What are cookies?
Cookie are small text files that get stored on your computer’s hard-drive or browser when you visit a website or app. When you re-visit that website or app, the cookies allow the site to remember that you’ve been there before.
This provides a faster, smoother browsing experience and means you don’t have to keep re-entering your details.
When cookies are stored on your browser or hard-drive, the length of time they are stored for depends on the type being used. ‘Session cookies’ are deleted every time you close your web-browser, while ‘persistent’ ones remain until you delete them or they reach their expiry date.
- make your web experience quicker and easier
- remember details like logins and passwords for your convenience
- measure usage, which helps us build a better website
- identify errors so that we can resolve website issues
Which cookies do we use?
Below is a breakdown of the three varieties we use on our website.
- For necessity: Some cookies are strictly necessary for you to use our online services and experience the full functionality of our website.
- For convenience: These ‘functional cookies’ are what provide you with a convenient browsing experience when you visit our website. If you complete your details on our contact form, these cookies will remember them, to save you retyping them should you contact us again.
- For performance: Some cookies are used to improve performance, helping make your web experience quicker and easier. By tracking how you and others use our site, we can bring about improvements. This ensures that content is easy to find and online services are accessible to all.
We use Google Analytics to track how you and others use our site, so we can bring about improvements and improve your browsing experience.
The following cookies are used by Google Analytics on our website:
_ga (expiry: 2 years)
This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.
_gat (expiry: 10 minutes)
This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.
_gid (expiry: 1 day)
This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. Used to distinguish users.
If you contact us using our online contact form you may opt-in to saving your name or email address. This is for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again should you need to get in touch in the future.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited that website.
Most browsers allow you to manage and block cookies from specific websites. You can also delete them from your computer.
Find out how to manage your cookies below:
Note: Some website features may not work properly with the cookie option turned off and you may find you don’t have access to certain areas or services.
The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) offers lots of great advice and a detailed overview of cookies (external website).