About Cookies Used On This Site

The 'cookie law' was passed by the European Union last year, but the UK government allowed an extra year's grace before treating it as law here. That period of grace ceased at the end of May 2012. The new law affects millions of websites across the EU.

What Are Cookies And How They Benefit You?

A cookie is a small text file that a website can store on your computer to help keep track of a variety of things, for example if you want to stay logged into a website, or your preferences within a website.

Our Cookies Help Us To:

  • Make our website work as you'd expect
  • Save you having to login every time you visit the site
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Make it easier to improve our website

We Do Not Use Cookies to:

  • 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

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below:

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your browser are adjusted to accept cookies, we take this (and your continued use of our website) to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More About Our Cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Google Analytics
  • Session Cookies
  • Twitter
  • Making our shopping basket and checkout work

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third Party Functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies

  • Google
  • .widgetserver.com
  • .wufoo.com

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties.

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily 'Like' or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site. Cookies are set by:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use 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. These so called 'Analytics' programs 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, and help us to develop our services to you. We use Google Analytics for these features.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so, however, will limit the functionality of our website (and a large proportion of the world's websites) as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

It may be that your concerns about cookies relate to so-called 'spyware'. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser, you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.