This page last updated 24th May 2018, and replaces all previous versions.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small data text file of letters and numbers that is placed on the browser of your computer, tablet or mobile device. Cookies will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. This information is then sent back to our systems and recorded as you move around our site. Cookies are unique to the browser that you are using, so if you use both a mobile and computer to access our site, different data will be collected for each.
There are two types of cookies used on our sites: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site, and persistent cookies remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie).
Cookies serve a number of purposes like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, interests or log in details, and generally improving your experience.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you do not want to allow cookies or only allow the use of certain types of cookies, please refer to your browser settings which should allow you to accept or deny cookies (please read section below for more details about how to do this).
What types of cookies do we use and how can you manage them?
To review and manage the types of cookies in use on this site, please head to the Cookie Preference Centre (link at top of page).
A note on managing marketing cookies
You can choose to opt out of personalised advertising cookies on this site by turning them off in the Cookie Preference Centre. You can also enable DO NOT TRACK in your browser, or review and turn off ad personalisation for 100+ online ad networks here.
It is important to remember that it does not mean that you will no longer receive advertising when you are using the internet. However, it does mean that the advertising you see displayed on the websites that you visit will not be customised to you and your interests and may be less relevant to you.
The main uses of our marketing cookies are:
Google Adwords. Visit site to review settings and opt out.
Google Analytics. Visit site to review settings and opt out.
Microsoft and Bing Ads. Visit site to review settings and opt out
To learn more about interest based advertisements and your opt out rights and options, the following websites are also helpful; European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EU), Internet Advertising Bureau (US), Internet Advertising Bureau (EU), and Network Advertising Initiative.