Use of Cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site.

A cookie typically contains the name of the website it belongs to and the lifespan of the cookie.

The law relating to cookies changed on 26th May 2011. The new rules require that cookies can only be placed on computers where the user has given their consent.

We are currently reviewing the cookies that we collect and working on developing the best methods for obtaining your consent.

In the meantime by modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies.

You can find up-to-date information clearly explaining how to control or delete cookies on your Windows PC or Apple Mac at

What cookies do we use?

Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics so that we can measure what pages on our website are being used and by how many people. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs.

The following first party cookies are set by Google Analytics

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For a full explanation of Google Analytics cookies see Cookies & Google Analytics ( external website).