Privacy and Cookies
first visit our website.
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you
agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a
particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application
can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information
about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about
webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this
information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you
find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information
about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can
usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. To find out more about cookies,
Cookies do not typically contain any information that identifies a user, but other information that we
hold about you may be linked to the information stored in, and obtained from, cookies.
- Strictly necessary - These cookies are essential for certain features of our websites to work
These cookies do not record identifiable personal information and we do not need your consent to
place these cookies on your device. Without these cookies some services you have asked for cannot be
- Performance - These cookies are used to collect anonymous information about how you use our
websites. We use Google Analytics to help us understand our website and how the website it used, and
to understand how effective our advertising is. We use this information to help us improve our
websites and digital advertising. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate
- Functionality - These cookies are used to provide services or remember settings to enhance
your visit, for example text size or other preferences. The information these cookies collect is
anonymous and does not enable us to track your browsing activity on other websites.
- Targeting and Advertising - These cookies are used by trusted third parties 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.
Information contained in these cookies is anonymous and doesn't contain your personal information.
To find out more about cookies used for targeting and advertising follow www.youronlinechoices.com and www.networkadvertising.org.
- Session Cookies and Persistent Cookies - Session cookies expire when you close your browser
or if you stay inactive for a certain time. Persistent cookies will persist even after the browser
is closed. They are used to remember you so that you don’t have to re-enter, for example, log-in
information every time you revisit our website.
- Managing cookies - If you'd prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies placed by our
website, you can use your browser to do this. Each browser is different, so check the 'Help' menu of
your particular browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences. If you choose to disable all
cookies we cannot guarantee the performance of our websites and some features may not work as
If you are concerned about cookies tracking your online movements then you may be concerned about
spyware. Spyware is a particular type of cookie that tracks personal information about you. There are
antispyware programs available that you can use to prevent this.
The BBC has useful information on this subject at:
You can also disable Google Analytics on all websites by downloading the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser
Add-on. Just type "Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on" into your web browser to read about these