Cookie Policy

This policy should be read in conjunction with our website Terms & Conditions of use.

Protecting our users is at the heart of everything we do and protecting your information is no exception.

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalised web experience.

Because we respect your right to privacy, we offer you the option not to allow cookies. However, blocking cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.

What are cookies and why do we use them?

Cookies make websites work better.

Cookies are small text files placed on your computer or device by websites. They provide useful information to us, which help in all sorts of ways.

Cookies help us to:

  • Analyse how our users interact with our website so we can make improvements to the service you receive.
  • Record your cookie consent choices.
What cookies do we use?

We use the following types of cookies on our website:

  • Session cookies that are deleted after each visit.
  • These are used to help us improve the service you receive.
  • Persistent cookies that remain in place across multiple visits to our sites.
  • These are used to help us improve the service you receive and to store your consent regarding our use of cookies.

Some of these cookies are necessary and some are optional.

A table of the cookies used on this site can be found at the end of this policy.

Necessary Cookies

Certain cookies are necessary in order for you to use our website. They provide basic functionality like page navigation and storing your cookie consent.

Optional Cookies

These cookies are usually supplied by our business partners and help us to improve your browsing experience.

These can be session or persistent depending on what the cookie is used for. These enable us to recognise repeat visitors to the site. By matching a randomly generated identifier, we’re able to record specific browsing information such as how you arrive at the site, the pages you view, options you select, and the path you take through the site. By monitoring this information we’re able to make improvements to our site so that it is more useful to visitors.

These will appear in our popup tool as Preferences or Statistics related cookies.

Accepting, disabling or deleting cookies

You can accept or block cookies by using the buttons on the on-screen popup tool or by using your browser settings.

You can also disable or delete them via your browser if you wish to, but this may restrict your access to our site. For more information about how to disable or delete cookies in your browser please visit the ‘About Cookies’ website (

For information on how to do this on your mobile phone or tablet browser, please see the relevant support page from your device manufacturer’s website.

If you share the use of a computer, accepting or rejecting the use of cookies will affect all users of that computer.

Changing your mind about cookies

If you change your mind about which cookies you want to allow, please click on the circular black icon in the bottom left of the screen labelled with the letters CO.

This will allow you to see what type of cookies you have allowed, change what you have consented to or withdraw your consent entirely.

Table of cookies used on this website

Cookie nameCookie typePurposeExpirationNecessary/Optional
CookieConsentPersistentStores the user's cookie consent state.1 yearNecessary
PHPSESSIDSessionPreserves user session state across page requests.On leaving the websiteNecessary
_gaPersistentGoogle Analytics cookie. Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.2 yearsOptional
_gatPersistentGoogle Analytics cookie. Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.1 dayOptional
_gidPersistentGoogle Analytics cookie. Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.1 dayOptional
_pk_id#PersistentPiwik Analytics cookie. Collects statistics on the user's visits to the website such as the number of visits average time spent on the website and what pages have been read.1 yearOptional
_pk_ses#PersistentUsed by Piwik Analytics Platform to track page requests from the visitor during the session.1 dayOptional

Last updated on 14th January 2022