About Us

The Bead Trail was established by Rebecca Webster in 2004, shortly after a visit to a bead shop in Hereford where she purchased a substantial amount of sparkling lovelies and a reel of elastic and with her three children spent a sunny afternoon in the garden stringing beads. Whilst in the bead shop she noticed a beaded ornament hanging from the ceiling and was intrigued, what was this craft with tiny beads and crystals she had never seen or heard about before?

Once home she joined The Beadworker's Guild and was sent a free pattern and some beads to start her new hobby. Now as you will know, starting a project is always a little tricky but as a complete beginner she knew nothing about nymo and very soon ended up with a mountain of knots and worse still mounting anger and frustration!

However, not to be beaten she persevered and on the 8th attempt it started to take shape, her first spiral rope was born.

The rest, as they say, is history..........

Making A Purchase
Making a purchase could not be easier. Just browse our store, choose the items you require and at the end of the page click the add to cart button, all items chosen will be added to your basket. When you have finished shopping click on 'Checkout' and you will be asked for a few details that we need to be able to complete the order.

We accept credit card and debit card payment using the secure Paypal system.

When confirmation of order is received, this is to indicate that we have received your order. It does not indicate that a contract exists between us. We will indicate acceptance of your order, and hence a contract between us, when we send you an invoice. We have included this term to protect us in the case that a mistake has been made in pricing, we have inadvertently under-priced goods, or we are no longer able to supply a particular product for some reason. In the case of a change of price, or an item is out of stock, we will always contact you first to ensure that the price is acceptable or offer an alternative.

Shipping And Handling
We ship by royal mail first class post within the UK and International Standard to European countries. All orders over the value of £25 will be shipped free of charge within the UK.
Delivery Schedule
We aim to despatch your parcel wtihin 24 hours or receiving your order, an email will be sent confirming that your parcel has been sent, however please allow adequate time for The Royal Mail to deliver.
Back Orders
We are not currently offering back orders, if an item is out of stock you will be emailed and offered an alternative product or a refund for the out of stock item.
Credit Card Security
Payment is taken through the Paypal system and no card details are kept by The Bead Trail.
Guarantee We guarantee your satisfaction. If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase please email sales@thebeadtrail.co.uk to arrange a refund or replacement.
Reaching Us If you need to reach us, please email us using the Contact Us button on the store home page.
We will use the personal information you supply to us in the course of submitting an order for the purpose of fulfilling that order.
Along with, or instead of, placing an order you may have sent an enquiry to us, in which we will use the information you've provided to respond to and answer the enquiry.
We may contact you by telephone, email or other means in relation to your order, for example: notifying you of delivery status, updating you on stock availability or informing you of changes with the order. You cannot opt out of these communications. We will never combine these communications with marketing promotions that you have a legal right to opt out of.
We may use your data for marketing purposes but will always provide a means for you to opt out. We may occasionally use the data you supplied, in our own Legitimate Interest, to send details of products and services that we believe may be of interest to you. We will never use your data in a way that conflicts with your own legal rights and interests.
If we share information with a third party, such as a payment gateway or delivery company, their use of your data will be limited to the purpose of fulfilling your order.
We will make our reasonable endeavours to ensure that all third parties treat your personal data in a legal and appropriate way.

We hold the personal data that you supplied in the course of placing your order or enquiry.
The data normally consists of: product information, transactional information, fraud checking information, name, address, phone number, email, special delivery instructions, answers from questions in your checkout and potentially other information to ensure the successful completion of your order.
We may hold notes of our communication with you through different channels including, but not limited to: email, live chat, CRM (Customer Relationship Management system) and phone.
We will not seek personal information from you relating to race, religion, political affiliation, trade union membership, sexual orientation, medical or genetic history and we ask you not to provide such information to us under any circumstances.

We will retain the personal information you supply to us in the course of submitting an order or an enquiry, for the purpose of fulfilling that order, responding to or processing that enquiry.
If you place an order, we will retain an electronic copy of your invoice data for the period required by HMRC, after which we will delete it.
Your information will be: securely stored on hardware that has limited access to only relevant persons; and on a server maintained by a third party such as a web host. Whether held by us on our hardware, or on our behalf by a third party, it will be kept secure and protected from unauthorised access using all reasonable means.

If requested, we will pass information about you (and if relevant, your business) to legal authorities who have the legal right to demand such data.

If you have engaged with us, but never placed an order, you may request the complete deletion of your details from our systems. Whether or not you have placed an order, you may request us never to contact you again, and we will comply with your request unless you make a further enquiry with us.
You have a number of rights in addition to those mentioned above, including access to the information ("the right to be informed"). If we process your data for marketing purposes on the basis of your Legitimate Interest, you have the right to object. You also have the right to withdraw your Consent to being marketed to, if you previously gave your Consent.
You have the right to see the data held about you and to receive a copy. You have the right to have any errors corrected. You have the right to ask and be told where your data came from.
You can exercise any of these rights by contacting us using the details below.
You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office (ico.org.uk) if you believe any of your rights are being infringed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us through our contact us form, or by phone on 01606 559566.

Returns Policy Should an item not be as expected please return within 14 days of ordering, items must be returned in their original packaging and not part used. We cannot refund items that have been damaged in transit so please ensure you return in suitable packaging and that you receive a proof of posting.

Your rights to return goods are protected under the EU Distance Selling Directive which can be found at http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2000/20002334.htm

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