These are small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience.
Cookies retain your user preferences, and provide anonymous tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.
As a general rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better.
If you prefer, you can disable cookies on this site, and others.
The easiest way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser settings.
If you agree, then this will be remembered the next time you visit our site.
A cookies is a file that contains an identifier (this is a string of letters and numbers)
which is sent by a server to web browsers and is stored by the browser.
This identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from that server.
These cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate around the site,
and can identify users that return to a website.
Cookies are either ‘persistent cookies’ or ‘session cookies.
Persistent cookies are text files sent from the web server to the web browser, which is then stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date. (Unless its deleted by the user before this).
Session cookies, do exactly what they say, they are valid for the length of the session,
at the end of the user session the cookies are deleted. (Or when the web browser is closed).
We use both types of cookies on our website.
Cookies do not contain any information that would personally identify you,
but personal information that we have about you, may be linked by us, to the information stored in the cookies,
so we have an overall idea of you user preferences, and how you are using the site.
We may also this information to:
1. Recognise your computer when you visit the website.
2. Track you as you navigate around the site.
3. Improve our website usability.
4. Analyse the use of our website generally.
5. To personalise our website.
Third Party Cookies
You may also be sent third party cookies when you use our website.
These may come from our service providers for example, and they may use the information they obtain from their cookies.
(You would have to agree to consent prior to this, so you can opt out).
They may use this information to:
1. Track your browsing habits across multiple website.
2. Target advertisements based on your viewing habits.
In addition to this we also use Google Analytics on our website,
this helps us to analyse the usage of our website, and monitor the number of visitors we receive.
You can block cookies in most browsers via your settings.
1. Internet Explorer, you can refuse all cookies from ‘Tools’, ‘Internet Options’, ‘Privacy’ and selecting ‘Block All Cookies’.
2. Firefox, you can block cookies by going to ‘Tools’, ‘Options’, and de-selecting ‘Accept Cookies from Sites’.
Blocking all cookies can have a negative impact on your user experience of the site.
You can delete cookies that are already stored on your computer.
1. Internet Explorer, you have to manually delete cookies files in your settings.
2. Firefox, cookies can be deleted by ‘Tools’, ‘Options’, and ‘Setting’, and then selecting ‘Clear Private Data’. This then allows cookies to be deleted when you clear your private data in the settings.
You can find out more information about cookies here: https://www.gov.uk/support/cookies