General information

  • A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier, that is sent to your browser from a website's computer and stored on your computer or mobile device.
  • Each website can send its own cookie or cookies to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.
  • Many sites save cookies whenever a user visits their website in order to:
    • Provide website personalisation (for example: saving preferences such as font size, accessibility features, template versions etc.)
    • Save data or user’s decisions (for example: removing the need to enter login and password on every website, remembering a login during for the next visit, keeping information on products added to a shopping cart)
    • Social website integration (for example: displaying your friends, fans or post publishing on Facebook or Google+ directly from the website)
    • Adjusting adverts that are display on the website
    • Creating website and flow statistics between different websites
    • track online traffic flows
  • Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these, of course, means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided and you may not be able to take full advantage of all of the features of our websites. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
  • In the UK, website users must be given the option to agree to accept the use of cookies. This is normally achieved through their internet browser settings and by making it clear in policy statements that cookies are used, giving users the opportunity change their internet browser settings, or even avoid websites if they don't want to have certain cookies stored on their computers.
  • You can clear cookies stored by your browser e.g. by using one of its menu options or a third party add-in. In the case of Chrome, click on the padlock symbol to the left of the website address (URL) and click on the 'Cookies' option.
  • Here you can find a link to an article showing how to manage the cookie settings for a range of popular internet browsers, including some on mobile devices.
  • For further information, please refer to your browser's 'Help' documentation.

There are too many combinations of computing devices and software installed on them for us to provide clear guidelines on cookie management and settings. We suggest that you try selecting your browser's "Tools" or "Settings" menu option and find the section that corresponds to the configuration settings for cookies or for the management of privacy. Detailed information is usually provided by the manufacturer of the device or browser via a help page or on their website.

Our use of cookies

  • During the course of any visit to our websites, the pages you see are downloaded to your computer. In addition we may download cookies.
  • Information supplied by cookies can help us to provide you with a better online user experience and assist us to analyse the profile of our visitors. For example: you need to allow the session cookie to be able to send us a message via the contact form or login to a client account (if you have one).
  • This site uses the following cookies:
    1. A cookie identified by 32 random characters e.g. something like: a49203f5683c1589e5d61feb1ff5fc0c
      This is a session cookie for encrypted sessions that expires at the end of your session.
    2. coookieconsent_status
      An e-privacy cookie that records your response (decline or accept) to the alert that appears at the bottom of the screen.  This cookie is required to enable us to comply with the current cookie regulations.  You can change its value via the cookie options that appear when you first view the website or when you click the 'cookie options' button at the bottom left corner of the screen.

Use of cookies for advertising

  • We do not use cookies for advertising or marketing purposes
  • Third party vendors, including Google, may use cookies to serve advertisements based on users' prior visits to websites, including our websites.
  • Google's use of cookies and other technologies enables it and its partners to serve advertisements to you based on your visit(s) to our websites via their search engine and/or other sites on the Internet.
  • You can learn more about Google's advertising practices within the Advertising section of their Privacy Policy.
  • You can learn more and possibly opt out of a third-party vendor's use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Consumer Opt-Out page.

For further information about our use of your data, please see our Privacy Notice.

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