We use cookies to make this website as useful to you as possible. They are small text files we put in your browser to track usage of our site but they don’t tell us who you are.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a piece of data/text file that is placed in your computer’s memory when you visit a website. The information the cookie contains is set by a website’s server and, depending on the type of cookie, may be used each time you visit the website. Cookies are widely used to make websites work, or work more efficiently for you, the user, as well as to provide companies with information about traffic through the website.
Cookies are designed to remember things that you have done on a website in the past, which can include logging in, or clicking on links. This can save you time when you visit a website more than once.
Cookies can be used by websites in many ways:

  • To remember your preferences
  • To remember your password
  • To find out what the website doesn’t do well and make improvements to it in future
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • They can also help us to see how many people are visiting our website and which pages are the most popular

Cookies are not dangerous. They are not computer programs and cannot be used to circulate viruses. They are not used to identify you personally. In fact, we will not associate any data gathered from the cookies on this site with any personally identifying information from any source.

Types of cookies

Session (or Transient) Cookies
Session cookies are stored in your computer’s memory for the length of your browsing session. They become inaccessible after the session has been inactive for a time and are automatically deleted from your computer when the browser is closed. They allow you to move from page to page without having to log in repeatedly.

Persistent (or Permanent) Cookies
Persistent cookies are cookies that are stored on your computer’s memory and not deleted when the browser is closed. They are used to remember your preferences for the website for next time you visit. They are also used to collect information about the numbers of visitors, and the average time spent on a particular page. We use this information to find out how the well the website works and where it can be improved.

Flash Cookies (or Locally Shared Objects)
You probably have Adobe Flash installed on your computer. Websites that contain Flash can also store small files on your computer that are used in the same way as cookies.
Flash cookies can back up the data stored in other cookies. When you delete cookies, your Flash cookies are not affected, which means that a website may still recognise you if it backed up the deleted cookie information on a Flash cookie.

Opting out of Flash Cookies
If you’d like to control the use of Flash cookies on your computer, Adobe’s website offers tools to do this. If you use Mozilla Firefox to browse the internet, you can use an add-on to find and delete Flash cookies.

Advertising on other websites
We do not collect or use your data in any way to affect your online experience on any other website.

Sharing with social networks
If you use the buttons that allow you to share products and content with your friends via social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, these companies may set a cookie on your computer memory. Find out more about these here:


Which cookies do we use?

Cookies used by us

Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics on the site which generates statistical and other data about the website use and is used to produce reports to help improve the site. Google Analytics uses cookies: _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmt & _utmz. Google’s privacy policy can be found at: http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/policies/privacy/.

Cookie Law Info, WordPress plugin
Used to record that a visitor has accepted the website cookie policy and to prevent the notification from being displayed each time a new page is viewed. Cookie Law Info uses a cookie called viewed_cookie_policy.

For information about how Facebook use your data visit: http://en-gb.facebook.com/help/cookies/
Cookies used by us – Third party cookies
Share buttons (Facebook, Twitter)

YouTube cookies
We may embed videos from a YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more, please see YouTube’s privacy policy.

We use a third party provider MailChimp to deliver our e-newsletter. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies including clear gifs to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter. For more information, please see MailChimp’s privacy notice.

What happens if I opt out of all cookies?

Nothing changes – you will still be able to browse our website.

How do I opt out of cookies?

When you logged on to this website, you should have seen a notification about the use of cookies with the option to accept or deny cookies from this site. You can also manage the cookies that you allow on your computer through the internet browser that you use. There are instructions on how to manage your cookies using the most popular internet browsers below:

Find out which internet browser you use
On a PC: click on ‘Help’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘About’.
On an Apple Mac: click on the Apple menu and select ‘About’ (make sure the browser is open).

Opting out of cookies
Whichever internet browser you use it should provide the ability to limit your use of cookies.  The documentation for your browser will contain instructions on how to do this.

Opting out of Flash Cookies
If you’d like to control the use of Flash Cookies on your computer, Adobe’s website offers tools to do this.
If you use Mozilla Firefox to browse the internet, you can use an add-on to find and delete Flash Cookies.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, you can also visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

You can read about the EU e-Privacy Directive and the UK’s Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 at www.ico.gov.uk

We may update our privacy policy from time to time, so would advise that you check it each time you visit the website.