What are cookies then?
“Cookies” are small text files on the computer’s hard drive that are there to try and make websites work better for you, and allow websites to remember previous actions or settings. They may contain information about you or your computer. They are NOT viruses.
They are clever little things that allow you to navigate between pages quickly and efficiently by remembering your preferences and thus saving your valuable time by meaning that you don’t have to keep re-entering your details each time you visit.
Cookies are split into parties.
“First-Party” (those that could be set by our website) and “Third-Party”* (those set by partners of our website for example through a live chat function available on some of our sites). They are classed as either ‘session cookies’ (only apply to that we browsing session) or ‘persistent cookies’ (stored on your web browser e.g. Google, Bing between sessions and recognise you on your return).
You are able to, if you wish, disable cookies completely, or just you can opt to disable just some types of cookies, or allow them all. This can be done in browser settings.
A list of all the cookies that may be used on any of our websites by category is set out below.
Category 1: Strictly Necessary
These cookies you need, as they enable services you have specifically asked for. They are essential to enable you to move round this website and use its features such as accessing the secure areas of the website. Without these cookies a website can’t provide you with certain things you might need (eg shopping basket, if it has an online retail operation).
Category 2: Performance Cookies
These gather anonymous information about how you use this website which will help us to improve how the website works. Note that the cookies do not collect information that could identify you.
Category 3: Functionality cookies
These are the cookies that remember choices you have personal made with the purpose of improving your experience. Things category 3 cookies can gather include usernames, language or which region you are in and provide enhanced and more personalised features. They can remember changes you have made and may also provide services to you that you have asked for e.g. watching a video or commenting on a blog.
Category 4: Targeting cookies (advertising cookies)
These cookies are the ones that collect information about your browsing habits and work with the advertising platforms out there in cyberspace in order to deliver advertising that is deemed to be relevant to your interests. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the permission of the website publisher.
Also note that third party cookies are set by partners of our websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. For more information about this you would have to refer to the relevant third party website.