Cookie Policy

Introduction to Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are downloaded to your computer or device (e.g. mobile phone or tablet) when you visit a website. They are widely used in order to make websites fully functional as well as to provide information back to the originating website on each subsequent visit to the website, or to another website that recognises that cookie.

There are two types of cookies:

Persistent cookies - these cookies persist on a user's device after the browser is closed and remain for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.

Session cookies - these are temporary cookies that are created when a user first comes to the website and are removed when the browser window is closed. These cookies allow the website to link the actions of a user during a browser session.

Cookies can be further classified as first-party or third-party.

First-party cookies are created by the website domain the user is currently accessing. Only websites using that domain can access the information in that cookie.

Third-party cookies are created by an external domain and the information can be accessed by other listed domains. Third-party cookies are typically associated with embedded content (e.g. Youtube videos) or advertisements.

Cookies Used on this Website

The following table shows which cookies are used on this website and their purpose.

Cookie Name Purpose Type
Google Analytics _utma

These cookies collect information about how visitors use our website. Information is anonymous.

The data collected allows us to produce reports including information such as the number of visitors to the site, the most popular content on the site and where visitors have come to the site from.

For details of how to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics for all websites please see:

Cookie Consent CookieConsent

This persistent cookie is used to record that the user has accepted the cookie message that appears on all pages.

Without this cookie the message will continue to be shown.

PHP Session PHPSESSID This cookie is a temporary session cookie and is required to make core website functionality work, including: site login and basket functionality. First-party
Youtube PREF, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, demographics, dkb These cookies are used by Youtube to remember your preferences. Third-party
AddThis JS Social Sharing Widget Various (depending on which buttons the user clicks) including: di, dt, loc, psc, uid, uit, uvc, __atuvc, PREF, APISID, HSID, NID, SAPISID, SID, BEAT, ULS

We use the 'AddThis' social media toolbar on some pages on the site. This allows users to share content to social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)

For more information about AddThis' use of cookie please see:


Managing Cookies

You can manage which types of cookies you are prepared to accept by using the settings on your browser. Most browsers will also allow you to block or allow cookies from specific websites.

For details about how to manage cookies on different browsers please see:

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