What's a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded to your computer that gives you a more personalised experience when using our website. They are not harmful and are not used to identify you personally.
For example, a cookie can record certain information about a visitor to a website to tailor their options for when they next visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
Most internet browsers will allow you to turn off cookies if you wish, you should refer to the Help guide of your browser to learn how to do this. But please remember that disabling or blocking cookies may impact your ability to use websites and the services that they offer.
Some tools you may find useful for working with cookies:
- Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on - https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
- Your Online Choices - http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/
To learn more about cookies visit:
All about Cookies - http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
Types of Cookies
These are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
A persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.
Cookies can also be categorized as follows
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.
Other types of Cookies or third parties that install Cookies
Some of the services listed below collect statistics in an anonymized and aggregated form and may not require the consent of the User or may be managed directly by the Owner - depending on how they are described - without the help of third parties.
Cookies We Use
These help to make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies:
These allow a website to remember information that changes the way the site behaves or looks. Without these cookies a website should still work but the experience may be less functional:
These are used to track visitors to a website with the intention or displaying advertisements that are relevant to the user, these may include cookies set and collected by our third-party advertisers or providers: