Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your 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. You can find more information about cookies and

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. A list of all the cookies used on this website by category is set out below.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.

Performance Cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Cookie Name/Duration What does it do? Organisation setting the cookie
Google Analytics __utma (2 Years)
__utmb (30 Minutes)
__utmc (Session)
__utmz (6 Months)
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Further information can be found on their Privacy Policy. Google Inc

Functionality Cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Cookie Name/Duration What does it do? Organisation setting the cookie
Disqus Comments System disqus_unique (365 days)
__qca (1825 days)
__utma (730 days)
__utmb (30 minutes)
__utmc (session)
__utmz (180 days)
__jid (1825 days) testCookie (session)
Disqus is a third party solution to handle comments written on our blog. Further information on this can be found on their privacy policy here Disqus
Google Custom Search NID (183 days)
HSID (3650 days)
APISID (3650 days)
SID (3650 days)
PREF (730 days)
Custom Search is used on our site to provide search functionality. Further information of this can be found on their Privacy Policy. Google Inc
Optimus Cookie Notification Bar Status __cookiebar (10 Years) Sets the status of the cookie notification bar at the top of the site. Optimus Performance Marketing

Targeting Cookies Or Advertising Cookies

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

Cookie Name/Duration What does it do? Organisation setting the cookie
AddThis uid (730 days)
ssh (730 days)
sshs (730 days)
ssc (730 days)
AddThis allows users to share content via Social Networking sites or email. Where the service provides links to third party services you may find useful, these services may place a cookie on your device. Further information of this can be found on their Privacy Policy. AddThis

Managing Your Cookies

Cookies can be managing using settings available in your web browser. For more information and help on managing your browsers cookie please see below:-