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We want to make services we deliver on the internet easy, and our content richer and relevant. This sometimes involves placing cookies on your computer or mobile device.

Cookies are simple pieces of data stored on your hard drive. They are safe as they cannot be used to spread viruses. Cookies we use cannot be used to identify you personally as no personal information such as telephone numbers or email addresses is in these cookies.

You could delete cookies from your device and change cookies setting in your chosen browser. Read how to delete cookies.

Cookies used on our website

We save the following cookies on your computer.

Operational cookies

Our website contains two types of first-party cookies:

  1. Mandatory operational cookies
  2. WordPress cookies

1. Mandatory operational cookies

These cookies are necessary for our site to operate and do not contain personal data. We consider these cookies necessary to provide a service to the user. They are set to expire as soon as a user quits their browser:

  • viewed_cookie_policy logs whether you have read the cookie notification popup.
  • cerber_groove helps our site security by blocking attackers.

2. WordPress cookies for logging in

These session cookies are only for users that are logged in to WordPress and are automatically destroyed when the browser is closed.

  • wordpress_logged_in maintains your WordPress session as you navigate
  • wordpress_test_cookie tests if your browser accepts cookies
  • wp-settings – stores your WordPress settings and applies them to our site.

Read about WordPress cookies.

Third party cookies

Our website contains three types of third-party cookies:

  1. Usage and analytics
  2. Behavioural advertising
  3. Embedded content and social media

We do not control how a third party uses their cookies. Please check third party websites’ privacy policies.

1. Usage and analytics: Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to collect statistical data about our visitors. We collect this information in a way that does not identify you and the data is not shared with anybody else.

  • __utma keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site related to the cookie, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred
  • __utmb records moment in time when a visitor enters a site and expires at the end of the session
  • __utmc records moment in time when a visitor leaves a site and expires after 30 minutes
  • __utmz keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked on and what keyword was used.
  • _dc_gtm sends the data to Google Analytics for us.

You can opt-out of Google Analytics. This creates a cookie to remember to not use analytics on your visits. If you don’t accept any cookies, you will be asked about our use of analytics on each visit.

Information on how to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites and Google’s use of cookies can be found on Google Analytics Opt-out and Google privacy pages.

2. Behavioural advertising: Google DoubleClick

We use cookies to show you online adverts that might be relevant to you based on your browsing behaviour and your  location.  For example, we would know if visitors on our website are coming from the UK or abroad.

DoubleClick tags let us measure the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns and offer interest-based advertising to you when you are visiting other websites. The DoubleClick cookie information will not be used in conjunction with any personal information you might share with other Google services unless you have opted-in and provided consent.

3. Embedded content and social media

Our site has pages with embedded content from other sites. It uses cookies from a third party to enable this: