Our cookies help us:
- Improve the speed of the site.
- Continuously improve our website for you.
- Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook.
- Offer you free services/content (by advertising).
- Make our marketing more efficient (helping us keep the site free to use)
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission).
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission).
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties.
- Pay sales commissions.
You can learn more about cookies below.
What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises those cookies. Cookies are useful because they may help you navigate between pages efficiently, allow a website to recognise a your device, remember your preferences, tailor websites to your interests and generally improving the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
There are different types of cookies with various functions. Some cookies are allocated to your device only for the duration of your visit to a website, and these are called session based cookies. These cookies automatically expire when you close down your browser. Another type of cookie known as "persistent" cookies would remain on your device for a set period of time. In addition, some websites contain third party cookies i.e. cookies that are set by a third party domain.
If you choose to accept our cookies, you can also delete such cookies later from your computer (see the 'Managing Cookies' section below). If you delete the cookies, any settings and preferences controlled by those cookies will be deleted and will need to be re-created when you visit the website subsequently.
Categories of Cookies
We have categorised the cookies used on the website based on the ICC's UK Cookie Guide.
The categories are as follows:
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided. Because these cookies are strictly necessary, we do not need to ask for your consent to use them.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and whether they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information collected by these cookies is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve the performance of a website. In addition, some of these cookies are analytics cookies, set using third party web analytics software, which allow us to understand more about how our website is used.
For example, some websites use Google Analytics cookies to help the owners of those websites to monitor their website traffic but those cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. The owners of those websites may also use such cookies to highlight products and/or services which they think will be of interest to you based on your use of their websites.
These cookies allow websites to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and to provide enhanced and, more personal features. For example, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on websites other than the website you are visiting.
Targeting or advertising cookies
These cookies are used to deliver adverts that are relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the permission of the website operator. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisations.
If your browser is adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to deactivate cookies, you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that your browser will not work as you would expect on most web pages.
You can manage the cookies stored on your device by adjusting your web browser settings. If you do not want your browser to store cookies or you want to control which cookies it stores, most modern browsers will allow you to delete cookies that have already been set, block cookies and change what cookies are stored in the future. Your browser's 'Help' function should explain how to do this. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies, you may not be able to access some parts of the website, and some features may not function properly or be available to you.
We fund our site by showing adverts as you browse our site. These adverts are usually managed by a partner specializing in providing adverts for multiple sites. Invariably these partners place cookies to collect anonymous data about the websites you visits so they can personalize the adverts to you, ensure that you don't see the same adverts too frequently and ultimately report to advertisers on which adverts are working.