Website Cookies

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website.

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Most websites you visit 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"). 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. Some websites will also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your location and/or browsing habits. 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").

What is in a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website's server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. 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. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what's in your shopping basket.

What to do if you don't want cookies to be set

Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing. Although this is generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website.

Cookies we use and use cookies as described below. In addition we use Google Analytics tracking to help us monitor traffic but no information stored by Google can be used to personally identify you.

Third party cookies

Cookies used by Google Analytics. More information about how Google uses cookies can be found here.

Google Chrome Browser

  • Click on the "wrench" icon on the browser to open the tools menu.
  • From the tools menu select "Options"
  • Click the "Under the Hood" tab from the menu on the left.
  • In the "Privacy" section, select the "Content settings" button
  • To enable cookies: select "Allow local data to be set" option.
  • To disable cookies: select "Block all cookies" option.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select 'Internet Options',
  • In the options window navigate to the 'Privacy' tab
  • To enable cookies: Set the slider to "Medium" or below
  • To disable cookies: Move the slider to the top to block all cookies

Mozilla Firefox Browser

  • Click on 'Tools' at the browser menue and select "Options"
  • Select the Privacy panel
  • To enable cookies: Check "Accept cookies for sites"
  • To disable cookies: Uncheck at "Accept cookies for sites"

Opera Browser

  • Click on "Setting" at the browser menu and select 'Settings'
  • Select "Quick Preferences"
  • To enable cookies: check "Enable Cookies"
  • To disable cookies: uncheck "Enable Cookies"

Safari OSX Browser

  • Click on 'Safari' at the menu bar and select the 'Preferences' option
  • Click on 'Security',
  • To enable cookies: In the 'Accept cookies' section select 'Only from site you navigate to'
  • To disable cookies: In the "Accept cookies" section select "Never"