A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto your device when you visit a website. It stores information about your visit and allows the website to recognise your device when you visit again. They improve the performance of websites by remembering your preferences or past actions and supply you with adverts that are relevant to you when you visit other sites.
You are able to set the browser on your device to refuse all or some cookies, or to tell you when websites set, or access cookies. If you do refuse or disable cookies, you may find that you are unable to access some parts of our website.
You can delete cookies already stored on your device by referring to the ‘help’ section of your chosen browser. Again, doing this may have a negative impact on the usability of our website.
Links to manage your cookies in the most common browsers are listed below:
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS
If the browser you like to use is not listed above, normally there is a ‘Help’ option on your browser to find out about how it handles cookies, or visit the site you downloaded it from for more information.
We are required to tell you about what cookies our website uses, what they do and why and get your permission to store our cookies on your device.
The categories of cookies we use on our website and the function they perform is listed below:
1. Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around our website and use its features and they cannot be disabled. The law does not require us to ask your permission to use these cookies and they will be placed when you use our website.
2. Analytical/Performance Cookies
These cookies gather information about how you use our website, ie what pages you visit most, how long you stay on them, if you get any error messages and other similar useful data which we use to improve how our website works and make information easier to find. This information is anonymous and we cannot track you individually using these cookies. These cookies are not used to target you with online advertising.
3. Functionality Cookies
These cookies recognise you when you come back to our website. They enable us to potentially personalise our website content just for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
4. Targeting Cookies
These cookies record your visit to our website, what pages you visited and any links that you have followed. We may use this information to make our website and any advertising displayed more relevant to you. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
More information about the cookies we use and the purpose for which we use them are listed below.
Pages on our website may include embedded content (eg videos, images, social media feeds, maps, articles etc). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same was as if you had visited the other website.
It’s important for you to know that we have no access to, or control over the cookies used by these companies or third-party websites. We suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org
Version 1 September 2019