A cookie is a small text file that websites you visit may request that is placed on your computer, mobile phone, or other device when you visit a website or use an app. The cookie will help the website or app provider to recognise your device the next time you visit their website or use their app. Cookies transfer information to and from your device to the relevant website or app.
There are other technologies such as pixel tags, web bugs, web storage and other similar files and technologies that can also do the same thing as cookies. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to cookies and all such similar technologies that collect information in this way.
First and third-party cookies
There are many different types of cookies. Those set by us are called ‘first-party cookies’. Those set by our partners and suppliers are called ‘third-party cookies’.
Third-party cookies enable visitors to our website to see and interact with content such as videos and advertising provided to us by other companies. If you visit a web page on our website with embedded content such as a video on YouTube or social media, or click through our website to a third party site, you may be sent cookies from these third parties site. We do not control these cookies so for more information on these, please refer to these sites’ own cookie policies and how to manage them.
Session and persistent cookies
As with most websites, we also use ‘session cookies’, which exist only for the length of time that you visit our site and are deleted once you close your browser, along with ‘permanent cookies’ also known as ‘persistent cookies’ which remain stored on your browser ready for use the next time you visit our website.
These are required to help you access secure areas and to use some site features. Essential cookies are critical because you can’t access these services without them.
Performance and functionality cookies
These cookies ensure the display of handy features such as maps and videos which help to enhance the performance and functionality of our website.
Analytics and customisation cookies
We use analytics and customisation cookies to gather information on how the website is being used by our visitors. We also use the data we get to help customise the website for you and make the content you see as relevant as possible.
Advertising cookies are used to ensure that we only show you the adverts and messages we think you will want to see.
Social networking cookies
Social Networking Cookies allow visitors to share our pages and content through third-party social networking sites.
Most web browsers allow you to manage your cookie preferences. You can set your browser to refuse non-essential cookies, or delete certain cookies. Generally, you should also be able to manage similar technologies in the same way that you manage cookies – using your browsers preferences.
Please note that if you choose to block cookies, this may impair or prevent due functioning of the website.
From time to time we may need to update this Cookies Policy to ensure that it remains up to date. If we make significant changes, we will make that clear on the website or by some other means of contact such as email, so that you are able to review the changes before you continue to use the website.
Please refer to the date at the top of the Cookies Policy to make sure that you are looking at the latest version.