Privacy Policy

PRIVACY NOTICE
1. ABOUT US AND THE PURPOSE OF THIS NOTICE
Aston Hughes Limited (“Aston Hughes & Co, “we”, “us”, “our” and “ours”) are registered auditors accountants and tax advisory. We are registered in England and Wales as company under number: 08668456 and our registered office is at Selby Towers, 29 Princes Drive, Colwyn Bay LL29 8PE.

This notice will tell you how we look after your personal data, will tell you about your privacy rights, and about our compliance with and your protections under Data Protection Legislation.

In this notice “Data Protection Legislation” means the Data Protection Act 2018 (as amended by the Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 which merge the previous requirements of the Data Protection Act with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679)) and any other laws and regulations in the UK applicable to the processing of personal data.

For the purpose of the Data Protection Legislation and this notice, we are the ‘data controller’. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal data about you. We are required under the Data Protection Legislation to notify you of the information contained in this privacy notice.

We have appointed a data protection manager. Our data protection manager is our Data Protection Point of Contact and is responsible for assisting with enquiries in relation to this privacy notice or our treatment of your personal data. Should you wish to contact our Data Protection Point of Contact you can do so using the contact details noted at paragraph ‎11(Contact Us), below.
2. THE KIND OF INFORMATION WE HOLD ABOUT YOU
The information we hold about you may include the following:

• your personal details (such as your name and/or address);
• details of contact we have had with you in relation to the provision, or the proposed provision, of our services;
• details of any services you have received from us;
• our correspondence and communications with you;
• information about any complaints and enquiries you make to us;
• Tax reference numbers
• IP Addresses
• Financial information
• Employment information
Personal information about others
We may collect information from you about others, such as members of your household or family (in the case of staff) or, about customers/clients of yours and your family members , in the case of clients. If you give us information about another person it is your responsibility to ensure and confirm that:
• you have either told the individual who we are and how we use personal information, as set out in this Privacy Statement; and have permission from the individual to provide that personal information (including any sensitive personal data) to us and for us to process it, as set out in this Privacy Statement; or
• you are otherwise satisfied that you are not in breach of data protection legislation by providing the information to us.

3. HOW WE MAY COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We obtain your personal data directly from you when:

• you request a proposal from us in respect of the services we provide;
• You engage us to provide our services and also during the provision of those services;
• You contact us by email, telephone, post (for example when you have a query about our services);
• Website enquiries.
We may also obtain your personal data indirectly:
• from your employer our client when it engages us to provide services and also during the provision of those services
• from third parties and/or publicly available resources (for example, from your employer or from Companies House, H M Revenue and Customs).
4. HOW WE USE PERSONAL DATA WE HOLD ABOUT YOU
We may process your personal data for purposes necessary for the performance of our contract with you, your employer or our clients and to comply with our legal obligations. This may include processing your personal data where you are an employee, subcontractor, supplier or customer of our client

We may also process your personal data for the purposes of our own legitimate interests provided that those interests do not override any of your own interests, rights and freedoms which require the protection of personal data. This includes processing for marketing, business development, statistical and management purposes.

Please note that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful basis depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data.

Situations in which we will use your personal data
We are only allowed to use personal information if we have a proper lawful reason to do so. Data protection law sets out the legal bases for the processing of client data. We may use your personal data in order to (this list is non-exhaustive):

• carry out our obligations arising from any agreements entered into between you, your employer our clients and us (which will most usually be for the provision of our services);
• carry out our obligations arising from any agreements entered into between our clients and us (which will most usually be for the provision of our services) where you may be a subcontractor, supplier or customer of our client;
• provide you with information related to our services and our events or seek your thoughts and opinions on the services we provide; and
• notify you about any changes to our services.
• Verify your identity

In some circumstances we may anonymise or pseudonymise the personal data so that it can no longer be associated with you, in which case we may use it without further notice to you.

We may also process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in accordance with this notice, where we are legally required or permitted to do so.

Data retention
We will only retain your personal data for as long as is necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it is collected.

When assessing what retention period is appropriate for your personal data, we take into consideration the requirements of our business and the services provided, any statutory or legal obligations and the purposes for which we originally collected the personal data.

Change of purpose
Where we need to use your personal data for a reason, other than the purpose for which we originally collected it, we will only use your personal data where that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If we need to use your data for a new purpose we will notify you and communicate our legal basis for this new processing.
5. DATA SHARING
We will share your personal data with third parties where we are required by law, where it is necessary to administer the relationship between us, or where we have another legitimate interest in doing so. This may include sharing your personal data with a regulator or to otherwise comply with the law.


“Third parties” includes third-party service providers and other entities. The following activities are carried out by third-party service providers: cloud services, professional advisory services, administration services, marketing services and banking services Fee protection insurance providers for our clients. We only permit our third-party service providers to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions

We may share your personal data with other third parties, for example in the context of the possible sale or restructuring of the business. We may also need to share your personal data with a regulator or to otherwise comply with the law.
6. TRANSFERRING PERSONAL DATA OUTSIDE THE UNITED KINGDOM (UK)
We are based in the United Kingdom. If we send personal information to countries outside the United Kingdom (for example when our hosting company is situated outside the UK as it is at the date of this privacy policy, and which means that your data will be transferred to and stored outside the UK, and will be processed by people who work for the hosting company), we will ensure that there will be a contract in place to make sure the recipient protects the data to the same standard as the UK. This may include following international frameworks for making data sharing secure. We will only transfer your personal data outside of the United Kingdom under the following circumstances:
• where the transfer is to a country or other territory which has been assessed by the UK Government (or an equivalent EU body) as ensuring an adequate level of protection for personal data; or
• with your consent; or
• on the basis that the transfer is compliant with the UK GDPR and other applicable laws (including putting appropriate protections and safeguards in place.
If you require details of the safeguards we have in place, please contact us using the contact details set out at the end of this Privacy Statement.
7. DATA SECURITY
We have put in place commercially reasonable and appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

8. RIGHTS OF ACCESS, CORRECTION, ERASURE, AND RESTRICTION
Your duty to inform us of changes
It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Should your personal information change, please notify us of any changes of which we need to be made aware by contacting us, using the contact details below.

Your rights in connection with personal data
Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

• Request access to your personal data. This enables you to receive details of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are processing it lawfully.
• Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you.
• Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
• Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this basis. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
• Request the restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal data about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
• Request the transfer of your personal data to you or another data controller if the processing is based on consent, carried out by automated means and this is technically feasible.
If you want to exercise any of the above rights, please email our data protection point of contact gareth@astonghughes.co.uk.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee for the administrative costs of complying with the request if your request for access is manifestly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.

9. RIGHT TO WITHDRAW CONSENT
In the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal data for a specific purpose (for example, in relation to direct marketing that you have indicated you would like to receive from us), you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please [email our data protection point of contact gareth@astonhughes.co.uk.

Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your personal information (personal data) for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.
10. CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE
Any changes we may make to our privacy notice in the future will be updated on our website at www.astonhughes.co.uk

This privacy notice was last updated on August 2021.
11. CONTACT US
If you have any questions regarding this notice or if you would like to speak to us about the manner in which we process your personal data, please email our Data Protection Point of Contact gareth@astonhughes.co.uk or telephone 01492530232 and ask for Gareth Lowe.

You also have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues, at any time. The ICO’s contact details are as follows:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone – 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745

Website – https://ico.org.uk/concerns