What Are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files sent to your computer, mobile phone, or any other internet-enabled device by a web server when you visit a website. These often include a unique identifier. Cookies help make sites work efficiently and analyse web traffic to provide business and marketing information to enable developers to make informed decisions on the advancement of websites.
Overall, our cookies help us provide you with a better service by monitoring which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie does not give us any access to your computer or any personal information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer, but this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
In summary, our cookies will:
- Allow our website to work correctly and help keep it secure;
- Help us understand how you use our site;
- Improve your experience by remembering any information that you have provided to us.
Changing Cookie Settings
If you wish to change your cookie settings, then you can do this through your browser settings. Each browser works differently, so an excellent place to start is by searching ‘cookie settings’ in your browser’s help section. However, changing your cookie settings to block some or all of our cookies may affect how well our website performs for you.
By choosing to use our website, you’re consenting to use the cookies that our site delivers. At any time, you can change your cookie settings using the options available in your browser settings.
What Cookies do we use?
Websites use lots of cookies, each with different purposes. We have divided the cookies that we use into the distinct categories of necessary cookies, performance cookies, third-party cookies, and targeting/advertising cookies. These are detailed below:
These cookies ensure our website operates as you would expect. If you choose to block them, then we can’t guarantee our site will perform as intended.
These cookies help us improve the way our site operates, tell us how visitors use each page, and which pages they view most often. They are also used to record any errors should they occur for diagnostic purposes.
Google Analytics is used to collect visitor statistics to improve our site, and a relevant data processing agreement is in place with Google. There is no exchange of data with other Google services, and any IP addresses collected are anonymised. If you prefer blocking the Analytics script completely, you can download an opt-out plugin for Google Analytics here. This plugin will exclude your visit from the statistics of all websites using Google Analytics.
Examples of the information we may collect include:
- What content our visitors view, their browsing actions and how they use our site;
- When visitors use our site;
- What leads people to our site;
- What technology of visitors use to access our site;
- The general geographical location of the visitors to our site;
- Identifiers such as IP address that may allow the linking of information collected to an individual.
Our performance cookies allow us to:
- Understand how our site is used so we can make improvements for our customers;
- Measure the performance of our site;
- Test different versions of our site;
- Understand what devices, browsers, and technologies we should design our website to support;
- Track any visitor trends that may help us to plan for the future.
Our performance cookies won’t:
- Store any personal information on your device beyond details of your current visit to our site.
Third parties, such as Stripe and YouTube, who deliver functionality embedded within our website, may provide Cookies necessary for this functionality’s correct operation. While we are responsible for inserting these links into our website pages, these websites, and the personal data they collect from you are outside our control. They will have separate privacy policies and user data collection mechanisms. We cannot accept responsibility or liability for these third-party websites’ privacy practices, and your use of these sites must be at your own risk.
The site also includes Social Interaction links (including Facebook and Twitter); these third-party social networking companies do not deliver cookies unless you specifically choose to select the link and navigate to their website. We do not control any cookies that you may receive once you have navigated to such external sites. We advise that you check their cookie policies before selecting a link.
Targeting and Advertising Cookies
We do not use any targeting or advertising cookies.