Effective Date: 08-Mar-19
What are cookies
Cookies are small pieces of text and data, which are sent to your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file contains information like; how long was spent on that particular website, the site preferences and how frequently the website is visited. These cookies are stored in your web browser and analysed by us to ensure that your preferences are stored. We also use the data from the cookies to assess which of the content on our Service appears to be more engaging and attractive to users. The data is applied by us to recognise your preferences and also, try and ensure any subsequent use of our Service is easier and more engaging for you.
Cookies can be:
- “Persistent Cookies” – when you end a browsing session or go offline, these are cookies that remain on your personal computer or mobile device
- “Session Cookies” – at the time the web browser is closed or you go offline, these cookies are deleted
When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookie files in your web browser.
Examples of how Cookies may be used include, but not limited to:
- Enable certain functions of the Service
- Provide analytics
From time to time, we test new features and make subtle changes to the way that the site is delivered. When we’re still testing new features, these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience whilst you are on the site. They also ensure we understand the optimisations our users appreciate the most.
We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service.
We use different types of cookies to run the Service:
- Form related cookies. When you submit data through a form. For example, these cookies are found on our Contact and/or Have Your Say forms. For future correspondence, cookies may be set to remember your user details
- Analytics / site preference cookies. We may use analytics and site preference cookies, which track information about how the Service is used. This is so we can make improvements. We may also use analytics and site preference cookies to test new pages, features or new functionality of the Service to see how our users react to them
In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties’ cookies. This is cookie data obtained through the use of a third party website. Third party analytics are used to track and measure usage statistics of the Services. These cookies may track things like, how long you spend on the site or pages you visit. We assess the effectiveness of our Service, based on the cookie data and third-party analytics. This helps us to ensure we can continue to produce engaging content for Service users. We use this data to help us understand how we can improve the Services. We do this by being able to assess the features that seem to be of the most interest to our users as well as, which areas have the highest preferences and which areas attract the least users.
This site uses Google Analytics, which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web. It helps us understand how you use the site and the ways that we can improve your user experience. These cookies may track things like, how long you spend on the site and the pages you visit so that we can continue to produce engaging content. For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site, which allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. To work properly, the following social media sites; Facebook and Twitter will set cookies through our site. This may be used to enhance your profile on their site or also, contribute to the data they hold and could be for various purposes. Please refer to their respective privacy policies for more details.
What are your choices regarding cookies?
- Chrome web browser – visit Google here
- Internet Explorer web browser – visit Microsoft here
- Firefox web browser – visit Mozilla here
- Safari web browser, visit Apple here
- For any other web browser, visit your web browser’s official web pages
Please note, if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer. Also, you may not be able to store your preferences and some of our pages may not display properly.
Where can you find more information about cookies?
You can learn more about cookies from the following third-party websites: