Cookies

End user Cookie Policy

This Cookie Policy applies to all of our websites ("Websites"). By accessing any of our Websites, you agree that this Cookie Policy will apply whenever you access the Websites on any device.

Any changes to this policy will be posted here and we reserve the right to vary this policy from time to time and your continued use of our Websites after any such change has been posted will constitute your agreement to any such changes.

Our use of cookies

Like many companies, some or all of our Websites may use "cookies". Our Websites use cookies to distinguish you from other users.  This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our websites and also allows us to improve our sites.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree.  Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive and helps analyse web traffic or lets us know when you visit a particular site.  Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. For more information on cookies, please see www.whatarecookies.com.

Most of the cookies we use are "personalisation cookies" which are used to recognise repeat visitors to the Websites and "analytics cookies" which monitor how visitors use our Websites and give us a better understanding of what content visitors are spending most time reading. We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies.  These are cookies that are required for the operation of our websites.  They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our websites.
  • Analytical/performance cookies.  These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our websites and see how visitors use our websites.  This information helps us to improve the way our websites work.
  • Authentication or Functionality cookies.  These cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our websites.  This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences.
  • Targeting cookies.  These cookies record your visit to our websites, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed.  We will use this information to make our websites and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests.  We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
  • Session cookies. These are cookies that are designed to ensure that your visits to the Websites are as smooth as possible. Their main uses are:
  1. Allowing us to identify your device as you use the Website, so that you are not treated as a new visitor each time you go to another part of the Website;
  2. Ensure that the servers that we use to power the website each serve an equal number of users, to help make everyone's browsing as swift and responsible as possible;
  3. Noting your browser's capabilities. 

Please note that third parties may also use cookies, over which we have no control.  These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

If you do not want us to use cookies as we have outlined above, or if you change your mind after having consented to our use of cookies, you may delete and block cookies on our sites via your browser.  If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) parts of our websites may not work.