What are cookies?

Most websites you visit will use cookies to improve your experience. Cookies are small text files which are placed on your computer or other mobile or handheld device by a website’s server, to remember you as you browse a website. They are used to ‘remember’ when your computer or device accesses this website, either for the duration of your visit (using a session cookie) or for repeat visits (persistent cookie).

Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (first party cookies) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (third party cookies).

Why are they important?

These cookies are essential to the effective operation of our website. Cookies let you navigate between pages on this website efficiently and store your preferences. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If this website did not use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site.

Information collected

Some cookies collect information about browsing habits by users who access this website via the same computer or device. This includes information about pages viewed and the customer journey around a website.

We do not use cookies to collect or record information on users’ name, address or other contact details.

What kind of cookies are there?

There are a number of different types of cookies.

First party cookies
First party cookies are set by the website you are visiting and they can only be read by that site.

Third party cookies
Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from third party sites and these sites may set their own cookies.

Session cookies
Session cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session. They are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.

Persistent cookies
This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and is not deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session.

What to do if you don't want cookies to be set?

Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device intrusive. It is possible to block some or all cookies or to delete cookies that have already been set. If you do, you might lose some functions of that website.

If you want to disable cookies you need to change your website browser settings to reject cookies. How to do this will depend on the browser you use, but here are a few examples.

For Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Choose the menu "Tools" then "Internet Options"
  2. Click on the "Privacy" tab
  3. Choose the appropriate setting

For Mozilla Firefox

  1. Choose the menu "Tools" then "Options"
  2. Click on the icon "Privacy"
  3. Find the menu "Cookie" and select the relevant options

For Safari

  1. Click "Safari" and "Preferences"
  2. Choose whether to accept cookies

What happens if I disable cookies?

This depends on which cookies you disable, but in general the site may not operate properly if cookies are switched off. If you only disable third party cookies you will not be prevented from making purchases on this site. If you disable all cookies you will be unable to complete a purchase on this site.