Online reviews are now an important source of information for consumers. They are particularly helpful for those consumers looking to buy services or products whose quality they may find hard to assess before it has been experienced. (Competition & Markets Authority Report June 2015)
The reviews that we collect are impartial, which means that we have a clear, transparent policy when it comes to dealing with all reviews and responses and wherever possible ensuring that we abide with Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs) and the UK Advertising Codes. For this reason, we have developed our system to detect and verify fake reviews; provide the ability to give prominence to reviews more likely to be helpful; and enable users to flag and report dubious reviews themselves.
If you require any further information on our review policy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating what further detail you would like to know or call 0800 043 2100 and ask for the Moderation Team.
The Rating System is based on the answering of the question sets within a feedback form or SMS Text Messaging. When a review is published, it displays an overall 1 to 5 star rating (this rating is the mean average score of all published reviews). Individual reviews are also published with an overall star rating together with a breakdown of 1 to 5 as individual aspects of the questions answered. The star rating for each review is generated by using the mean average to determine a % score giving them a 1 to 5 star rating when rounded). 5 out of 5 is the maximum rating score.
The number and star ratings mean:
Reviews are received through an online form, reply-paid forms, email and SMS Text Messaging. (Please note that there should be no charges or costs associated when submitting a review. Reply-paid forms are covered by a Business Reply paid service; emails are free and SMS Text Messages are received as standard rate texts, which generally means that they are included within a phone contract. We do not accept any responsibility or liability where an individual incurs charges through their own provider.)
We only accept reviews that are submitted by genuine users i.e. those with direct experience of the service or product (anonymous reviews are not considered) and comply with our content guidelines (e.g. are relevant, civil and decent). All reviews are moderated prior to publication.
Reviews received do not represent our views and we accept no responsibility or liability for any such reviews or testimonials.
This website provides the ability to submit comments and ratings on providers or service/ product experiences (commonly referred to as ‘Reviews’).
The Reviews feature is not a formal complaint procedure or to be used for allegations of negligence, abuse or criminal activity. Anonymous reviews are not considered, we require the name and telephone/email of the reviewer, so that reviews can be properly validated. If you have a serious complaint or allegation of negligence, abuse or criminal activity, you should consider contacting the provider, the relevant regulatory authority or the police.
The views, comments and opinions expressed in the Reviews submitted to our site do not represent our views and we accept no responsibility or liability for any such Reviews. All Reviews are left in accordance with our terms and conditions.
We encourage companies/organisations to be open and transparent and to respond publicly to all reviews.
We reserve the right to edit and alter Reviews to ensure that the Review complies with our Review Policy. As a general rule, we will only edit Reviews to remove names from the content of the reviews and to correct spelling or basic grammar.
We try to publish as many Reviews as we can but do not guarantee that all Reviews will be published and we may reject a Review with or without giving reasons for such rejection. If we reject a Review submitted by a user, they are able submit a new one.
We try to process the Reviews as quickly as we can, however depending on volume, postage issues/strikes etc. it may take longer than would normally be expected for them to be published or deemed non-compliant with our Review Policy.
The moderation process is identical for organisations that we have a commercial relationship with and for those we do not.
We endeavour to ensure that any Reviews posted on our sites are fair, and that companies/organisations always have an opportunity to provide their own point of view and to make clear where they disagree with anything being said by a reviewer. By engaging with us in this process companies/organisations acknowledge that the Reviews and associated material published together constitute a fair and balanced set of opinions about their services.
If you believe that a Review/Reply on our websites does not comply with our Review Policy or you wish to remove a Review/Reply you have written, you can alert our Moderation Team by clicking on the link provided to report a Review. You will need to provide your email address and/or telephone together with a short explanation why you believe the Review does not comply with our Review Policy. Reporting a Review will not automatically remove it, but will ensure that we look at it as soon as possible. The Moderation Team will then decide whether to remove it permanently or reinstate it. We reserve the right to remove a Review at any time.
Reviews of companies/organisations can only be submitted by genuine users i.e. those with direct experience of the service or product (anonymous reviews are not considered). Reviews from members of staff and from parties, such as suppliers will not be published. However, where required, members of staff or friends/relatives are permitted to assist users / clients in completing a Feedback Form. If a staff member or relative provides assistance, they must provide their name and connection and then on the published review it will state that assistance has been provided.
People under the age of 16 should obtain permission from a parent or guardian before posting on our site/s.
Reviews must be:
We are committed to ensuring the integrity of the content collected and provided to our website users.
Any attempts by submitting a review to mislead, influence or impersonate is deemed as fraud. Such fraudulent behaviour includes but is not limited to:
If we discover a fraudulent review, we will remove that review and we reserve the right to remove all reviews relating to that company/organisation.
Verification details such as email and/or telephone number are required when submitting a review but these details will not be published and will only be used to verify/respond to a Review as is necessary. We will retain the information you provided in connection with a particular Review for as long as the Review is published on our website/s or for as long as the information is required for our ongoing moderation process. The information will only be shared with the service provider with the express permission of the reviewer.
Reviewers are also asked to provide a Name to be shown with the Review, however there is the option for the name not to be published.
Reviews are published on our website/s and can appear on other affiliated websites and social media. They are displayed for a minimum of 1 year and retained for up to a maximum of 12 years. By submitting a Review, you agree to grant us a non-exclusive, perpetual royalty-free, transferable and sub-licensable licence to use that Review. Although you will still own the copyright in your Review, we will have the right to freely use, edit, alter, reproduce, publish and/or distribute the material contained in your Review. The right to edit and alter the Review will be exercised in order to ensure that the Review complies with the relevant law, this policy and to protect the privacy of individuals. We also have the right to remove Reviews from the site/s. You further grant us the right to pursue at law any person or entity that violates your or our rights in the Reviews by a breach of these terms.
By submitting a Review, you are warranting that you have the right to grant the licence above.
We reserve the right to alter or update this policy at any time.