What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone or other device by websites that you visit. They will not harm your device. They are used to enable websites to function or to provide information to the owners of a website; for example to help to identify you when you return to a website. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to block and delete cookies, please visit aboutcookies.org.
Cookies can last for varying lengths of time, depending on what they are used for.
Session cookies are temporary and are stored until you leave the website or until you close your web browser; they are then removed.
Persistent cookies last for a fixed period of time, set within the cookie, and allow a website to recognise a visitor who returns to the website on the same device during that period. We will usually set these cookies for between 30 to 90 days.
As a visitor to our website you are able to block cookies by activating the settings within your browser which allows you to refuse the settings 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 part of our website and your visit will be adversely affected.
We may also use other similar tracking technologies, such as pixels (clear gifs) and web beacons. These are small graphics files or code that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognise when someone has visited our website or, in the case of web beacons, opened an e-mail we have sent. This allows us, for example, to measure the success of marketing campaigns.
Types of cookies
Cookies which may be used on our websites include:
Required cookies. These are cookies that are needed for the website to function properly. For example, without cookies it would be difficult to make a website remember which products you’ve added to your shopping cart. They include cookies which enable visitors to log in to secure areas of our website.
Function cookies. These are used to recognise a visitor returning to our website. This enables us to personalise our content, greet a visitor by name and remember their preferences.
Analytics/performance cookies. These are used to see how visitors use our website, such as the number of visits to a certain page, how people move around the site and what terms people search for. This helps us to learn how the website can be improved. We do not link these statistics and other reports to individual people.
Targeting cookies. These record your visit to the site, which pages you visit and the links you have followed. They may include the following: the date and time you visit the website; the advert or internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site; the pages you looked at while visiting our site; the device (such as PC, mobile phone or tablet) you use to access our site; the location from which you visited our website. We will use this information to make our site and the advertising on it more relevant to you. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Social media cookies enable the integration of social media like Facebook, Twitter etc. into the website, allowing you to use the like button or share a page or product.
We use both first and third party cookies on our website.
First party cookies are set by the website that you are visiting (us) and can only be read by that website (us).
For example, you may receive cookies set by Google and Mailchimp. These cookies are used for the analytical purposes described above. Our website uses Google Analytics who provide reports on website traffic data to help us understand our visitors and to help us improve your experience when using our website.
You can amend your preferences or opt-out of Google Analytics here.
Your cookie preferences
To make full use of our websites your computer or mobile device will need to accept cookies, as our sites may not function properly without them. Cookies are necessary in order to provide you with any personalised features on our site.
Amending cookie preferences
This policy was last updated on 24 May 2018.