What is a Cookie?
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites that 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.
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.
If you don’t want to receive certain categories of cookies on this website, you can change your cookie settings via your browser; your browser help function will 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.
Note: This website does work without cookies, but you will lose some features and functionality if you choose to disable cookies.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|Cookie Name||Cookie Type||Purpose||Provider|
|ASPSESSIONID||Strictly Necessary||This temporary, session cookie is used to identify you as a user between page loads. It is needed if you log in to member-only areas. This cookie is destroyed each time you close your browser.|
|_utma||Analytical / Performance Cookies||This cookie helps us determine the number of unique visitors to our website.||Google Analytics|
|_utmb||Analytical / Performance Cookies||This cookie helps us to record the length of individual sessions from our users on our website. Each time you move to a new page within our website, within 30 minutes of arriving the cookie updates so that we know that you are still actively using our website within a single session.||Google Analytics|
|_utmc||Analytical / Performance Cookies||This cookie helps us to record the length of individual sessions on our website.||Google Analytics|
|_utmz||Analytical / Performance Cookies||This cookie helps us determine the referral method for people visiting our website. This helps us to analyse the traffic arriving at our website and to determine which are the most popular routes (e.g. direct, search engine, email, link).||Google Analytics|
Third Party Cookies
To enhance our content, we sometimes embed photos, video and social media content from websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. 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. This web site does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.