Cookie Policy

Information about our use of cookies


1. What are cookies

  • A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is saved onto your computer or other device when you visit our site.
  • Cookies store small pieces of information. For example, one type of cookie will remember you have visited our site before.
  • Cookies help us to improve your visit and experience when browsing our site by, for example, storing certain information so you don’t have to re-enter it on subsequent visits.
  • Cookies also assist us in tracking which pages of the website you have visited.
  • We use both persistent cookies (which stay with your computer and will work until their expiry date, unless deleted by you beforehand) and session cookies (which expire when you close your browser).

2. We use the following cookies:

  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our site works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our site. This enables us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our site and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
  • You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

_ga - This helps us count how many people visit our site by tracking if you’ve visited before (2 years expiry)

_gid - This is used to distinguish between users to our site (24 hours expiry)

mc_session_ids[default] - Captcha plugin for website forms (captcha is a computer program intended to distinguish human from machine input) (10 minutes expiry)

mc_session_ids[multi][0] - Captcha plugin for website forms (10 minutes expiry)

mc_session_ids[multi][1] - Captcha plugin for website forms (10 minutes expiry)

mc_session_ids[multi][2] - Captcha plugin for website forms (10 minutes expiry)

mc_session_ids[multi][3] - Captcha plugin for website forms (10 minutes expiry)

mc_session_ids[multi][4] - Captcha plugin for website forms (10 minutes expiry)


3. Third party cookies

  • Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.
  • Google Analytics operates on our site. Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

_utma - Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, in order we can count which users are new to our site or to a certain page (2 years expiry)

_utmb - This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on our site

(30 minutes expiry)

_utmc - This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser (expires when you close your browser)

_utmz - This tells us how you reached our site (e.g. from another website or a search engine)

(6 months expiry)


4. Your interaction with cookies

  • It is possible to disable and remove cookies from your computer or device by activating the setting on your browser that allows you do so. You will need to know what browser you are using and what version you have.
  • You can refer to your browser’s help section or visit the www.aboutcookies.org/ website for further information and assistance with cookies. 
  • Please be aware that if you use your browser settings to block or amend certain cookies your browsing experience may change for the worse.

5. Changes to this policy

We may update, change, modify, add or remove portions of this policy at any time, and any changes will become effective immediately. Please visit this page periodically if you want to keep up to date.