What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. This enables a website to identify and track the website browser and enables the owner or operator of the website to monitor, for example, how many times you visit the website, the pages you go to, traffic data and location data.
There are numerous different cookies which all have different functions. Some are essential to the operation of a website and others are not. These are the different types of cookies:
- Necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical or performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors 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.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our Website enabling us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences.
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests.
Cookies used on our Website
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|Google Analytics Cookies|
|_ga||This Google Analytics cookie is used to distinguish users by storing information anonymously and assigning a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors.||2 years||Non-Essential|
|_gid||This Google Analytics cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website’s performance.||1 day||Non-Essential|
|_gat||This Google Analytics cookie is used to throttle request rate and subsequently limit the collection of data on high traffic sites.||1 minute||Non-Essential|
|test_cookie||This doubleclick.net cookie is used to determine if the user’s browser supports cookies.||15 minutes||Non-Essential|
|_gcl_au||This Google Tag Manager cookie is used to experiment advertisement efficiency of websites.||3 months||Non-Essential|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary||Set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to record the user consent for the cookies in the “Necessary” category.||1 hour||Necessary|
You will note that most of the cookies listed above are ‘third party cookies’, meaning that they are set by third parties and we have no control over them other than allowing them to be served. These named third parties may include, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services.
How to turn off all cookies and consequences of doing so
If you do not want to accept any cookies, you may be able to change your browser settings so that cookies (including those which are essential to the services requested) are not accepted. If you do this, please be aware that you may lose some of the functionality of our Website. For that reason you cannot disable Necessary cookies in our Cookie Preferences tool.
How to manage cookies on our Website
Non-Essential cookies (including Analytic cookies) will not be issued by our Website unless and until you accept them, either by clicking “I Accept” on the banner which appears when you first visit our Website or by enabling those types of cookies using our Cookie Control Tool. You can access our Cookie Control Tool or change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking the cookie icon on the bottom left of your screen.
Changes to this policy
For further information on cookies generally, including how to control and manage them, visit the guidance on cookies published by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.