Companies and other commercial organisations, with an interest in developing value added products and services based on BGS data, can apply to become a value added reseller (VAR). This business arrangement allows organisations with the appropriate expertise and business knowledge to meet user requirements in niche markets, especially those that the BGS does not intend to address directly. It expands the use of BGS data into new markets by broadening and deepening the user base. Under trading activities compliant with the IFTS it also provides the opportunity for the reuse of public sector information for commercial purposes.
BGS data supplied to a VAR may only be used for the development, marketing and supply of the products or services defined in the specific VAR Agreement. Any other use of BGS's datasets are catered for under usual licensing arrangements.
Access to BGS data for product or service evaluation purposes, prior to becoming a VAR, is possible under a memorandum of understanding (MoU). These agreements permit testing and evaluation of samples of BGS data by the MoU holder on an internal basis only. BGS datasets being considered by the MoU holder for incorporation in commercial products or services will then be made available under a VAR agreement.