Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files stored on your browser as a record of your activity on the site. EU legislation states that all websites must let you know when cookies are in use. Most websites use cookies and they won’t cause any harm to your device. Cookies don’t tell us who you are or give us any personal details about you. If you do not accept the cookies you will still be able to browse our site but some parts of the site may not work.

Which cookies do we use on this site and why?

The main type of cookie that we use assists us in monitoring site performance. Performance cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors use our website, for example, how many visitors came to our website and when, what browsers visitors use, and how long visitors stay on the site. This data does not contain any information that is personal to you.

The length of time a cookie stays on your device varies depending upon the type. The names of the cookies we use on this site and the function they perform are as follows:

  • Webtrends: used for estimating our audience size and usage pattern for performance improvement
  • Google Universal Analytics: used to help us analyse how our visitors use the site. Find out more about how these cookies are used on the Google privacy site.
  • Google.com used by Google to gather data from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.
  • BIG-IP used to help improve site performance.
  • accepted_cookie_policy used to collect consent
  • Quantcast Measure:_qca used to collect information on usage patterns and audience segmentation
  • Crazyegg_ga used to collect information on usage patterns
  • SurveyMonkey used to recognise that you have completed a survey to prevent you seeing it again
  • JSESSIONID used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server
  • Vimeo.com used to allow video hosting and sharing
  • Twitter.com used for targeting and tracking purposes
  • YouTube.com used to store user preference and can be used to personalise adverts on google searches
  • doubleclick.netid used by Google for real time bidding advertising exchange

Enabling and disabling cookies

No personally identifiable information is stored within cookies. Therefore, we recommend you leave these turned on.

If you decline cookies you may lose some of the beneficial website functions of cookies. These include shopping basket functionality. We will use cookies to operate the shopping basket system, and in order to complete your online purchase, cookies will need to be enabled.

To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the Help option in your browser for more details:

To learn about controlling cookies on the browser of your mobile device, please refer to your handset manual.

Further information

For more information about cookies, see the ICO's Cookies and similar technologies