What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded to your computer when you visit a website. It holds information such as the site name or a unique user ID. Once the cookie is downloaded onto your machine the website uses it to tailor your experience based on the information it collectd from you each time you visit. The vast majority of commercial websites use cookies.

Why are they used?

Cookies can be used for many different purposes, however the main purposes are auto-filling forms, counting visitors, storing shopping basket items, personalising content, target advertising and for authentication and security.

What is a non-essential cookie?

Any cookies used for analytical purposes to count the number of visitors to a website, any cookies used by first party or third party advertisers, including affiliates, and cookies used to recognise the user when they return to a website so they receive a tailored greeting or optimised landing page.

Non-essential cookies are the target of the ‘Cookie Law’ brought into the EU on May 26th 2012. Websites need to gain consent, either implied or informed, before serving a user these Cookies.

What cookies are used on this site?

There are two types of cookies you will encounter on this site, first party and third party.

First party cookies are our own. They are controlled by us and used to store information about your visit.

Third party cookies are those that are used to enhance the experience on our site using other companies’ tools. For example, Google Analytics and Facebook have their own cookies that are controlled by them.

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