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A change in the law – You need a TV Licence for BBC iPlayer

As of 1 September 2016, a change in the law means you need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand – including catch up TV – on BBC iPlayer. This applies to all devices, including a smart TV, desktop computer or laptop, mobile phone, tablet, digital box or games console.

Even if you access BBC iPlayer through another provider, such as Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview or BT, you must have a TV Licence.

As before, you still need a TV Licence to watch or record any live TV on any channel, no matter what device you use.

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ODR Platform

Online Dispute Resolution – coming to your website soon!

The new ODR Platform – what it means for consumers and traders

On Monday 15 February 2016, the new European Union Online Dispute Resolution platform (the ‘ODR Platform’) will be available for use by consumers and traders.

The main thing you need to know is that businesses trading online have to include the following link on their websites by 15 February-

The ODR Platform will allow consumers and traders to settle their online disputes both for domestic and cross border purchases of goods and services, without the need to go through lengthy and costly court proceedings.

How will it work?

The ODR Platform is an Alternative Dispute Resolution (‘ADR’) procedure conducted entirely online. ADR resolves a complaint without going to court. A neutral third party acts as a referee or mediator between the trader and the consumer who will then suggest or impose a solution or work to bring the parties together to find a solution to the dispute.

The European Commission has promised the ODR Platform to be user-friendly, multilingual and readily available to all with a resolution being reached in 4 steps:

  1. The consumer completes an online complaint form;
  2. The complaint is sent to the relevant trader, who proposes an ADR entity to the consumer;
  3. Once the consumer and trader agree on an ADR entity to handle their dispute, the ODR Platform transfers the complaint to that ADR entity;
  4. The ADR entity handles the case and reaches an outcome in 90 days.

The ODR platform refers disputes only to ADR entities who are included in the national lists of ADR entities that comply with the binding quality requirements established by the ADR Directive, such as Small Claims Mediation (UK) Ltd.

Benefits of the ODR Platform

The ODR Platform will provide confidence to both the online trader and consumer, particularly cross border (although it is not confined to cross border disputes), knowing that any potential dispute can be settled in a prompt and low-cost way. Currently 60% of EU traders do not sell online to other countries because of the difficulties in resolving a problem if a dispute was to arise. The ODR Platform will encourage online traders such as these to broaden their trading relationships, and consumers to purchase from other member states.

Next steps for businesses trading online

From 15 February 2016, a business trading online will be required to supply certain information to consumers to ensure compliance with the ODR Platform. These requirements are also dependant on whether the online trader is a regulated business and therefore obliged to use an ADR entity.

Every online trader will be obliged under the new legislation to provide an electronic link to the ODR Platform on their websites regardless of whether the business currently markets its goods or services to consumers in other member states of the European Union.

In addition, those online traders who are committed to or obliged to use other ADR entities must also inform consumers through their website or by an email of the ODR platform as another platform to resolve their disputes. These regulated online traders must also include a link to the ODR platform in any offer made to consumers by email as well including the information in the general terms and conditions of online sales or services contracts.

This is on top of the requirement to provide details of a certified ADR entity to consumers in the event of a dispute that cannot be resolved, which came in from 1 October.

Non-Compliance with the Regulation

Member States are to provide rules on penalties applicable to infringements of the European Regulation on Online Dispute Resolution (‘ERODR’) and shall take all measures necessary to ensure that they are implemented.

Currently, noncompliance with the ADR Regulation could result in being liable to Trading Standards’ civil enforcement action which may result in a court order to comply with the Regulations. Any failure to comply with such a court order could result in an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.

If you are in any doubt about the next steps or how to comply with the Regulation, Small Claims Mediation (UK) Ltd would be pleased to help.

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Retra Annual Golf Day- 15 June 2016

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Do you have what it takes to be this year’s Golf Day Champion????!!!

The annual Golf Day will take place at The Oxfordshire Golf Club for the first time. We hope that this will provide a new and challenging course for all players and with the help of a little sun (we can hope!); it will make for an excellent day out.

Don’t miss this fantastic networking opportunity! Take part as a team of 4 or as an Individual, all levels are welcome.

Rates have been reduced for this year:
£595for a team of 4
£155 for an Individual

To book your place, please download the retra GolfDay 2016_Leaflet

With fantastic prizes, an array of different titles to be won and an evening dinner, there is plenty to be excited about!

Want to sponsor the event? Please click retra GolfDay 2016_Leaflet for oursponsorship opportunities.

For further information please contact Pat Sheldrake on

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Product Recall Information
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