What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website to recognise your device the next time you visit.
Cookies do many things. For example, they can help us to analyse how well our website is performing, or even 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. Instead, cookies will collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our website, or a user’s general location.
What cookies do we use?
We use the following types of cookie and similar tools across our website to improve its performance and enhance your user experience.
1. Persistent cookies
We use persistent cookies which will be saved on your computer for a fixed period. They won’t be deleted when the browser is closed. We use persistent cookies to recognise your device for more than one browsing session (for example, if you click “remember me” for login details).
2. Session cookies
We use session cookies which are only stored temporarily during a browsing session and will be deleted from your device when the browser is closed (for example, to keep track of items that a user has added to a shopping cart).
3. Google Analytics
Can you block our cookies?
Cookies help you to get the most from our website, so please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly.
How do I disable cookies?
All recent versions of popular browsers give you a level of control over cookies. You can find out how to control cookies in your browser by visiting the About Cookies website.
For information on how to do this on a mobile phone, please refer to the handset instructions.