British Toy & Hobby Association

Website Terms of Use



This website is operated and maintained by the British Toy & Hobby Association (“BTHA” or “us” or “we“). The following Terms of Use (together with any documents referred to in it) apply to all visitors and users of this website.

By using this website you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. If you do not agree to be bound by all of the following terms please do not access, use and/or contribute to this website.

BTHA may change these Terms of Use from time to time and so you should check these terms regularly. Your continued use of this website will constitute your acceptance of the updated or amended terms.

1.           Information about us is a site operated by the British Toy and Hobby Association Limited.  We are registered in England and Wales under company number 00388895 and have our registered office at BTHA House, 142-146 Long Lane, London SE1 4BS.  Our VAT number is [GB232168288].  We are a limited company.

2.           Rights and Restrictions

2.1          All copyright, trade marks, design rights, patents and other intellectual property rights (registered and unregistered) in all materials on this website are owned by BTHA or its licensors.  Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world.  All such rights are reserved.

2.2          You may copy materials published on this website solely for your own personal information and non-commercial use. You may not modify, republish, distribute, transmit, reproduce, store or create derivative works of any material or content on this website.

2.3          If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

2.4          The trade marks, names, images and logos displayed on this website (“Marks”) belong to BTHA or our licensors. You are not permitted to use these Marks without prior written consent of BTHA or such third party which may own the Marks.


3.           Disclaimer

3.1          Reasonable care and skill is taken to ensure that the information contained on this website is accurate and up-to-date. However, you acknowledge that this is provided for information and guidance purposes only and is subject to change at any time.  We make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up to date or that this information will meet individual requirements.  We do not accept any responsibility for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions with respect to the information or material on this website.

3.2          Where reference is made to any products, services or third party members on this website, this does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by BTHA whatsoever. It is your sole responsibility to satisfy yourself that such products, services or members are suitable for your specific purposes and all matters pertaining to suitability and toy safety.

3.3          Whilst we make every effort to ensure this website is available and secure, given the nature of the internet, we do not guarantee this will always be the case.  Access to our site is permitted on a temporary basis.  We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue all or any part of our site without notice.  We will not be liable to you if for any reason our site is unavailable at any time or for any period.

3.4          We do not guarantee that this website will be uninterrupted or error free, or free from viruses or other harmful components. You are recommended to take all appropriate safeguards before downloading any information or content from this website.

3.5          Whilst this site and the materials published or posted on this site are available to be accessed anywhere in the world, we make no guarantee, promise or representation that any information, guidance or service provided from this site is suitable for use in any country outside the United Kingdom.  Users who access this site from locations outside the United Kingdom do so at their own risk.

3.6          Save as precluded by law, you acknowledge and agree that we will not be liable to you or any person for any loss, claims, damages or expense arising out of any access to or use of this website or any of the information or materials on this website. We accept no liability whatsoever under contract, tort or otherwise for any loss of profit, indirect, incidental, special, punitive or consequential loss, damage or expenses.

3.7          To the extent permitted by law, we expressly exclude all conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or the law of equity.

3.8          Nothing in these Terms of Use excludes our liability to you for personal injury or death caused by our negligence.


4.           Information about you and your visits to our site

We process information about you in accordance with our privacy policy contained at the end of these Terms of Use.  By using our site, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.


5.           Viruses, hacking and other offences


5.1          You shall not (nor allow others to):

5.1.1      breach or attempt to breach the security of this site;

5.1.2      modify, decompile, reverse engineer, decrypt, circumvent or otherwise interfere with or alter this site or any software or code that forms part of this site;

5.1.3      use this site in any way which may cause the site or access to the site to be interrupted, damaged or impaired; or

5.1.4      use this site to knowingly transmit any data, or send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojans, worms, logic-bombs or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware, in the event of any such breaches, your right to use our site will cease immediately and, where appropriate, we will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities.

5.2          We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.


6.           Third Party Sites

This website includes links to third party websites and resources provided by third parties. We will not be responsible for the availability, content, information, security (including any loss or damage that may arise from the use of them) or for any products or services available from such third party sites, none of which have been verified or endorsed by BTHA or its affiliates. You should also always check the terms and conditions and privacy statements of those third party sites.


7.           Updates 

We aim to update our site regularly, and may change the content at any time.  If the need arises, we may suspend access to our site, or close it indefinitely.  Any of the material on our site may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material.


8.           General 

8.1          Laws of England and Wales shall apply to all matters arising from or relating to the use and contents of this website. You also agree and hereby submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England & Wales with respect to such matters.

8.2          If any of these terms are determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable for any reason, then to the extent that term is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and the remaining terms shall survive and continue to be binding and enforceable.

8.3          The failure or delay of BTHA to exercise or enforce any right in these terms does not waive BTHA’s right to enforce that right.


9.           Contact Details

The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA)
Registered in England & Wales No 388895
Registered office:  BTHA House, 142-146 Long Lane, London, SE1 4BS

020 7701 7271.



Last revised 17/04/2013




We are committed to protecting the privacy of all visitors to this website. This privacy policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be used and processed by us.

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the “Act”), the data controller is the British Toy and Hobby Association Limited (company number: 00388895) of BTHA House, 142-146 Long Lane, London, SE1 4BS.

1.           Information collection

1.1          When you visit or register your details with this website, you may be asked to provide certain information about yourself (including your name and contact details).

1.2          We may also collect information about your usage of this website as you browse our website (see below).

1.3          We may also collect information about you from messages you post to the website or emails or letters you send to us.

2. Use of the information we collect

Your personal information will enable us to provide you with access to all parts of our website and will be used by us for general purposes including answering your enquiries and fulfilling any requests you make to us and sending member information to you from time to time.

When you provide membership information you will be asked to provide a mandatory contact email address along with optional contact details for officers within your organisation e.g. health and safety officer. We will, from time to time, use these contact details to distribute newsflashes regarding topics we think will be of interest to you or where appropriate the relevant officer within your organisation.

We do not actively make available or disclose to third parties information we have obtained about you, other than in connection with the purposes set out in our disclaimer.


3.           Data retention

We will retain the personal information provided by you for as long as is reasonably necessary for the purposes listed in this policy.


4.           Disclosure of information  

4.1          The information you provide to us will be held on our computers in the UK and may be accessed by or given to our staff, to any member of our group for the purposes set out in this policy or for other purposes approved by you.

4.2          We may also pass aggregate information on the usage of our site and services onto third parties, but this will not include information that can be used to identify you.


5.           Collection of information by third parties 

Our site contains links to other sites whose privacy practices may be different to ours.  Please consult the other sites’ privacy policies as we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.


6.           Cookies 

6.1          Our website uses cookies. A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer’s hard disk so that the website can remember who you are. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the “lifetime” of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our site and also allows us to improve our site and services.

6.2          We use cookies in the following ways:

6.2.1      where they are essential to make our site work;

6.2.2      to enable us to personalise the content of the site for you;

6.2.3      to compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how users use our site and to help us improve and monitor the structure of our site. We cannot identify you personally in this way.

6.3          Disabling / enabling cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use all the interactive features of our site if cookies are disabled.


7.           Security  

We employ security measures which aim to protect the information provided by you from access by unauthorised persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction or damage.  However, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk.


8.           Access to your information  

Individuals are entitled to see a copy of the personal information that we have collected and maintain about them. If you wish to do this, please email us at []. We may charge a small fee to meet out costs in providing you with these details.


9.           Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page.


10.        Contact Us

All comments, queries and other requests relating to our use of personal information should be addressed the customer services team at [] or by post to The British Toy & Hobby Association, BTHA House, 142-146 Long Lane, London SE1 4BS.

Last revised 17/04/ 2013