What Are Cookies? What is a Cookie?

Cookies are small files which are stored on a user's computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.

Why do we use cookies?

There are many reasons for a website to use cookies. Anything from allowing you to login to a secure area of a website, to remembering your name or favourite colour for next time you visit the site. Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website in order to provide increased functionality and service. This not only helps us to provide you with a better experience, but also to help us improve our website and services. Unless you have adjusted your web browser settings (if and where possible) to refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our website or related online services. However in doing so, you may find that certain functionality or services may be impaired or unavailable to you. The cookies we use only contain anonymous information to improve the services we offer, and do not contain personal information. It is also important to point out that not all cookies used by this website are created by us.

What cookies do we use?

The cookies we use are generally only to provide functionality or analytical services.

Analytical cookies:

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website, discover how visitors move around our website, and to track the content that visitors view and are interested in. This helps us to tailor the content we provide and make sure we offer more of what our visitors want, and less of what they don't want. Without this information we would have to rely on you, the visitor, contacting us and letting us know if you don't like something, or if you want to see more of a particular type of content. Analytics does this automatically, all without personally identifying who you are.

Cookies and Personal Data

Cookies used do not contain personal data. The cookies contain only a unique number and, in case of multi variate testing, a number indicating which version of the website has been presented and when that occurred.

Removing cookies

You can withdraw your consent and remove or block cookies at any time using the settings in your browser, but in some cases, this may impact your ability to use our website.