Complaints Procedure
1. Introduction

1.1 - This procedure includes all products and services provided by Beach View Glass Ltd directly or indirectly through contractors appointed by  Beach View Glass Ltd to carry out a service for them.
1.2 - Application – It applies to all managers and employees of
Beach View Glass Ltd .
1.3 - It is not intended to preclude external bodies (ie DGCOS) from becoming involved in exchanges of correspondence or verbal discussion where such action is considered to be materially relevant to any investigation into a complaint and its outcome.
1.4 - Publication – This procedure has been published on Beach View Glass Ltd  website
1.5 - The Beach View Glass Ltd  Complaints Procedure is a distinct, but integral part of our Customer Care Policy.
1.6 - This Complaints Procedure sets out the stages and timescales involved in handling any complaint.
2. Aim
2.1 - The procedure seeks to create a positive approach to complaints. Beach View Glass Ltd  like to view them as a valued means to continuously review our products and service offered. This includes all products and services offered by               Beach View Glass Ltd  
2.2 - Beach View Glass Ltd  continues to be committed to providing a service commensurate with over 30 years experience in the window industry above and beyond the requirements of the agencies we are members of.
3. Objectives

3.1 - Provision of an effective means for customers to comment if they are in any way dissatisfied.
3.2 - All complaints to be dealt with in an efficient and courteous manner.
3.3 - To maintain records of complaints made so that regular reviews can be produced for internal monitoring and effecting of services and products
3.4 - A clearly defined procedure to enable any customer to feel confident in making a complaint and the way that Beach View Glass Ltd  will deal with it.
3.5 - Customer Service Administrators have responsibility to ensure complaints are dealt with promptly, efficiently and in a positive manner.
3.6 - Customer Service Manager over-seeing the continued development of staff and ensuring continued improvements in the Service we offer our customers. This includes reporting to colleagues at monthly meetings and reporting any areas of concern to members of The Board for discussion and approval of any suggested improvements.
3.7 - The overall benefits of our complaints procedure are:-

    Clear instruction as to how to make a complaint
    What will happen on receipt of a complaint
    What  Beach View Glass Ltd valued customers can expect to happen as a result of a complaint
    What they should do if they are not happy with Beach View Glass Ltd response.

4. Definition

4.1 - For the purpose of this procedure a complaint is defined as:-
    An expression of dissatisfaction by one or more of Beach View Glass Ltd customers about a lack of action on the part of Beach View Glass Ltd   employees , or about the standard of product or service they have received from Beach View Glass Ltd.

4.2 - It is for the customer to decide whether they are expressing dissatisfaction or not. If they are this is classified as a complaint. Some important things to remember are:

    Reporting a fault or a problem is not necessarily a complaint. This would be considered a request for service. We have a separate procedure for this.
    An example of such a fault would be an opening sash on a window not closing correctly. It is understood that a customer will accept that through use a fault can occur which their guarantee will cover.

4.3 - Complaints can be made to Beach View Glass Ltd   using various methods available to them dependant on preference and circumstance. Complaints can be made in writing via e-mail, fax or letter or a visit to Beach View Glass Ltd  Head Office.

5. Who can complain
5.1 - For the purpose of this procedure a Customer is a Direct Retail Customer of  Beach View Glass Ltd  or a Developer, Social or Private Landlord. A unique contract reference is issued to Beach View Glass Ltd  customers on confirmation of their contract and should be quoted in all communications (A person who is in receipt of our product or services via a Social or Private Landlord or developer should report any fault or complaint through them using their own complaints procedure).
5.2 - Any customer or someone acting with their authority can use this complaints procedure.
5.3 - Anonymous complaints received by any means mentioned in this procedure will be acted upon at the discretion of  Beach View Glass Ltd Managers with Directors approval.
5.4 - A member of the public who has been directly or indirectly affected by the actions or lack of action by a Beach View Glass Ltd  Employee.

6. Equal Opportunities

All complaints are dealt with equality in line with our Equal Opportunities Policy available on request from our Head Office.

7. Consumer Rights

Our Complaints procedure does not affect a customers statutory rights as a consumer.

8. How To Complain
8.1 - A customer or their representative (with their specific authority) wishing to make a complaint can do so in writing, (by e-mail, letter or fax). Wherever possible a customer should address it to the department the complaint is in reference to or our  Managing Director.
8.2 - A complaint can be made in writing by letter, fax or e-mail

8.3 - A member of the public who wishes to make a complaint about any action or lack there of by Beach View Glass Ltd  , its employees or contractors should follow the same procedure 8.1-8.2.
9. How Complaints are Handled
9.1 - Receipt and acknowledgement of complaints (Stage 1 – Informal):
    Complaints received by any of the methods under subheading 8 will be acknowledged in writing within 5 working days. This acknowledgement will include information as which department or employee will be dealing with the complaint. This is Stage 1.
    All complaints are recorded and where possible a digital copy attached to our company database on the customers unique record. Complaints received from a member of the public is kept and reviewed using a system of internal form updating progress with the complaint.
    An attempt will be made to deal with complaints within 14 days of receipt, coming to a quick, informal and mutually agreeable resolution by an appropriate manager or employee within the department concerned.

9.2 - Stage 2 – Formal Investigation

    If a complaint has not been resolved or the complainant is still dissatisfied following Stage 1 it will be investigated formally.
    The Customer Service Manager will make further investigations with the department involved and aim wherever possible for a resolution and/or full response in writing within 14 days from the previous communication.
    Further verbal and written communications may follow the afore mentioned 14 day period including possible site visits by appropriate managers until a mutually satisfactory resolution is reached. Records will be kept at all times during this stage on/in the customers unique customer records.

9.3 - Stage 3 – Ensuring Resolution

    If the complainant still remains dissatisfied following Stage 2  may involve DGCOS conciliation service. This is a free service provided to members and its customers. In the event we chose to move in this direction the results and communications and any records of appointments etc between the complainant and Beach View Glass Ltd  will be forwarded to DGCOS so that they are made fully aware of the history of said complaint.
   DGCOS  will advise Beach View Glass Ltd  and the complainant independently but co-ordinate to ensure that a complaint is satisfied with a mutually agreeable resolution.