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Cookie Policy

COOKIE NOTICE
This website uses cookies to give you the best user experience. By continuing to browse this website you agree to our use of cookies. You are free to manage cookie settings in your browser setting at any time. For more information please see our cookies policy.

COOKIE POLICY
Your privacy is important to us. This policy has been created to comply with legislation and to clearly explain the following in plain English:

What are cookies?
Why do websites use cookies?
How can you manage cookies?

WHAT ARE COOKIES?
HTTP cookies (usually just called cookies) are simple computer files containing data (commonly stored as a text file). A website can use cookies to find out if someone has visited a website before and record information (ie. data) about what that visitor did while there. Cookies are usually specific to the device (ie. mobile device, laptop etc…) or the type of browser being used to view a website.

Why do websites use cookies?
Most web pages that you will view can’t collect information about visitors and cookies provide a kind of memory for web pages. Cookies allow you to login on one page, then move around to other pages and stay logged in. They allow you to set preferences for the display of a page and for those preferences to be remembered the next time you return to it.

Cookies can also be used to track the pages you visit between sites, which enables advertising companies and some website owners to build up a picture of your interests. This data is then used to tailor adverts specifically to your interests and this is known as “behavioural advertising”.

TYPES OF COOKIES – Most websites today use cookies and some cookies are essential in order for a website to function in the way we have come to expect. The UK International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) classifies cookies in one of four ways as follows:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

  • These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided. For example, placing an order online or logging into your account on a membership area.

Performance Cookies

  • These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages.
  • These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
  • This data is only used to improve how a website works.

Functionality Cookies

  • These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local information by storing data about the region you are currently located in a cookie.
  • These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Targeting or Advertising Cookies

  • These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

How long do cookies last?

Cookies are stored in your browser or the computers memory for different periods as follows:

  • Session, or transient cookies – These cookies are stored in the computer’s memory only during a user’s browsing session. These cookies are automatically deleted from the user’s computer when the browser is closed.
  • Permanent, persistent, or stored cookies – These cookies are stored on the user’s computer and are not deleted when the browser is closed. These types of cookies may be stored for any period of time and some are permanent. Permanent cookies can retain user preferences for a particular web site, allowing those preferences to be used in future browsing sessions. Permanent cookies are usually configured to keep track of users for a prolonged period of time, in some cases many years into the future.

NB: Cookies are not dangerous. They are not computer programs, and they can’t be executed as code. Cookies don’t store sensitive information (such as your name, address or payment details). The information cookies collect is usually linked to a device or browser rather than an individual person. Furthermore, cookies cannot run programs or transmit viruses.

For more information see:
https://cookiepedia.co.uk/classify-cookies
http://www.whatarecookies.com/
https://www.aboutcookies.org/

COOKIES ON OUR WEBSITE
Cookies can identify your browser and only the site that produces (or owns) a cookie can read that cookie. Like most websites, we use first and third-party cookies on this site and there are cookies from all four of the categories listed above.

First-party cookies – These are cookies that are part of the coding of this website. We use a number of cookies to make our website work including:
* Making our shopping basket and checkout function correctly
* Determining if you are logged in or not
* Allowing you to add comments and access a password protected or membership area
* Tailoring content to your needs

Third-party cookies – These are cookies that have been provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded video. Enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for the website to work but it will provide you with a better browsing experience. You can delete or block these cookies, but if you do that some features of this site may not work as intended. Examples of third party cookies that are used on this site are from:
Vimeo.com
Youtube.com
Google Analytics
Clicky
Facebook
Doubleclick

The cookie-related information is not used to identify you personally and the pattern data is fully under our control. These cookies are not used for any purpose other than those described.

Managing cookies
You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

For more information and detailed instructions on how to disable cookies visit:
http://www.youronlinechoices.com/
http://optout.networkadvertising.org

Granting us permission to use cookies
If the settings on your software you are using to view this website (i.e. your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies, we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you grant us permission to use cookies. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site, you can learn how to do this from one of the links below; however, doing so will likely mean that our site will not function as you would expect it to.

Contact

If you have any queries concerning our use of your personal information, please email our Privacy Compliance Officer at [email protected]