In order to improve the quality of our website and services, we may from time to time send your computer what is known as a “cookie”. Cookies are text files that identify your computer to our server. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, just the computer used.

The EU e-privacy Directive 2009 (the “Directive”)

Under the Directive which amended the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 we can store cookies on your computer if they are essential to the operation of this site but for all other “non-essential” cookies we need your permission to do so.

We use two types of cookies on our website.

Session Cookies

We use “session cookies” on this website which are necessary for its functionality. They store an abstract unique ID for each session and remain in the cookie file in your browser during the session but are erased when you close your browser.

Google Analytics

Like many other sites we use a popular programme called Google Analytics which is a web analysis service. It provides us with anonymous information about how visitors use our site, including the number of visitors to the website and the length of time they have spent on the website. It does not provide us with the personal identification of each individual user.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google uses this information to compile reports on website activity and internet usage. Google may transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Your consent

By using our website, you consent to our use of cookies as described above, including the processing of data about you by Google for the purpose as set out above.

Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these, of course, means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user.

Please note that the websites to which this site may be linked may also make use of their own cookies.