Privacy Policy

Robert Pochin Limited (“We”) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This Policy sets out the basis on which we collect personal data from you and the way in which it will be processed by us. Please read this Policy carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we shall treat it.

For the purposes of the relevant data protection legislation, the “controller” (or “data controller”) is Robert Pochin Limited of Pochin House, 2 Murrayfield Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 1UW. Questions, comments and requests regarding this Policy are welcomed and should be addressed to

We collect different types of information about you for the following reasons:

To provide goods or services to you, either at your request or in order to fulfil an existing contract;
For our legitimate interests, namely in order to update you with important information about our products or services, to help us monitor or improve the products or services we offer and, unless you have objected, to send you information electronically about products or services which are similar to those you have already purchased from us previously, unless of course there is a risk that any of those legitimate interests are overridden by any of your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms;
If we have your permission, to provide you, or permit selected third parties to provide you, with information about other goods or services. We shall make sure it is clear when you are able to give us permission to do this, for example, we have an online form and boxes that you need to tick if you want to receive such marketing materials; and
To administer our sites and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, security, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes; to improve our sites to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.

We collect information on you:

when you make an enquiry, place an order with us, or sign up for a trading account;
when you request a catalogue from or arrange an appointment with us;
when you use our websites,,, and (“our sites”), fill in any forms on our sites, and through our use of cookies; and
when we contact you during the ordering process or in the process of managing your account.

The minimum information that we need from you so that you can place an order is your full name (or the full name of your business plus a contact name if you are an organisation), address, telephone number and email address. We shall also process your financial or credit card information for the purpose of fulfilling the contract. If we are opening a trading account for you, we shall also ask for details of two trade references and may ask for further information in order to assess your application and complete our identity, money laundering and credit checks. Failure to provide the above minimum information may lead to us being unable to fulfil your order or opening your trading account.

In processing your order (or opening a trading account), we may use your information in the following ways:

to provide you with our products and services, which includes managing, processing and despatching your orders as well as processing payments for your orders and keeping service records on your behalf;
to manage your customer or credit accounts and to keep adequate records of your past purchases and service history;
to contact you regarding your order, or if we change the way that our products or services work;
to email you about other products and services we think may be of interest to you based on your previous purchases and enquiries (if you have not objected to us doing so); and
pass your information on to carefully selected third parties so that they can inform you about their products and services (if you have given us your permission to do so).
We work closely with third parties (including, for example, business partners, sub-contractors in technical, payment and delivery services, advertising networks, analytics providers, search information providers, fraud prevention and credit reference agencies, web developers, business software suppliers, and review organisations). We shall notify you when we receive information about you from them and the purposes for which we intend to use that information.


We also collect technical information about you when you visit our sites in order to help us monitor or improve the products or services that we offer. This information includes the IP address of the computer used to connect to our sites, browser type and version, time zone setting, operating system and platform. We shall also collect information about your visit to our sites, including the full URL used to access our sites, the clickstream to and from our sites, (including the date and time), products which you have viewed or searched for, page response times, any download errors, how long you have spent visiting certain pages, page interaction information including scrolling, click and mouse overs and any methods used to browse away from our sites. This helps us to monitor and improve on the products and services we provide. In doing so, we may use your data in the following ways:

to improve our sites so that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
as part of our efforts to keep our sites safe and secure; and
for troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes.
Our sites use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our sites. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our sites and also allows us to improve our sites. For detailed information on the cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them please see our Cookie Policy at .

Please note that we use Google Analytics, which places “cookies” (text files) your computer, to help us analyse how visitors use our sites. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the sites (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google for the purpose of evaluating your use of our sites, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing to us other services relating to website activity and internet usage. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of our sites. Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (i.e. cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under Please visit: for further information on how Google uses your data.


We shall not share your personal data with any third parties for marketing purposes without your express consent. We shall however, share your personal data with third parties (“Third Parties”), for the following reasons:

for the purpose of data security, namely data storage, back up, disaster recovery and IT support purposes;
other selected third parties, such as our payment and delivery providers, suppliers and sub-contractors, where it is necessary to do so in order to provide you with goods that you have ordered;
Google Analytics, to assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our sites;
credit reference agencies and fraud prevention agencies in order to verify your identity and assess your credit score in order to open a trading account with us.


All personal data that you provide to us is stored on our secure servers and copied and archived on our behalf by an outsourced IT support company in the United Kingdom. We use our best endeavours to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and comply with the relevant data protection within the United Kingdom.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we shall do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we shall use effective safeguarding procedures and security features to try to prevent any unauthorised access to your personal data.


How long we store your personal information depends upon the type of information we are holding and the purpose for which we need it.

We shall keep your data for the period of time you hold an account with us, to enable us to contact you, keep a record of your past orders and supply you with any new orders. We shall not keep your personal information for any longer than necessary to fulfil our obligations to you or to meet our legitimate business interests or legal requirements.

Where you have given us your permission to contact you for marketing purposes, we shall contact you every five years from the date on which you originally gave your permission to ensure that you still wish to be contacted in this way.


You have the following rights:

to request that we provide you with a copy of the information we hold about you (“Access Request”);
to request that we rectify any information we hold about you (“Right to Rectification”);
to request that we erase any information we hold about you (“Right to be Forgotten”);
to restrict the level of processing we carry out with your information (“Restriction of Processing”);
to obtain from us all personal data we hold about you in a structured, machine readable form, and have this information transmitted to another organisation (“Data Portability”);
to object to our processing your information in certain ways (“Right to Object”); and
to withdraw your consent at any time to our processing of your data.
Please see the relevant sections below for further details on your rights as a data subject. You can exercise any of the above rights by emailing us at

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office if you are unhappy in any way with how we treat your personal information. We would, however, appreciate the opportunity to deal with your concerns before you approach the Information Commissioner’s Office, so please contact us in the first instance.

We shall comply with any request made under this section as soon as possible, and normally within one month from the date of your request. However, if necessary, for example if your request is particularly complex or we receive a number of similar requests, we may extend this period by an additional two months, but we shall notify you if we need to do this.

Please note that where we receive requests under this section which are manifestly unfounded or excessive, for example because they are repetitive in nature, we may:

charge a reasonable fee taking into account the administrative costs of providing the information or taking the action requested; or
refuse to act on the request.

You have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you at any time. Please note that in most circumstances, we shall not make a charge for this, however we may make a reasonable fee based on administrative costs for any further copies requested.


You have the right at any time to ask us to rectify any personal data that we hold for you which is incorrect or incomplete.

If we have disclosed any incorrect or incomplete data to any third parties, we shall inform them of any necessary amendments or corrections made to your personal data under this section.


You have the right to ask us to erase the personal data we hold about you in circumstances where:

it is no longer necessary for us to handle your personal data for the purpose for which it was originally collected;
you have withdrawn your permission for us to hold your personal data (where this was the basis on which it was collected or used);
you object to the processing of the data and there is no lawful overriding reason for us to continue processing your personal data;
the personal data was unlawfully processed; or
we have to erase your personal data in order to comply with a legal obligation.

You can ask us to restrict how we use your data in the following circumstances:

where you believe that the information we hold about you is inaccurate, you can ask that we refrain from using your data until we can verify the accuracy of it;
where we have unlawfully processed your data, you can ask that we restrict our usage of it rather than erase it completely; or
where we no longer need to hold your information, but you wish us to retain your information for the purpose of establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim.

You have the right to obtain from us all personal data which you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used and machine readable form, provided that such data was processed based on your consent, or for the purpose of a contract between us and the processing was carried out by automated means.

This will allow you to move, copy or transfer personal data easily from one IT environment to another. Alternatively, we can transmit such data directly to another organisation.

Please note that we shall not be able to comply with a data portability request if this will affect the rights and freedoms of others.


You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to our processing of your personal data where we are doing this for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest (which we shall have told you about, if applicable), or where we are carrying out processing for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by us.

You also have the right at any time to ask us not to process your personal data for direct marketing or profiling purposes (to the extent that such profiling is related to such direct marketing). We shall have informed you before the time we obtained your personal data whether we intend to process your personal data for this purpose, or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes.

If we process your personal data for automatic decision making or profiling purposes (i.e. to analyse or predict your personal preferences and purchase behaviour, and such profiling is automated) we shall ensure that we tell you about this beforehand, and will only do this where this is a necessary condition of entering into a contract between you and us, or where you have given us your explicit consent to do this.


Where you have given us your consent to our processing of any of your personal data, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, for example if you no longer wish for us to share your information with third parties for marketing purposes (where you have previously consented to this).

In addition to any other way we make available to you the ability to withdraw your consent, you may also withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at


Our sites may contain links to our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for them. We advise you to check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

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