This Cookies Policy (“Cookies Policy”) also applies to the Site and explains how we use cookies and other similar technologies to collect information about the way you use the Site.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small, often encrypted, text files that are used by websites to perform certain functions.

How do we use cookies?

Information supplied to us using cookies helps us to analyse the profile of our visitors and provide you with a better online experience.

We use cookies to track how you use our Site by providing usage statistics. Cookies are also used to serve ads to you based upon your browsing history and previous visits to the Sites.

Whilst this information on its own does not usually constitute your personal information see our Privacy Policy for examples of the personal information we may collect when you use the Site and further detail on how we process such information), we may combine the information we collect by cookies with the personal information that we have collected from you in order to learn more about how you use our Sites and to improve our Services.

A full list of cookies and how we use them can be found below in the section “Cookies we use”.

How to control and delete cookies

Cookies can be controlled, blocked or restricted through your browser settings. Information on how to do this can be found within the Help section of your browser. All cookies are browser specific. Therefore, if you use multiple browsers or devices to access websites, you will need to manage your cookie preferences across all of these elements.

There are also several online resources that can give you more information on cookies and how you can control them within a variety of different web browsers. You can visit either http://www.aboutcookies.org or http://www.allaboutcookies.org for more information.

If you are using a mobile device to access the Sites, you will need to refer to your handset instruction manual or other help/settings resource in order to find out how you can control cookies on your particular device.

Please note: if you restrict cookies, you may experience a loss of functionality while using the Site.

Cookies we use

We use both session cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your device until you delete them).

We have grouped our cookies into the following categories, to make it easier for you to understand why we need them:

  • Strictly Necessary: these cookies are strictly necessary for the Sites to work properly. They are needed to allow you to move around the Sites and use our features.
  • Functionality: these cookies enable technical performance of our Sites and allow us to ‘remember’ the choices you make and your preferences.
  • Performance/Analytical: these cookies allow us to collect certain information about how you navigate the Sites. They help us to understand which parts of our Sites are interesting to you and which are not as well as what we can do to improve them.
  • Targeting/Advertising: these cookies are used to deliver adverts relevant to an identified machine or other device (not a named or otherwise identifiable person) which are tailored to interests associated with the website activity tied to that machine or device. For example, if a cookie on a third party website recognises that a particular product was purchased from a particular device, that cookie may ‘talk to’ marketing cookies on our Sites to ensure advertisements about similar products displayed on our Sites are accessible from that device. These cookies are also used to limit the number of times a user sees an advertisement as well as to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. They may also remember that the Site has been visited from a device and share that information with marketing organisations. The marketing cookies on our Sites are operated by third parties with our permission. Marketing cookies are used to monitor from which advertising source a user was directed towards our Sites so that we know whether it is worth us investing in that particular advertising source.
Cookie Purpose Expiry
CookieConsent Stores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain 1 year
_ga Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. 1 day
_gat Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate 1 day
_gid Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. 1 day
collect Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behavior. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels. session

These cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our site, track the pages you visit, estimate our audience size and monitor traffic levels and search queries.

Cookies set by third party sites

To enhance our content and to deliver a more enriching online experience for our users, we sometimes embed images and videos from other websites on the Sites.

We currently use and may in future use content from sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. You may be presented with cookies from these third party websites. Please note that we do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should consult the relevant third party website for information on how these cookies are used and how you can control them.
Social Sharing

We may also embed social sharing icons throughout our websites. These sharing options are designed to enable users to easily share our content with their friends using a variety of different social networks. These social sharing sites may set a cookie when you are logged into their service. Please note that we do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should consult the relevant third party website for information on how these cookies are used and how you can control them.

Updates to this Privacy and Cookies Policy

This Privacy and Cookies Policy may be updated regularly as and when new cookies are implemented, or existing cookies removed. If necessary, we will draw the changes to your attention when you next visit the Sites.

We may also update this Privacy and Cookies Policy based upon cookie best practices and both UK and EU legal requirements.

You are encouraged to check back here in order to keep up-to-date with the latest version of this Privacy and Cookies Policy.

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