What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer, phone or other device if you agree. Once the cookie is on your device, our Websites "know" that you have visited our Websites before and we can then use that knowledge to tailor the experience you have with us. Many improvements and updates to our Websites are based directly on the information we receive this way.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These cookies are needed to operate our Websites, like cogs in a wheel. For example, this type of cookie lets you log into secure areas of our Websites.
- Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognise, count and understand how visitors move around our Websites when they are using them. This helps us improve the way our Websites work, for example, by ensuring you can easily find what you are looking for. Our Websites use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our Websites. This enables us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our Websites, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. This information will be used by us and third parties to make our Websites, and the advertising displayed on them, more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
- Social media cookies. So you can easily "Like" or share our content on certain social media websites, such as Facebook or Twitter, we have included sharing buttons on some of our Websites. These cookies are set by the third party social media websites to which they relate, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
You can find more information about the cookies we use on particular Websites, and the purposes for which we use them below:
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.
ll information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.
These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages.
If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.
These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites.
They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our Websites. You can also opt-out of almost all advertising cookies. Opting out of advertising cookies, however, does not mean that you will no longer see adverts, it means they will no longer be tailored for you.