What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files of letters and numbers that are placed and stored on your computer by the websites you use. These files can be read by website servers and can be used to help identify you when you return to a website.
Cookies can either be first-party or third-party cookies. First-party cookies are those placed by our website, whereas third-party cookies are those placed by third parties through, for example, a plugin on our website like Google Maps.
What categories of cookies do we use?
We use the following categories of cookies:
Essential cookies are those which are required for the website (or parts of it) to run. They enable core functionality such as page navigation. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. Essential cookies can be disabled by changing your browser preferences, but this may result in certain parts of the website not working as intended.
Functionality cookies (first-party and third-party)
We use some cookies for enhancing the search functionality on the site. This helps the website remember your selections and makes the search tool easier to use.
The analytical cookies we use contain an ID number which is used to uniquely identify your browser and track each site you visit that has Google Analytics enabled.
Our analytical cookies are operated by Google Analytics and store the following data:
- time of visit, pages visited, and time spent on each page of the website
- interactions with site-specific widgets
- referring site details (such as the URL a user came through to arrive at the website)
- type of web browser
- type of operating system (OS)
- network location and IP address
- document downloads
- clicks on links leading to external websites
- errors when users fill out forms
- clicks on videos
- ‘scroll depth’ (how far you scroll up or down on a page).
They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they’re using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by making sure users are finding what they need easily. If you already have Google Analytics cookies, they will be updated with the latest information about your visit to our website.
What cookies do we use?
Below is a list of all first-party cookies and third-party cookies that we use. The table includes how long each cookie lasts for. Cookies are refreshed when you revisit the website, so a cookie duration will run from the last time you visited our site. If the duration is listed as ‘Session’ this means that the cookie only lasts while you are actively using the site.
How do I change my cookie settings?
If you would like to change your cookie settings you may do so by clicking ‘Set Preferences’ on the cookie banner on our website. You can update your selections at any time by clicking on the ‘c’ icon on the bottom corner of the page. This icon is available throughout our website.
Except in relation to essential cookies, your consent is required for cookies to be placed on your computer and for the use and storage of personal information relating to you provided by the cookies. We will not place any cookies on your computer until you have given consent through our cookie banner or through our cookie preferences control panel (the ‘c’ in the bottom corner of your screen). You may change your cookies preferences at any time by updating your cookie settings.
Where consent is not needed for cookies to be placed on your computer (for example, where a cookie is essential for the operation of our website), the use and storage of any personal information provided by the cookies will be based on legitimate interests. The legitimate interests we are pursuing are the operation of our website and promotion of our business.
Please be aware that if you decide to disable some or all cookies, you may not be able to access or use parts or all of the features of our website and you will not receive a personalised service.
Cookies can also be controlled by your web browser settings. Whether our cookies are used will depend on your browser settings, so you are in control. All browsers allow you to reject and/or delete cookies either one at a time or all at once. The procedure for this depends on the browser you use. To find out more about how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them on various common browsers, please use the following links:
- Internet Explorer – more information
- Chrome – more information
- Firefox – more information
- Safari – more information
- Opera – more information
- iPhone, iPad and other equipment from Apple – more information
- All phones and other equipment on Android – more information
- You may specifically opt-out of data being collected and used by Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
Please note that where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources.
In relation to third-party cookies, you may change your settings by setting your preferences on that third party’s website.