Cookie Policy

Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies.
    • These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies.
    • They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies.
    • These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies.
    • These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

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

Cookie Purpose More information
PHPSESSID Used to store the log in details of the user and an encrypted key. This information is required to allow a user to stay logged in to a web site without needing to submit their username and password for each page visited. Without this cookie, a user is unable to proceed to areas of the web site that require authenticated access. When the user’s browser is closed.
_ga Google Analytics cookies, these are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies an individual visitor, the information is aggregated and therefore anonymous. 2 years after being set
_gat We use this information to compile reports and help us improve the usability of our website. 1 minute after being set
_gat We use this information to compile reports and help us improve the usability of our website. 1 minute after being set
_gid https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage 1 day after being set
tfw_exp This cookie is set due to Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for the social media. 1 day after being set
wfvt This cookie is used by WordFence to track a user for the duration of their visit so that their page views can be grouped together. 30 minutes after being set
personalization_id Twitter cookie 2 years after being set
gdpr_lo Twitter cookie 3 months after being set
guest_id Twitter cookie appears on pages that use the button “Tweet” and serves to identify the user with a unique number associated with Twitter. 2 years after being set
external_referer This cookie is used in conjunction with the Twitter social plugins in order to allow following our Twitter accounts easily, share content via Twitter, and to display the latest tweet. Twitter makes use of cookies to improve its own service 21 hours after being set
wordfence_verifiedHuman Wordfence Cookie used to verify if the visitor is a bot or human. 1 day after being set

Please note that third parties (including, for example, providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

You block cookies 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 site