Our use of cookies

We use cookies (little bits of information stored on your computer) on our website to help improve our service and give a better experience. By using this site you are allowing us to store these cookies, and below you can find out how and why we use them as well as information on how you can disable them.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file which allows internet applications to respond to you as an individual during your visit to a website. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by remembering information about your preferences during your visit. This improves the way the website works for you when you go to it.

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. It is entirely ‘passive’ and does not contain software programmes, a virus or spyware. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. A cookie typically contains the name of the website it belongs to and the lifespan of the cookie.

What cookies do we use?

We use cookies in several places. We’ve listed them below with details of why we use them and how long they will last.

1. Analytical Performance Cookies

Our website uses Google Analytics so that we can measure what pages on our website are being used and by how many people. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We never store any personal data such as your name or address so the information we collect can never be used to identify you. Google does not share your analytics information with anyone else.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Expires
_utma 2 years

5 years
_utmb 30 minutes
_utmc At browser close
_utmz 6 months

2. Session Cookies

Session cookies are used for remembering user selections during their visit to your site. A typical scenario may be to remember information entered in a form when navigating to different pages. This cookie expires when you close your browser.

Name Expires
Phpsession At browser close

Removing cookies

All recent versions of popular browsers give users some control over cookies. You can set your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies or accept/reject cookies for certain websites.

The website aboutcookies.org offers comprehensive information on how you can control cookies in all of the popular browsers 

Links to other websites

Our website offers you links to other websites of interest. You should know that once you leave our website we have no control over that other site. We cannot be responsible for the privacy of any information you provide to other sites and they are not covered by this privacy statement.

Check the privacy statement of all sites you visit to ensure that you keep your information secure.