What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files written to your device when you visit this website. They help the website to remember your preferences or monitor your activity during your visit.

What do our cookies do?

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Continuously improve our website for you

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your your browser are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so may mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Remembering your search settings
  • Remembering if you have accepted our terms and conditions
  • Enabling you to stay logged in

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called “analytics” programs also tell us if how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before.

The information collected by statistics cookies is anonymous. No personal details are collected.

Sharing cookies

We offer share buttons enabling you to share articles with social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. These third party tools generate their own cookies and will track your activity for their own statistics and for targeted adverting.  The type and amount of information collected by each of the buttons will depend on your preferences on each of the social sites you are sharing with. If in doubt, please do not use the share buttons.

Turning Cookies Off

This site uses cookies that are classed as necessary so they cannot be switched off. They do not collect any personal data but require your consent to write to your device.

Non essential cookies can be switched off in your preferences, using the button in the bottom right hand corner.

It is possible to configure your browser to reject all cookies, but this will likely result in this and many other websites not working properly.

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.