What are ‘cookies’?

‘Cookies’ are small text files that are created by a website and stored within a web browser on your computer, tablet device or smart phone.

Cookies can help by remembering your preferences (eg. what language or country-specific website you prefer to use when returning to a previously visited global website). Some cookies are temporary and are only used whilst you browse a website – these are called session cookies. These can be essential to the performance and operation of a website (eg. remembering which items you have in your shopping cart when you go to checkout).

A website can only save or retrieve cookies that have been set by that website, and cannot access cookies that have been set by a different website.

So how are cookies used on this website?

Cookie type Cookie name Purpose
Accept non-essential cookies WebsiteCookiesAccepted This cookie is used to record your acceptance of non-essential website cookies.
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This site uses Google Analytics reporting software. Reports are generic and do not use any of your personal details or information that could identify you as an individual. Reports are used to help us assess things like how much website traffic we get, which web browsers are popular and which web pages people spend the most time on.

How do I remove cookies or turn them off?

All modern web browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your web browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful; otherwise you should search the Help option in your browser for more details.

We do not recommend turning cookies off when visiting our website, as this may result in certain parts of our website not functioning correctly.

Useful links

If you would like more information on cookies and how they are used on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:

Further information about data privacy may be found on the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office: