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General information about cookies
Cookies can most easily be explained as leaving a small trail in your browser confirming where you have been on the internet or navigation from certain emails that you open. Cookies can be useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. They are widely used to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Without cookies, or some other similar method, websites would have no way to ‘remember’ anything about visitors, such as how many items are in a shopping basket or whether they are logged in.
A cookie is a small file typically consisting of a string of letters and numbers that are sent by a web server to a web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer) and stored by the browser. This small file is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies can be used by web servers to distinguish and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and to improve the experience for returning users.
Cookies can be either session cookies or persistent cookies. A session cookie will expire at the end of the user session, effectively when the web browser is closed. A persistent cookie will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until a set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date).
• To recognise your device when you visit our website;
• To improve our website’s usability;
• To analyse the use of our website;
• To identify people to whom we wish to show our advertisements;
• To link to email marketing campaigns;
• To record how many visitors are referred to our site from other sites;
• To improve the security of our website; and
• For the general administration of our website.
Cookies on our website
We use essential and non-essential cookies, session cookies and persistent cookies on this website. Session cookies are those that delete themselves when you leave the site. Persistent cookies are those that last for up to two years after you first visit our website. The specific cookies that we use are set out below:
|Cookie name||Expiration time||Description|
|_ga||2 years||Used to distinguish users.|
|_gid||24 hours||Used to distinguish users|
|_gat_<container-id>||2 years||Used to throttle request rate.|
|allowSiteCookies||1 year||Used to show the cookies message to the user|
Analytics cookies are persistent cookies that allow us to recognise, count the number of visitors, and provide anonymous data about how our visitors use our websites.
Using analytics cookies helps us improve the way our websites work and navigate, ensuring that users are able to find what they are looking for without difficulty. No personally identifiable data is collected about you.
We use Google Analytics Cookies. For further information please click here.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. You can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you decline our cookies, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be. We use a cookies message and if you accept our cookies and continue to use this website the cookies message will not appear again, unless you clear your cookies. If you, or another user of your computer, wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you can do so by altering your browser settings.
Managing and blocking cookies
You can block some or all cookies by activating a setting on your browser. If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our websites. This may impair your ability to fully utilise our websites. Users have control over any non-essential cookies and can access to the website even if they don’t consent to these cookies.
More information about cookies can be found on the website www.aboutcookies.org. This also gives details on how to delete cookies from your device. For information on how to do this on your mobile phone or tablet browser, please consult your device’s manual, or manufacturer.
If you have any questions about our cookies or this cookies policy please contact us by email.
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