What are cookies?
For most modern websites to work properly, it needs to collect certain basic information on its users. To do this, a site will create files known as cookies – which are small text files – on its users’ computers, tablets or mobile devices. These cookies are designed to allow the website to recognise its users on subsequent visits, or to authorise other designated websites to recognise these users for a particular purpose.
Cookies do a lot of different jobs which make your experience of the internet much smoother and more interactive. For example, they are used to remember your preferences on sites you visit often, to remember your user ID and the contents of your shopping baskets, and to help you navigate between pages more efficiently. Some data collected is designed to detect browsing patterns and approximate geographical location to improve user experience.
Do cookies identify you?
Standing alone, cookies do not identify you personally but merely recognise your browser. Unless you choose to identify yourself, for example by registering with us, then you remain anonymous to us. Cookies come in two types: session-based and persistent:
- Session cookies exist during an internet session. They disappear from your computer when you close your browser software or turn off your computer.
- Persistent cookies remain on your computer after you have closed your browser or turned off your computer. They include such information as a unique identifier for your browser. We use persistent cookies that only we can read and use, to identify the fact that you are a website user or prior website user (as the case may be) and to track your use. We take care with security and confidentiality of information stored in persistent cookies. These cookies generally expire after 6 months.
How can I manage cookies?
- You can delete any cookies on your computer by referring to the instructions for your file management software and/or settings to locate the file or directory that stores cookies and delete it.
We believe that your experience of the site would be adversely affected if you opted out of the cookies we use.
You can find information about most of the cookies we use from time to time in this section. However, whilst we try to provide you with up-to-date information this is a non-exhaustive list. Particularly, the third parties we work with may set cookies and whilst we have tried to identify these so you can opt out please email us if you have any queries.
(1) If you have any queries about this Policy please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) We aim to respond to any queries within 7 working days
These Cookies are essential for the website to operate correctly. These cookies, none of which capture personally identifiable information, are as follows:
Cookie What it does
Visitor ID A numeric value that identifies unique visitors and provides coherence and consistency to a site visit
Page Number Identifies the page you are on
Session ID Identifies your website session
Google Analytics Persistent & session cookies which analyse use of our website by storing cookies on a user’s computer. We receive reports about use. Google stores this information – For information and contact details see
Session cookie which anonymously identifies each user so we can identify how many different people visit over time – expires after 2 year.
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Session cookie, which together with _utmc, identifies each unique visit to the and _utmc. Website and calculates visit length – expires after 30 minutes of inactivity. Session cookie which calculates search engine traffic, ad campaigns or email link. Expires 6 months from set/update
Opt out of Google Analytics cookies at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Persistent & session cookies which obtains information regarding the activities that users engage in whilst using our web pages. For information, contact details and to find out, visit https://www.facebook.com/policies/cookies/