Cookies Policy

Information about our use of Cookies
Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.
We use the following cookies:
•    Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website such as your membership pages.
•    Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
•    Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region) and login details.
•    Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website, and any advertising displayed on it, more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

 

Cookie Name Purpose More information
__utma Cookie __utma Google Analytics A persistent cookie - remains on a computer, unless it expires or the cookie cache is cleared. It tracks visitors. Metrics associated with the Google __utma cookie include: first visit (unique visit), last visit (returning visit). This also includes Days and Visits to purchase calculations which afford ecommerce websites with data intelligence around purchasing sales funnels.
__utmb & __utmc Cookie __utmb && __umc Google Analytics These cookies work in tandem to calculate visit length. Google _utmb cookie demarks the exact arrival time, then Google __utmc registers the precise exit time of the user. Because __utmb counts entrance visits, it is a session cookie, and expires at the end of the session, e.g. when the user leaves the page. A timestamp of 30 minutes must pass before Google cookie __utmc expires. Given_utmc cannot tell if a browser or website session ends. Therefore, if no new page view is recorded in 30 minutes the cookie is expired. This is a standard 'grace period' in web analytics. Ominture and WebTrends among many others follow the same procedure.
__utmz Cookie __utmz Google Analytics Cookie __utmz monitors the HTTP Referrer and notes where a visitor arrived from, with the referrer siloed into type (Search engine (organic or cpc), direct, social and unaccounted). From the HTTP Referrer the __utmz Cookie also registers, what keyword generated the visit plus geolocation data. This cookie lasts six months.
__utmt Cookie __utmt Google Analytics Google __utmt Cookie lasts "forever" / 2 years. It is a persistant cookie. It is used for segmentation, data experimentation and the __utmt works hand in hand with the __utmz cookie to improve cookie targeting capabilities.
_dc_gtm_UA-18221696-7 Cookie _dc_gtm_UA-18221696-7 Google Tag Manager This cookie is associated with sites using Google Tag Manager to load other scripts and code into a page. Where it is used it may be regarded as Strictly Necessary as without it, other scripts may not function correctly. The end of the name is a unique number which is also an identifier for an associated Google Analytics account.
_ga Cookie _ga Google Analytics This cookie is used to distinguishes unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
_icl_current_language Cookie _icl_current_language WPML Multilanguage This cookie name is associated with a WordPress multilingual plug-in from WPML. It stores a language value for the website. Where the cookie is set in response to a user action or request, and as long as it has a short lifespan, it can be treated as strictly necessary.
wordpress_test_cookie Cookie wordpress_test_cookie WordPress Used on sites built with WordPress. Tests whether or not the browser has cookies enabled
wordpress_logged_in Cookie wordpress_logged_in_#### WordPress Used on sites built with WordPress. Which indicates when a user is logged in, and who they are, for most interface use.
wp-settings-# Cookie wp-settings-# WordPress Used on sites built with WordPress. Used for admin settings to be saved per admin user. The number on the end is an individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize the view of the admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.
You block cookies 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.
Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after two years.

 

Google Analytics

 

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”), which uses cookies. 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 complies with the data protection provisions of the US Safe Harbor Agreement and is registered with the US Department of Commerce "Safe Harbor" program.

 

Usually Google will anonymise part of your IP address. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google in the USA. Google uses the information it collects for the purposes of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on the website activity for us and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to us. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB.

Further information can be found at: http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html (Google Analytics Terms of Service & Privacy). You can find out how to opt out of Google cookies on the page on deactivating Google Ads http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/.
Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “gat._anonymizeIp();” to ensure an anonymised collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking).

 

Internet-based online advertising / Google Remarketing

 

As well as using Google Analytics, our website also uses Google Remarketing. This is a service provided by Google and requires cookies to provide the service to us. This cookie works in a similar way to the Google Analytics cookie above.

 

Google uses this information to evaluate how you use our website in order to prepare reports concerning website activity as well as to provide other services relating to website and internet usage. Where required by law or necessary for the purpose of processing the data on Google's behalf, Google will also transmit this information to third parties.

 

Third party advertising

 

On the internet, advertisements from third party publishers (including but not limited to Google) are served to websites, using cookies stored on your computer from a previous visit to our website.

 

You can stop the use of cookies by third party publishers by visiting the Network Advertising opt out page http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/.