Cookies Policy

To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used.

By using the site it’s assumed that you’re happy with our use of cookies.

Why do we have a Cookies Policy?

In May 2011 the law was updated to require all websites to obtain informed consent from visitors before they can store or retrieve any information (using cookies) on a computer or any other web connected device. This law is the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 as amended by the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) are the governors of this law in the UK (click here for further information on the ICO).

What are cookies?

Cookies are very small text files that websites install on visitors’ devices for a number of reasons. Cookies will not harm a visitor’s device (they’re designed to make the internet easier to use) but the e-Privacy Directive requires that all visitors have the option to accept the use of cookies or not.

Essentially there are 4 categories of cookies:

  1. ‘Strictly necessary’ cookies (enables our site to fulfil its function when a visitor needs to log-in for anything)
  2. Performance cookies that collect statistics about how a visitor uses the website (eg from where did the visitor arrive (‘land’) on our site, how much time they spend here or which pages get visited the most). Google Analytics is an example of a performance cookie.
  3. Functionality cookies which remember the choices a visitor makes (such as the visitor’s name, language or region) and provide enhanced, more personal features. Generally, these cookies do not track the visitor’s browsing activity on other websites, and the information they collect is usually anonymous. However, in some cases, cookies that perform these functions are used to tailor advertising to the visitor. For instance, if the cookies know where the visitor is, they know which local businesses to promote on the website. If this is the case, these functionality cookies will fall into the fourth category of cookie (see next).
  4. Targeting or ‘advertising’ cookies that record a visitor’s browsing habits and preferences in order to tailor marketing and online advertising to them (a typical example is Facebook – every page you visit that contains a Facebook ‘Like’ button sends the fact that you’ve visited that page back to Facebook, which can use this information to make sure you only see advertisements on Facebook which are relevant to your interests. This occurs whether you decide to ‘Like’ the page or not). These type of cookies are primarily what e-Privacy Directive was brought in to govern.

A more detailed description of these types of cookies is available in the ICC UK Cookie Guide.

What Cookies are used by this site?

Our website is relatively simple (using a WordPress template) and only contains cookies for Google Analytics so we can track general information (such as how long a page is looked at, which pages are visited the most etc). We do not record personal information a part of this.

Below is our formal cookies statement:

This website sets performance cookies. These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. 

This website sets functionality cookies. These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

This website sets targeting cookies. These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.