In order to administer the Business Boost programme we need to record some personal data and contact information from our programme participants.
Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) takes its data protection responsibilities very seriously. It takes care to ensure that any personal information supplied to it is dealt with in a way that complies with the General Data Protection Regulations and the new Data Protection Act 2018.
The introduction of the new GDPR regulations on 25th May 2018 means that the DCSDC Business Team need to ensure that we have your permission to gather, retain and use your personal information for programme delivery, and if you permit us, to notify you from time to time of special events and to protect your information against loss or unauthorised use. If you give us permission to use your information you have the right to tell us at any time to stop contacting you.
The information you supply will principally be processed for the purpose for which it has been provided. If it is being used for any other purpose you will be informed and your explicit consent will be sought if required.
Derry City and Strabane District Council will:
- only use your information to carry out its statutory duties or tasks in the public interest
- only ask for what information is absolutely necessary to allow it to carry out its duties
- only use your information for the purpose that you provided it for (we cannot normally use it for anything else without your permission)
- provide you with sufficient information to make a choice when your consent is required and only use it if you have clearly “opted-in”
- store and maintain your personal information only for as long as it is required
- store and maintain your personal information in a secure manner
- dispose of your information if you ask us to do so (and we no longer need to keep it)
The new Data Protection Act 2018 obliges us to tell you why we need, and what we do with your personal data. This is explained below:
The Business Boost programme is delivered free of charge to local businesses by Derry City and Strabane District Council and is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs NI (2014 – 2020).
Business Boost offers tangible, focused and bespoke support through free mentoring in order to provide opportunities to grow your business. Personal information in relation to your business is required in order to effectively deliver this programme.
The personal information Derry City and Strabane District Council require in order to process your application for the Business Boost programme will include the following: contact name, email address, phone number, full address and postcode. Derry City and Strabane District Council will also require business related information on behalf of the organisation in order to support your application.
The new Data Protection Act 2018 obliges us to tell you the lawful basis we have for processing your data. Under the General Data Protection Regulations the lawful basis we have is a public task and the processing is necessary for the purposes of administering the DCSDC Business Boost Programme.
Sometimes we share your personal information with other parties. We must tell you who we share your information with and why we do it. In this case it is because from time to time we may make referrals to other relevant business support organisations including Invest Northern Ireland, Full Circle Consultancy, Intertrade Ireland, Enterprise Northern Ireland, North West Regional College, Ulster University and the Labour Relations Agency. Referrals will be made only where Derry City and Strabane District Council believe there could be a benefit to your organisation through additional business support, this could include: one to one advice, access to workshops and/ or relevant business support programmes.