Cookies are small text files that can be used by websites to make a user’s experience more efficient. We use some cookies for certain functions of our website and others to help us improve our website and to help us make your visit more efficient and useful. When you visit our website we ask for your consent to use cookies. Please take a few moments to find out more about how we use them and what benefits they bring.

Types of cookies

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Necessary – we set a cookie to establish whether you use areas of our website that require a login. We also set a cookie which relates to the security system we use to protect our website, this cookie records your IP address, a unique identifier for your computer or other access device.

These are session cookies which do not contain a set expiry date and unless deleted earlier, will expire when you close your browser. Our external web host and security system may also automatically log your IP address.  Please view our Privacy Policy for information on how this information is used.

Functional – we set a persistent cookie called “viewed_cookie_policy” and is set for 365 days. It is used to remember whether the visitor has “accepted” our cookie policy. If set it contains the word “yes”. It does not track anybody’s personal data.

Analytical – we also collect information for statistical purposes using Google Analytics, which helps us understand how you use our website and how we may improve it. We have adopted the Google option to anonymise IP addresses, which is carried out as part of the collection process before Google store them on their servers in the USA and elsewhere, including the EEA. IP anonymisation means that no individual can be identified from a stored IP address. You can find out more about Google’s Analytics Policy here.

Although Google collects and processes information from our use of Google Analytic, the following cookies are classified as first party cookies as they are set by our website domain. This information is collected by both session and persistent website cookies. Persistent cookies are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered and expire on a set date.

_ga : First Party persistent cookie – duration 2 years – Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users
_gid : First Party session cookie – duration 24 hours – Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users
_gat : First Party session cookie – duration 1 minute – Google Analytics cookies used to throttle request rate

More cookie options

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Should you have any concerns or queries in relation to our website, the content our our policies outlined above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Last updated 23 January 2019

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