Cookie Policy

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and to therefore improve the user experience when using that website.

You can find more general information about cookies at:

www.allaboutcookies.org or

www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/data-on-the-web/cookies

Our site uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best possible experience.

Our cookies help us:

  • 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
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient

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

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Determining if you are logged in or not
  • Remembering your search settings

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded Google Map. Our site includes the following third party functions which use cookies:

  • Google
  • Twitter

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functionality offered by these third parties

So you can easily “Like” or “Share” our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site for a number of websites.  If you do take the opportunity to share, then you may well be sent cookies from the relevant website. 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.

We don’t control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

Cookies are set by:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • LinkedIn

We use cookies to compile 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), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called “analytics” programs also tell us how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before.

We use:

  • Google Analytics

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of a large proportion of the world’s websites (including ours) as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

The links below provide information on disabling cookies in the most common internet browsers:

Managing Cookies in Google Chrome

Managing Cookies in Mozilla Firefox

Managing Cookies in Microsoft Explorer

For other internet browsers, please refer to the relevant product documentation or website.

The following links provide information on limiting the use of advertising cookies on your PC.EU based Network Advertising Initiative: Your Online Choices

US based Digital Advertising Alliance: Aboutads.info/choices or 

Network Advertising Initiative: http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices

Remember: turning off behavioural advertising does NOT mean that there will no more advertising appearing during your use of the internet. However, the advertising that you do see is likely to be less relevant to your interests.