“Cookies” make websites work better and are small text files placed on your computer by websites that hold a piece of information about you or your computer and which are stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies are NOT viruses.
Cookies are split into “First-Party” (those set by our website directly) and “Third-Party”* (those set by partners of our website for example through Google for our website statistics) and are classed as either ‘session cookies’ (only set for that session) or ‘persistent cookies’ (which are stored on your browser between sessions and recognise you on your return). It is important to note that you can disable cookies completely, or just some types of cookies. You can do this in your web browser at any time.
Cookies DO NOT allow us to gather any personal information about you and we do not store any personal information that you provided to us in your cookies. *Third party cookies are set by partners of our websites and we do not control the dissemination of these cookies. For more information about this you will need to refer to the relevant third party website.
We use session cookies on our websites and if you use this site we will send to you the following cookies:
First Party Cookies
Session Cookies – Session cookies allow users to be recognised within a website such the pages they visit within that session. A session cookie only lasts for the duration of users using the website.
|PHPSESSID||We use session cookies to process forms and the search functions.||PHP session (PHPSESSID) is destroyed when the browser is closed (End of user session)|
Cookies set by Third Party sites
Google Analytics Cookies – We use Google Analytics to understand how visitors interact with our website, such as how they found us, how long is spent viewing pages, and what time of day they visited us on. This allows us to improve the visitors’ experience on our websites and to track our marketing efforts.
The purpose of each cookie is explained below.
|__utma||This cookie is used to determine you as a unique visitor to our website and it is updated with each page view. It contains a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to help data validity.||2 years|
|__utmb||This cookie is used to establish and continue a session on our website. Each time a new page is visited, it is updated to expire in 30 minutes (thus continuing your session).||30 minutes|
|__utmc||This cookie is used in conjunction with __utmb to establish and continue a session. Should you choose to close your web browser, this cookie expires – ending your session on our website.||–|
|__utmz||This cookie allows us to track the type of referral that you used to reach our website and the performance it brings to our website. This includes search keyword, a specific marketing campaign and direct traffic.||6 months|
|__utmv||Should we choose to group distinct sets of people, we use this cookie to label visitors that allows us to examine the behaviour of each group in isolation. No personally identifiable information is stored.||2 years|
Note: the expiration length of each cookie is from the time it was last updated on. For more information on the use of Google cookies visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/
You can set your browser options so that you can delete or refuse to accept cookies. To do this you should refer to your browser:
Firefox: For more information go to the Mozilla support page at http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Deleting%20cookies#w_delete-all-cookies
Safari: For more information go to the Apple support page at http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Safari/3.0/en/11471.html
In Internet Explorer you must manually delete cookie files. For more information please go to the Microsoft support page http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-vista/Delete-your-Internet-cookies
Chrome: For more information go to the Google Chrome support page athttps://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647&p=cpn_cookies
For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will have to refer to the handset manual and/or the manufacturer.