What's a cookie?
A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer's hard drive and which records
how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored
options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse
traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within
your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser
that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser
settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or
parts of our site.
and track any patterns with regards how you are using our website. This helps us to develop and
improve our website as well as products and / or services in response to what you might need or want.
Cookies are either:
– Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically
deleted when you close your browser.
Session cookies usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to
browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do NOT collect any personal data
from your computer.
– Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there
when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you
visit that website again.
Cookies can also be categorised as follows:
– Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively,
such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these
cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do NOT gather
information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the
– Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website.
For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the
site are most popular.
– Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide
enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to
the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as
viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.
[Please note that third parties who advertise on our website (including, for example,
advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services)
analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies]