AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE GOODS AND SERVICES – Terms and Conditions of Purchase
In this document the following words shall have the following meanings:
1.1 Agreement” means these Terms and Conditions together with the terms of any applicable Purchase Order;
1.2 “Buyer” means Ambrey Baker Construction Ltd, with a trading style of Ambrey Baker Industrial Solutions, of Sellwood House, Sellwood Court, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 8GJ, a Company Registered in England 5993779 and VAT Registration No. 902 975904
1.3 “Intellectual Property Rights” means all patents, registered and unregistered designs, copyright, trade marks, know-how and all other forms of intellectual property wherever in the world enforceable;
1.4 “Purchase Order” means the Buyer document which includes or is attached to a statement of work describing the goods and/or services to be provided by the Supplier and provides a maximum value payable by the Buyer to the Supplier;
1.5 “Supplier” or “Sub-contractor” are identical in the meaning that they are the organisation or person who supplies goods and/or services to the Buyer;
1.6 “Supplier Personnel” means any employee or contractor or plant supplied by the Supplier to provide services.
2.1 These Terms and Conditions shall apply to all contracts for the supply of goods and/or services by the Supplier pursuant to one or more Purchase Orders.
2.2 Where it is agreed that the Supplier shall supply goods and/or services, the goods and/or services to be supplied, the price payable and any other special terms agreed between the parties shall be set out in the Purchase Order. All Purchase Orders shall be subject to these Purchase Terms and Conditions.
2.3 No changes or variations to these Terms and Conditions or any Purchase Order shall be effective unless agreed in writing between the Parties.
2.4 In the event of any conflict between any terms of business produced by the Supplier and these Terms and Conditions it is agreed that these Terms and Conditions shall prevail.
3. Price and Payment
3.1 The price and any taxes and expenses for the goods and/or services shall be as specified in the Purchase Order.
3.2 An invoice shall be produced by the Supplier to the Buyer in accordance with the terms set out in the Purchase Order. The Buyer shall pay for the goods and/or services at the end of the month following the month in which the goods and/or services are supplied or in which the invoice is received, whichever is the later. In no circumstances shall the time for payment be of the essence of the Agreement and simply be as stated above. Invoices shall contain reference to the Purchase Order Number, its date and description of goods and services therein, else may be rejected until it is received in proper form.
3.3 The Buyer shall not be responsible for any expenses, charges or price other than those set out in the Purchase Order.
3.4 In the event of late payment by the Buyer, the Supplier shall be entitled to charge the Buyer interest at the rate of 2% per annum above the base rate of the Bank of England, from the date when payment becomes due, daily until the date of payment. The parties agree that this provision shall constitute a “substantial remedy” for the purposes of The Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.3.5 If the Parties agree that the Supplier is to provide goods and/or services or resources in addition to those specified in a Purchase Order, then such agreement will need to be reflected in a further Purchase Order, which will be deemed supplementary to and incorporated into this original Agreement.
3.6 Once a Purchase Order has been agreed by the Buyer, the price for the goods and/or services shall be fixed.
3.7 Whilst from time to time formal contractual standards forms are not completed, the JCT Minor Works Form of Contract shall be implied on all sub-contractor works up to the value of £250,000 and the JCT Intermediate Form over that value. In the event of a conflict between terms there-in or theses Buyer’s Terms, the Buyer Terms shall be precedent.
4.1 The Supplier warrants and guarantees that all goods, materials, plant or services supplied under this Agreement shall be free from any defects, patent or latent, omissions and errors in material and workmanship, or design, conform to applicable specifications, requirements, performance and drawings and, to the extent that detailed designs when not provided to the Buyer but when provided by you the Supplier, as part of your services and supply, will be free from design defects and in every aspect suitable for the purposes intended by the Buyer,
as to which the Supplier hereby acknowledges that it has had due notice. Any approval by the Buyer of any designs provided by the Supplier shall not relieve the Supplier of its obligations under any provision contained in this Clause.
4.2 The Supplier’s obligations under this Clause shall extend to any defect or non-conformity arising or manifesting itself within the manufacturer’s fair and reasonable or otherwise agreed warranty period from delivery.
4.3 Where there is a breach of the warranty contained in this Clause by the Supplier, the Buyer, without thereby waiving any rights or remedies otherwise provided by law and/or elsewhere in this Agreement, may (at the Buyer’s sole election) require the Supplier to repair or replace the defective goods at the Supplier’s risk and expense or repay the price or part of the price relating to the defect to the Buyer; and within a specified time to rectify such matters. If the Supplier fails to remedy that breach in the specified time or if no such time to remedy has been specified, then time shall be of the essence.
4.4 Items repaired or replaced shall be subject to these Terms and Conditions in the same manner as those originally delivered under this Agreement. If the Supplier refuses or fails promptly to repair or replace items when requested under this provision, the Buyer may itself, or through an agent or sub-contractor, consultants or otherwise, repair or replace or re-design any item itself and the Supplier agrees to reimburse the Buyer for any costs and expenses incurred.
4.5 From time-to-time, if the Supplier is providing professional services, design, project management, supervisory, ground or materials testing or specialist services that require a more formalised warranty arrangement such as a collateral warranty and associated appointment documentation for the benefit of the Buyer, and/or his successors, funders, tenants, landlords, assignees, or any client of the Buyer and/or any other relevant party that the Buyer is required to, , enter into similar arrangements with, then, the Supplier shall within 14 days of such documentation being issued to the Supplier by the Buyer or his advisors, execute and return the same to the Buyer under seal or deed by recorded delivery post, if requested to do so.
5.1 Delivery of the goods shall be made to such location as the Buyer shall direct. Any time agreed between the parties for such delivery shall be of the essence of the Agreement and the Buyer shall be entitled to cancel, without notice, the whole or any part of this Agreement if this Clause is not complied with by the Supplier.
5.2 Where the Buyer cancels the whole or part of the contract in accordance with Clause, then:
5.2.1 All sums payable by the Buyer in relation to the whole or part of the contract cancelled shall cease to become payable;
5.2.2 All sums paid by the Buyer in relation to the whole or part of the contract cancelled shall be repaid by the Supplier immediately;
5.2.3 the Buyer shall be entitled to recover damages and losses from the Supplier for any loss or consequential damages caused as a result of the Supplier’s failure to deliver the goods, or perform the services expected to the necessary standards of skill, care and diligence and/or as a result of the cancellation of the whole or part of the contract. The Buyer reserves position in respect of treating any losses that it has incurred as a result of the Supplier breaching this agreement as a debt.
6.1 The Supplier warrants that it has good unencumbered title to the goods and that it will transfer such title as it may have in the goods to the Buyer pursuant to Clause 6.2.
6.2 Title in the goods will pass to the Buyer when the goods are unconditionally appropriated (by either party or by or with the consent of either party) to this Agreement, or on delivery to the Buyer, whichever happens first.
The goods will be and shall remain at the Supplier’s risk until such time as they are delivered to the Buyer (or at his direction) and are found to be in accordance with the requirements of this Agreement. It shall be the duty of the Supplier at all times to maintain a contract of insurance over the goods, plant or services and, on request from the Buyer, to assign to the Buyer the benefits of such insurance or provide such warranties as he may require.
8. Inspection of Goods
8.1 The Buyer shall inspect the goods upon delivery.
8.2 Where goods are damaged, or considered not fit for purpose, or potentially defective, the Buyer shall notify the Supplier. The Buyer may reject the damaged, ineffective goods, unworkable designs and reports or inadequate performance of services and the following provisions shall apply:
8.2.1 the Supplier shall forthwith collect the damaged goods from the Buyer at the Supplier’s expense;
8.2.2 during the period between delivery of the goods to the Buyer and collection by the Supplier, the Buyer shall not be liable for any loss or further damage caused to the damaged goods;
8.2.3 all sums payable by the Buyer in relation to the damaged goods or services shall cease to become payable;
8.2.4 all sums paid by the Buyer in relation to the damaged goods or inadequate provision of services shall be repaid by the Supplier immediately;
8.2.5 the Buyer shall be entitled to claim damages from the Supplier for any losses caused to the Buyer as a result of the goods being damaged, incorrect, detrimental acts, failure to perform adequately, or omissions, or the provision of services found to be inadequate and as such, the Buyer reserves position to treat such losses as a debt.
8.3 Where there are shortages in the order, as received/delivered, the Buyer shall notify the Supplier and the following provisions shall apply:
8.3.1 all sums payable by the Buyer in relation to the missing goods or omitted services shall cease to become payable;
8.3.2 all sums paid by the Buyer in relation to the missing goods or omitted services shall be repaid by the Supplier immediately;
8.3.3 the Buyer shall be entitled to claim damages from the Supplier for any losses caused to the Buyer as a result of the shortages or inadequate performance by the Supplier as a debt.
8.4 If the Buyer so requests, the Supplier shall immediately replace damaged goods or supply goods or services which are missing at the Supplier’s expense, or the Buyer shall be entitled to cancel, without notice, the whole or any unexecuted part of the order and the rights referred to in Clause 5.2 shall apply.
8.5 Where there is an excess of goods in relation to the order the Buyer may reject the excess goods by notice in writing to the Supplier and the following provisions shall apply:
8.5.1 the Supplier shall collect the excess goods from the Buyer at the Supplier’s expense;
8.5.2 during the period between delivery of the goods and collection by the Supplier, the Buyer shall not be liable for any loss or damage caused to the excess goods;
8.5.3 no sum shall be due to the Supplier for the excess goods and, in the event that sums are paid to the Supplier for the excess goods, the Supplier shall repay such sums to the Buyer immediately.
8.6 The Buyer may accept excess goods by notifying the Supplier of such acceptance and the price of the excess goods shall be payable by the Buyer.
8.7 The Supplier shall repair or replace free of charge, goods damaged or lost in transit upon receiving notice to that effect from the Buyer within whatever time the Buyer stipulates and is proportionate and reasonable.
8.8 The Buyer’s signature on any delivery note of the Supplier is evidence of the number of packages or information as having been received only and not evidence of the correct quantity of goods or services received or that the goods or services are in a good condition or of the correct and workable quality or fit for their intended purpose.
9. Supplier’s Obligations
9.1 The Supplier warrants, represents and undertakes that:
9.1.1 all services performed under this Agreement shall be performed with all due skill, care, and diligence, in a good and workmanlike manner and otherwise, in line with the best practice within its industry (“Best Industry Practice”);
9.1.2 the Supplier Personnel will possess the appropriate qualifications, professional competence and experience to carry out such services in accordance with Best Industry Practice, any consents, authority, regulatory requirements or statutory obligation.
9.1.3 Suppliers, when acting as sub-contractors will either work strictly in accordance under Ambrey Baker Procedures, or where a specialist process is involved, subject to Ambrey Baker instructing the supplier in writing, allow them to perform the supply, under their own detailed arrangement once approved. Approval in the case of the latter, will require submission 21 days prior to commencing work by the sub-contractor of their risk assessments, method statements, or other work instructions, hazardous substance data and equipment certification that relates to their activities. Review by Ambrey Baker will be within 14 days of written submission and the supplier shall ensure that this is built into his programme. Please note that if the aforementioned are not satisfactory and rejected, not unreasonably, then that is the Supplier’s risk and they shall not be allowed to commence on site until such time as the RAMS etc are approved by all relevant Parties and as such, any delays or costs arising from those delays shall also vest with the Supplier.
9.1.4 in respect of those Ambrey Baker Procedure, Suppliers/Sub-contractors’ supervisors will be given specific instructions and rules prior to starting work, which will be recorded. Sub-Contractors must assess the risks for the specific contracted work and any works of other contractors that could affect the health and safety of the workforce or anyone else. All Sub-contractors, unless agreed prior to commencing work in writing with Ambrey Baker, must ensure that they provide suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training to your employees. A minimum requirement of First Aid at Work, Supervisor Training (SSSTS or SMSTS), Working at Height, Manual Handling, Asbestos Awareness and COSHH. Sub-contractors are required to provide Ambrey Baker proof of relevant training and competence of their operatives.
9.1.5 the services will not in any way infringe or violate any Intellectual Property Rights, trade secrets or rights in proprietary information, nor any contractual, employment or property rights, duties of non-disclosure or other rights of any third parties; and
9.1.6 it has full capacity and authority to enter into this Agreement and that it has or will obtain prior to the commencement of the services, any necessary licences, consents and permits required of it for the performance of the services and not least, the latest obligations in respect of the CDM Regulations.
9.2 The Supplier shall provide the Buyer with such progress reports, programmes, timings, evidence or other information concerning the services as may be requested by the Buyer from time to time within 5 days of such a request.
9.3 The Supplier shall be responsible for maintaining such insurance policies in connection with the provision of the services as may be appropriate or as the Buyer may require from time to time and no less than £2.0million Professional Indemnity Insurance, £10million Public and Employer’s Liability Insurances
9.4 The Supplier shall procure that the Supplier Personnel take all reasonable steps to safeguard their own safety and the safety of any other person who may be affected by their actions, and the Supplier agrees to indemnify and keep indemnified the Buyer from all and any liabilities, obligations, costs and expenses whatsoever arising from any loss, damage or injury caused to the Buyer or any third party by the Supplier Personnel.
10. Status and other Liabilities
10.1 It is expressly understood that neither the Supplier nor the Supplier Personnel have the authority to act as agent for the Buyer or to contract on the Buyer’s behalf, unless explicitly instructed to do so in writing by the Buyer, from time-to-time.
10.2 The Supplier
Personnel shall at no time be deemed to be employed or otherwise engaged by the Buyer.
10.3 The Supplier shall be responsible for paying the Supplier Personnel and for making any deductions required by law in respect of any pension, income tax and National Insurance contributions or similar contributions relating to the provision of the services.
The Supplier agrees to indemnify the Buyer in respect of any claims that may be made by the relevant authorities against the Buyer in respect of tax demands or National Insurance or similar contributions relating to the provision of the services by the Supplier both now and at any time previously, since the Supplier was first engaged by the Buyer to provide services.
10.4 The Supplier shall, and shall procure that the Supplier Personnel shall, comply with all applicable statutes, rules and regulations in providing the services, including all immigration and employment requirements imposed by any applicable jurisdiction, and the Supplier shall indemnify and hold harmless the Buyer from damages arising out of any failure to do so.
10.4 The Supplier shall possess appropriate insurances and no less than £10million Public Liability Cover; £10million Employers Liability Cover and when undertaking design or design is implied, no less than £2million Professional Indemnity Cover.
11.1 The Buyer may terminate this Agreement for any reason by providing 7 days prior written notice to the Supplier.
11.2 The Buyer may terminate this Agreement with immediate effect by providing written notice to the Supplier if:
11.2.1 the Supplier or the Supplier Personnel commit any material or persistent breach of this Agreement;
11.2.2 the Supplier fails to or refuses after written warning to procure that the Supplier Personnel provide the services properly required of them in accordance with this Agreement;
11.2.3 the Supplier passes a resolution for any insolvency process, winding up (other than for the purpose of solvent amalgamation or reconstruction), or a court of competent jurisdiction makes an order to that effect;
11.2.4 the Supplier ceases to carry on its business or substantially the whole of its business; or
11.2.5 the Supplier is declared insolvent, or convenes a meeting of or makes or proposes to make any arrangement or composition with its creditors; or a liquidator, receiver, administrative receiver, manager, trustee or similar officer is appointed over any of its assets.
The Supplier agrees to indemnify the Buyer against all claims, costs and expenses which the Buyer may incur and which arise, directly or indirectly, from the Supplier’s breach of any of its obligations under this Agreement. Once deemed to have been accepted the terms and conditions of this Agreement and that same can be by continuance with or commencing the provision of supply of goods or services after seven days of receipt of a purchase order or notification of these terms and conditions, this Agreement shall have deemed to have commenced at the first time that the services were supplied by the Supplier or purchased by the Buyer but limited in respect of under hand rather than by deed as six rather than 12 years, unless e3xpressly agreed otherwise at any time past.
13. Intellectual Property Rights
All Intellectual Property Rights produced from or arising as a result of the performance of this Agreement shall, so far as not already vested, become the absolute property of the Buyer, and the Supplier shall do all that is reasonably necessary to ensure that such rights vest in the Buyer by the execution of appropriate instruments or the making of agreements with third parties.
14. Force Majeure
The Buyer shall not be liable for any delay or failure to perform any of its obligations under this Agreement if the delay or failure results from events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, strikes, lock outs, accidents, war, pandemic, fire, flood or industrial disputes, and the Buyer shall be entitled to a reasonable extension of its obligations.
15. Relationship of Parties
Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as establishing or implying any partnership or joint venture or a contract of employment between the parties and nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to construe either of the parties as the agent of the other.
The Supplier shall not be entitled to assign its rights or obligations or delegate its duties under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the Buyer.
If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason by any court of competent jurisdiction such provision shall be severed and the remainder of the provisions herein shall continue in full force and effect as if this Agreement had been agreed with the invalid illegal or unenforceable provision eliminated.
No failure by the Buyer to enforce any of these Terms and Conditions shall constitute a waiver of its rights hereunder.
Any notice to be given by either party to the other may be served by email and by registered post to the address of the other party, given in the Purchase Order or such other address as such party may from time to time have communicated to the other in writing, and if sent by email shall unless the contrary is proved be deemed to be received on the day it was sent, if given by letter shall be deemed to have been served at the time at which the letter was delivered personally or if sent by registered post shall be deemed to have been delivered no later than 2 days from the date of posting special or recorded.
20. No third parties
Nothing in this Agreement is intended to, nor shall it confer any rights on a third party.
21. Entire Agreement
This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter and supersedes any previous agreements, arrangements, undertakings or proposals, oral or written.
22. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and the parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.