Information about our use of cookies

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Information about our use of cookies

Cookie Policy

Cookies

Cookies help to provide a better, faster, and safer experience.

We’ve created this page to help you understand more about how cookies work and how we use them. Your browser or device may allow you to block them, but you will not be able to use some features on our website if you block them.

The law requires us to provide you with detailed information about the cookies that may be set when you visit our sites. Other than for so called “strictly necessary” cookies where no consent is required, the law also requires us to obtain your consent to the use of cookies. This policy aims to provide you with information about cookies, how they are used on our sites and how we get your consent.

What are ‘cookies’?

Cookies are tiny text files stored on your computer when you visit most web pages; cookies do a number of things that help you to manage your web experience. The types of cookies that are set by our sites and what they do are listed below. The cookies set by our sites will be recognised each you visit that site.

Some features on our websites and in our mobile apps will not function if you do not allow cookies.

Not all the cookies described below are set by us. Some of our partners may also set cookies on our sites.

You can find more general information about cookies at the website: www.allaboutcookies.org.

Our cookies

We’ve categorised our cookies into 4 groups:

1. Strictly Necessary

You need these cookies for our websites and mobile apps to work properly. For example, if there is a local element to one of our websites, you’ll need these cookies to access it.

2. Performance

These cookies allow us to count the total amount of page visits and sources of traffic so we can measure and improve the performance of our sites and applications. They also enable us to see how users, on an anonymised aggregated basis, use our sites. A third party provider sets these cookies for us and provides reports on how our sites are used.

These cookies will never collect information in a way that could identify you personally.

3. Functional

If you use social media platforms then their cookies may be set through our websites or mobile apps. They do this, not us - it allows data to be collected by these companies which enables them to serve adverts on other sites that they think are relevant to your interests. If you do not use ‘social media’ tools, then you won’t pick up any of those kinds of cookies.

4. Personalisation

These cookies allow us to provide a high quality experience by customising our content offering to you across our sites and in our other communications with you. We might use the information collected by these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on the articles and other content you view when visiting any of our websites.

How you provide your consent

The first time you visit this site after this policy becomes effective or at any other time after you have deleted our cookies from your device, you will be presented with a notice informing you that our sites use cookies. That notice will include a link to this policy. If you decide to continue through the sites after being presented with that notice, we will assume that we have your consent to set cookies as described in this policy.

You will be required to consent to the use of cookies during the registration process by ticking the box to accept the Cookie Policy
The law does not require us to ask for your consent to use “Strictly Necessary” cookies. We will automatically set these cookies when you use the Site(s). If you delete or block these cookies, you will not be able to use some features of the Site(s).

Disabling or blocking cookies

You can delete cookies at any time using your internet browser settings and you can also set your browser so that cookies are automatically blocked and prevented from being set. If you disable or block cookies, our websites may not function properly and you may not be able to use all of the features of our sites.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Name Type Description
 
__gads Long living cookie Third-party cookie from Amazon - Related to the images and videos on our web site.
__utma Long living cookie Third-party cookie from Google - Related to web statistics.
__utmb Long living cookie Third-party cookie from Google - Related to web statistics.
__utmc Long living cookie Third-party cookie from Google - Related to web statistics.
__utmz Long living cookie Third-party cookie from Google - Related to web statistics.
armid Long living cookie Our internal web statistics system uses this to track unique visitors to our web site.
competition Long living cookie Used to store your details from web competitions, so that we can fill them in automatically for you next time.
customform Long living cookie Used to store your details from web competitions, so that we can fill them in automatically for you next time.
criteouk979 Medium term cookie Used to store your details from web forms, so that we can fill them in automatically for you next time.
JEB2 Long living cookie Third Party cookie from AdTech - Related to the ads on our web site.
sdchp Medium term cookie Third Party cookie from AdTech - Related to the ads on our web site.
site No longer used Legacy cookie from our old web sites, we are working to remove this from user's computers.
skystruqlb Medium term cookie Third Party cookie from AdTech - Related to the adverts on our web site.
skystruqmpu Medium term cookie Third Party cookie from AdTech - Related to the adverts on our web site.
skystruqsky Medium term cookie Third Party cookie from AdTech - Related to the adverts on our web site.
struqother Medium term cookie Third Party cookie from AdTech - Related to the adverts on our web site.