This site uses small files called cookies to help us understand your preferences and improve your browsing experience. Find out more about cookies and how you can control them.
What are ‘cookies’?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are sent to your browser and stored on your computer, mobile phone or other device when you visit a website. The cookies send information back to the originating website or another website that recognizes that cookie.
Cookies can be permanent (these are known as persistent cookies) where they remain on your computer until you delete them, or temporary (these are known as session cookies) where they last only until you close your browser. Cookies can also be first-party cookies which are those set by the website which is being visited, or third-party cookies which are set by a website other than the one being visited.
The kinds of cookies we use
The list below describes the cookies we use on this site and what we use them for.
Site performance cookies
These first party cookies allow our website to remember information that changes the way the site behaves or looks, such as your preferred language or the region you are in, so you don’t have to re-set them each time you visit. These cookies can also assist you in changing text size, font, and other parts of web pages that you can personalize.
For this reason, performance cookies are often persistent cookies, as they remain stored on your computer even after the browser is closed, until the expiration date provided for them or until you have decided to delete them.
Anonymous analytics cookies:
These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don’t, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site.
We use Google’s analytics tool to help us understand how our visitors engage with our websites. Every time a user visits our website, Google’s web analytics software generates an anonymous analytics cookie. It may use a set of cookies to collect information and report website usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google. The main cookie used by Google Analytics is the ‘__ga’ cookie. These cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only, for example, the number of visits to a page.
In addition to reporting website usage statistics, Google Analytics can also be used, together with some of the advertising cookies described below, to help show more relevant ads on Google properties (like Google Search) and across the web and to measure interactions with the ads we show.
These cookies are used by software which tries to determine what country you are in from information supplied by your browser when it requests a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous, and we only use it to help target our content and advertising.
These cookies are related to advertising services provided by third parties on our website. They help make advertising more engaging to users and more valuable to publishers and advertisers. Some common applications of cookies are to select advertising based on what’s relevant to a user; to improve reporting on campaign performance; and to avoid showing ads the user has already seen.
Advertising cookies are placed by third parties such as advertisers, ad platforms and their agents, and can be permanent or temporary cookies. The companies that generate these cookies may use their own cookies to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to the website.
Other third party cookies
On some pages of our website we may have content from services such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube that may have their own anonymous cookies. We do not control any cookies which are used by these services and you should check the relevant third-party website for more information about these.
How do I manage or remove cookies?
If you would like to restrict, block or remove cookies you can also do this through your web browser settings. The “Help” function within your web browser will tell you what you need to do.
You can usually find these settings in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details.
You can also visit http://www.aboutcookies.org for more information on how to manage and remove cookies across several different internet browsers.
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site.
You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initative.