What are cookies?
“Cookies” make websites work better and allow websites to remember previous actions or settings. They are small text files stored on your computer’s hard drive by the browser and may contain information about you or your computer. Cookies are NOT viruses.
Cookies do a lot of different jobs such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences and saving you time because you won’t have to keep re-entering your details each time you visit.
Cookies are split into “First-Party” (those set by our website directly) and “Third-Party”* (those set by partners of our website for example through a live chat function available on some of our sites) and are classed as either ‘session cookies’ (only set for that session) or ‘persistent cookies’ (which are stored on your browser between sessions and recognise you on your return).
It is important to note that you can disable cookies completely, or just some types of cookies. You can do this in your web browser at any time.
We have categorised the cookies on this website based on the ICC UK Cookie Guide. A list of all the cookies used on our websites by category is set out below.
Category 1: strictly necessary cookies – these cookies enable services you have specifically asked for and are essential to enable you to move round this website and use its features such as accessing the secure areas of the website. Without these cookies we cannot provide you with services you have asked for such as shopping baskets
Category 2: performance cookies – these cookies collect anonymous information about how you use this website which will help us to improve how the website works. All information collected is anonymous. These cookies do not collect information that could identify you.
Category 3: functionality cookies – these cookies remember choices you made to improve your experience, such as your user name, language or which region you are in and provide enhanced more personalised features. These cookies can remember changes you have made and may also provide services to you that you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog.
Category 4: targeting cookies or advertising cookies – these cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make and deliver advertising relevant to you. They are usually placed by advertising networks with our permission and they remember what sites you have visited. This information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often these cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
* Third party cookies are set by partners of our websites and we do not control the dissemination of these cookies. For more information about this you will need to refer to the relevant third party website.