Cookie Policy



Cookie Laws within the EUOn 26th May 2012, new laws came into force in the EU that affect most web sites. If cookies are used in a site, the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (UK Regulations) asks that the website user must give consent to the use and placing of the cookies.

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.

Cookies in use on this website

Our website makes use of some basic cookies, as almost all websites do, in order to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer (or mobile phone) when you browse websites. Our cookies help:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Monitor visitor statistics and site usage.
  • Continuously improve our website for you

 

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

 

Granting us permission to use cookies

A permission bar will appear on our website when you first visit, advising you that cookies are used on this website. In order to continue to browse the website as normal, simply click on the ‘Hide this Notice’ link to give your consent. Should you choose not to give your consent, this permission bar will remain until you have and some functionality of the website may be adversely affected. Further information on the cookies we use can be found below.

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Allowing you to add comments via the Blog

 

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily ‘Like’ or share our content on websites such as Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Twitter

 

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Anonymous Analytics Cookies (from Google Analytics)

We use cookies to compile anonymous visitor statistics, such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows) which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies, or how long visitors spend on the site and what pages they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. The analytics program also tell us if, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before.

Turning Cookies Off

Whatever Browser you are using to surf the Internet (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera etc.) you can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your Browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however will often limit the functionality of the websites you visit. Cookies are a wide-spread technology and ‘standard’ part of most modern websites. As such, a large proportion of the world’s websites will use cookies to enhance your browsing experience.

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that reputable anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. An Internet search for “anti spyware” will provide some options.