Cookie Policy

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. Cookies also allow us to count unique visitors, and see how they use the website, e.g. to help us improve how easily users can find what they are looking for.

If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

Some websites will use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your location and/or browsing habits. Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).

What is in a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.

Cookies may also store your IP address or other information about your device.

What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set

Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing. Although this is generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website.

How can I control cookies?

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

Please note that if you disable the use of Cookies on this website some functionality such as navigation may not work as intended.

For information about controlling cookies on the browser of a mobile device, please refer to your device manual.

Cookies in emails

We also use cookies and similar technologies in some emails. These tell us whether you open an email and how you interacted with it. If you have enabled images, cookies may be set on your computer or device. Cookies will also be set if you click on any link within the email. The technology types we use are:

  • Web beacons: tiny, invisible images placed in emails to tell us whether you open them (and if so how often), how you interact with them (for example the time you spend reading the email), which email software and web browser you used, which device you used and your IP address. We also use web beacons to help us display emails in the best format for your device.
  • Link tracking: our emails contain several hyperlinks, each with a unique tag. When you click on a link the mailing company logs the click so that we can understand who has clicked through from an email to our website. We use this information to tailor future messages to you.
  • Cookies: our process for delivering emails may cause cookies to be set when you download images or when you click on a link.

How to control email cookies

If you don’t want to accept cookies from our emails, just close the email before clicking on any links or downloading any images. You can also alter your browser settings to restrict or reject cookies. These settings will apply to all cookies on websites and emails.

Depending on your email or browser settings, cookies in an email may be automatically accepted, e.g. if you’ve added an email address to your address book or safe senders list. Check your email browser or device instructions for more information.

Third party cookies

We sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as Pexels, Pixabay and YouTube and pages with this embedded content may present cookies from these websites. Similarly, when you use one of the share buttons on our website, a cookie may be set by the service you have chosen to share content through.

We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and your acceptance of our cookie policy includes these 3rd party cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these. We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).

You can usually disable third party cookies by going to that third party’s website and opting out. Note that if you opt out of third party advertising cookies, you will still see advertising when using the website, however that advertising will not be tailored to you.