Cookies policy

You can use the cookie settings panel to choose which cookies are loaded onto your browser when you use this website – click on the 'Cookie settings' button and toggle the cookies on and off. Some cookies are necessary for you to use the site and these can't be turned on or off.

What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smart phone or other device for accessing the internet, whenever you visit our website. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. Cookies are specific to the server that created them and can’t be accessed by other servers, which means that they can’t be used to track your movements elsewhere around the web. Please note that passwords and credit card numbers are not stored in cookies.

Most websites visited will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a session cookie) or for repeat visits (using a persistent cookie). 

Most websites use cookies for a variety of reasons, such as to determine preferences, let users navigate between pages efficiently, verify the user and carry out other essential security, these are all termed as ‘non-evasive’. 

Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn't use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page, it won't recognise you and it won't be able to keep you logged in.

Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (first-party cookies) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (third-party cookies). We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example, to government bodies and law enforcement agencies). N.B. Persistent cookies remain after your browser is closed. 

Different forms of cookies 

Strickly necessary cookies
Necessary cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas. These cookies don't gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet. You can’t opt out of necessary cookies and therefore should not continue to use this site or else set up your browser to block cookies from this site (see 'Managing your cookies' below).

N.B. It’s assumed that by using this site, you’ve agreed to accept necessary cookies. If you use the browser to block necessary cookies, it will prevent the site from functioning as intended. 

Performance/functional cookies 

Functional cookies provide you with a better experience when using the website and can include information on choices you have made and preferences you have indicated. You can opt out of these cookies but we recommend that you accept them.

Analytics

Analytics cookies collect information about how you use our website e.g. which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. These cookies don't collect any information that could identify you – all the information collected is anonymous and is only used to help us improve our website, service to you, understand what interests our users and measure how effective the website is. You can opt to block these cookies if you want to.

We use performance cookies to: 

Performance cookies will NOT be used to: 

Information collected and stored automatically
If you agree to us using these cookies, we automatically gather and store the following information about your visit so that we can track the use of our website in order to make improvements. This information is stored and used in the aggregate only and is not used to contact you personally:

If you send us personal information
Our website will only collect personal information which you knowingly and voluntarily provide, for example, by sending emails, completing forms, responding to surveys. If you provide us with personal information, we’ll ensure that it’s treated in accordance with data protection legislation.

Managing your cookies
The browsers of most computers, smart phones and other web-enabled devices are typically set up to accept cookies. If you wish to amend your cookie preferences for our website or any other websites, you can do this using the cookie settings by clicking on the button above or through your browser settings. Your browser's help function will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether. You can also disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on's settings or visiting the website of its manufacturer.

Cookies are often used to enable and improve certain functions on our website. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it’s possible that this will affect how our website works. 

Please see the following websites for further information on cookies

Useful information about cookies can be found at: http://www.allaboutcookies.org