What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of data, usually consisting of letters and numbers, which is downloaded onto your computer or mobile internet device. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. A cookie cannot be used to identify you personally but it can allow a website to recognise you if you visit the site again and can as a result improve its responsiveness to you when you revisit.
Types of cookies
There are lots of different types of cookies which can be used in different ways. Below are some useful descriptions which will allow you to differentiate between certain types of cookies.
Session cookies: these cookies only last for the duration of a browser session and expire when you leave a website and the session ends. They enable website to track a user’s actions on a website during that session. For example, these cookies are used to allow the website operator to recall items placed by a user in an electronic shopping basket to purchase during a visit to their site. The information would not be retained if the user left the website and the session ended.
Persistent cookies: these cookies are stored on the user’s equipment between browsing sessions and allow a website to recognise you on your return. More intrusive persistent cookies can be used to track your activities across other websites and can be used in order to target advertising based on your browser activities.
For further details please consult the help menu in your browser or visit www.allaboutcookies.org
Our website uses Google Analytics cookies and session cookies. We use these cookies to help us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also to improve our site. The cookies we use allow us to recognise visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
How to block cookies
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser.
If you choose to decline cookies used by our website you will still be able to use the site.