What is a Cookie?A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.
1. Functional Cookies - These cookies allow us to ensure that our site works properly for our users on multiple browsers and on different sizes.
2. Performance Cookies - With these cookies we are able to record how our visitors use our website and make sure we update it to be as useful as possible.
We look at this data and analyse statistics such as how long people are spending on a particular page, how quickly they leave the site or which pages they most often view next.
We also use the information to work out statistics on website use, the effectiveness of our communication, resolving errors and testing the design of our website.
Third-party cookiesThis site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.
For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
What Cookies do we use?Session cookies - these are temporary and are erased when you close your browser at the end of your browsing session. The next time you visit that particular site it will not recognise you and will treat you as a completely new visitor as there is nothing in your browser to let the site know that you have visited before. Our web server only uses this type of cookies.
Persistent cookies - these remain on your hard drive until you erase them or they expire. How long a cookie remains on your browser depends on how long the visited website has programmed the cookie to last. This type of cookies are used by third party service provider, like Google Analytics, which we use to analyse the site performance.
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how.
However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
For further information, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu, which contain comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.