Last updated 13 January 2021
Like most websites, we use ‘cookies’ to collect anonymous statistics about how people use the site and to help us keep it relevant for you. Cookies ‘remember’ bits of information from your visit to the site.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a simple text file that’s stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server. Only that server can retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.
Each cookie is unique to your web browser. So if we put a cookie on your computer, it can’t be read by any other website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.
Cookies set by us (the website owner) are called “first-party cookies”. Cookies set by anyone else other than the website owner are called “third-party cookies”. Third-party cookies enable features or functionality to be provided by another provider on or through the website (like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The companies that set these third-party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.
We use first- and third-party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our website to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance their experience on our website. Third-parties serve cookies through our website for advertising, analytics and other purposes.
We use two types of cookie:
‘Session cookies’ last as long as your current visit to the site, or for up to a limited amount of time if you keep the site open without using it. They mean you don’t have to keep re-submitting information as you move through the site or carry out transactions.
‘Persistent cookies’ remember information from previous visits, for example, names and details for online forms. They are used to collect anonymous statistics about how many people use the site and to maintain any settings (such as accessibility) you have changed.
Categories of Cookies
The specific types of first and third-party cookies served through our website and the purposes they perform are described below:
Essential website cookies:
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features.
Analytics and customisation cookies:
These cookies collect information that is bundled together to help us understand how our websites are being used, or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customise our website for you.
These cookies enhance the functionality of a website but are not classed as strictly essential for the website to work.
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited
How to disable Cookies
If you do not want to accept cookies, you can change your browser settings so that cookies are not accepted. If you do this, please be aware that you may lose some of the functionality of this website.
The following links provide information on how to modify the cookies settings on some popular browsers:
To opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.