We are strongly committed to protecting the privacy of users of this website, continually auditing back-end technologies to ensure compliance to EC Directives.
To make our site simpler, we sometimes place small data files on your computer. These are generically known as cookies (although may involve other file types such as HTML5 Cache). Almost every website you visit will be doing this to a certain level.
Cookies improve things by:
- remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
- remembering information you’ve given (eg your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it
- measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs
- store information that allows quicker retrieval of content, improving the speed of use
The cookies that we use do not identify you personally, there are present to make the site work better for you. You can manage/prevent these small files yourself if you wish. Details of how to do that are found here: www.whatarecookies.com
Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)
We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.
Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.
The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:
|_utma||randomly generated number||2 years|
|_utmb||randomly generated number||30 minutes|
|_utmc||randomly generated number||when you close your browser|
|_utmx||randomly generated number||2 years|
|_utmxx||randomly generated number||2 years|
|_utmz||randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search)||6 months|
Flash plug-in Cookies
Small areas of this site use Adobe Flash technologies to deliver a richer website experience with small animations and games. The Adobe Flash plugin already installed in your browser collects non-personal information to improve compatibility and speed. Flash content cookies are slightly different to HTML cookies as they are managed by Adobe. You are able to edit the settings for these here: Link to Flash site
Please note that if you wish to turn off Flash-based cookies, there will be certain sections of the website that will not display. This will be clearly identified, giving you the option as to whether you want to re-enable Flash-based cookies to view the content.
To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit www.whatarecookies.com