A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. A cookie will allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

A cookie will contain the name of the internet location (the domain) from which the cookie has come and the lifetime of the cookie (a cookie will usually expire after a certain period of time).

Two types of cookies are used on this website:

  • Session cookies which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site and;
  • Persistent cookies which remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie).

How we use cookies on our site and what information we collect:

Persistent cookie

We use persistent cookies:

  • from time to time to help us recognise you as a unique visitor when you return to our website and to monitor your use of our website;
  • to allow us to link you to any of our Partners of Affiliates should you come to our website through a paid advert or banner on a website of an Affiliate or Partner. The cookies used for this purpose are “_ga” and “_gid”;
  • to help us to analyse the use and performance of our website and services. The cookies used for this purpose are “_ga” and “_gid”;
  • to store your consent in relation to the use of cookies.

Cookies used by our service providers

Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

  • We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google’s privacy policy is available at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/. The relevant cookies are “_ga” and “_gid”.

Managing cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

You may also enable the “Do not track” setting on your browser if it supports one.

Use of web beacons

Some of our web pages may contain web beacons which allow us to count users who have visited these pages. Web beacons collect only limited information including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the web beacon resides. These beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are used to track the effectiveness of a particular marketing campaign.