What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded on to your computer or any other device used to visit a website (eg a mobile phone). Cookies are used by many websites to enable the website to work efficiently and to distinguish you from other users in order to improve your browsing experience. For example, cookies can remember your preferences so you do not have to input the same data each time you visit a website, record what you have put in your shopping basket, and count the number of people viewing a website to analyse whether the website is being used or whether the content needs to be updated.
We may use the following types of cookie:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of the Site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of the Site, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/Performance cookies which let us know how visitors use the Site so that we can continue to improve the Site for those using it, eg which pages are most popular and which features are no longer relevant to visitors. These cookies do not collect personal information so you cannot be identified by the information collected. These cookies are operated by a third party on our behalf.
- Functionality cookies allow us to remember your choices and personalise your experience on this Website.
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to the Site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
List of cookies we use
More information on the specific cookies we use on the Site are set out in the table below:
LIST OF COOKIES OPERATED BY THIRD PARTIES ON OUR BEHALF
|Who sets the cookie||Cookie names||Further information|
|Google Analytics||_utma||This cookie keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site containing the cookie, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred.|
|_utmb||This cookie is used to determine the length of your visit, and lets us know when the session started.|
|_utmc||This cookie works in conjunction with _utmb to determine the length of your session and lets us know when your session has ended.|
|_utmd||This cookie is set via Google Analytics.|
|_utmz||This cookie lets us know where you were referred to us from.|
When do our cookies expire?
The lifespan of the cookies we set on the Site ranges from the duration of your current session on the Site to 2 years.
You can adjust your browser settings to block most cookies. The “help” function on your browser should explain how to do this. However, please be aware that if you block all cookies you may not be able to access all of the features on the Site and may experience reduced functionality when using certain parts of the Site.
You can find out more about cookies, including how to disable, enable or delete them, at the following websites:
If you have any questions about our Cookie Usage Policy or complaints please contact us at:
Policy last updated: 10 January 2018