Cookie Policy

Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites.

Cookie types are either session (stored only whilst you browse the site) or persistent (stored even after you have left – e.g. 1 year). Cookies that your own website sets are called first party cookies, and those set by other websites who run content on your website are known as third party cookies – for example Facebook sets cookies via your website if somebody ‘likes’ one of the posts on your site.

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Estimate our audience size and usage pattern
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Recognise you when you return to our site

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission, i.e. filling in a contact form)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

What cookies we use

A list of all the cookies used on this website by category is set out below.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are important to the underlying operation of the website. There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Cookie Name Purpose Expiry
PHPSESSID This cookie contains a session ID which is a mechanism for distinguishing different users’ visits when multiple users are visiting the website at the same time. It is essential for interactive use of the site.

They are usually considered relatively unobtrusive from a privacy perspective.

When browser closes.
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Our website uses a cookie to display our “Cookie Notice” at the top of the page. This remembers if the visitor has accepted/closed the cookie info bar.

If you do not wish this cookie to be stored then you can choose not to close the notice. The Cookie bar will eventually disappear if you don’t close it yourself. This does not mean that you have accepted.

1 year

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called ‘analytics’ programs also tell us if, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

If you decline cookies then your site usage won’t be counted and measured in this way so we won’t be able to take your actions into account when analysing data and seeking to improve our service based on that analysis.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit Googles opt out page.

Cookie Name Purpose Expiry
__utma Collects data such as number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. Used by Google Analytics. 2 years
__utmb Takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters the site. Used by Google Analytics to calculate how long a website visit takes. 30 minutes
__utmc Takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves the site. Used by Google Analytics to calculate how long a website visit takes. When browser closes
__utmz Collects data about where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked on, what keywords used, and where in the world the site was accessed from. Used by Google Analytics. 6 months

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily Like or share our content on websites such as Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

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 website 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. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.

The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing http://www.attacat.co.uk/, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.

Alternatively, visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to restrict or block the cookies on a wide variety of browsers. This site provides details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies.

Changes to our policy

Any changes we may make to our cookie policy in the future will be posted on this page. This policy was last updated on 28 October 2013.