Cookies are small text files placed on your device when you visit a website or application. Your web browser (such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) then sends these cookies back to the website on each subsequent visit so that they can remember things like preferences.
Cookies are very useful and do lots of different jobs. For example, they enable you to move between our web pages efficiently, they remember your preferences when you visit us again and generally improve your experience when browsing with us.
Cookies last for different lengths of time depending on the job they do. We use session cookies and performance cookies:
Session cookies only last for your online session and disappear from your device when you close your browser. These cookies will NOT be used to:
• Gather information that could be used to advertise products or services to you
• Remember your preferences or username beyond your current visit.
Performance cookies stay on your device after the browser has been closed and last for the period of time specified in the cookie. On our website we use Google Analytics, to collect information about how you use our website and our WordPress blog. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. These cookies are essential to us being able to operate and maintain our 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. For more information, please see Google’s Overview of privacy and safeguarding data. By deleting these cookies we cannot guarantee how our site will perform for you.
We use performance cookies to:
• Provide statistics on how our website is used
• See how effective our adverts are (we don’t use this information to target adverts to you when you visit other websites)
• Help us improve the website by measuring any errors that occur
• Test different designs of our website
These cookies will NOT be used to:
• Gather information that could be used to advertise products or services to you on other websites
• Remember your preferences or username beyond your current visit
• Target adverts to you on any other website
Managing your cookies
There are ways you can control and manage cookies on your device. Please remember that any settings you change will not just affect the cookies we use. These changes will apply to all websites you visit (unless you choose to block cookies from particular sites).
Managing cookies in your browser
Most browsers will allow you to choose the level of privacy settings you want. You can block all cookies, or accept all cookies or pick a setting somewhere in between. This range lets you control your cookie settings, so you can:
• See what cookies you’ve got and delete them on an individual basis
• Block third party cookies
• Block cookies from particular sites
• Block all cookies from being set
• Delete all cookies when you close your browser
Deleting cookies means that any preference settings you have made on a website will be lost. If you have set your preferences to opt out of cookies, this setting will be lost too, as that information is stored in a cookie. Blocking all cookies means functionality on our website will be lost, as described above. We don’t recommend turning all cookies off when using our website.
Changing your cookie settings
If you want to reduce your cookie settings at any time – for example, if you accept all cookies, but later decide you don’t want a certain type of cookie – you will need to use your browser settings to remove any third party cookies dropped on your previous visit.
Find out how to manage your cookies using the most popular browsers below.