Sales and Marketing

Sales and Marketing
Code of Practice
Fixed-Line Telecommunications Services

CONTENTS
1. INTRODUCTION & OVERVIEW
2. STATUS OF CODE
3. SALES, MARKETING, ADVERTISING & PROMOTION
4. RECRUITMENT & SALES TRAINING
5. CUSTOMER CONTACT
6. HOW YOU ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH WightFibre
7. AUDIT
8. CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
9. CODE DISTRIBUTION

1. INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

1.1 Key Objectives

WightFibre, Sales and Marketing Code of Practice for Fixed-Line Telecommunications Services has been drawn up with three main objectives.

The Code has been drafted in plain English which is easy to understand, and copies are available on request, and free of charge.

To ensure accountability WightFibre has allocated responsibility for compliance to:

Jacqueline Spragg – Sales and Operations Manager
WightFibre
56 Love Lane
Cowes
PO31 7EU
jackie.spragg@wightfibre.com

1.2 The Focus

The focus is sales and marketing of Fixed-line Telecoms Services to Customers. The Code deals primarily with issues arising before, during and at the point of sale. Particular emphasis is placed on the avoidance of mis-selling and misrepresentation, to ensure that customers understand:

1.3 Procedures

WightFibre has put in place and documented procedures to ensure that sales and marketing staff, and agents, have been informed of the Code and its contents, and for monitoring compliance.

Customers and advice agencies are made aware of the Code and its contents for example by including references to the Code in:

2. STATUS OF CODE

WightFibre, like all other providers who engage in sales and marketing for Fixed-line Telecoms
Services, are required by Ofcom (under General Condition 14.3) to establish a Code in accordance with Guidelines drawn up by Ofcom, and comply with the provisions of the
Code.

It should be noted however that:

3. SALES, MARKETING, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION

3.1 Approach to Customers

WightFibre approaches customers in a wide range of ways including TV, radio, press advertising; promotions in shops or shopping centres; post, fax, electronic mail, telephone; and in person.

WightFibre will act responsibly and compliantly regardless of the way in which sales and marketing activities are conducted.

3.2 Legal Rights

Customers’ legal rights and wishes will be respected where they have registered with any relevant preference service, including the Mailing Preference Service, the Telephone Preference Service, the Fax Preference Service and the E-mail Preference Service.

3.3 Advertising

WightFibre ensures that advertising and promotion material:

4. RECRUITMENT, SALES TRAINING, COMPLIANCE, AND RENUMERATION

4.1 Procedures

WightFibre has established appropriate procedures for the selection of staff involved with
direct contact with customers for the purposes of sales and marketing activity.

4.2 Sub Contractors

WightFibre will ensure that any sub-contractors also set up equivalent selection procedures.

4.3 Employment Legislation

WightFibre operates within current employment legislation. Recruitment of sales
Is taken very seriously particularly with regard to:

4.4 Specific Requirements – UK Sales Staff

To ensure high calibre sales staff the following requirements are applied to sales staff based in the UK:

If a sales person leaves for any reason a copy of his or her sales records (including all recordings and notes on sales) will be retained for a minimum period of six months; and reasonable endeavours to be made to retrieve the identification badges of staff leaving the company.

4.5 Specific Requirements – Sales Staff Based outside the UK

For sales-staff not based in the UK, equivalent procedures would be applied, and
documented.

4.6 Training

WightFibre has taken reasonable steps to ensure that staff are trained to have a sufficient understanding to ensure that any relevant advice given is not misleading.

Topics covered in the training include:

4.7 Compliance

To ensure accountability WightFibre has allocated responsibility for compliance to:

Jacqueline Spragg
Sales and Operations Manager
WightFibre
56 Love Lane
Cowes
PO31 7EU
jackie.spragg@wightfibre.com

Jacqueline Berry is accountable for ensuring that WightFibre and its agents observe this Code, and for handling complaints relevant to the code

4.8 Remuneration

Remuneration systems are documented, and do not encourage misleading or exploitative sales practices. Similarly WightFibre insists on being kept informed of incentive schemes used by any agencies it employs for sales and marketing.

5. CUSTOMER CONTACT

5.1 Contact Hours

Discretion is used when visiting consumers’ homes, particularly during the hours of darkness. No face-to-face contact outside the hours of 08.00 to 20.00, and no telephone calls outside the hours of 08.00 to 21.00, unless at the customer’s request.

5.2 Identity badges

Representatives involved in face-to-face sales and marketing are issued with identity badges that clearly display that they are representing WightFibre. The identity badge also displays:

The information on the card is presented so that does not require close examination. Identity cards are available with key information in Braille, on request

5.3 Introduction to Customers

WightFibre representatives will immediately identify themselves, and explain:

If visiting or meeting in person, they will draw the Customers’ attention to their identity card.

5.4 Local Initiatives

WightFibre takes reasonable steps to be kept informed of local authority initiatives, password schemes etc, such as the Local Distraction Burglary Initiative.

5.5 Approach to Customers

WightFibre ensures that all its representatives:

5.6 Customer Wishes

WightFibre representatives will cease contact with any person who indicates that the contact is inconvenient, unwelcome, inappropriate or too long. If the Customer requests it, the discussion to be ended immediately and, if making a doorstep call, the premises to be left immediately.

5.7 Vulnerable Customers

WightFibre representatives will not abuse the trust of vulnerable Customers e.g. those who are elderly or whose first language is not English, or who have special needs. WightFibre has a policy regarding such Customers, to ensure that its representatives do not pursue sales presentations to Customers whom they believe may be vulnerable.

5.8 Communal Living

Where there is sheltered housing, nursing homes or residential care facilities contact will be made with the warden or other person in authority before any approach is made to the Customer.

5.9 Age

No sales or marketing activity is conducted that is directed to those who are under the legal age for entering into contracts.

5.10 Documentation

Sales and marketing campaign records are maintained for six months, including the date and the approximate time of the contact with the Customer. Records to be such as to allow subsequent identification of the salesperson(s) involved and to assist in dealing with any complaint or query.

6. ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT – INFORMATION, ORDER FORMS AND CONTRACTS

6.1 Authorisation

All reasonable steps are taken by WightFibre to ensure that the person entering into a
contract is authorised to enter into the contract/agreement for the Fixed-line Telecommunications Services/bills at the premises.

6.2 Order Forms

WightFibre order forms and contract forms have been designed such that:

6.3 Direct Approach

Where WightFibre approaches a Customer directly, the Customer will be given the information set out in this paragraph below, in writing, in a clear and comprehensible manner:

essential information including the identity of the company, its address, telephone, fax and e-mail contact details, as appropriate;

a description of the telephone service sufficient to enable the customer to understand the option that the customer has chosen, and how it works;

6.4 Code

WightFibre will make its Customers aware of the existence of the Code, and may be provided with a summary. Copies of Code will be provided on request, and free of charge, to Customers.

6.5 Tariffs

WightFibre, if requested, will provide full written information about tariffs.

6.6 Customer Information

If a Customer signs an order form following face to face contact, or enters into a written contract, the customer will be given a copy of the agreement form or contract.

6.7 Distance Selling

Orders placed by distance selling means comply with Distance Selling Regulations – see www.oft.gov/uk/advice.

6.8 Internet Sales

In the case of internet orders, a well signposted hyperlink to the information in 6.6 will be easily visible to the website visitor and will be prominently displayed. The information will be capable of being easily downloaded and printed.

6.9 Switchover

During the switchover period WightFibre provides a “no cost” cancellation for Customers where they change their mind. Customers are made aware that they have the right to change their mind during the switchover period.

6.10 Cancellation

Customers are permitted to cancel orders and terminate contracts by in person, telephone, in writing, by fax or by e-mail.

6.11 Customer Letter

WightFibre will send a mandatory letter in accordance with the industry-agreed process informing the customers of the details of the transfer. The letter will include the following:

6.12 Customer Email

The notification will be by letter but may be sent electronically where Customers have initiated contact by applying online, and have confirmed online that they wish all future correspondence to be sent electronically. Otherwise Customers would need to positively request by written correspondence that information be sent electronically.

6.13 Review of Procedures

WightFibre keeps under review its procedures by which contracts are agreed and to take appropriate steps to prevent recurrence of any problem identified.

6.14 Customer Agreement

WightFibre contacts its customers along similar timescales to the industry-agreed process described in paragraph 6.11 to confirm that the Customer understands that they have entered into an agreement, are happy to proceed with the agreement and are content with the way in which the sales and marketing activity was conducted.

6.15 WightFibre Contact

Customer contact as described above will be either part of the mandatory Customer “notification of transfer” letter referred to in paragraph 6.11 or through a separate process. This contact will be made by a person not engaged directly in activities leading to the promotion of sales contracts.

6.16 Cancellation

If it is found that the contract was not understood or intended, or if the order matured before the expiry of the switchover period, and the Customer wishes to cancel, WightFibre will terminate the contract without charge or other penalty to the Customer.

7. AUDIT

7.1 Regular Audit

WightFibre carries out regular audits of systems, procedures and documentation to ensure that they are acting compliantly with all aspects of the Code.

8. CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

8.1 Internal Procedures

WightFibre has internal procedures for handling Customer complaints including those relating to their sales and marketing activities.

WightFibre ensures that all its staff and representatives who deal directly with Customers are made aware of this procedure, and that they should inform Customers of the existence of their complaints procedure in accordance with current obligations.

8.2 Complaint Procedures

WightFibre complaints procedure sets out how Customers may complain about the WightFibre sales and marketing activity and what further steps are available if Customers believe their complaint has not been dealt with satisfactorily.

8.3 Dispute Resolution

WightFibre makes its Customers made aware of its dispute resolution arrangements as recognised by Ofcom.

8.4 Monitoring Number of Complaints

WightFibre to liaises regularly with Ofcom and the relevant consumer groups to monitor the number and nature of complaints under its code.

9. DISTRIBUTING THE CODE: CREATING AWARENESS

9.1 Distribution of Code

WightFibre provides copies of this Code to Customers on request, free of charge and in a
reasonable range of formats.

9.2 Distribution to Agencies

WightFibre has sent, and will send a copy of any updates to the Code to, the head office of the Citizens Advice (address: Myddleton House, 115-123 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9LZ) and to other head offices of relevant major advice agencies.

With its focus on the Isle of Wight up-to-date copies of the code are sent to relevant local advice agencies as appropriate.