How Cookies Benefit You
Our cookies help us to:
- Make our website work as you’d expect
- Save you having to login every time you visit the site
- Remember your settings during and between visits
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Understand generally how many people are visiting the site and what pages they visit.
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- Pass data to advertising networks
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
- Pay sales commissions
More about our Cookies
Our cookies are listed below grouped by category and with details of what they do and their expiry times.
Category 1 – Strictly necessary cookies that enable services you have specifically asked for
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.
(this is an example, it changes for each browser session)
|Used for basic usability for guests and logged in users.||Session (when you close your browser)|
Category 2 – Performance cookies
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
|_cookieok||Used to indicate you have seen the cookie warning message.||2 years|
|_utma||Google Analytics cookie used to determine unique visitors to our site.||2 years|
|_utmb||Google Analytics cookie used to measure if user is still using the site.||When there have been no page updates for 30 minutes.|
|_utmc||Google Analytics cookie similar to _utmb. Still set but only used in Google’s older ‘urchin’ tracking code.||30 minutes|
|_utmz||Google Analytics cookie used to store how the visitor came to the site. (directly, via a referring site link, a website search or an advert or email campaign.||6 months|
|Note: Google explicitly say their cookies do not collect personal data about website visitors. See Cookies and Google Analytics|
Category 3 – Functionality cookies – these remember choices you make to improve your experience.
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located.
These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
|This site does not use Category 3 cookies|
Category 4 – targeting cookies or advertising cookies that collect information about your browsing habits.
These cookies are used 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. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
|This site does not use Category 4 cookies|