Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are sent by a website to a web browser and contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. This enables the website to identify and track the web browser. Cookies can, among other functions, enable a website to recognize a device each time it visits, remember user preferences and recommend content. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, but rather the computer used. However, some cookies will contain personal information such as a username.

By continuing to browse and use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

 

What cookies do we use?

Different cookies do different things and some are essential to the operation of our website whilst others are not. The different types of cookie we use are:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, such as your account, and make use of the various services we offer. Strictly necessary cookies do not gather any information that could be used for marketing purposes and they do not retain information beyond the end of your visit.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how you and other visitors move around our website. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are able to find what they are looking for easily. All information collected by these cookies is aggregated and therefore cannot be used to identify you.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognize you when you return to our website, enabling us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region). The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track browsing activity on other websites.
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visits to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information (in anonymised form) with third parties for this purpose.

To the extent that any personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) is collected through our use of cookies, our Privacy Policy will apply to our processing of that personal information.

 

What about third-party cookies?

Please note that third parties may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies. Such third parties may include, for example, advertising networks, providers of external services like web traffic analysis services and suppliers who assist us by providing CRM services and customer support and helpdesk services.

In particular, our website employs Google Analytics cookies. Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve our website. Google holds this information and provides us with access to it. The lifespan of a Google Analytics cookie depends on what it is and what it is used for. Some expire at the end of your browser session, whilst others can last for up to two years.

You can find out much more about Google Analytics by visiting: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage. The Google Analytics privacy policy can be found at: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/.

 

Can you block or opt out of cookies?

Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser settings to limit or prevent cookies. You can find out how to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. Unless you have adjusted your browser settings so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our website. If you set your browser to not accept cookies, it may result in certain sections of our website not working properly and certain personalised services not being provided to users of your computer. More information about cookies generally can be found at:http://www.allaboutcookies.org/. Please visit the “Manage Cookies” section to find comprehensive information on cookie management and blocking for a wide variety of browsers.