BLOKLegal Documents

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Code of Business Ethics and Behaviour

Good business ethics involve high standards of behaviour and are characterised by integrity, honesty and freedom from deception and fraud. Business dealings and relationships within BLOK should always support and enhance each other’s reputation.

All members of BLOK have a responsibility to foster and to contribute towards the creation and maintenance of a positive culture of dignity and respect; inappropriate behaviour should be challenged. The BLOK committee should lead by example and take prompt action to prevent and stop inappropriate behaviour within the group.

The code applies to all BLOK members and sets out the minimum standards which are expected from members in their interactions with other members, local businesses, community groups and third parties.

Members are expected to:-

  • Treat other members with dignity, respect and courtesy
  • Contribute towards a positive, supportive and sharing environment
  • Be mindful of others when expressing views
  • Maintain the highest standards of integrity in all business relationships both within and outside the remit of BLOK
  • Act in a professional manner in all dealings with members, businesses, community groups and third parties.
  • Build positive relationships with other members based on trust
  • Use all forms of online communication in a positive manner
  • Refrain from verbal aggression, defamatory accusations and any form of cyber bullying /cyber smearing within the business network
  • Challenge or report unacceptable behaviour and breaches of the code.

All members can expect to:

  • Be treated with dignity, respect and courtesy
  • Be valued for their skills, abilities and experiences.
  • Be able to attend workshops, visit social events and use the BLOK website and forum without unfair treatment, bullying or victimisation

May 2015    BLOK, c/o Henshaw's Art Centre, 50 Bond End Knaresborough, HG5 9AL

Grievance Procedure

The objective of the grievance procedure is to enable members who consider they have a grievance or complaint to have it dealt with as soon as possible.

Initial Process

Any grievance must be submitted in writing to the BLOK Committee. The statement of grievance must set out the basis of the complaint to enable BLOK committee members to consider an appropriate response.

1st Stage Meeting

In the first instance, the grievance will be dealt with, if appropriate, by a member of the BLOK committee. If the grievance relates to a member of the committee or verbal or physical, racial, sexual abuse, or bullying, intimidation or harassment then the matter must be raised with the full BLOK committee. Every opportunity will be given for the grievance to be investigated and discussed.

A meeting will be convened within 5 working days where the grievance will be considered further. All reasonable steps must be taken to attend the meeting. At the end of this stage the complainant will be informed of the response to this grievance and the right to appeal against this finding if they are not satisfied with it

2nd Stage Appeal

If the matter is not resolved then an appeal can be made in writing, raising the matter with the full BLOK committee. Within 5 working days of receipt of this request the complainant will be notified of the date and time of the appeal hearing and should take all reasonable steps to attend. Every opportunity will be given for the grievance to be stated and thoroughly discussed. Notification of the decision will be at the end of the appeal hearing.

The decision of the appeal hearing is final and the grievance procedure  is exhausted following this. 

May 2015     BLOK, c/o Henshaw's Art Centre, 50 Bond End Knaresborough, HG5 9AL


Privacy Policy & Cookies

What is this Privacy Policy for?

This privacy policy is for this website and served by BLOK and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it.

The policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations & requirements of the users, the website and website owners. Furthermore the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information will also be detailed within this policy.

The Website

This website and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience. This website complies to all UK national laws and requirements for user privacy.

Use of Cookies

This website uses cookies to better the users experience while visiting the website. Where applicable this website uses a cookie control system allowing the user on their first visit to the website to allow or disallow the use of cookies on their computer / device. This complies with recent legislation requirements for websites to obtain explicit consent from users before leaving behind or reading files such as cookies on a user's computer / device.

Cookies are small files saved to the user's computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the user's interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.
Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors.

This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by Google Analytics which uses cookies to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your computers hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information. You can read Google's privacy policy here for further information .

Other cookies may be stored to your computers hard drive by external vendors when this website uses referral programs, sponsored links or adverts. Such cookies are used for conversion and referral tracking and typically expire after 30 days, though some may take longer. No personal information is stored, saved or collected.

Contact & Communication

Users contacting this website and/or its owners do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 1998. Every effort has been made to ensure a safe and secure form to email submission process but advise users using such form to email processes that they do so at their own risk.

This website and its owners use any information submitted to provide you with further information about the services they offer or to assist you in answering any questions or queries you may have submitted. This includes using your details to subscribe you to the BLOK email newsletter program the website operates but only if this was made clear to you and your express permission was granted when submitting any form to email process. This is by no means an entire list of your user rights in regard to receiving email marketing material. Your details are not passed on to any third parties.

Email Newsletter

This website operates an email newsletter program, used to inform subscribers about information and services supplied by this website. Users subscribe through an online automated process. Some subscriptions may be manually processed through prior written agreement with the user.

Subscriptions are taken in compliance with UK Spam Laws detailed in the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. All personal details relating to subscriptions are held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. No personal details are passed on to third parties nor shared with companies / people outside of the company that operates this website. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you may request a copy of personal information held about you by this website's email newsletter program. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to the business address at the bottom of this policy.

Email marketing campaigns published by this website or its owners may contain tracking facilities within the actual email. Subscriber activity is tracked and stored in a database for future analysis and evaluation. Such tracked activity may include; the opening of emails, forwarding of emails, the clicking of links within the email content, times, dates and frequency of activity (this is by no means a comprehensive list).
This information is used to refine future email campaigns and supply the member with relevant content.

In compliance with UK Spam Laws and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 subscribers are given the opportunity to un-subscribe at any time through an automated system. This process is detailed at the footer of each email campaign. If an automated un-subscription system is unavailable clear instructions on how to un-subscribe will by detailed instead.

External Links

Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website. (External links are clickable text / banner / image links to other websites, similar to

The owners of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Adverts and Sponsored Links

This website may occasuionally contain adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, to whom may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve.

Clicking on any such adverts will send you to the advertisers website through a referral program which may use cookies and will track the number of referrals sent from this website. This may include the use of cookies which may in turn be saved on your computers hard drive. Users should therefore note they click on sponsored external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Social Media Platforms

Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate on are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.

Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.

This website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

Specifically we will link to these platforlms:  Facebbok  :  Twiitter  :  LinkedIn  :  Google+

Shortened Links in Social Media

This website and its owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default some social media platforms shorten lengthy urls [web addresses] (this is an example: 

Users are advised to take caution and good judgement before clicking any shortened urls published on social media platforms by this website and its owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine urls are published many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.

Resources & Further Information

May 2015     BLOK, c/o Henshaw's Art Centre, 50 Bond End Knaresborough, HG5 9AL


Terms and Conditions


The use of BLOK website is subject to the following Terms and Condition. By using this website you agree to our terms and conditions. BLOK reserves the right to update the T&C’s at any time without notice to you.


Membership of BLOK is conditional to the acceptance of these T&C’s. Our T&C’s are subject to change without notice.

As the network evolves we gain a better understanding of how members will benefit most from their membership. The T&C’s ensure that we continue to deliver a professional service to our members and attract members who are as committed to creating a supportive and professional community of members as we are.

These T&C’s complement the spirit of BLOK and are subject to revision without notice. The most current T&C’s will always be available on the website.


Any business lady working or living in the Knaresborough area can apply to BLOK for membership. BLOK reserves the right to deny or cancel membership should a member or their company be deemed unsuitable for membership, at which point it will be discussed by the full committee and a final decision agreed by a majority vote. BLOK will contact the applicant with an explanation of this decision. 


Membership fees are outlined on our Membership Application Form and on our website and are subject to alteration without prior notification. All membership fees are payable in full with the application, however in the event of non-acceptance of application they will be refunded immediately. Membership period is one year from the date of acceptance of membership. (Membership year)


Any female business owner or its representatives acting in a manner not conducive to the aims of BLOK can have their membership suspended or rescinded at the discretion of BLOK. Activities that can lead to suspension or membership cancellation include inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour, spamming members via email, posting of inappropriate content online or aggressive promotion. In such circumstances, no refund of fees will be made.

Members pay an annual subscription fee in return for benefits that are accorded to the member. Priority to workshops, reduced entry to certain events and at the discretion of BLOK, and other services designed to increase business marketing opportunities for each of its members and access to the BLOK online forum.

BLOK membership fee is charged annually and is liable on the day of the start of membership and then on the day of annual renewal.

Renewal membership payments will be notified by invoice. Payment is to be made before the end of the current annual membership date. In such cases where payment is not received before the end of current membership, membership will be suspended pending settlement.

Once renewal has been agreed and made it cannot be cancelled or refunded.

Membership will only start before payment is received at the discretion of BLOK and on the understanding that the terms of membership including payment have been understood and accepted by the member.


Individual workshop fees/non-members are outlined on our website and are subject to alteration without prior notice. A condition of non-member fees is that the monthly meeting fees are payable before the event and there is no refund for non-attendance.


One of the benefits of membership to BLOK is being able to make contact with the wider network outside of your own group. BLOK operate a non-exclusive category membership and welcomes all businesses within Knaresborough and surrounding areas.


In the event of a member wishing to cancel their membership, notice needs to be given in writing to The Athena Network. No fees are refundable. Members who wish to re-join BLOK must submit a new application and pay the full yearly Membership Fee. Should BLOK make a decision to terminate a member’s membership, no fees are refundable.


We are very happy to support members who have lost invoices/documents and provide a copy. You will be asked to make an administration fee by BACS in advance of the paperwork being provided.


All personal and corporate information is only used by BLOK for its own business purposes. We act in accordance with UK Data Law and will not pass on your details to third parties. This is also relevant in relation to Cookies.



Through its network of Web properties, BLOK provides you with access to a variety of resources, download areas, communication forums and product information (collectively know as “Services”). The Services, including any updates, enhancements, new features, and/or the addition of any new information and are subject to the T&C’s.


Every care has been taken to ensure that all information on this site is correct and true at the time of entry. Whilst we endeavour to check the accuracy of any information or prices supplied to us, we cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of any information submitted by our members or 3rd parties.


Unless otherwise specified, the Services provided on this site are for your personal and non-commercial use only. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, licence, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information or services obtained from the Services.

Please respect the intellectual property rights of others when using the information gained from this site.


Permission to use Documents (such as press releases) from the Services is granted, provided that (1) use of such Documents from the Services is for informational, personal and non-commercial use only and will not be copied or posted on any network computer or broadcast in any media, and (2) no modifications of any Documents are made.

Any images used on this site are owned by BLOK or used with the express permission of the owner.


If any of the Services requires you to enter any personal details, you must complete the registration process by providing us with current, complete and accurate information as prompted by the applicable registration form. You must also choose a password and a user name. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account. Furthermore, you are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account. You agree to notify BLOK immediately of any unauthorised use of your account or any other breach of security. BLOK will not be liable for any disruption that you may incur as a result of someone else using your password either with or without your knowledge. You may not use anyone else’s membership details at any time, without the permission of the member.


As a condition of your use of the Services, you will not use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. You may not use the Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any server, or the network(s) connected to the BLOK website server or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of any Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorised access to any Services, membership details, computer systems or networks connected to any the BLOK website server or to any of the Services, through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through the Services.

This site will not be used in the communication of services in connection with surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, junk email, spamming or any duplicative or unsolicited messages (commercial or otherwise).

You may not publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information on this site.


BLOK does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to BLOK (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any Services or its associated services for review by other members or the general public. However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting (“Posting”) your Submission you are granting BLOK and necessary contributors permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses. You give your permission (unless otherwise stated) to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; to publish your name in connection with your Submission; and the right to sub-licence such rights to any supplier of the Services.

No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. BLOK is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and BLOK may remove any Submission at any time in its sole discretion.

In addition to the warranty and representation set forth above, by Posting a Submission that contain images, photographs, pictures or that are otherwise graphical in whole or in part (“Images”), you warrant and represent that (a) you are the copyright owner of such Images, or that the copyright owner of such Images has granted you permission to use such Images or any content and/or images contained in such Images consistent with the manner and purpose of your use and as otherwise permitted by these Terms and Conditions and the Services, (b) you have the rights necessary to grant the licenses and sublicenses described in these Terms and Conditions, and (c) that each person depicted in such Images, if any, has provided consent to the use of the Images as set forth in these Terms and Conditions, including, by way of example, and not as a limitation, the distribution, public display and reproduction of such Images.


The links on this site will let you leave the BLOK website. The linked sites are not under the control of BLOK and can therefore not be held responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. BLOK is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any linked site. BLOK is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by BLOK of the site.

BLOK cannot be held responsible for any files uploaded from 3rd party sites that may contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer or property of another.


May 2015     BLOK, 10 Aspin Gardens Knaresborough, HG5 8HW