Cookie Policy

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file used to allow a website to remember you as you move between pages of a website or when you return to a website you have previously visited. Cookies are used to perform lots of different tasks such as storing your preferences, remembering what is in your shopping basket and improving your experience of a website. When a website does not use cookies, it will not recognise you and treat you as a new user each time you visit and between pages – for example when you want to visit the checkout from your shopping basket without cookies the website will not be able to 'remember' what you had in your basket.

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?

Cookies are unique to your web browser; they are simple text files and typically contain a unique identifier and some text or numbers which allow a website to remember you. Cookies cannot change settings on your computer or pass on any malware or viruses, they can only store plain text.

Which cookies does this website set?

This website uses strictly necessary cookies. These cookies are necessary for this website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

This website also uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by Google Analytics which uses cookies to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your computer's hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information, and all IP addresses tracked are anonymised. You can read Google's privacy policy here for further information.

Cookie Name 1st/3rd party Persistency Source Type Purpose
_ga 1st Party 2 years Google Analytics Analytics This cookie is used to distinguish users in Google Analytics.
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What to do if you do not want cookies to be set?

Some people find the concept of a website storing information about them on their computer intrusive, especially when this information is stored and used by a third party without their knowledge. While this is normally harmless, for example when gathering analytics data, you may not wish to see tailored advertising for example. It is possible, if you prefer to block some or all cookies, how to achieve this will vary depending on the web browser you are using. Typically, you can control how your browser handles cookies by accessing the Help function on your browser. For more detailed information about cookies please visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org