What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your device (e.g. computer, smartphone or other electronic device) when you use our website.
You can find more information about the types of cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below:
Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies
These are required for the operation of a website. Examples are cookies used for online shopping baskets or to protect against fraud.
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided.
Category 2: Analytical/ Performance Cookies
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance: which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information that these cookies collect is aggregated and, therefore, anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
We currently use Google Analytics and 1and1 to manage and collect analytical data.
Category 3: Functionality Cookies
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will usually last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
Category 4: Targeting Cookies
These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Category 5: Social Media Cookies
These cookies allow you to share what you’ve been doing on the website through social media, such as Facebook or Twitter.
These cookies are not within our control. Please refer to the social media providers’ respective privacy policies for information on how their cookies work.
How to control and delete cookies
If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set on our site (or, indeed, on any other website) you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ for comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer, as well as more general information about cookies.
Be aware that restricting cookies may affect your ability to navigate and use our website.