What are Cookies?

cookie, also known as an HTTP cookieweb cookie, or browser cookie, usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s web browser while a user is browsing a website. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping baskets, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. . When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user’s previous activity. Cookies are not viruses, spyware, or Trojans that cause harm to your machine.

What Cookies does this website use?

This website uses a variety of cookies to help improve the quality of your experience:

  • Essential & Functional Cookies
    Without these cookies certain functions of our website would not work, such as login, registration and password areas.
  • Analytics Cookies
    These cookies monitor how visitors use our website. This helps us to improve the customer flow and provide additional resources for popular pages. This analytics information is anonymous, we can only see what you visited, not who you are.
  • Advertising Cookies
    We don’t use a great deal of advertising on our site, but if we do, these cookies help us to know if you have seen an advert before, so we don’t keep bombarding you with the same one, however, we may show it a couple of times, so you don’t forget!
  • Third Party Cookies
    These are cookies dropped via our site, but by other websites, so if we host a video on YouTube.com and embed that on our site, when you click play YouTube drops a cookie on your machine so it knows you have watched it. Or if you hit the ‘Like’ button on one of our pages (please do!) the social media site will drop a cookie. We do try, wherever possible, to only allow third-party cookies to be dropped on your machine from websites we trust.

I don't like cookies and want to turn them off

The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers . But like we have mentioned, certain functions of our websites will not work correctly.

If you have any further queries on the use of cookies then visit www.ico.gov.uk