What is a cookie?
A "cookie" is a small file stored on your computer's hard drive that analyses your movement around different websites. In some cases, when you return to a website, the cookie provides specialised options based on the information gathered from the visits to that site.
Cookies are used on almost all website, they do not harm your computer's system. You can check and change the types of cookies your computer accepts by altering your browser settings. If you choose to block cookies, there is a chance you will not be able to access all parts of a website.
Our site uses first party cookies to track your use of our website. First party cookies are those placed directly on the site by us and used only by us. This allows us to understand how you use the site and track any patterns. This enables us to develop our website and products/services in response to what you might want or need to improve your experience on our site.
You may experience third party cookies on your computer or device when using our website. Third party cookies are those placed by websites, services and/or parties other than us.
Cookies can be:
Session cookies - These are only stored on your computer or device during your web session, once you exit your browser the cookies are automatically deleted - these cookies usually store an anonymous session ID, allowing you to browse a website without having to log into each page, however, no personal data is collected from your computer.
Persistent cookies - These are stored as a file on your computer/device and remains after you've closed your browser. The cookie is then read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. One of the persistent cookies we use are for Google Analytics.
Cookies come in all forms:
Strictly necessary cookies - A cookie falls into this category if it is essential to the operation of our site, such as logging in and payment transactions.
Analytics cookies - It is important for us to understand how you use our site, how efficiently you can navigate around it and which parts of the site are most popular. Analytics cookies allow us to gather this information to improve the site and your overall experience.
Targeting cookies - These cookies allow us to understand when and how often you visit the site, including the pages and links you've used. This allows us to create advertising more relevant to your interests, some information gathered can be shared with third parties.
Functionality cookies - Functionality cookies enables us to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. We can then provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information gathered by these cookies are often anonymised.
Consent and control
Before any cookies are placed on your computer or device a pop up will appear when you enter the website, requesting your consent to set those cookies. By giving you consent to those cookies, you are allowing us to provide the best service and experience possible.