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Privacy Statement

How we use your information

In order to operate the Manchester Growth Company recruitment system, Economic Solutions Limited on behalf of the MGC Group will collect and store personal information you submit via this recruitment website. The recruitment system is shared by companies within the MGC Group: Economic Solutions Limited; Aspire Recruitment Partnership Limited t/a Aspire; BFS Funding Managers Limited; BFS NWF General Partner Limited; Centre for Assessment Limited; Challenge 4 Change Limited; Challenge 4 Change Trading Limited; ChamberLink Limited t/a Business Support Solutions; The Enterprise Fund Limited t/a Business Finance Solutions; GM Business Support Limited t/a the Growth Hub; Improvement Development Growth Limited t/a IDG; IQC2 Limited; Marketing Manchester; Skills And Work Solutions Limited t/a The Skills Company, The Work Company; Manchester Investment and Development Agency Service t/a MIDAS; Commission for the New Economy Ltd t/a New Economy
Please read the following privacy policy to understand how the MGC Group uses and protects the information you provide.

1. Introduction and changes to this Privacy Statement

All references to 'our', 'us', 'we' or 'company' within this policy (the "Privacy Statement") and within any consent notice are deemed to refer to the MGC Group.
We endeavour to protect your personal privacy. We provide this Privacy Statement to explain what we may do with any personal information that we collect from you or that you provide to us.
We may need to update this Privacy Statement from time to time. We therefore recommend that you check regularly the Career Site to ensure that you have read the most recent version of this Privacy Statement.

2. Your consent to this Privacy Statement

By providing your personal information to us, you signify your acceptance of our Privacy Statement and consent to the collection, use and disclosure by us of your personal information as described below.
If you do not agree to any part of this Privacy Statement, please do not provide us with your personal information.

3. What do we mean by personal information?

Personal information (or data) is information about an identifiable individual, as defined by applicable law. In the context of the Career Site, such information may include your name, address, e-mail address, and education and employment history.
Personal information for these purposes does not include aggregated information or a business's name, address and phone number that does not relate to an identifiable individual. It therefore does not include aggregate data which we may collect to understand the users of the Career Site as a whole and which allows us to improve the site.

4. Your consent to us collecting and processing your personal information

You can decide what personal information you provide to us. To help in the recruitment process MGC collects personal information about you from your profile, CV or application form as submitted by you to the Career Site and which may include, for instance; your name, address, email address, education and employment history, all information that is typically included in a job application.
You may choose to provide us with personal information if, for example, you: contact us with an enquiry; register on the site; complete a survey or other form with your personal information. You may also submit personal information by making requests for us to provide you with information.
By providing any personal information to us, you are confirming you understand fully and clearly consent to the collection and processing of such information, including, as necessary, the transfer of such personal information to other companies within the MGC Group for the purposes as described in clause 5.1 below.

5. How we may use your personal information

Once we have collected your personal information through the Career Site, we may use and/or disclose it in one or more of the following ways:


5.1 Recruitment Opportunities -

We may use your personal information to consider you for recruitment opportunities within the MGC Group. This includes positions for which you have specifically applied “current job opportunities” and, if you have set up our "Job Search Agent" or have otherwise asked us to do so, we may also consider you for positions which we feel you may be suitable for and which may interest you “future job opportunities”. We may then use your personal information to communicate with you about these opportunities. However, you will be able to choose whether or not to receive such communications when you first apply to the Career Site and whenever we communicate with you. You may also unsubscribe from any such communications at any time (see section 8 –Retention, access and updating your information).

5.2 Analysis -

We may use aggregated information for internal recruitment and marketing analysis, for example, to assess trends amongst our potential staff or to measure the amount of traffic to our websites. We may also provide this information to certain third party agencies acting on our behalf, for example those who assist us with recruitment or evaluate the effectiveness of our recruitment service.

5.3 Employment -

In the event of your application resulting in the offer and your acceptance of a position within the MGC group, your personal information will be sent to and held in the group’s data systems.

5.4 Third Party Supplier -

The information you provide to us will be held on third party supplier servers in the UK who act for us for the purposes set out in this policy. They may provide support services to MGC or on our behalf.

6. Sensitive Information

The Data Protection Act defines certain information as 'sensitive' (racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexual life, criminal proceedings and offences). If you make an application to us we may ask you for some 'sensitive' details. We will use this information to process your application.
The majority of this information will play no part in the selection process and it will only be used to assist with equal opportunities monitoring. We will, however, consider information relating to your criminal convictions/ prosecutions in deciding whether to proceed with your application and/or continue with any offer of employment.
When applying for a role within the MGC Group, we may request some diversity information. If provided, your diversity information will be treated as confidential, will be held separately, and will play no part in the recruitment process.

7. Sharing your information

Except as set out in this policy and the consent statement on the application form or as required by law, your personal data will not be provided to any third party without your prior written consent.

8. Retention, accessing and updating your information

As part of our commitment to your privacy we do not seek to hold your personal information for any longer than necessary. If unsuccessful in your application your data will be retained for a maximum of 12 months. If however you have asked us to keep you informed of new positions within the MGC Group on an ongoing basis we will continue to retain your personal information to keep you updated on such opportunities unless you unsubscribe to this service. You may do this at any time via the Careers Site. We will also contact you via e-mail from time to time to see if you still wish to remain subscribed to the service.
At your request, and in accordance with the law, we will confirm what personal information we hold about you, update your information, remove your information and/or correct any inaccuracies in such personal information.
To notify us of any such requests please contact us on 0161 245 4909 or hradvice@manchestergrowth.co.uk .

9. Use of Cookies

Like many other websites, we use "cookies" to help us gather and store information about visitors to our websites. Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
• enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
• recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
• measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
• analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with MGC’s services so we can make them better

9.1 What type of Cookies do we use?

Session Cookies are stored only for the duration of your visit to the website and are deleted from your device when your browsing session ends. These cookies are used to manage the login functionality of the website.

Performance Cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

9.2 How to control and delete cookies

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.