What is a Cookie?
A “cookie” is a small text file that is downloaded on to your computer’s hard disk when you access certain websites. Cookies store information about your use of a website such as which pages you visit but does not store any personal information.
Types of Cookies?
“First Party” or “Essential” Cookies – placed on your computer by the website you are visiting and are essential to its operation. If these are turned off certain functions or features of the website will not operate properly.
“Third Party” or “Non-Essential” Cookies – placed on your computer by third party providers i.e. Google Analytics, that gather information about your use of the website. No personal information is collected. Turning these cookies off has no effect on the operation of the website you are visiting but will stop the collection of information, such as your browsing habits whilst on our site, that can be useful in assisting us to monitor and improve our services.
Cookies can also be further categorised as:
“Session” cookies – only exist whilst visitors are online on a particular website. These are temporary cookies that aid your visit to the website and remember the preferences you have selected during your “session”.
“Persistent” cookies – which are not session-based, remain on a visitor’s computer, so that the computer can recognise you as a previous visitor when you next visit the Site (no personal information is recorded). This allows us to collect information about your browsing habits whilst on our site, and this can be useful in assisting us to monitor and improve our services. Persistent cookies will be deleted after a set period of time, normally one year.
“Third Party”/”Non-Essential” Cookies – We do use Google Analytics to monitor your use of our website and identify which pages are being used. Google Analytics places cookies on your computer (see below) to help us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Accepting or Rejecting Cookies
Using our Cookie Control you can either “Accept Cookies” placed by our website in which case all Cookies continue to be placed on your computer.
Changing My Decision
If during your visit you decide that you wish to change your mind on accepting or rejecting cookies you may revisit our Cookie Tool by selecting the Blue Cookie Icon which will show at the bottom left of the page.
This will then show the Cookie Tool and you can remake your selection. If you select “I Reject Cookies” then a reject cookie will be placed and all “Third Party” cookies will be deleted. If you select “I Accept Cookies” all cookies will be allowed.
What Cookies are used?
Below is a table with the cookies our website placed on your computer
“First Party/Essential” Cookies for the website Operation. These are always placed and cannot be turned off.
|cookiescriptaccept||1st Party||accepts or rejects cookies||session|
“Third Party/Non – Essential” Cookies. These can be turned off (rejected).
|utma||3rd Party||Used to distinguish (not identify) users.||2 years|
|utmb||3rd Party||Used to determine new sessions/visits.||30 mins from set/update|
|utmc||3rd Party||Determine whether the user is in a new session/visit.||Session only|
|utmz||3rd Party||Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site.||6 months from set/update|
How do I delete Cookies?
Below is a table where you will find instructions on removing cookies for all major web and mobile browsers so that you can find out about how to manage your cookies. (This will remove all cookies from your computer which could include your preferences for other websites).
For more information on the use, blocking and removal of cookies please visit:
Browser specific instructions to block and remove cookies:
Changing privacy and other browser settings
Cookies set by other Websites