What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is sent by a website server to your browser and stored on your computer. Cookies allow website operators to accumulate useful information, such as whether the computer (or its user) has visited the site before. Cookies are needed for a number of functions which make websites work, or work more efficiently, and they can provide information to website owners about how you use their website. Cookies can also be used to show you adverts that are relevant to you, based on your browsing habits, to personalise your user experience.
We use both persistent cookies (which expire on a specified date) and session cookies (which expire when you close your browser).
The cookies used on this site have been categorised based on definitions given in the ICC UK Cookie Guide. We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
- Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count our website’s 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. We use Google Analytics performance cookies to provide anonymous statistics on how our site is used. Some of our performance cookies may be managed by third parties.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region – or your cookies and marketing preferences).
You decide which cookies we use
We understand that not everyone wants to contribute to statistics on website use, so we will ask you when you first visit our website which types of cookies you want us to use. You can change your preferences at any time by [E.G. GOING TO PREFERENCES PAGE/CLICKING BANNER]. However, please bear in mind that if you don’t allow us to use certain cookies it may prevent you from accessing parts of our website or result in a loss of functionality which degrades your experience of the website.
In addition to telling us your preferences, you can also configure cookie settings in your web browser. You can find out more about how to do this at the following links:
What cookies do we use?
We use the following first party cookies on the website – these are cookies that we send to your browser.
This cookie is used to establish and identify user sessions. It uses a randomly generated ID that allows us to see the routes that visitors take through our website.
These cookies relate to Google Analytics, and they register a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
24 hours – 2 years
Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.
Third Party Cookies
A number of third party cookies are used on our website – these are cookies that are set by external websites.
These cookies are used by Google to remember user preferences across different websites, to maintain security when you are logged in to a Google account and to enable certain features in services such as Google Analytics.
Further information about cookies
There’s a lot of good information about cookies available online. For more information about cookies generally visit allaboutcookies.org.