Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other devices when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to “remember” you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a “session cookie”) or for multiple repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as “first party cookies”), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (“third party cookies”).

Both websites and HTML emails may also contain other tracking technologies such as “web beacons” or “pixels.” These are typically small transparent images that provide us with statistics, for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. As a result, if you disable cookies, web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.

How we use cookies

Using the categorisation developed by the International Chamber of Commerce in its “Cookie guide”, we have identified we use the following categories of cookies:

(a) Category One – Strictly necessary cookies – these cookies are required to enable the user to move around the website and to use its features, but which are not used to gather information that could be used for marketing to the user or to remember customer preferences or user IDs outside a single session.

(b) Category Three – Functionality cookies – these cookies are typically the result of user action, but can be implemented in the delivery of a service not explicitly requested by the user. They can also be used to prevent a user being offered a service that it has previously rejected. They should not be used to re-target adverts (Category Four below).

Please note the categorisation of cookies has been made in good faith on the basis of information available to us, but we give no warranties the categorisation is accurate or complete.

The other categories of cookies identified by the International Chamber of Commerce are:

(a) Category Two – Performance cookies –these cookies are used to improve how the website works. They include web analytics, ad response rates, affiliate tracking, error management and testing designs. They should not be used to re-target adverts (Category Four below).

(b) Category Four – Targeting or advertising cookies – these cookies contain a unique key that is able to distinguish individual user browsing habits or store code that can be translated into a set of browsing habits or preferences using information stored elsewhere. These cookies can also be used to limit the number of times a user sees a particular ad on a website and to measure the effectiveness of a particular advertising campaign. These cookies are usually third party cookies.

Our website does not include 3rd party advertisements and we do not use Category 4 cookies.

3rd Party Cookies Used on our site

We use a number of third-party technologies to deliver the services on our website. If you would like more information about the cookies used by such suppliers, please go to their individual privacy policies listed below.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to analyse use of this website. Google Analytics uses information collected from cookies stored on users’ computers to generate statistical and other information about website use. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website and this information will be stored by Google. Please refer to Google’s Privacy Policy for further details.

By using our website, you agree we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Facebook

We use Facebook’s like button, which allows users to click like and follow us on Facebook and to share with your Facebook contacts what you like. Please refer to Facebook’s Privacy Policy for further details of their cookie usage.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Twitter

We use a Twitter button which links you to our business Twitter account. Please refer to Twitter’s Privacy Policy for further details on their cookie usage.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Instagram

We use an Instagram button which links you to our business Twitter account. Please refer to Instagram’s Privacy Policy for further details on their cookie usage.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

WordPress.com

Our website is fully hosted by WordPress.com under their business plan. This plan includes premium hosting, security and backups. For further information on how they process and handle data as well as their cookie usage, please refer to WordPress.com’s Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy pages.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

How to block cookies

Most browsers allow users to refuse to accept cookies. For example:

(a) In Internet Explorer, the user can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy” and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector;

(b) In Firefox, the user can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and un-checking “Accept cookies from sites” in the “Privacy” box.

Deleting cookies

You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer:

(a) In Internet Explorer, the user has manually to delete cookie files;

(b) In Firefox, the user can delete cookies by first ensuring that cookies are to be deleted by choosing “clear private data” and then clicking “Clear private data” in the “Tools” menu.