.2        First Group Enterprises Limited reserves the right to hold void, suspend, cancel, or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so.19.3        These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law, and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

 

FIRST NEWS & NATIONAL TRUST NATURE AROUND ME COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Entry Requirements

  • Entry to the competition will be via a form on the First News website, accessible at www.firstnews.co.uk/national-trust
  • Entries will be categorized based on age into the following groups: 7-9, 10-11, and 12-15.
  • Entries can be submitted individually or as part of a group, such as a school class but prizes will be awarded to individuals not groups.
  • Entries must not contain any identifiable faces or make it possible to identify people (i.e. a child in school uniform.)
  • Entrants are permitted to submit more than one entry.

Competition Period

  • The competition will commence at 00:01 on Friday, 15th March 2024, and conclude at 11:59 on Sunday, 28th April 2024.
  • To be valid, entries must be received after the opening time and before the closing time. Entries that are submitted before the opening time and after the closing time will not be entered in the Competition.

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to residents of the UK and Republic of Ireland aged 15 and under, except for employees of First News, First Group Enterprises Ltd, the National Trust, and any associated companies, as well as their immediate families. Please note, National Trust vouchers cannot be redeemed in Scotland or the Republic of Ireland.
  • First Group Enterprises Limited will not accept competition entries that are:
  • (a)     automatically generated by computer;
  • (b)     completed by third parties or in bulk;
  • (c)     illegible, have been altered, reconstructed, forged or tampered with or edited;
  • (d)     photocopies and not originals; or incomplete:
  • No Payment. No fees shall be payable to any entrant in relation to their entry in any Competition.
  • We reserve the right to request proof of a prize winner’s identity, age and address. In the event that a prize winner cannot provide us with proof of identity and age reasonably acceptable to us, we may withdraw the prize and select another prize winner.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify entrants from entering our Competitions or prize winners from receiving their prizes where any such person engages in unsafe, illegal, unsociable or inappropriate behaviour.
  • By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to receiving relevant marketing communications from First News. You’ll always be able to opt-out at any time. We only process data and send communications as detailed within our Privacy Policy.
  • First News will not share any data with National Trust unless they explicitly consent to this when they complete their competition entry and opt-in to receive marketing communications from National Trust.

Judging

  • Entries will be reviewed by First News and National Trust staff after the closing date and a shortlist will be compiled for judging.
  • A panel of judges, including Nicky Cox MBE (First News’ Editor-In-Chief), Chris Rowlin (National Trust’s Head of Photography), and one additional judge (TBC), will evaluate entries based on composition, focus, and storytelling.
  • It will be our sole decision as to whether any eligibility requirement has or has not been met and we may require evidence or confirmation from entrants before awarding prizes.
  •   The decision of First Group Enterprises Limited & National Trust is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

Prize Notification

  • Winners will be notified accordingly no later than 19th May 2024. In the event of no response within 28 days of notification, the prize may be offered to another entrant.
  • The names and ages of the winners and contact details of their teacher or parent/guardian will be securely passed on to the National Trust for prize fulfilment.

Media Activity

  • Winners may be invited to participate in media activities related to the competition.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to use winning entries for promotional purposes.

Data Protection

  • Personal data collected will be retained for a maximum of 3 years after the competition’s conclusion, after which it will be destroyed unless you have engaged with First News’ emails or given explicit permission for further use.
  • Participants may request the deletion of their data at any time.

Prize Details:

Top Prize:

  • A two-night stay at 4 Cart Lodge Barn, Norfolk (ref 010020) – a National Trust Holiday cottage. The stay is for the duration of 2 nights. Check in day is Friday 12 July from 4pm and check out day is Sunday 14 July at 4pm.
  • 4 Cart Lodge Barn is a self-catering cottage that sleeps 6 people across 3 bedrooms, the winner can bring any number of guests up to this limit. This cottage is not a dog friendly cottage so unfortunately no pets are allowed to stay. The winner must not exceed the number of guests for the holiday stay.
  • The holiday does not include any extras. No cash alternative or refund will be given. The winners grown up needs to be the lead booker of the holiday as you must be over 18 years old. The lead booker of the holiday must be over 18.
  • The competition is not open to employees and volunteers of the National Trust, their partners and their families. The prize cannot be transferred to another National Trust holiday cottage or campsite.  The National Trust will not be responsible for any other transport or accommodation costs incurred in the acceptance or fulfilment of the prize.
  • Standard terms and conditions of a holiday booking apply – see website for details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/holiday-cottage-bunkhouse-and-bothy-terms-and-conditions
  • Private chartered boat trip to Blakeney Point with a National Trust ranger to observe and photograph seal pups.
  • No transportation provided.
  • A 6-month subscription to First News Education Digital for the winner’s school.

Other Prizes:

  • There are two runners up prizes to be won.
  • Each prize is a National Trust Holidays voucher worth £250.
  • The holiday is subject to availability and does not include any extras.
  • The winner will be able to pick from the available locations, found here https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays.
  • No cash alternative or refund will be given, and the lead booker of the holiday must be over 18
  • Prize to be chosen from the current National Trust Holiday website and cannot be used to purchase National Trust gift cards or vouchers or redeemed against purchases already made.
  • The prize is not valid for Historic House Hotels bookings or those managed by third parties.
  • The competition is not open to employees and volunteers of the National Trust, their partners and their families.
  • The competition winner can use the prize as part payment towards a higher value holiday and pay the balance.
  • The holiday must be booked and taken before 28 February 2025.
  • If the holiday booked is less than £250 in value, the booking will still be deemed full settlement of the prize and any remaining value cannot be used towards a second break.
  • The National Trust will not be responsible for any other transport or accommodation costs incurred in the acceptance or fulfilment of the prize.
  • Standard terms and conditions of a holiday booking apply – see website for details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/holiday-cottage-bunkhouse-and-bothy-terms-and-conditions
  • Each of the three winners will also receive:
    • One WiFi Bird Box Camera Systems from Gardenature for their school.
    • A 6-month bundle subscription to First News for personal use.

Featured Content:

  • Winning photographs and a selection of entrants may be featured in First News.

SPEECH YOUR MIND COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Entry Requirements

  • Entry to the competition will be via a form on the First News website, accessible at live.firstnews.co.uk/speech-writing-competition
  • Entries will be categorised based on age into the following groups: under 9, 10-12, 12-15, and 16-18.
  • Entries can be submitted individually or as part of a group, such as a school class but prizes will be awarded to individuals not groups.
  • Entrants are permitted to submit more than one entry.

Competition Period

  • The competition will commence at 00:01 on Friday, 22nd March 2024, and conclude at 11:59 on Friday, 10th May 2024.
  • To be valid, entries must be received after the opening time and before the closing time. Entries that are submitted before the opening time and after the closing time will not be entered in the Competition.

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to residents of the UK and Republic of Ireland aged 18 and under.
  • First Group Enterprises Limited will not accept competition entries that are:
  • (a)     automatically generated by computer;
  • (b)     completed by third parties or in bulk;
  • (c)     illegible, have been altered, reconstructed, forged or tampered with or edited;
  • (d)     copies and not originals; or incomplete:
  • No Payment. No fees shall be payable to any entrant in relation to their entry in any Competition.
  • We reserve the right to request proof of a prize winner’s identity, age and address. In the event that a prize winner cannot provide us with proof of identity and age reasonably acceptable to us, we may withdraw the prize and select another prize winner.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify entrants from entering our Competitions or prize winners from receiving their prizes where any such person engages in unsafe, illegal, unsociable or inappropriate behaviour.

Judging

  • Entries will be reviewed by First News staff after the closing date and a shortlist will be compiled for judging by Nicky Cox MBE (First News’ Editor-In-Chief)
  • It will be our sole decision as to whether any eligibility requirement has or has not been met and we may require evidence or confirmation from entrants before awarding prizes.
  •   The decision of First Group Enterprises Limited is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

Prize Notification

  • Winners will be notified accordingly no later than Friday 31st May 2024. In the event of no response within 28 days of notification, the prize may be offered to another entrant.

Media Activity

  • Winners may be invited to participate in media activities related to the competition.

Data Protection

  • Data will only be collected for the purposes of the competition. Once the competition has finished, First News will delete all sensitive data including email, phone and address information.
  • Participants may request the deletion of their data at any time.

Prize Details:

All winners will receive

  • The opportunity to deliver their speech at a special ceremony in London. Date, time and venue to be confirmed.
  • A £50 Amazon voucher.
  • A 6-month subscription to First News Education Digital for the winner’s school.

Featured Content:

  • Winning speeches and a selection of entrants may be featured in First News.

FIRST NEWS & BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Entry Requirements

  • Entry to the competition will be via a form on the First News website, accessible at live.firstnews.co.uk/fn-childrens-party/bcc-young-entrepreneurs-competition/
  • Entries will be categorised into the following groups: A greener planet, Jobs and skills, Online safety, Local life.
  • Entries can be submitted individually or as part of a group, such as a school class but prizes will be awarded to individuals not groups.
  • Entrants are permitted to submit more than one entry, but will only be able to win in one category.

Competition Period

  • The competition will commence at 00:01 on Friday, 10th May 2024, and conclude at 11:59 on Friday, 7th June 2024.
  • To be valid, entries must be received after the opening time and before the closing time. Entries that are submitted before the opening time and after the closing time will not be entered in the Competition.

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to residents of the UK and Republic of Ireland aged 15 and under, except employees of First News, First Group Enterprises Ltd, Reach plc and any associated companies and their families.
  • First Group Enterprises Limited will not accept competition entries that are:
  • (a) automatically generated by computer;
  • (b) completed by third parties or in bulk;
  • (c) illegible, have been altered, reconstructed, forged or tampered with or edited;
  • (d) copies and not originals; or incomplete:
  • No Payment. No fees shall be payable to any entrant in relation to their entry in any Competition.
  • We reserve the right to request proof of a prize winner’s identity, age and address. In the event that a prize winner cannot provide us with proof of identity and age reasonably acceptable to us, we may withdraw the prize and select another prize winner.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify entrants from entering our Competitions or prize winners from receiving their prizes where any such person engages in unsafe, illegal, unsociable or inappropriate behaviour.

Judging

  • Entries will be reviewed by a selected judging panel after the closing date.
  • It will be our sole decision as to whether any eligibility requirement has or has not been met and we may require evidence or confirmation from entrants before awarding prizes.
  • The decision of First Group Enterprises Limited is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

Prize Notification

  • Winners will be notified accordingly no later than 21st June 2024. In the event of no response within 5 days of notification, the prize may be offered to another entrant.

Media Activity

  • Winners may be invited to participate in media activities related to the competition.

Data Protection

  • Data will only be collected for the purposes of the competition. Once the competition has finished, First News will delete all sensitive data including email, phone and address information.
  • Participants may request the deletion of their data at any time.

Prize Details:

  • The winners will need to be able to travel to London on 27th June 2024.
  • Travel expenses to and from London are included in the prize.
  • The winners must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times during the event.

Featured Content:

  • Winning ideas and a selection of entrants may be featured in First News.

 

FIRST NEWS FREE TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

First News Free provides access to certain content within the First News app. By using the First News Free service, you agree to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions.

Access and Features

First News Free includes:

  • 1 free digital edition of the newspaper.  The link to access the digital edition will be emailed to you 12 hours after registration.
  • Access to new news stories every day (Monday to Friday).
  • Daily Wordie (Monday to Friday).
  • Access to First News polls and competitions.
  • Weekly parent email, with tips and talking points on how to discuss news with your children.

First News Free users will not have access to:

  • The First News archive.
  • The weekly issue of First News.
  • Puzzles.
  • Videos.
  • The printed newspaper.

Upgrade Options

App Compatibility

  • The app is available via the App Store or Google Play.
  • The App Store version is compatible with Mac and requires macOS 11.0 or later.

Registration and Usage

  • Parents and guardians must sign up for First News Free.
  • Login credentials can then be shared with your children.
  • A Web ID will be provided on the web page following completion of sign-up and in the welcome email sent shortly after sign-up.
  • First News Free can be accessed on a maximum of 6 devices.
  • First News Free is for home use only and should not be used in a school environment.

Contact

  • For any inquiries or support regarding First News Free, please contact [email protected].

 

FIRST NEWS NATIONAL TRUST ACCESS PASS TERMS AND CONDITIONS. 

  1. This National Trust pass is single-use and is valid once from 7th May 2024 to 19th July 2024, excluding 25 – 27 May 2024.
  2. This pass allows free admission at participating National Trust places for 2 adults and up to 3 children, or 1 adult and up to 4 children. There is a maximum of 2 adults per pass. Adults are those aged 18 or over; children are those aged 5–17 inclusive; under 5s receive free admission.
  3. Places excluded from the promotion are listed here: org.uk/guest-pass-exemptions. Passholders should check in advance of travelling as entry can be refused at an excluded venue.
  4. This pass does not allow admission to places with reciprocal entry agreements, such as English Heritage (including Stonehenge and Housesteads Fort) or National Trust for Scotland.
  5. This pass is for standard admission only and excludes non-standard admission, group entry, transport and paid events.
  6. This pass does not include parking at National Trust places, unless the price of parking is included within the standard admission price.
  7. This pass is valid at participating National Trust places within advertised opening hours. Opening hours may be subject to change at any time and should be checked when planning a visit: org.uk
  8. Some National Trust places require booking in advance of the visit date. At these places, without a booking we cannot guarantee entry. It is important to check the property’s web page at org.uk when planning a visit to check whether this is the case and to book tickets. To book with the pass:
  9. Visit the place’s website, click ‘Book a Visit’.
  10. Select a free member’s ticket and when asked for your membership number type FIRSTNEWS18

iii. Complete the transaction and you will receive a confirmation email. If you only select the free members tickets, you will not need to enter your debit/credit card details and you will not be charged.

  1. Present both your booking confirmation and the pass to the National Trust team member on arrival. Entry cannot be guaranteed without a booking confirmation where required. Free entry cannot be guaranteed without the National Trust pass.
  2. To redeem pass, present the email with your pass to a team member at your chosen National Trust place. Mobile coverage may be limited at the National Trust place you choose to visit, so please download to your device, or print the email.
  3. Passholders who cannot present the confirmation email/pass will be charged the full admission price.
  4. This pass cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and has no cash value. It cannot be redeemed against the cost of National Trust membership.
  5. This pass is not for resale and is non-transferable. If the National Trust deems this to have occurred, we reserve the right to refuse use of the pass and the full admission price may be charged.
  6. Only one pass per household will be permitted.
  7. The offer is open to anyone who is a resident of England, Wales and NI except employees of First News or National Trust and their immediate families.
  8. Personal data supplied during this promotion will only be processed as set out in the National Trust’s privacy policy: org.uk/our-policies/privacy
  9. The National Trust (Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon SN2 2NA) is a registered charity (number 205846).

 

 

KIDS PASS TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

1. Eligibility:

1.1 This offer is valid for customers who purchase a 12-month print and digital subscription of First News via the First News website during the promotional period.

2. Free Kids Pass Activation:

2.1  Customers are eligible to receive a free 12-month Kids Pass for every 12-month print and digital First News subscription purchased.

2.2 The free Kids Pass is only active for the duration of the corresponding First News annual subscription.

2.3 Customers must activate their free Kids Passes within 3 months of receiving the activation email.

3. Activation Process:

3.1 The Kids Pass must be activated by the parent/guardian of the child that the First News subscription is being sent to.

3.2 To activate the free Kids Pass, customers must follow the instructions provided in the activation email.

3.3 Failure to activate the Kids Pass within the specified timeframe will result in forfeiture of the free pass.

4. Pass Validity:

4.1 The Kids Pass is valid from the point of activation until the last issue date of your corresponding First News annual subscription.

4.2 The passholder must adhere to the terms and conditions set forth by the third-party provider of the Kids Pass.

5. Subscription Cancellation:

5.1 In the event of a cancellation or termination of the First News subscription, the corresponding free Kids Pass will also be deactivated.

6. Non-Transferable:

6.1 The free Kids Pass is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash or any other product or service.

7.  Promotional Period:

7.1  This offer is valid during the specified promotional period and may be subject to change without prior notice.

8. Limitations:

8.1 This offer is limited to one free Kids Pass per 12-month First News print and digital subscription.

9. General Terms:

9.1 First News reserves the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the offer at any time without notice.

9.2 The terms and conditions of the free Kids Pass are subject to the policies of the third-party provider.

10.  Contact Information:

10.1 For inquiries regarding this offer or assistance with Kids Pass activation, please contact us on [email protected].

By participating in this offer, customers agree to abide by these terms and conditions. First News reserves the right to make the final decision on any disputes arising from this promotion.

 

 

RAFFLE PRIZE TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

1. Eligibility:

1.1. The raffle prize offer (the “Offer”) is exclusively available to schools that have an active subscription to First News and request a raffle prize.

2. Offer Details:

2.1. Each subscribing school is eligible for one (1) raffle prize per academic year

2.2. The offer consists of one 6-month digital subscription plus 1 free print copy.

2.3. The issue date of the print copy will be chosen by First News based on stock availability.  We cannot guarantee a particular issue will be issued in time for the raffle draw.

2.4. Raffle requests must be sent to [email protected], please provide your subscription details at the time of the request and the dates of the raffle.

2.5. The Offer is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash or other alternatives.

3. Raffle Prize Redemption:

3.1. To redeem the raffle prize, the school must be an active subscriber to First News products at the time of the raffle drawing.

3.2. The Offer applies only to schools subscribing directly to First News products and does not extend to third-party resellers or distributors.

4. Raffle Prize Selection:

4.1. Raffle prizes will be selected randomly and awarded in accordance with the procedures outlined in the school’s individual raffle event.

5. Verification of Subscription:

5.1. The subscribing school may be required to provide proof of their active subscription to First News products upon request.

6. Offer Modification or Cancellation:

6.1. First reserves the right to modify or cancel the Offer at any time without prior notice.

7. Limitation of Liability:

7.1. First News is not responsible for any technical malfunctions or other issues that may prevent schools from participating in the Offer.