About Cookies, and how we use them
What is a cookie?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your personal computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website.
Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user's device.
Cookies in themselves do not identify you, just the computer or device you are using. Cookies do lots of different jobs, like making it easier for you to log onto, and use, our site during future visits, letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving your experience. They also allow us to monitor traffic on our site and can also help to ensure that advertising you see online is more relevant to you and your interests.
Cookies themselves only record which areas of our site have been visited by your computer or device and for how long. Allowing us to create a cookie does not give us access to the rest of your computer, and does not allow us to see any personally identifiable data about you.
Types of Cookies
We've arranged the cookies we use into three groups:
a) Analytics/performance cookies: Every time someone visits our site, software that we have selected and which is provided by one or more other organisations generates an 'anonymous analytics cookie' which tell us whether or not you have visited our site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don't, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many users we have, and how often they visit our site. We use these cookies to gather statistics such as the number of visits to any page on our site. The site uses the industry standard Google Analytics software to measure the number of visitors and which pages are visited.
b) Functionality cookies: These cookies enable us to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features. For example, remembering your email address and preferences on our website, so you don't have to choose them each time you visit.
c) Strictly necessary cookies: These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
We do not include any kind of advertising cookies.
What are cookies for?
Cookies help to make your experience of using a website better. For example, they can remember the information you supply as you register with a website so that you can sign in with one click next time. What cookies don't do is store any confidential information about you personally.
The cookies on our website simply allow us to track generic usage of our website - not your individual usage behaviour.
Are cookies safe?
Yes, they are. Cookies are small text files. They can't look into your computer or read any personal information or other material on your hard drive. Cookies can't transmit viruses or install anything harmful on your computer.
Why should I keep cookies turned on?
We would like you to keep cookies active on your computer during your visits to our website because parts of the site rely on them to work properly. For example, you would not be able to view a location map without them.
How can I turn cookies off?
To find out how to turn cookies on and off in your browser, click on your browser's logo below.