What is a cookie?
A cookie is a file that is designed to store basic information on your computer. A cookie file is created whilst you are browsing a website and is processed by your website browser, and then saved onto your computer. This file is stored in your website browsers directory and can be deleted by emptying your cache.
Cookies can be used for but are not limited to; saving your preferences when visiting a website, to analyzing traffic for advertising and marketing purposes.
Types of cookies
Session cookies – These are temporary files that are created during a browsing session but are deleted once you close your browser.
Persistent cookies – These are semi-permanent files which are saved to your computer for a fixed period of time and are not deleted once you close your browser. These cookies are usually used to remember you as a visitor to a website or for traffic analysis.
Strict necessary cookies – These are permanent files which are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, for example when you are buying a product and/or service. These cookies cannot be turned off because without them you would not be able to use the services the website gives. These cookies do not gather any data about you that could be used for marketing purposes.
Performance cookies – These cookies allow us to monitor and improve the performance of the website by identifying traffic sources and to find out which pages/posts of the website are most popular.
Functionality cookies – These are cookies personalized to the choices and decisions you make on the website. For example not showing a popup again because it recognizes you are a repeat visitor or providing you with news/updates relevant to the services you use. This information is usually anonymous.
Cookies are used on this website to help us understand how you use the site. This helps us develop and improve the website along with the content published and the products/services you might need or want.
If you prefer us not to have this data available you may wish to disable cookies on this site and others. This can usually be done by editing your web browser settings.
UPDATED JANUARY 2019