Terms and Conditions

valid as at 17 May 2012

Service Licence

This Licence constitutes a legal contract between the organisation identified on the registration form (hereinafter ‘your organisation’) and BiP Solutions Limited (hereinafter ‘BiP’) that governs your use of the MOD Defence Contracts Online (MOD DCO) Service (hereinafter ‘the Service’) available at www.contracts.mod.uk

BiP provides the Service under licence from the UK MOD. The Service is the only official online source of UK MOD contract opportunities.

Commencement of your registration and/or subscription grants you a single-user licence (user identified by email address) to use the Service detailed below as a named user (‘you’) on behalf of your organisation. By registering for the Service, you confirm that you have authority to enter into this agreement on behalf of your organisation. This Licence applies to the BiP Service programs (including, but not limited to cgi scripts, java modules, subscription wizard, HTML code, BiP databases and BiP content and information programs) that you will use.

You should read these terms carefully. By installing any programs or using the Service you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions of this Licence. If the terms and conditions of this Licence are not accepted in full, you are not authorised to use the Service. You will be deemed to have accepted the Terms and Conditions if you register for the Service.

BiP reserves the right to amend the Terms and Conditions at any time. Such changes will be effective following posting of the amended version on the site. It is your responsibility to review the Terms and Conditions regularly to ensure you are aware of the latest Terms and Conditions. Your continued use of the Service will constitute your acceptance of the modified Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree to any changes to these Terms and Conditions, then your only remedy is to cease using the Service.

By registering to MOD DCO you may also benefit from other, optional value-added subscription services available within this portal.

If you do not agree to or cannot comply with these Terms, you must stop using the Service and, if applicable, cancel your registration.

Grant of Licence

BiP grants your organisation a single-user Licence unless your registration or subscription explicitly allows multiple users (multiple emails). You may not use, copy, modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the Service, except as permitted hereunder or to the extent such acts may not be prohibited by law in the country of use or create derivative works based on the Service. All rights not expressly granted are reserved by BiP.

The Service

Online service

MOD Defence Contracts Online (DCO) is a service which provides users with notification of contract opportunities from the UK MOD, and other information relevant to businesses seeking to work with the UK MOD. MOD DCO also provides links to other, value-added services which are available on an optional subscription basis.

MOD DCO gives users access to:

  • The MOD DCO portal, where you may use the search facilities to find contract opportunities and tailor your email alert profile to your specific business interests, 24/7
  • Free daily email alerts containing relevant contract opportunities within your local area. Alerts are available each working day (excluding bank holidays) and provide access to UK MOD contract information
  • Online procurement tools and other resources aimed at helping you win MOD business
  • Information about relevant events

MOD DCB Magazine

MOD DCB Magazine is the official paper source of MOD contract opportunities. As well as containing all UK MOD contract information over £101,332, the magazine also contains news and reports, important MOD announcements and special feature articles. The magazine is available to registered MOD DCO users on a paid-for subscription basis.

Other additional services

Registered MOD DCO users can access other optional, value-added services available on a subscription basis from BiP Solutions. These include:

  • European defence contracts
  • Global defence contracts
  • UK non-defence contracts
  • Additional alert profiles
  • Additional emails

These additional services are subject to their own terms and conditions, which are accessible as part of the upgrade process prior to commitment to upgrade.

Terms of Business

MOD DCB Magazine subscription term

The minimum subscription to the MOD DCB magazine is one year. Your annual subscription will continue thereafter for further such annual periods (to be notified prior to renewal) until we receive your written request to cease your subscription, this to be effective as from the end of the annual subscription period then in progress.

MOD DCB Magazine payment terms

All advertised prices exclude VAT, which is added at checkout where payable. We reserve the right to increase the cost of the MOD DCB Magazine. The new fee will be applicable from your next renewal date.

Fees due will be payable at the time of subscription by credit or debit card. Where a credit account has been approved, payment terms are 30 days from invoice date.

We reserve the right to charge you interest at the rate of 8% above base rate on overdue accounts in accordance with the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.

Where supported by your card type (e.g. Visa MasterCard, Visa Debit, etc.), by making a purchase under these terms and conditions you are granting continuous payment authority on your card.  This will be used for your annual subscription renewals.

You understand that, once granted, continuous payment authority shall remain in force until you instruct a cancellation of the continuous payment authority in writing by sending an email to cancellations@bipsolutions.com. In the event that you are not willing to grant continuous payment authority, you should undertake your purchase using a card type that does not support continuous payment authority.

We reserve the right to terminate the agreement, suspend the service or seek compensation should you fail to comply with these Terms and Conditions.

MOD DCB Magazine renewals

We will send you a renewal reminder email 14 days prior to your renewal date. This email will detail the renewal costs and the date by which payment will be due.

Where continuous payment authority is applicable, you do not need to take any action to renew your subscription. The annual fee for your selected services will be debited from your card on the renewal date and your subscription will be renewed automatically using the card details from your most recent transaction. Where continuous payment authority is not applicable, or payment cannot be taken from the card, you will be issued an invoice for the new subscription year.

MOD DCB Magazine cancellations

Requests to cancel must be provided in writing by sending an email to cancellations@bipsolutions.com. Your subscription will be terminated not more than 30 days after receipt by us of your notice to terminate, but you will continue to be liable for all fees payable during the annual subscription period in which termination occurs. No refund will be given for cancellations.

If you do not receive confirmation that your email has been received within two working days, please contact us immediately.

Cancellation of Online Service

If BiP receives from you a written request to stop sending email alerts as part of the Service, BiP will do so. Should you elect to submit such a request, you understand that BiP’s subsequent agreement to stop sending alerts shall in no way be considered a breach of contract between BiP and your organisation, and as such the contract shall remain fully in force and legally binding.

Under these terms, your registration to the Service will continue until BiP receives your written request to terminate your registration.

You may submit your written request by emailing cancellations@bipsolutions.com.

Your registration will be terminated not more than 30 days after receipt by us of your notice to terminate.

Other Restrictions

You acknowledge that this Licence is granted solely to you as a named user on behalf of the organisation identified on the registration form and neither this Licence nor the Service may be transferred, sub-licensed or otherwise assigned. Any export of the Service is subject to the requirements and restrictions of applicable laws and regulations. You may configure the Service for your own use provided it is in support of your Authorised Use. You agree that you will not allow others to use your user name, password and/or account and you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality and security of your account. You agree to notify BiP immediately of any unauthorised use of your password and/or account. BiP shall not be responsible for any losses arising out of the unauthorised use of your user name, password or account and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless BiP for any improper, unauthorised or illegal uses of the same.

Any reference to a linked site or any specific third party product or service by name does not constitute or imply its endorsement by BiP or the UK MOD, and you assume all risk with respect to its use. Under no circumstances shall the UK MOD or BiP, nor its affiliates, agents, and suppliers, be liable for any damages, including without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, consequential, or other damages (including without limitation lost profits, lost revenues, or similar economic loss), whether in contract, tort, or otherwise, arising out of the use or inability to use the materials available in this site or any linked site, even if we are advised of the possibility thereof, nor for any claim by a third party except in the case of death or personal injury caused by BiP negligence.

You shall not copy, use, modify, transmit, distribute, reverse engineer, or in anyway exploit copyrighted or proprietary materials available on this site, except as expressly permitted by BiP. Exporting, or extracting BiP data from this website into other databases is expressly prohibited as is the reselling of BiP information. For the avoidance of doubt, all content displayed upon or distributed from the Service – including UK MOD contract announcements – is copyright of BiP.

All trademarks, service marks, and trade names in this site are the marks of the respective owner(s), and any unauthorised use thereof is strictly prohibited. BiP shall not be liable for any errors, inaccuracies or delays in content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. BiP expressly disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy of content provided, or as to the fitness of the information for any purpose.

Your Use of BiP Websites and Web-Based Elements of the Service

You may not use any ‘deep-link’, ‘page-scrape’, ‘robot’, ‘spider’ or other automatic device, program, algorithm or methodology, or any similar or equivalent manual process, to access, acquire, copy or monitor any portion of any BiP websites, the Service or any materials or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of the Service to obtain or attempt to obtain any materials, documents or information through any means not purposely made available through the Service. BiP reserves the right to bar any such activity, including via software and other electronic means.

You may not attempt to gain unauthorised access to any portion or feature of the Service, or any other systems or networks connected to the Service or to any BiP server, or to any of the services offered on or through any BiP websites, by hacking, password ‘mining’ or any other illegitimate means.

You may not probe, scan or test the vulnerability of any BiP websites, and/or the Service or any connected network, nor breach any of BiP’s security or authentication measures. You may not reverse look-up, trace or seek to trace any information on any other user of or visitor to any BiP website or the Service, or exploit the Service or any service or information made available or offered by or through BiP’s website, in any way where the purpose is to reveal any third party information. You agree that you will not take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the infrastructure of BiP’s websites, the Service or other systems. You agree not to use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Service. You agree that you will not make or attempt any denial of service attacks against BiP.

Links to Third Party Sites

The Service may present links to third party websites not owned or operated by BiP. BiP is not responsible for the availability of these sites or their content. You agree that BiP is not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with your use of or reliance on any content of any such site or goods or services available through any such site.

Promotions and Advertising

BiP may present advertisements or promotional materials on or through the Service and on any BiP websites. Your participation in any promotional event is subject to the Terms and Conditions associated with that event. Your dealings with, or participation in promotions by any third party advertisers on or through the Service are solely between you and any such third party. You agree that the UK MOD and BiP shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any kind incurred by you as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such third parties on the Service.

Consequences of Breach of these Terms

In the event that BiP considers or determines, in their complete discretion, that you have breached, violated or contravened any provision of this Agreement or have otherwise demonstrated inappropriate conduct in the use of the Service, BiP reserves the absolute right, at its sole discretion to:

  • warn you that you have violated the Licence and ask you to discontinue such conduct; and/or
  • discontinue your membership of the Service and/or any other related services, including paid for content/features;
  • take measures (including terminating, suspending or restricting your use of the Service) to prevent you from using the Service or linking to or accessing the website; and/or
  • (d) terminate this Licence with immediate effect.

If BiP terminates this Agreement or suspends your account for any of the reasons set forth in this Agreement, BiP shall have no liability or responsibility to you.

Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights

If BiP receives a notice alleging that you have engaged in behaviour that infringes BiP’s or any other party’s intellectual property rights, or reasonably suspects the same, BiP may suspend or terminate your account without notice to you. If BiP suspends or terminates your account under this paragraph, it shall have no liability or responsibility to you.

Patents and Trade Marks

All trade marks, service marks, trade names, slogans, logos, and other indicia of origin that appear on or in connection with the Service are the property of the UK MOD, BiP and/or its affiliates. You may not copy, display or use any of these marks without prior written permission of the relevant owner. The Service and/or portions of the Service may be protected under patent law and may be the subject of issued patents and/or pending patent applications.

Modifications to Service

BiP reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice to you, without any liability to you or to any third party.

BiP reserves the right to vary the free and paid-for content/features of the Service and does not guarantee that the content/features of the Service provided free of charge will remain free of charge and does not guarantee that the content /features of the Service provided subject to payment will remain a paid-for service.

Limited Warranty

BiP will use reasonable endeavours to make the Service available 24 hours a day during your registration and/or subscription period. However, BiP will not be liable if for any reason the Service is not available at any particular time or for any reasonable period.

End User Remedies

BiP’s entire liability and your exclusive remedy in the event that a valid claim is made by you to BiP within the terms of the aforesaid warranty shall be, at BiP’s option, the repair, reinstatement or replacement of the Service within a reasonable time.

If any provision of this Licence is judged to be illegal or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of the provisions of the Licence shall continue in full force and effect.

No Other Warranties

BiP and its licensors disclaim all other conditions or warranties express or implied, statutory or otherwise which are hereby expressly excluded to the extent permitted by law. For the avoidance of doubt, neither BiP nor its licensors warrant the quality or accuracy of any information or documentation resulting from or transmitted using the Service. There is no warranty by BiP or any other party or person that the functions contained in the Service will meet your requirement or that the operation of the Service will be uninterrupted or error free. You assume all responsibility for the selection of the Service to achieve your intended results, and for the installation, use and results obtained from it.

No Liability for Indirect or Consequential Loss

Neither the UK MOD, BiP nor its licensors shall be liable for any indirect, special or consequential loss, loss of profits, loss of revenue, loss of business, loss of use, loss of contracts, loss of anticipated savings or for any indirect economic or financial loss whatsoever and howsoever suffered, even if BiP has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Nothing in this Licence shall exclude or limit BiP’s liability for death or personal injury or any other liability that cannot be lawfully excluded under any applicable law.

Force Majeure

BiP will not be liable for any delay in performing or failure to perform its obligations under this Licence due to any cause outside BiP’s reasonable control. Such delay or failure shall not constitute a breach of this Licence and the time for performance of the affected obligation shall be extended by such period as is reasonable.

Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Scotland and any disputes shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland, unless otherwise submitted by BiP.

Privacy and Cookies

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By using our site and /or accepting these terms and conditions you are also accepting our Privacy Policy. Our Privacy Policy can be found here.

MOD DCO Terms & Conditions v3.0 – effective from 12 June 2012 © BiP Solutions Limited 2012

Scheduled Maintenance: As part of our ongoing investment into our services, we’ll be doing essential maintenance work on Saturday 25th August 2018 from 09:00 to 17:00 BST. During this time the service may be unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience. If you have any queries relating to this notice, please contact helpdesk@bipsolutions.com