What is a cookie?

This website uses cookies. A cookie is a piece of information that is stored on a computer’s hard drive. It records a user’s navigation of a website so that, when the website is revisited, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about the last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
The law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies, we need your permission.

Types of cookies

Session cookies – these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser. They usually store an anonymous session ID, but they do not collect any information from your computer.

Persistent cookies – these are stored as a file on your computer and remain there when you close your browser web. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again.
Cookies can also be categorised as follows:

Necessary – these cookies are essential, to enable you to use the website effectively. The website cannot function without these cookies.

Preferences – these enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.

Statistics – these help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites, by collecting and reporting information anonymously.

Marketing – they can be used to track visitors across the website. The intention is to display advertisements that are relevant and engaging for the individual user.

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to do the following:

  • To track whether you have been to the website before
  • To track your use of the website
  • To gather analytical data on pages visited

We set out below a list of the cookies we use, why we use them and what types of cookies they are.

Cookie NamePurpose of the CookieData CollectedHow this Data is SharedDuration of CookieCookie Provider
_gaGoogle analytical cookies to Identify whether or not a visitor has been to the site before Unique client ID generated by the website Not shared with any 3rd party 2 years Google
_gat Necessary. Used to throttle website requests none N/A Until browser is closed Google
_gidGoogle analytical cookies to Identify the pages a user has visited Unique ID for each page visited. Generated by the website Not shared with any 3rd party Until browser is closed Google
p.gifNecessary. Allows display of certain fonts used within the website. none N/A Until browser is closed typekit.net
collectUsed to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and behavior. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels. none N/A Until browser is closed Google