Cookies are files stored on your computer, tablet or smartphone that help websites remember who you are and information about your visit. These are automatically collected. Cookies can help display the information on a website on a website in a way that matches your interests. Most major websites use Cookies.

Cookies are broadly grouped into four categories.

These are used to provide us with the service you have requested. An example would be a cookie used to enable you to log into your account on the website or which allows communication between your browser and the website. Our cookie preference cookie which is described in the final section where we explain how you can reject or opt out of receiving cookies, is also an essential cookie. You may not be able to use our website without these cookies.

We use these to help us understand how users engage with our website. For example, counting the number of different people coming to our website or using a particular feature rather than the total number of times the site or feature is used. If we didn’t use this cookie we would count you as three different users which makes it difficult for us to monitor and improve our website.

Social Sharing.
We use cookies to allow you to share content directly on social networking sites. This enable you to interact with our website and social media platforms.

Internet based advertising
You will have noticed when you visit websites that relevant adverts may appear. At present we don not have this type of advertising on our site, however this may change. The money made by website owners allowing third party adverts on their websites will often pay for the running costs and would therefore usually allows you to use the website without having to pay a registration or usage fee. To try to ensure the adverts are relevant cookies are used to collect information about the types of things that interest you. This would not increase the amount of adverts that appear but improve relevance.

Rejecting or opting out of receiving cookies.
When you initially land on our website you will be shown a message bar drawing your attention to our use of cookies and inviting you to review this cookie policy to help manage your cookie preferences. If you do not manage your preferences despite this prompt a cookie preference cookie will be dropped confirming your consent to us using the cookies detailed in this cookie policy. This cookie preference cookie will last for no more than five years.

We have no control over third party cookies stored on your machine from our website and where this is the case you need to visit the relevant third party’s website directly to manage cookies from them.