Cookie Policy

Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. Please press ‘Accept’ on the pop up box at the bottom of your screen to enable all cookies. Please note that some parts of this website will be inaccessible and/or will not function properly if cookies are not enabled.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Name Purposes Expires
Analytical/performance cookies _gid  

Used to distinguish users

24 hours
_gat_gtag    

The GA tracking ID allows the creation of up to 50 different views in Analytics to show data in relation to the website

1 minute
_utmt  

Used to throttle the request rate for the service – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites and improving performance.

10 minutes
__utmz  

Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

6 months
_ga  

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 site’s analytics reports.

2 years
_gat  

Used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites and improving performance

1 minute
Functionality cookies __utma  

Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing _utma cookies exist. 

2 years
__utmb  

Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. It allows the continuation of a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals.

30 minutes
__utmc  

Used to take a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site, waits 30 minutes, and then it expires.  

30 minutes
Targeting cookies _fbp  

Facebook cookie that is used to distinguish
and keep track of your unique users
across sites

3 months

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies. If you have any concerns about this you should ensure your browser settings are set to limit third party tracking. This is not something we can control as it happens before you visit our website.

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.