What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s web browser or device.
Blocking and removing cookies
Cookies on our websites may be set by us, by third parties under contract with us, or by independent third parties such as advertisers.
Our site makes use of both ‘session’ and ‘persistent’ cookies. ‘Session’ cookies remember information from page to page for filtering and completing searches before being removed when you end your session. ‘Persistent’ cookies enable our website to recognise you when you make return visits to us, and remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date. Persistent cookies placed on your computer as a result of your use of our website will never be stored for longer than it is legally permitted to do so.
Below are various types of cookies we use, why we (or relevant third parties) use them, and includes information you can use to control and learn more about the cookies used on our site
Essential cookies, as their name suggests, are vital to the proper functioning of the website. They enable us to remember your selections between pages, meaning we can pass that information across pages without you ever having to re-enter it.
Optimisation cookies allow us to see and track anonymous use data such as click trends, so we can be certain the site offers you a consistently smooth, functional and pleasant experience. We use third party service providers to assist us with optimisation.