Terms and Conditions

If you appoint Little Gem Design to prepare work for you on a project or ongoing basis, you are bound by the following Terms and Conditions.
Quotation

At the time of proposal, Little Gem Design will provide the client with a quotation. The quotation is valid for thirty (30) days from the date of issue.

Acceptance

The client may send an email in reply to the quote which binds the client to accept Little Gem Design’s terms and conditions. No work on a project will commence until this has been received.

Payment

Little Gem Design accepts payment via bank deposit. Invoices will be sent periodically, relating to work done to date. Payment for this invoice shall be made within seven days unless otherwise arranged. Accounts outstanding for a period in excess of 14 days may be subject to an additional administration charge of 5% of the balance due.

Deposit

A 50% deposit of the total fee payable is due before work will commence. At the discretion of Little Gem Design. Little Gem Design reserves the right not to commence any work until the deposit has been pain in full.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

All prices are quoted exclusive of GST. GST is payable by New Zealand residents, this cost does not apply to overseas orders.

Charges for additional services

Charges for any additional services over and above the quote, will be detailed on the final invoice.

Consultation

Where required meetings will be included in each state as itemised in the quote. Should additional meeting be requested or special presentations required, this will be charged at an hourly rate and detailed on the final invoice.

Trademark

All design work where there is a risk that another party make a claim, should be registered by the client with the appropriate authorities prior to publishing and legal advice sought as to its use. Little Gem Design will not be held responsible for any damages resulting from such claims.

Right of refusal

Little Gem Design reserves the right not to undertake any work which in its opinion is or may be unlawful, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate.

Artwork approval

Little Gem Design will take all reasonable care to check proofs carefully for accuracy in all respects. It is the client’s responsibility to check all artwork carefully before final sign off.

Confidentiality

Little Gem design may request passwords and details in order to fulfil the requirements of a project. Little Gem Design will not misuse any confidential information that may be made available. The client agrees not to disclose the fees charged by Little Gem Design or any confidential information we provide you. The client is responsible for keeping any passwords and usernames issued by Little Gem Design confidential.

Website project

Little Gem design uses third party services and open source technology for web design and development projects. Whilst every care will be taken to ensure the website and any scripts or programs are free of errors, Little Gem Design cannot take responsibility for any loses incurred due to malfunction of the website or any part of it.

When requesting a website to be made by Little Gem Design the Client acknowledges responsibility for collecting content and other relevant material required to complete the project and for providing that material to Little Gem Design in a timely manner. Failure to deliver material to complete a project when requested may delay delivery of services and may also result in increased costs being incurred. The Customer agrees that any such increased costs shall be charged by Little Gem Design and shall be in addition to the quote total.

Little Gem Design will provide the customer with the opportunity to review the resulting work. Little Gem Design will make one set of minor changes at no extra cost within 14 days of the start of the review period. Minor changes include small textual changes and small adjustments to placement of items on the page. It does not include changes to images, colour schemes or any navigation features.

Hosting, updates and maintenance

Ongoing monthly payments for hosting of websites shall be payable annually in advance. Little Gem Design reserves the right to switch off the website and suspend email accounts if payment is not received.

Cancellation of hosting is required in writing with 30 days’ notice. Any paid for but unused hosting is non-refundable.

Search engine performance

Little Gem Design will, as part of setting up your website, carry out basic search engine optimisation for you. However, we cannot and do not guarantee where your website will be ranked and any additional, ongoing specialist search engine work requested will be charged for.

Ownership

Copyright ownership for all work, finished or otherwise, is retained by Little Gem Design including words, pictures, ideas, visuals and illustrations. Then ownership will transfer to the Client only if this has been specifically agreed with the client and only when full payment for the project is received.

It is the responsibility of the Client to ensure that material provided to Little Gem Design, including any text, logos and/or images are not subject to copyright. The ownership of such materials will remain with the client, or rightful copyright or trademark owner. Little Gem Design takes no responsibility for issues arising due to using supplied material if it is found to be copyright to a third person or party.

Cancellation

Cancellation of projects may be made initially by phone or email, formal notification in writing is then required within seven days. The client will then be invoiced for all work completed over and above the non-refundable website deposit. The balance must be paid within seven days.

Portfolio use

Little Gem Design reserves the right to display any work in their portfolio and as standard web industry practice will, unless specifically requested otherwise, add a link at the bottom of the Clients website to Little Gem Design’s website.