Cookies Policy

Our Use Of Cookies

When you visit our Website a small amount of data known as a “cookie” may be stored on your computer’s hard drive.  We use cookies to help us monitor the way in which our Website is used, which in turn helps us to improve your experience and ensure that our Website remains relevant.  Our primary monitoring tool is Google Analytics. How Google uses the data when you visit our website is described here. You may disable the Google Analytics function by means of a browser add-on.  We do not use cookie technology to collect Personal Information.

What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a small text file downloaded to your computer when you access websites. Typically, they contain the following information: a site name and unique user ID, the duration of the cookie’s abilities and effects, and a random number. As a rule, cookies cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.

The first time you visit a website that uses cookies, a cookie is downloaded onto your computer. The next time you visit that website, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the website. The website then notes that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. They also might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes.

Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder and some websites would become far less interactive.

Common Cookies

Session / Transient Cookies

These cookies expire when you close your web browser and typically store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user.

Persistent Cookies

These cookies remain on your computer after you have closed your web browser until either they expire (persistent cookies are set with expiration dates) or are deleted. Persistent cookies are used to collect identifying information about the user, such as Web surfing behaviour or preferences for a specific Web site.

First and Third Party Cookies

First party cookies are those created by the website you are visiting to support the services on offer, such as maintaining your shopping cart. By default, first-party cookies are allowed by every Web browser.  Third party cookies are created by a website with a domain name other than the one you are currently visiting. By default, third-party cookies are often allowed by a Web browser; however, they may be blocked by changing your browser settings, as they are widely used by advertisers to track browsing history.

Further Information

Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies or to receive a warning before a cookie is stored on your hard drive; please refer to your browser’s help facility for guidance.  Further information is available from the following sites: www.allaboutcookies.org  and https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-pecr/cookies-and-similar-technologies/.