Cookies

We use "cookies" - small amounts of information stored on your computer to allow us to manage and monitor your use of our websites and to identify you when you return to our site. No personal data is stored in our cookies but they provide data to personal data held securely on our computers. Most browsers allow you to set them to refuse cookies although by doing so you will not be able to receive a personal service from us.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.

Certain cookies contain personal information - for example, if you click to "remember me" when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won't collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user's general location.

You can find more information about cookies at:

What cookies does this site use?

The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide and are either;

Category 1: 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 some services you have asked for cannot be provided.

Category 2: performance cookies

We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.

(Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users� computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information. View Google's privacy policy

By using our website, you agree that we can place these type of cookies on your device in the manner and for the purposes set out above. You may refuse the use of cookies by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. The add-on communicates with the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics.

(Share This)

We use Share This to help your share content from this website to your social media profiles. Share This generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users' computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Share This will store this information. View Share This privacy policy

By using our website, you agree that we can place these type of cookies on your device in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Can a website user block cookies?

As we've explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites. 

The first time you accessed our website after 25 May 2012, you should have seen an overlay which explained that by continuing to access our site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.

However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions on our "How to Manage Cookies" page.

Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly

Storage of information

Information that you provide or that is obtained by us through your dealings with the Site will be held on our computer. We may use this information as follows:-

  1. for statistical analysis for the purposes of developing and improving the services that we offer on the understanding that it will be kept confidential by us;
  2. to administer any services provided to you now or in the future on the understanding that such information will be kept confidential,
  3. if we have a duty to do so or if the law allows us to;

We will not provide your personal information for direct marketing purposes by third party companies.

We will take all reasonable steps to keep information we hold about you secure, however, we cannot guarantee security on line.

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