Protecting and managing your online privacy
By using this website (through any device) you agree that this Cookies Policy applies to that use in addition to any other terms and conditions which may apply.
We reserve the right to make changes to our Cookies Policy. Any such changes shall appear here and become effective immediately. Your continued use of our websites is taken as meaning that you agree to any such changes.
What are cookies?
What is a cookie?
Cookies are files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to the device you use when you visit a website. These cookies can then be sent back to the originating website, or a another website that recognises the cookie, on each subsequent visit. Cookies can do lots of different and useful jobs, such as remembering your login details when you’re accessing securer areas, remembering your preferences and generally improving your online experience.
There are different types of cookies and they all work in the same way, but have some minor differences:
Session cookies last only for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. These facilitate various tasks such as allowing a website to identify that a user of a particular device is navigating from page to page, supporting website security, allow you to log in and stay logged in for the duration of your visit and can sometimes be necessary for some basic functionality.
Many of the cookies we use are session cookies. For example, they help us to ensure the security of your session when logging in or submitted information to us.
Our session cookies used for security are designed to be very difficult to read, change, access or use except by us when you have an active session. They contain no personal information so you cannot be identified in any way from these types of cookies.
Persistent cookies last after you have closed your browser and these can allow a website to remember your actions and preferences from a previous session(s). Sometimes persistent cookies are used by websites to provide targeted advertising based upon the browsing history of the device.
We use persistent cookies in a few ways, for example, to remember your username so you don’t have to. We also use persistent cookies to allow us to analyse customer visits to our site. These cookies help us to understand how customers arrive at and use our site so we can improve our service.
For full details about our cookies, we’ve put together a list of the cookies we use.
First and third party cookies
Whether a cookie is a first or third party cookie depends on which website the cookie comes from. First party cookies are those set by or on behalf of the website visited. All other cookies are third party cookies. We use both first party and third party cookies, which you can read more about in our list of the cookies that we use.
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, and ensuring the security of your online experience. Without these cookies services you have asked for, such as applying for products and services, cannot be provided. These cookies don’t gather information about you for the purposes of marketing.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a web site, for instance which pages visitors go to most often and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor although they may collect the IP address of the device used to access the site together with the type and version of the browser used. All information these cookies collect is anonymous and is only used to improve how a website works, the user experience and to optimise our advertising. By using our websites you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device, however you can block these cookies using your browser settings.
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name). They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as watching a video. The information these cookies collect is anonymised (i.e. it does not contain your name, address, contact details, etc.) and they do not track your browsing activity across other websites. By using our websites you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device, however you can block these cookies using your browser settings.
These cookies collect several pieces of information about your browsing habits. They are usually placed by advertising networks. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as media publishers. By using our websites you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device, however you can block these cookies using your browser settings.
Cookies we use
Below is a full list of the cookies used or that may be used by us along with a description of what they are used for.
||This cookie contains an encryption of the users Google account ID. If the user is not logged into Google, the cookie’s value is “NO_DATA”, and the cookie is set to expire in 12 hours.
||The _utma cookie is part of Google analytics, and is primarily used to track visits to any site which uses Google analytics. _utma stores the number of visits made from your device, the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. This cookie does not contain any personal information other than the IP address of your device. This is a third party cookie.
|_Utmb and _Utmc
||The _utmb and _Utmc cookies are part of Google analytics. _utmb and _utmc are used to check approximately how long you stay on any site which uses Google analytics: when a visit starts, and approximately ends. This cookie does not contain any personal information other than the IP address of your device. This is a third party cookie.
||The _utmv cookie is part of Google analytics. It contains no specific customer data other than the IP address of your device, but is used to record Custom variables for segmentation. This is a third party cookie.
||When visitors reach our site via a search engine result, a direct link, or an ad that links to our page, Google Analytics stores the type of referral information in a cookie. The parameters in the cookie value string are parsed and sent in the GIF Request (in the utmcc variable). The expiration date for the cookie is set as 6 months into the future. This cookie gets updated with each subsequent page view to your site. It is used to determine visitor navigation within our site.
||This cookie is used to keep the connection between your browser and our servers as you move around our website. It uses a randomly generated identifier and does not contain any personal information other than your IP address. This is a first party cookie.
||This cookie stores your login information and is used to keep you logged in for the duration of your session, when you logout the cookie is deleted
||This cookie is also set when you login, it's purpose is to give you access to certain features and areas of the website, without this cookie your experience on the website will be limited, the cookie is deleted when you logout.
||This cookie is used for storing the customers session ID which is used to identify the customer. Session ID is then used to store the customers data for 15 minutes so they do not have to rekey information when navigating between pages.
The Id cookie collects the following:
The cookie doesn’t store the IP address, but this is passed through to Google along with cookie by the browser. Google then renders the IP address unreadable by removing the last 3 characters.
- An anonymous, unique identifier used to track advert delivery and conversion activity, and to build behavioural profiles for use in Google Ad Exchange or Google Content Network
- Recent click history for your device is also collected in encrypted form, this allows external advertisers to target users of the device with adverts based on perceived interests.
This is a third party cookie.
||This cookie is used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, details of which can be found by following the relevant link.
|NID and PREF
||These cookies are set by Google Maps when you visit any of our pages which includes an embedded Google Map
||View counter cookie
|UID, DI, DT, LOC, PSC, UID, UIT, UVC
||AddThis, one of our technology partners, uses these cookies. They track which of the social networking options you use (email a friend, send to Facebook etc.) This information is only collected in aggregate form so we can tell which are the most popular tools.
What if I don't want to accept cookies?
If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by any website - including this website, you should do this through the browser settings for each browser you use on each device you use to access the Internet. Please be aware that some of our services will not function if your browser does not accept cookies. However, you can allow cookies from specific websites by making them “trusted websites” in your Internet browser.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.allaboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wider variety of browsers.