Cookie Policy

What’s a cookie?

  • A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
  • Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.

If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. 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. 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 site.

How do we use cookies?

  • We use cookies to track your use of our website. This enables us to understand how you use the site and track any patterns with regards how you are using our website. This helps us to develop and improve our website as well as products and / or services in response to what you might need or want.
  • Cookies are either:
    • Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser; they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer
    • Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics, though these cookies do not run unless and until you accept our Cookie Policy.
      [With Google Analytics we use anonymisation, where Google Analytics anonymizes your IP address as soon as technically feasible at the earliest possible stage of the collection network.]
  • Cookies can also be categorised as follows:
    • Strictly necessary cookies: are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
    • Performance cookies: enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular. We use Google Analytics, though these cookies do not run unless and until you accept our Cookie Policy.
    • Functionality cookies: allow websites to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. We do not use functionality cookies on our website.

Necessary Cookies

Used for anti-spam functions SESSION More Info
PHPSESSID This cookie is used to establish a user session and is a reference to a unique session ID set by our website code (PHP) SESSION More Info
comment_author_* WordPress – For visitors who comment on our blog and who tick to agree to it. This is purely an optional convenience, so that the visitor won’t need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment. SESSION More Info
viewed_cookie_policy This cookie is used to remember your cookie policy settings. The cookie persists for 1 year. PERSISTENT

Necessary Cookies for Logged In Users

wordpress_test_cookie WordPress – Used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies More Info
wordpress_* WordPress – For users who log in only. On login, WordPress uses the wordpress_[hash] cookie to store your authentication details. Its use is limited to the admin console area, /wp-admin/. More Info
wordpress_logged_in_* WordPress – For users who log in only. After login, WordPress sets the wordpress_logged_in_[hash] cookie, which indicates when you’re logged in, and who you are, for most interface use. More Info
wp-settings-* WordPress – For users who log in only. This is used to customize your view of the admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. More Info

Optional Statistics Cookies

Google Analytics – Provides us with statistics about use of our website. SESSION / PERSISTENT More Info