What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are placed on the computer or electronic device of a website user to provide the website operator with information about use of the Site. They are used for the purposes set out under item 2 below.
Some cookies are deleted when you close down your browser. These are known as session cookies. Others remain on your computer or electronic device until they expire or you delete them from your cache. These are known as persistent cookies and enable us to remember things about you as a returning visitor.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org. Alternatively, you can search the internet for other independent information on cookies.
- Analytical purposes: Analytical cookies allow us to recognise, measure and track users of our Site in anonymous form. The information collected includes the number of visitors to our Site, where visitors have come to our site from and the pages that they have visited. This helps us to improve the way our Site works, for example, by determining whether Site visitors can find information easily, or by identifying the aspects of the Site that are of the most interest to them.
- Usage preferences: Some of the cookies on our Site are activated when visitors to our sites make a choice about their usage of our site. The Site then ‘remembers’ the settings preferences of the user concerned. This allows us to tailor aspects of our Site to the individual user.
- Functional purposes: Functional purpose cookies store information that is needed by our applications to process and operate. For example, where transactions or requests within an application involve multiple workflow stages, cookies are used to store the information from each stage temporarily, in order to facilitate completion of the overall transaction or request.
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To make full use of our Site, your computer or electronic device will need to accept cookies, as our Site will not function properly without them. In addition, cookies are required in order to provide you with personalized features on our Site.
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