Cookies and how they Benefit You
Our cookies help us:
Make our website work as you'd expect
Save you having to login every time you visit the site
Improve the speed/security of the site
Continuously improve our website for you
Make our marketing more efficient
Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
Pass data to advertising networks
Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
Pay sales commissions
Our Website is hosted by Google.
First Party Cookies
We don’t use first party cookies on this website and use Google Analytics to analyse and report on our website usage.
Third Party Cookies
Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. Disabling these cookies could break the functions offered by these third parties
Cookies set by Google Analytics
Cookie Name Description Expiration
_utma Used to determine unique visitors to the site and it is updated with each page view 2 years from set/update
_utmb Used to establish and continue a user session with the site 30 minutes from set/update
_utmc Used in conjunction with the _utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user Expires when the user exits the browser
_utmz Used to store the type of referral used by the visitor to reach the site e.g. web link, search engine etc 6 months from set/update
_utmv This is sometimes set to to create a custom variable to help with analytics 2 years from set/update
Our site, like many others uses embedded YouTube video. All of our videos use YouTube’s privacy enhanced mode.
This mode restricts YouTube's ability to set cookies for a user who views a web page with an embedded video and does not click the YouTube video player.
YouTube may still set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player.
It is set by Youtube so they can count the views of embedded Youtube videos, data is held for 9 months from set/update.
Most Google users will have a preferences cookie called ‘PREF’ in their browsers. A browser sends this cookie with requests to Google’s sites. It holds preferences such as language or region., data is held from set or last update.
Like many sites, we use Google Analytics to moinitor anonymous visitor statistics.
We use the cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. The analytics data also tell us if, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before.
For more information see Google Analytics’ Cookie Information.
Turning Cookies Off
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however could limit the functionality of our and many other website.
You can find out more information about cookies and how to disable them in common browsers from allaboutcookies.org.