1.  What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded on to your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are used by many websites and can do several things, eg remembering your preferences, recording what you have put in your shopping basket, and counting the number of people looking at a website.

The rules on cookies are covered by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR). PECR also covers the use of similar technologies for storing or accessing information, such as ‘Flash cookies’ and device fingerprinting. Cookies do not allow other people to access your device or any personal information, unless you specifically choose to share your data.

2.  How we use cookies

We use cookies on our website in order to improve the experience of our visitors.

If a cookie originates from our domain, it is known as a first party cookie and has been set up intentionally to ensure the website operates correctly.

The cookies that we could use can be split into the following categories:

  • Essential cookies – these cookies are required for important features of a website to work. These cookies don’t collect any personal information.
  • Functionality cookies – these cookies provide functionality that makes using the service more convenient and makes providing more personalised features possible.
  • Analytics cookies – these cookies are used to track the use and performance of a website and services.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

Cookie typeNameDurationPurpose
Essentialaomrc-cookie-policy3 monthsThese cookies track whether you viewed the information related to the Cookie notice (but not whether you have read the notice).
Essentialct-ultimate-gdpr-cookie1 minuteThese cookies track whether you have accepted necessary cookies from the website.
Essentialct-ultimate-gdpr-cookie-level1 minuteThese cookies track whether you have accepted non-essential cookies from the website.
Analytics_ga2 yearsThese cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited
Analytics_gid1 dayThis cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.
Analytics_gat_gtag_[Property-ID]1 minuteThis cookie is also part of Google Analytics and is used to limit requests (throttle request rate).

3. Third party cookies

Like most websites on the internet, cookies on our website can also come from other domains, which are known as third party cookies. These cookies are common when a webpage contains third party features such as a YouTube video or Twitter feed. Additional cookies may be essential in order to make these features work correctly, but some companies may also include cookies for tracking and advertising.

4.  Changing your cookie preferences and settings

Should you decide to change your preferences later through your browsing session, you can click on the link here: Cookies Preferences

This will display the consent notice again enabling you to change your preferences or withdraw your consent entirely.

In addition to this, different browsers provide different methods to block and delete cookies used by websites. You can change the settings of your browser to block/delete the cookies. To find out more out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit wikipedia.org, www.allaboutcookies.org.

You can restrict, disable or delete cookies using the settings in your browser.

If you choose to opt-out, please be aware that some features on the site may not function correctly, including your login and account preferences.

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.

We use Google Analytics to measure traffic on our website. If you’d like to opt out of tracking, visit the Google Analytics opt-out page

Privacy notice

Our Privacy Notice describes how and why we collect and use personal information and provides information about your rights.