A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or on your computer or mobile device. Cookies contain information that is transferred to the hard drive of your computer, phone or tablet.
We use four categories of cookies: required cookies, performance cookies, advertising cookies and functional cookies.
These are cookies that are necessary for our website to operate and cannot be switched off in our systems. You can set your browser to block these cookies, but some parts of our site will then not work.
The purposes for which we use these cookies include:
These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our site and to see how visitors interact with our website. They help us to improve the way in which our website works, for example, by ensuring that users can easily find what they’re looking for. The data collected by the cookies is aggregated across all visitors so is anonymous.
Our performance cookies include:
Google analytics. We use Google Analytics to understand how our website is performing, to deliver relevant content and to make improvements to the site. To find out more about these cookies, visit: https://policies.google.com/technologies/cookies.
We use these cookies to tailor advertising to your interests – both on our site and other sites you visit. If you disable them, you’ll still see adverts, they just won’t be tailored to you. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed.
Our advertising cookies include:
Facebook. These cookies track user behaviour on our website, such as the pages visited and where a user left the website. This technology enables us to serve you personalised adverts whilst you're on Facebook. Read more at https://www.facebook.com/policies/cookies/
We use these to improve our site’s functionality and personalisation for our users. They may be set by us, or by third party providers whose services we use on our site.
Our functional cookies include:
YouTube. We use YouTube to show you videos on our site.
You can turn off our performance, advertising and functional cookies by managing your Cookie Preferences.
You can also block cookies by changing the setting on your browser which allows you to block cookies. If you use your browser settings to block all cookies, including our required cookies, you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.
Most web browsers allow you to control cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
To find out how to manage cookies on your browser, you can visit:
Microsoft Internet Explorer, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/delete-and-manage-cookies-168dab11-0753-043d-7c16-ede5947fc64d
Apple Safari, https://support.apple.com/en-gb/safari
Not all cookies work for the same period of time. ‘Session cookies’ only operate temporarily and are erased when you close your browser. ‘Persistent cookies’ can last for much longer, in some cases several years, unless they are manually deleted.
Many of our cookies on our sites are set by us – these are called ‘first party cookies’. Some cookies are set by third party partner organisations and are known as ‘third party cookies’.