About cookies and the cookies we use
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is contained within your internet browser or stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is used to track your activity within our website. They do not contain any personal information and are used to identify visitors anonymously.
Some cookies are referred to as ‘strictly necessary cookies’. These are essential cookies that are required for the operation of certain websites. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of a website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
Other cookies are sometimes referred to as ‘functionality cookies’. These are used to recognise you when you return to a website. This enables website owners to personalise content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences, for example, your choice of language or region.
There are also cookies known as ‘targeting cookies’. These cookies record your activities within a website and they uses the information collated to make advertising more relevant to your interests. Website owners may also share this information with third parties for targeted advertising purposes. We never directly use targeting or advertising cookies.
We use the following cookies:
Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors we receive 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.
Session Cookies. We use session cookies to remember that users have logged into our secure members area. These cookies expire when you close your browser window.
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.
More information about cookies
The following website links provide more information about cookies, their usage and how to restrict or block them using your web browser.
The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. Information about the regulation of cookies the EU Cookie Law (e-Privacy) can be found on their website.
Wikipedia – Cookies: Wikipedia is the worlds largest online encyclopaedia. Please refer to the Wikipedia Cookies article for more detailed information about cookies and their usage.