Privacy and cookies

What are cookies

Cookies enhance your experience using our website. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. Please visit cookiepedia.co.uk/all-about-cookies for more information on cookies.

They are widely used in order to make websites work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

We use cookies to audit the use of our website and help us to customise the website for your visit.

We do not store or transmit any personally identifiable data on these cookies. You can change your cookie setting at any time in the security settings in the browser you use to access the internet.

Please note however, that rejecting all cookies may impact your enjoyment or use of this website.

What cookies do

Depending on who sets them, how long they last and what they are for, cookies can be one or more 'type':

  • strictly necessary cookies enables you to move around a website and use its core features
  • performance cookies collect information about how you use the website
  • functionality cookies allows the website to remember choices you've made and provide a more enhanced, personalised service
  • targeting and tracking cookies are used to deliver more relevant advertising
  • session cookies are temporary and normally deleted when you close your browser, they help you complete tasks online, for instance remembering your details when you complete forms or remembering recent search terms
  • persistent cookies are stored for a fixed period of time and recognise if you've visited a website before or previously set any preferences, they also collect visitor statistics
  • first party cookies are set directly by the website you're visiting and the information is only used by that website
  • third party cookies are set by a different website or organisation to the one you're currently using and the data the collect may be shared

Managing cookies

You do not have to allow cookies to be placed on your machine.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings.

You can set your browser to notify you before receiving a cookie so that you can decide whether to accept it or you can refuse all cookies although this can adversely affect the operation of some websites.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, please visit the All about cookies website.

If you refuse to accept a cookie it will not prevent you from using the website.

Cookies we use on our website

Cookie name - CookieConsent
Purpose - strictly necessary. Stores the user's cookie consent state for the current domain
Duration - one year

Cookie name - TestCookie
Purpose - functionality cookie which allows the website to remember choices you've made and provide a more enhanced, personalised service
Duration - temporary and normally deleted when you close your browser

Cookie name - WAAKwCx482OMb419
Purpose - functionality cookie which allows the website to remember choices you've made and provide a more enhanced, personalised service
Duration - temporary and normally deleted when you close your browser

We use Google Analytics to measure user interactions on our website. This provides us with information about the page visited, for example the URL of the page. This information is used to anonymously evaluate your use of our website and compile reports for us on website activity, which we use to improve the information and design of the site.

We also collect demographic information, however collected and anonymised data cannot identify individuals or personal details. For more information please visit Google Analytics cookie usage on websites and the Google privacy policy

Cookie name - _ga
Purpose - statistics. Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website
Duration - two years

Cookie name - _gid
Purpose - statistics. Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website
Duration - one day

Cookie name - _gat
Purpose - statistics. Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate
Duration - one minute

Cookie name - ads/ga-audiences
Purpose - marketing. Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor's online behaviour across websites
Duration - temporary and normally deleted when you close your browser

Information on our privacy notice

To find out more information on the law on cookies please visit The ePrivacy Directive and the Information Commission's Office website.