A cookie is a piece of information that is stored on your computer which records and responds how you use and move around the site.
When you re-visit the site the cookie will already be pre-set to the options based on the information stored about your last visit.
Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic to our site and also for advertising and marketing.
- Cookies can either be sessions, where they are only stored on your computer during your visit and are automatically deleted when you close the browser or persistent cookies whereby the data is stored on your computer and will remain there even after you close your browser. When you revisit the website your preferences will be remembered by the website to tailor your user experience.
Cookies are categorised as follows:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are essential to enable you to use the website effectively such as when you are purchasing a product or service and so cannot be turned off. These cookies do not gather information about you.
- Performance cookies. These will enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website such as allowing us to identify traffic sources or count visits to the site.
- Functionality cookies. These are cookies that allow our website to retain your preferences on our site and enhance the user experience.
How to control cookies
You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.