Cookies are small text files that store information on your computer or smart device when you access certain websites. Cookies allow us to recognise your device when you visit our Sites and they enable us to store certain information about your preferences, for example your local store. Cookies make it easier for you to maintain your preferences and help us customise the Sites to suit your preferences.
When someone visits one of our Sites we collect standard internet log information. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of our Sites. We collect this information in a way which does not individually identify you.
If, in the future, we decide that we do want to collect personally identifiable information by using cookies, on any of our Sites, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we will collect such personal information, how we will collect it and what we intend to do with it.
The Content Management System (CMS) which provides the core functionality to power this website uses three cookies which are required when using the website as a logged in user:
Stores a temporary unique identifier for your session – no other information is stored.
Expires on exit of browser
When you are logged in, this cookie stores a value which identifies you to your site. This value is encrypted and can only be read by the server. If you use the Remember Me function this cookie remains on your computer for 3 months, otherwise it is removed when you log out of the site.
Expires on exit of browser or 3 months (optional)
Implements a preventative mechanism against Cross-Site Request Forgery attacks (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-site_request_forgery for further details)
Used by New Relic (performance monitoring) as a work around for browsers that do not support the Navigation Timing API.
These cookies are strictly necessary for the functioning of the logged in site. We do not offer a way of disabling these, and you should not disable these if you want to be able to log in.
We use Google Analytics to track website traffic and usage, helping us deliver a better quality experience to our users.
Used by Google Analytics to capture and determine unique visitors and the frequency of views. __utma is written to the browser on your first visit to a site (from the browser being used).
2 year expiry
Used by Google Analytics to establish and continue your session on the site. Each time you visit a page it is updated to expire in 30 minutes. It expires if you spend more than 30 minutes on a single page.
30 minute expiry
6 month expiry
Used by Google Analytics to store the type of referral used to reach the site; e.g. direct, link, web search, etc.
This is the cookie that stops the opt-in message (for cookies!) appearing each time you visit the site.
Please note that on some occasions cookies used on our site are set by third parties, for example when a Twitter widget or YouTube video is embedded on to a page.
About the opt out tool at: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/
You can, should you choose to, disable the cookies from your browser and delete all cookies currently stored on your computer or smart device. You can find out how to do this for your particular browser by clicking "help" on your browser's menu or by visiting http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/index.html.
Every browser is different, and the information provided in the following links may not work for older versions of the browser you are using, but you will be able to find out how by searching the internet for "how to remove cookies from [your browser name] [your browser version]"
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Apple iOS Safari