Terms & Conditions

Last updated: 16 January 2023

General terms

This website and our services are owned and delivered by Phylum Forge Ltd (SC 095153), who trade as Data Thistle, unless specifically indicated otherwise. We operate and are controlled from the United Kingdom (hereinafter “Phylum Forge Ltd”, "Data Thistle", "we", "our" or "us").

Our main place of business is 14 High Street, EH1 1TE, United Kingdom.

These terms and conditions, and your use of our website and our services are governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Scotland.

By using the website, you ("user", "users", "visitors") acknowledge and agree that:

  1. Copyright in the content is owned by Phylum Forge Ltd, or under agreement from a copyright owning partner, or under other rights you have granted us. All rights are reserved and are protected by copyright, database, design and other rights. The content (“Our Content”) includes editorial and listings, advertising and comments, reviews, photos, videos, sound, data and any material that users of the services contribute. By supplying or making available content, you agree that you have the right to allow us to use the material and distribute it to third parties, and your grant of rights is not contravening other rights. You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of Our Content in whole or in part without the prior written agreement of Phylum Forge Ltd
  2. Individuals or organisations who supply or make content available including advertisements, comments, reviews, photos, videos, data or any other material, via the website or via means of post, email, FTP, URL or other method, grant us rights to use it under these terms and conditions except to the extent an agreement or variation signed by both parties has been executed. Our distribution of content to third parties, which may contain your personal data, will take place where we have made a legitimate assessment of compliance with GDPR, the processing purpose is modest and should be well understandable by you.
  3. Information provided to us as part of listings which may include names, phone numbers, addresses and email addresses of points of contact for an event or venue, and users who supply event or venue information including images are not subject to the Consumer Privacy Policy herein, and such personal data is managed as essential contact details. In order to ensure the accuracy and completeness of our listings, we may periodically communicate with such contacts. In the event, you wish to update any such data or remove it so as to cease receiving service communications, follow our Update this Event and Update this Place link on the page on which your details are published to request the change. We are maintaining for posterity an archive of information on all events, including this business contact data and essential details of users directly associated with supplying it.
  4. The contact data, and in particular business email addresses are provided solely for the purpose of assisting consumers with customer service matters and other activities as indicated. You agree not to compile any contact or email lists nor to use such addresses for marketing any product or service.
  5. The permitted re-use of Our Content through API, RSS, widget or other supply or feed mechanism that may from time to time be offered on the website or otherwise, unless covered by another written agreement with Phylum Forge Ltd, are subject to all terms and conditions herein. In particular such permitted re-use shall be subject to ensuring that no changes in or deletion of author attribution, trademark legend or copyright or other rights notice shall be made and shall include links to this website. You will consider the risks involved in using any of Our Content and accept that, notwithstanding the testing and tuning we have undertaken, that the use of a supply or feed mechanism in any form may have an adverse impact on the speed of your device or web site.
    You agree to use the RSS or widget only to provide summaries, each with a functional link to the associated item on our website that shall display the full content immediately (e.g., no jump pages or other intermediate or interstitial pages). You further agree not to frame or otherwise control the browser window (if any) in which our content opens, including limiting the size or position of such window. Phylum Forge Ltd reserves the right to alter, modify or withdraw any service without notice and provides no service level agreement for speed or uptime. We may determine that a supply or feed mechanism is placing an unacceptable processing burden and withdraw the service.
  6. Data Thistle is a brand mark of Phylum Forge Ltd. The names, images and logos identifying Data Thistle and its products and services are proprietary marks of Phylum Forge Ltd. Any use made of these marks without obtaining permission may be an infringement of rights in those marks and Phylum Forge Ltd reserves all rights to enforce such rights.
  7. Phylum Forge Ltd provides Our Content in good faith but no guarantee or representation is given that the content is accurate, complete or up-to-date. Use of Our Content on the website is at your own risk.
  8. While we take reasonable precautions on the website to prevent computer viruses and other malicious programs no liability is accepted for them. Connection to this site will be transmitted via public networks, and we offer no warranty or representation that the operation of this website will be uninterrupted or error-free, and disclaim all liability in respect thereof.
  9. This website contains links to other websites, including booking links. Phylum Forge Ltd is not responsible or liable for any material supplied by or contained on any third party website which is linked from or to this, or any use of personal data by such a third party. The inclusion of any link on the website does not imply endorsement by Phylum Forge Ltd of the linked site and we offer no guarantee or liability for the efficient operation of these sites. Access to linked third party websites is at your own risk. Please note that these Terms and Conditions apply solely to this website and not to any linked third party sites.
  10. Phylum Forge Ltd keeps track of the number of visitors to its website, the pages they visit and how long they stay. We also collect information from visitors, including click data on advertisements, so that we are able to measure interest, tailor the presentation, and otherwise personalise our service. We will inform advertisers and partners about the number of visitors their advert has generated and other user behaviour.
  11. These terms and conditions may be modified from time to time. Continued access or use of the Service by you will constitute your acceptance of any changes or revisions to these terms and conditions.
  12. By using this service, the user represents and warrants that he or she will not use the service in any manner that would violate these Terms and Conditions or any third party's copyright, intellectual property, or other rights.

Privacy policy

Phylum Forge Ltd is committed to protecting the privacy of all personal information collected from you. By using our website, you indicate your consent to the collection and use of such information in accordance with the following Consumer Privacy Policy. We may ask you to provide certain information when you use the website. The information collected may include:

  • your name, occupation and job title
  • postal/email address
  • details about services you specifically request
  • details from documents you complete on-line
  • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

We may:

  • send service-related information to you which we think may be of relevance/interest to you
  • send information relating to you or others if you indicate that you want to receive communications
  • provide other companies, such as advertisers, with statistical information about our clients, (but we will not provide them with information which can be used to identify any individual client or contact)
  • send information including personal information if you explicitly consent on a case by case basis
  • pass your details to accountants, consultants and other professionals and third parties, but only for the purpose of obtaining professional advice and complying with our contractual obligations to you
  • request optional information such as your interests in order to provide more tailored products and services to you (e.g. through internal research, data analysis, market research and product research)
  • Visitors to our site may opt to receive communications via a variety of means including email newsletters that contains information we believe to be of interest. You can choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information by ticking the relevant data protection boxes whenever you are asked to fill in a form on this website. If you have previously not objected to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you can change your mind at any time by writing to 14 High Street, EH1 1TE.
  • If you leave this website via a link to a website operated by a third party, we are not responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you may provide while visiting such websites and the terms and conditions of that site will cover your usage. Your visit to any other sites, and any transactions you may undertake, will be under the terms and conditions of that site. Furthermore Phylum Forge Ltd, and any partner sites directly linked from www.datathistle.com do not accept any responsibility for purchases, or liability for any damages.
  • In every case you should exercise caution and look at the terms and conditions and privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
  • By using the website and not advising us to the contrary, you agree to us using the data in the way set out in these terms and conditions, which have been reviewed for compliance with GDPR. You may request details of personal information that we hold about you. We will advise you in advance if there is to be an administration fee of no more than £10, which is only sought if your request is onerous. If you want to make a request, or if you believe that any information we hold about you is incorrect or incomplete you should write to Phylum Forge Ltd, 14 High Street, EH1 1TE. Any information that is found to be incorrect will be corrected as soon as possible.

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Use of cookies

Like most websites, Data Thistle uses "cookies". A cookie is a small piece of information which is stored by your web browser. Your use of the website is deemed to be your consent to the use of cookies.

Cookies used by Data Thistle website
name type contents purpose
COOKIE_NOTICEpersistentnumericindicates you have been shown a message telling you that this site uses cookies
DISpersistentdistance in milesstores a distance from your location in which to search
FAVpersistentvenue IDsstores your chosen favourite venues
LOCpersistentlatitude, longitude and location namestores your chosen location for use in searches
LOCNEWsessionlocation name including regiondisplays a confirmation of a newly set location (if you have auto-detected your location)
LOCPRVpersistentlatitudes, longitudes and location namesup to three previously stored locations for quick access when changing location
PRTNRsessionaffiliate IDindicates you have visited DataThistle.com by following a link on the website of one of our partners
SCHPRVsessionsearch field valuessearch criteria you have used today, so that the search form can be pre-filled for subsequent searches
Upersistent or session *user IDindicates that you have signed in
* Persistent if you tick the "remember me" checkbox when signing in, otherwise a session cookie is used.
Session cookies last only until you close your web browser.

We use Google Analytics to record traffic volumes, with Google's AMP Client IDs enabled to associate AMP and non-AMP visits in compliance with Google's EU User Consent Policy.

You can read about the cookies which Google Analytics uses and/or install a browser add-on to opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

We use Google's DFP Small Business to serve advertisements. You can read more about DFP's use of cookies and/or learn how to opt out of advertising cookies.

Other advertising services and their advertisers may use cookies to count how many people have seen their adverts and/or to target advertising. Additional organisations might set cookies on some pages, for example, on a page containing an embedded video, the video provider (e.g. YouTube) may make use of cookies. In all cases they do so under their own privacy policies and Phylum Forge Ltd has no access to read or write their cookies.

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Data Thistle does not accept liability for any loss incurred by error or omission of any advertisement. In the event that advertising materials do not reach us by any agreed deadline, the advertiser remains liable for the full cost of the advertisement and we reserve the right to use the inventory as we see fit. Cancellation is not offered on any confirmed booking. Data Thistle, entirely at its discretion, will endeavour to meet changes in requirements requested at least 20 working days in advance of the campaign start date. We will not publish any advertisement which we consider may be in breach of the law or is otherwise defamatory or libellous. The advertiser shall indemnify us in respect of any costs and expenses arising out of any claim resulting from the advertisement.

Payment is required before publication or delivery of services unless credit facilities have been agreed in advance and in writing. Data Thistle will charge 8% interest on overdue accounts plus any costs incurred in securing payment. We will notify you of these charges in advance. Where applicable, VAT will be added at the prevailing rate – currently 20% in the United Kingdom.