There are some seriously exciting prizes up for grabs. To check eligibility and help make your business's application top notch, please read these Ts&Cs carefully. They are designed to ensure you are totally clear on how to enter your business in the Competition, what our judges and panellists will be looking for at each stage, and the prizes on offer. If you still have any questions please just contact firstname.lastname@example.org
By entering the Competition, you confirm on behalf of your Business that you have read and that your Business agrees to these Ts&Cs.
ASOS has a long history of supporting entrepreneurial design talent. With ASOS Fashion Discovery (the “Competition”), we’re looking to identify and nurture two emerging brands which display originality, commerciality, personality and entrepreneurial flair. In addition, ten runners up will be able to trade (rent-free and with a reduced commission rate) as a boutique on ASOS Marketplace for 12 months. See section J below.
This Competition is only open to UK-based businesses (sole traders, partnerships and companies) (“Businesses”), that –
To make sure the Competition is conducted fairly, we cannot accept applications from Businesses which are professionally connected to ASOS or a Competition judge (either directly or indirectly). This means that the following are excluded:
Subject to this, all hard-working and creative Businesses are welcome to enter, including Businesses listed on ASOS Marketplace (a separate platform to ASOS.com, where independent third party boutiques sell direct to customers). Our aim is to ensure that all applications are treated as fairly as possible, so that no entrants are unfairly advantaged.
Each Business must nominate:
All Representatives and Key Individuals must be members of senior management and/or directors of the Business, have full authority to represent and bind the Business, be over the age of 18, and be a resident of the UK. An individual can only be appointed as a Representative and/or Key Individual for one Business.
No – we can only accept one application per Business. If we receive more than one application for a Business we will get in touch with You by email and You will have 24 hours to confirm which of Your Business's applications we should consider. Failure to do so may mean we need to reject all such applications or select one at random.
If Your Business operates multiple Brands, it must select one Brand to enter (have a read through these Ts&Cs to decide which is most appropriate!).
Entry into the Competition is free, there is no requirement to purchase or pay anything.
Please make sure that Your Business doesn’t miss any relevant dates, and that the appropriate Representative and/or Key Individuals are available to complete/attend all stages of the Competition.
|Stage||Who it applies to||Event||Date|
|Stage 1||All Businesses||Closing date for Stage 1 applications (You must have received a confirmation of submission email before the deadline)||19 June 2016 (23:59 BST)|
|Stage 1||Stage 1 entrants||ASOS to confirm to entrants whether they have made it to the "Longlist". This is a list of up to 50 Businesses who have made it past Stage 1.||By 1 July 2016 (23:59 BST)|
|Stage 2||Longlist||Opening date for submission of Stage 2 additional information||4 July 2016|
|Stage 2||Longlist||Closing date for submission of Stage 2 additional information||31 July 2016 (23:59 BST)|
|Stage 2||Longlist||ASOS to confirm to Longlist whether they have made it to the Shortlist||By 19 August 2016 (23:59 BST)|
|Stage 3||Shortlist||Photography shoot at Shortlists’ offices (attended by Key Individuals)||22 August – 2 September 2016|
|Stage 3||Shortlist||Key Individuals of Shortlist to visit ASOS HQ for further photo and video shoot||5 - 9 September 2016|
|Stage 3||Shortlist||Key Individuals of Shortlist to attend ASOS HQ (or another Central London location) for panel session||11 or 12 October 2016|
|Stage 3||Shortlist||ASOS to confirm to Shortlist whether they are Winners||By 14 October 2016|
|Stage 3||Winners||Key Individuals of Winners to attend Winner’s ceremony||19 or 20 October 2016|
All dates are subject to change at ASOS' reasonable discretion.
As seen above, the Competition is divided into 3 stages. This section of the Ts&Cs provides further details on how to submit Your Business's application, the information we will require at each stage, how we will communicate with You, and the key dates. Failure to comply with all of these requirements and requirements in the application form, as well as the dates in the above table, may invalidate Your Business's application.
(a) Stage 1
The Representative will need to complete and submit the application form on the ASOS Fashion Discovery website at www.asosfashiondiscovery.com on behalf of their Business, and have received a confirmation of submission email, by the Stage 1 closing date of 19 June 2016 (23:59 BST).
The application form does not need to be completed in one go – if You want to come back to it later, click “Save For Later”. However, please bear in mind that:
All applications will receive unique account details (either when the Representative clicks “Save For Later” or “Submit”, whichever is first) made up of the Representative email address and a unique reference number. As the Representative, it is Your responsibility to keep all account details confidential, and Your contact details valid/up-to-date, as we will use them to update Your Business on the Competition.
Our Stage 1 judges want to get to know Your Business and its Brand (remember that Your Business's application can only relate to one Brand – see section D above). Make sure You comply with all the instructions in the application form (including word/page/line lengths and format requirements!) and answer all the questions. Please do not send any documents or samples by post – they will not be accepted or returned.
Just a reminder - when filling out the application form, please focus on fashion products sold under the Brand which is the subject of Your Business's application. Information relating to non-fashion products or different Brands will not be taken into account for this Competition.
(b) Confirming the Longlist
After Stage 1 closes, our judges will select up to 50 Businesses to go through to Stage 2 and become the “Longlist”, which will comprise a mix of Brands (i.e. menswear, womenswear, unisexwear, accessories, footwear and/or jewellery etc.) whose application our judges feel most clearly match the criteria set out in section H below. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into relating to their decision.
We will contact the Representatives of all Stage 1 entrants by email by 1 July 2016, to confirm whether or not they are on the Longlist. If You have not heard from us by 1 July 2016 (23:59 BST), it means that Your Business has not been selected for the Longlist. Remember to keep all contact details up to date to make sure Your Business doesn’t miss out. If there are any changes to contact details please let us know at email@example.com and include Your full Business name and unique reference number.
If Your Business is Longlisted, You must respond to us (in the way and by the date specified in our confirmation email), to confirm Your Business's acceptance to proceed to Stage 2. Failure to do so may be taken as Your Business's withdrawal from the Competition and we may not progress Your Business's application to Stage 2.
(c) Stage 2
The Representative of a Longlisted Business will need to complete an additional information form (accessible on the ASOS Fashion Discovery website, using their Business's unique account details), by the Stage 2 closing date of 31 July 2016 (23:59 BST). The Representative should access the form using the unique account details received at Stage 1. The same rules apply in Stage 2 as they did in Stage 1 with regard to saving, partially completing and submitting the additional information form.
The Stage 2 additional information form will request more detailed information about Your Business and Brand. Once again, please make sure You comply with all instructions in the additional information form – in particular, at this Stage certain sections of the form must be completed using specific formats.
Another reminder - when filling out the Stage 2 additional information form, please focus on fashion products sold under the Brand which is the subject of Your Business's application. Information relating to non-fashion products or different Brands will not be taken into account for this Competition.
(d) Confirming the Shortlist
After Stage 2 closes, our judges will select their top 12 Businesses to go through to Stage 3 and become the “Shortlist”. Their selection criteria will be how closely the application meets the criteria set out in section H below. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into relating to their decision.
We will contact the Representative of all Longlisted Businesses by email and/or phone by 19 August 2016, to confirm whether or not they are in the Shortlist. If You have not heard from us by 19 August 2016 (23:59 BST), it means that Your Business has not been selected for the Shortlist.
If Your Business is Shortlisted, You must respond to us (in the way and by the date specified in our confirmation email), to confirm Your Business's acceptance to proceed to Stage 3. Failure to do so may be taken as Your Business's withdrawal from the Competition and we may not progress Your Business's application to Stage 3.
(e) Stage 3
Stage 3 is all about getting to know Your Business and selected Brand even more closely! There will be a few elements…
The Shortlist will be showcased on the ASOS websites (as well as on other ASOS channels including social at ASOS’ discretion). ASOS will build a profile for each Shortlisted Business which will include a short Business/Brand bio and may also include videos, images (e.g. of Key Individuals and Brand’s fashion collection) and links to the Business/Brand’s website and social pages. By entering this Competition, Your Business licenses and consents to ASOS using and editing Your Business's submitted materials as ASOS deems appropriate in order to create the profile, and licenses and consents to ASOS creating hyperlinks between Your Business's profile and Your Business/Brand’s website and social media pages.
In order to build the profile pages and produce other Competition content, we will organise a meeting and photo/video shoot both in the Shortlisted Business's offices and at ASOS HQ (Greater London House, Hampstead Road, London NW1 7FB) between 22 August 2016 and 9 September 2016; so please keep this in mind (and ask the Key Individuals to do the same) when organising Summer breaks!
ASOS will retain ownership and editorial control over the content of Your Business/Brand’s profile page and may, at its discretion, decide whether or not to use the content created at the meetings and shoots. See section K(c) below for more information.
At ASOS, we are all about engaging with our customers and we’d like to see what they think of the Shortlist. We will therefore announce the Shortlist to customers on 19 September and give our customers the opportunity to give feedback on each of the Shortlisted Businesses. Please note that customer feedback will not determine our Winners, although the panel may in its discretion take it into account (as one of many factors – see section H below).
Key Individuals from the Shortlisted Businesses will be required to attend a panel interview (either at ASOS HQ or another Central London location) on 11 or 12 October 2016. A full briefing will be provided in advance, but Businesses should anticipate bringing along samples of the Brand’s current collection(s) that support the Business's application, such as best-sellers, and key / favourite pieces
(f) Announcing the Winners
At the end of Stage 3, the panel will select two Businesses to be the winners of the Competition (“Winners”). The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into relating to their decision.
We will contact the Representatives of all Shortlisted Businesses by 14 October 2016 by email and/or phone and/or letter to confirm whether or not their Business is a Winner. All Winners and Shortlisted Businesses must keep the outcome of the Competition confidential until the Winners' Ceremony (see section K(a) below).
Our Winners will be announced publicly at a Winners' Ceremony on 19 or 20 October 2016 in Central London. Key Individuals from the Winners must be available to attend the Ceremony.
In all 3 stages of the Competition, our judges will be looking for Businesses and their Brand that:
As noted above, our panel may also take into account customer feedback on the final Shortlist, although this will not itself determine our Winners.
At Stage 1 our judges will consist of senior representatives of the ASOS Retail and Fashion teams.
At Stage 2, ASOS Retail and Fashion judges will be joined by representatives from other ASOS business functions including Finance, Legal, Sourcing and Marketing.
At Stage 3, the judging panel will consist of:
At each stage, the judges/panel will also include at least one individual who is independent from ASOS, whose name will be available on request by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “ASOS Fashion Discovery Competition 2016 Independent Judge” in the subject line (the email address will close two months after the Winners' Ceremony).
The two Winners will each win the following prize (“Prize”):
The Winners accept that the extent of all non-financial support, editorial coverage and mentoring support is at ASOS's reasonable discretion and subject to availability. All such assistance must be used within the first 12 months of the Winners' Ceremony.
It’s clearly imperative that our Winners and their collections maintain the same amazing standards throughout the period of them being sold on the ASOS site, as at the date of their winning entries. As a result, if the Key Individuals or key designers leave the Business, the Business must notify ASOS and ASOS reserves the right to reduce the promotion given to those collections.
The ten Shortlisted Businesses who do not become Winners (“Runners-Up”) will each receive the opportunity to trade (rent-free and with a reduced commission rate) as a boutique on the ASOS Marketplace platform for 12 months from the date the Business starts trading on ASOS Marketplace (if the Business already trades on ASOS Marketplace the start date of the Runners-up Prize shall be agreed between ASOS and the Runner-Up) (“Runners-up Prize”). All Shortlisted Businesses that accept the Runners-up Prize must agree to the ASOS Marketplace terms and conditions and such other terms as ASOS may require, acting reasonably.
Please bear in mind the following key conditions which may affect Your Business's decision to enter the Competition:
(a) Legal documents
By entering the Competition, Your Business agrees to sign the following legal documents:
(b) Costs and expenses
ASOS will reimburse the following costs and expenses –
Subject to this, any costs and expenses that You or Your Business incur in entering the Competition (including but not limited to completing the application form, creating Your Business's Content, attending the photo and video shoot, panel interview and the Winner’s Ceremony) shall be at Your Business's own cost and expense. Note that the photography at the video / photo shoots (Stage 3) will be provided by ASOS at its own cost.
Businesses should also be aware that being a supplier to ASOS is likely to involve additional costs, which the Winner will be responsible for. For example, all ASOS suppliers need a public liability insurance policy (of a level acceptable to ASOS) and need to comply with ASOS’ ethical/ CSR, sourcing, and delivery requirements.
ASOS accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from accepting any prize and advises Businesses that independent financial advice be sought in the event of winning.
(c) Intellectual Property
We want Your Business to unleash its creativity but ASOS is a responsible retailer and also believes that it is crucial to respect other people’s creative efforts and Intellectual Property. By entering the Competition and submitting content (including Your Business's Stage 1 and 2 application forms and all attachments/uploads to it) (“Content”) Your Business warrants that:
“Intellectual Property” includes copyright, moral rights, trade marks, business names, domain names, goodwill, design rights, patents, logos, licensing rights, rights of publicity and all other intellectual property rights (whether registered or unregistered, in any part of the world).
By submitting Content, Your Business automatically grants ASOS a worldwide, transferable, sub-licensable (to i-D and/or to any other parties who assist ASOS with its use of the Content in accordance with this paragraph), royalty-free, non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to: (i) use and edit Your Content in perpetuity at our discretion for the purpose of organising and marketing the Competition and for PR relating to the Competition (including as part of the Shortlisted Business profile page), without further reference to You; (ii) to display the Content for the purpose of the Competition in any and all media (including, without limitation, on our social media channels, websites and tangible media) without prior notification; and (iii) (if Your Business is a Winner) to use and edit Your Content to announce and celebrate Your Business as a Winner, including but not limited to promoting the 2017 and any subsequent similar competitions, and to promote Your Business and Your Brand’s collection on our social media channels, websites and other media.
(d) Offensive Content
ASOS wants its customers to look, feel and be their best. Our customers are socially engaged and highly culturally aware. We reserve the right to reject and/or disqualify any Business whose Content or behaviour (whether as a corporate entity, or of Key Individuals or other employees or affiliates), in our reasonable opinion:
Each Business needs to be prepared to share information about its business and Brand with us, particularly at the latter stages of the Competition. We understand that some of this information will be confidential. You agree to highlight and flag up any information which is confidential as part of Your Business's application (at any stage of the Competition). ASOS personnel connected with the Competition and others (e.g. judges and panellists) connected with the Competition take no responsibility for information which is not clearly marked in this way. If the information is marked as confidential, we will take such measures as we consider reasonable to keep it confidential. By entering this competition, Your Business consents to all its Content being viewed by the judges, panel and other ASOS personnel directly involved in the Competition.
(f) Photos/filing consents and publicity
As You will know, ASOS and i-D love to use visual media in their content! As explained above, Key Individuals from the Shortlisted Businesses will be required to participate in a number of photo/video shoots both in their offices and at ASOS HQ as part of Stage 3. We may also photograph / film other elements of the Competition including the panel session. You (and Your Business) agree to ensure that all consents necessary, from all relevant individuals, will have been obtained in advance. For the avoidance of doubt, ASOS will own or have a right to all Intellectual Property rights in such media and shall be entitled to use it in perpetuity at their discretion (without further reference to You, the Key Individuals or Your Business), for example for the purpose of organising and marketing the Competition, and any subsequent similar competitions, and any general PR/ marketing.
By entering the Competition Your Business agrees that, if it is a Winner, Your Business (and its Key Individuals) will be required to participate in such publicity as we deem reasonably appropriate (including and in addition to attending the Winners' Ceremony and interviews/photo-shoots for the ASOS and i-D media channels). We will endeavour to give You as much reasonable notice as possible of these events. Subject to section K(b) and unless otherwise agreed in advance with ASOS at its reasonable discretion, attendance at the events will be at Your Business's cost.
No one likes the small print, but we want You to feel comfortable that we run our competitions properly, fairly - and legally! We also need Your Business to confirm and agree to certain aspects of its participation in this Competition. Please note the following:
Promoter: ASOS.com Limited, Greater London House, Hampstead Road, London NW1 7FB England