Cookie Policy 

WHAT'S A COOKIE?

•A "cookie" is a piece of information that is stored on your computer's hard drive and which

records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it

can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies

can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.

•Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.

If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered

within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time 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.

How we use cookies

•We use cookies to track your use of our website. This enables us to understand how you

use the site and track any patterns with regards how you are using our website. This helps us

to develop and improve our website as well as products and / or services in response to

what you might need or want.

•Cookies are either:

- Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are

automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous

session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they

do not collect any personal data from your computer; or

- Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains

there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created

it when you visit that website again. [We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.]

•Cookies can also be categorised as follows:

- Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website

effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned

off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided.

These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or

remembering where you have been on the internet.

- Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of

our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which

parts of the site are most popular. [We use performance cookies for Sumo and Google

Analytics.]

- Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and

provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or

updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you

have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these

cookies collect is usually anonymised.

- Advertising Cookies

Cookies are widely used in online advertising. Neither us, advertisers or our advertising

partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies.

You can learn more about online advertising at http://www.youronlinechoices.com . You can

opt-out of almost all advertising cookies at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-adchoices

although we would prefer that you didn't as ultimately adverts help keep much of the

internet free. It is also worth noting that opting out of advertising cookies will not mean you

won't see adverts, just simply that they won't be tailored to you any longer.

[Please note that third parties who advertise on our website (including, for example,

advertising networks and 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]

- Remarketing Cookies

You may notice that sometimes after visiting a site you see increased numbers of adverts

from the site you visited. This is because advertisers, including ourselves pay for these

adverts. The technology to do this is made possible by cookies and as such we may place a

so called “remarketing cookie” during your visit. We use these adverts to offer special offers

etc to encourage you to come back to our site. Don't worry we are unable to proactively

reach out to you as the whole process is entirely anonymised. You can opt out of these

cookies at anytime as explained above.

- Affiliate Cookies

We sometimes link to products available to purchase on other websites (such as Amazon)

using a special link called an 'affiliate link'. This link (and the affiliate cookie) tracks any

purchases you may make on the linked website. We then receive a portion of the purchase

amount, at no additional cost to you. Cookies are required to allow us to receive a small

commission from these partners and these cookies are usually provided by specialist

companies (known as affiliate networks). Neither us, the networks, or the partner advertising

or recommending our services are able to identify you personally. We ask you to support us

by allowing these cookies which ultimately help us to offer you the service we do at the price

we do. Our affiliate cookies are provided by Amazon Associates.

TURNING COOKIES OFF

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from

accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of

our's and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most

modern websites

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called "spyware". Rather than

switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the

same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.