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We may use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies.These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They can 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. These cookies do not gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
- Analytical or performance cookies.These 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. These cookies do not collect any information that could identify you, as all the information collected is anonymous and is only used to help us improve our websites, understand what interests you.
Cookies defined as ‘Performance’ will not be used to target you with adverts or target adverts to you on other websites, or remember your preference or username beyond your current visit. We use these cookies to understand how our website is performing to enable us to make improvements to enhance your browsing experience.
- Functionality cookies.These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, and remember your preferences. Session cookies are not stored on your computer and the information these cookies collect is anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other website. These cookies will expire when you close your web browser session.
Cookies defined, as ‘Functionality’ will not be used to target you with adverts on other websites.
- Targeting cookies.These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. These cookies are linked to services provided by third parties. We use these cookies for social media sharing, and to track how many individual unique users we have and how often they visit our website. We use 3rd party companies for this service such as Google Analytics provided by Google.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the tables below:
|Cookie Type/ Name||Purpose||Expiry|
|Cookie_notice_dismissed||This is a functionality cookie that ensures the cookie notice does not reappear once it has been dismissed.||Session|
|Google (Analytics)||The following cookies are analytical/performance cookies that are associated with Google Universal Analytics.|
|_ga||This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the site’s analytics reports.||2 years|
|_gat||This cookie is used to throttle the request rate, limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.||10 mins|
|_gid||This cookie is used to distinguish unique users.||24 hours|
|Cookie Type/ Name||Purpose||Expiry|
|AddThis||The following cookies relate to the ‘AddThis’ social sharing widget, which enables visitors to share content with a wide range of networking and sharing platforms.|
|_atuvc||This cookie stores an updated page share count, making sure that the user sees the updated count if they share a page and then return to it.||13 months|
|_atuvs||This cookie holds the ID of a visit (a group of related views), and a counter for the number of views in the visit so far.||Session|
|loc||This is a geolocation cookie that helps publishers know approximately where people sharing information are located.||90 days|
|ssc||This cookie is used to track usage of the AddThis social sharing widget.||13 months|
|uvc||This cookie is used by AddThis to measure frequency of visits by user.||13 months|
|xtc||This cookie is used by AddThis to register the user’s sharing of content via social media.||13 months|
|The following cookies relate to Google services, for example Google Maps.|
|NID||This cookie is used by Google to store user preferences and information to offer them personalized services when using Google maps.||6 months|
|1P_JAR||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to collect website statistics and tracked conversion rates.||1 month|
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You can block cookies 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 website.
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