Cookie Policy

About cookies and how we use them

By using the website you consent to our use of cookies. Here you can find out more about how we use them.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files placed on your computer’s hard drive or in your browser memory when you visit a website.

What do cookies do?

Cookies help to make the interaction between users and websites faster and easier. For example, they can remember your preferences, login details or information you supply as you move through an application process. Some cookies store personally identifiable information but this information can only be stored if you provide it – websites cannot gain access to information you didn’t provide to them, and they cannot gain access to other files on your computer.

What do our cookies do?

We use cookies on our site to remember your preferences – for example they’ll remember who you are if you leave a comment on an article.

We also use cookies to help us understand how our visitors use our website, for example the pages visited and the links clicked on. This helps us make improvements and understand what visitors to our site are interested in.


Are cookies safe?

Yes, cookies are small text files. They can’t look into your computer or read any personal information or other material on your hard drive. Cookies can’t carry viruses or install anything harmful on your computer.

Why should I keep cookies switched on?

We would like you to keep cookies active on your computer during your visits to our website because parts of the site rely on them to work properly.

Remember, our cookies are completely safe and do not dig for information on your computer.

Types of cookies we use uses session cookies and persistent cookies.

Session cookies

We may use session cookies, which last only for the duration of your visit (your ‘session’) and are deleted when you close your browser. These simply enable us to identify that the same person is moving from page to page.

Persistent cookies

Persistent cookies remain on your computer after you have visited our site, meaning the site can remember your settings when you revisit us. These cookies last for a pre-defined period unless they are deleted.

Third party cookies

We use a combination of first and third party cookies on our website. Third party cookies are simply those that come from external partners and include advertising (e.g Google), social media integration (e.g Facebook), and website analytics (e.g Google Analytics).

From time to time we may also embed external content from other third party websites within our website. These include sites such as Facebook and Twitter, whose cookie usage policy you can view on their own websites.

Some cookies are applied by our advertising partner MSIX to help manage our online advertising. These cookies enable us to learn which advertisements bring customers to our website and help us manage our advertising spend by only using adverts and websites that prove to be effective.

These cookies may be placed by us, or by another advertiser partner who works with MSIX. The information that we collect and share is anonymous and not personally identifiable. It does not contain your name, address, telephone number, or email address (see also Third Party cookies).

Similarly, we also use Google Analytics to allow us to track how popular our site is and to record visitor trends over time such as tracking which pages users visit.

Here’s a full list of the cookies we use and what they do:

Cookie Name Cookie Category Cookie Owners Purpose
_ga Website visit information Google Analytics Google Analytics uses cookies to help us to track which pages are accessed. This allows us to understand how popular our site is and record visitor trends over time. The cookies contain no personally identifiable information but some of them do use your IP address to help determine where in the world you are accessing the site from and to track the pages you visit within the site.

Turning cookies on or off in your browser

You have a number of options when it comes to receiving cookies. You can set your browser either to reject all cookies, to allow only ‘trusted’ sites to send them, or to accept only those cookies from websites you are currently using.

We recommend that you don’t block all cookies because parts of our website rely on them to work properly.