NEWS UPDATE - Warning to our customers – Potentially Misleading
Please be aware that we are currently in a trade mark dispute which is unfortunately affecting our "Four Seasons Coat" Facebook page. Our "V-Bandz" Trade Mark Registration accidentally lapsed (but be assured that we retain our full unregistered trading rights to the V-Bandz brand). Before we became aware of this lapse, a competitor (Equisafety Ltd) managed to obtain the registration. It has since been used to attempt to stop us trading – without success, except for a temporary take-down of our Facebook page.
We note that what might appear to be a V-Bandz Facebook page has now been set up (https://www.facebook.com/pages/V-Bandz/479007705554325?fref=ts).
We are concerned that this might lead to uncertainty and confusion on the part of some of our customers. We therefore wish to declare that the above Facebook page IS NOT the official V-Bandz Ltd Facebook page and does not represent our company or our authentic quality V-Bandz products in any way whatsoever. Neither do the web domains www.vbandz.co.uk or www.vbandz.com, both of which redirect to the Equisafety Ltd web page (http://www.highvisibility.uk.com/). The correct web address for V-Bandz Ltd is the page you have visited: www.v-bandz.co.uk or v-bandz.com.
The Intellectual Property Office is currently acting on our application to have the Trade Mark Registration obtained by our competitor struck off as "invalid", on the basis that the registration by Equisafety Ltd was contrary to the UK Trade Marks Act. We will then be able to ensure that the V-Bandz mark is once again registered in our name, and our online Facebook presence will then be able to return to normal.
We thank our customers for their loyalty and continued valued business while V-Bandz resolves these difficulties for everyone’s benefit.
Our Facebook is back up- Good News Udate (12th Sept 2014)
The wheels of justice turn very slowiy and our Trade Mark case is still ongoing. However, we have managed to get our Facebook page put back up again. This is our official page and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/vbandz?fref=ts Thank you for your messages of support.
CHEQUERED RANGE UPDATE
We have received updated guidelines nationally from the Police on the styling of the high viz products which Police Forces use. As a result of these clarifications we have decided to withdraw the entire chequered range from sale as we do not want to put our customers in a potential conflict situation with their local Police Force. We understand the Police will be making these guidelines public to riders via press releases in equine magazines. We are sorry if this causes you inconvenience and will do our best to help.
For our customers who have bought these kind of products from us - Please do follow the link below for more information and ways that we can help you. What we do not want is for you to go out not wearing anything high vis but we want you to understand and manage the guidelines. - some of our products are in the "high risk" category.
As a good will gesture so that you do not have to discard items or purchase brand new items again- we are looking at swapping our “PLEASE” waistcoats and amending equine products for you. Please click here for more updated information and ways in which we can help you stay compliant.
Please note that we will only amend or swap products made by V-Bandz (it will have our logo sewn into it) and not products made by any other company.
High Visibility Products for the Rider - Horse - Pet
V-Bandz has been a leading innovator in equestrian high visibility for 10 years. Our product range for the rider has been tested and certified to the European standard of EN1150 (waistcoats and tabards) and EN13356 (accessories such as rider hatbands) which means that you can be sure you are buying a quality product which will last and provide additional safety day and night.
CE-certification is compulsory for all rider high visibility wear - if the item doesn't comply - DON'T BUY! .
Why bother to wear Hi-Viz?
Wearing High Viz means even in the brightest of sunlight you and your horse will be much more visible to drivers. The fluorescent colour is seen by the human eye up to 3 seconds sooner than any other colour, even white. This means that a car travelling at 50mph could see you 250 meters sooner than when you are wearing no hi-viz at all.
Take a look at the pictures below; these were taken on a bright sunny day under the shade of trees.
We are not saying that car drivers cannot see the horse on the left - but they will certainly see the horse on the right first - hence the extra 3 seconds - Keep Safe!