Cookies

About Cookies

´╗┐Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to 'remember' you. They will 'remember' you either for the duration of your visit (using a 'session cookie') or for repeat visits (using a 'persistent cookie').

Cookies are used for a number of different tasks, including letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn't use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won't recognise you and it won't be able to keep you logged in.

Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting ('first party cookies') or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing ('third party cookies').

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website's server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what's in your shopping basket.

What types of Cookie are there?

First Party cookies

These cookies are set by the website you are currently visiting. This type of cookie cannot be read by any other website.

Third Party cookies

This type of cookie is set by a different website to the one you are visiting. An example of this is YouTube, where a YouTube-hosted content is embedded within the website. A website may you an analytics service that set their own cookies.

Session Cookies

These cookies are only stored while you're viewing the website, and are destroyed as soon as soon as you close your browser

Persistent Cookies

This type of cookie is set for a specific amount of time (usually a week or longer), and are used to remember your preferences for an extended amount of time (for example if you have logged into a secure section of a website and ticket the box that says "Remember Me").

What cookies are used on this website?
Cookie name Expires after Description of cookie
_utma 18 months A Google Analytics cookie which keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred.
_utmb End of session A Google Analytics cookie which creates a timestamp of the exact moment when a visitor enters a site.
_utmc 30 minutes A Google Analytics cookie which creates a timestamp of the exact moment when a visitor leaves the site.
_utmv 18 months Used for reporting in Google Analytics classifying the visitor.
_utmz 6 months A Google Analytics cookie which tracks where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked on, what keywords used, and where in the world the site was accessed from.
PHPSESSID At End Of Session This cookie is used for PHP sessions.
_pk_id.{number}.{4 mixed characters or numbers} 24 months This cookie is used for our own Analytics System and tracks what site you are visiting.
_pk_ses.{number}.{4 mixed characters or numbers} 30 minutes This cookie is used for our own Analytics System and tracks what site you are visiting.
How can I control what cookies are stored on my computer?

We recommend following the instructions at www.aboutcookies.org on How to control cookies.

How can I delete cookies that are already stored on my computer?

We also recommend following the instructions at www.aboutcookies.org on How to delete cookies.