What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer, your browser or mobile device when you visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit.
There are many functions that cookies serve. For example, they help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more generic information such as how users arrive at and use our website, or a user’s general location.
What sort of cookies do we use?
1. Essential cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify registered users and ensure they can log in to access any secure pages. If a registered user opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access these pages.
2. Performance Cookies
We use other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our website and to monitor website performance. For example, we use performance cookies to keep track of the number of visitors to our website, which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
3. Functionality Cookies
We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, language preference or what you have in your basket or wish list, where available. This enables us to personalise our content for you.
Can a website user block cookies?
Yes, you can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies but as we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most from our website. If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.
How long do cookies last?
All cookies will last for the life of our website.
If you do wish to disable our cookies, you can do so 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 essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.
Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find useful the information available at www.aboutcookies.org.