COOKIES

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR USE OF COOKIES

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with an enhanced experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

If you continue to use our website without changing your settings we assume you consent to the use of cookies. However, 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. Please note, 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.

We also use third-party services such as YouTube for video, as well as Facebook ‘like’ buttons and Twitter ‘tweet this’ buttons. These services often store their own cookies.

Please note that third parties (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.

Name Purpose Duration
_utma Tracks number of visits made by each user to our website and when the first and last visit was made 1 year
_utmb Takes a timestamp of entry to our website and period of time spent on the site. 11 hours
_utmc Takes a timestamp of leaving our website and period of time spent on the site. When you quit your browser
_utmz Tracks how you arrived at our website, what search engine was used and if you clicked an ad or email link. 6 months
_ar_v4 Set by Google to collect data about user actions 6 years
.ASPXAUTH Used to identify if the user is an authenticated user At end of session
.ASP.NET_SessionId Contains the user’s session ID Deleted when you close your browser or after 10 minutes
_atuvc Provides up to date information on how often a page has been shared across various Social Media websites. 1 year
_drt_ Tracks which website has brought traffic to our website 11 hours
id Allows us to count the number of times each browser visits these specific pages 1 year
ug Advertising cookie 4 years
datr Identifies the web browser being used to connect to Facebook 1 year
reg_fb_gate Tracks the first Facebook page that the web browser visited 1 year
reg_fb_ref Tracks the last Facebook page that the web browser visited When session ends
wd Stores browser window dimensions and is used by Facebook to optimise the rendering of the page When session ends
di Maintenance cookie to help manage expiration of other cookies 1 day
dt Maintenance cookie to help manage expiration of other cookies 1 day
loc Geolocation used to help publishers know approximately where people sharing information are located 3 months
psc Used in recording user sharing and social activity 1 day
uid Uniquely assigned machine-generated user ID 1 day
uit Uniquely assigned machine-generated user ID 1 day
uvc Used in recording user sharing and social activity 1 day
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Assigns a unique identifier to each computer to allow tracking of YouTube video views 140 days