Cookies policy

Important Notice: please read carefully before using this website.

This policy explains how cookies are used on our website. The policy may be amended from time to time. When we do, we will let you know by appropriate means such as by posting the revised policy on this page with a new “Last Updated” date. By using our website, you agree to the placement of cookies on your computer in accordance with the terms of this policy. If you do not wish to accept cookies from this site, please either disable cookies or refrain from using our site.

What are Cookies?

Cookies are text-only strings of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer’s hard disk; so that the website will recognise you when you will revisit and remember certain information about you and your preferences. Cookies are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website and can be accessed either by the web server or the visitors’ computer. They can include which pages have been visited, choices you have made, any specific information you have entered into forms and the time and date of your previous visit. Cookies are widely used to make the web experience more personal.

A cookie policy is a legal requirement for websites in Europe with the new EU Cookie Law, which was adopted by all EU countries in May 2011. It was designed to protect online privacy, by making consumers aware of how information about them is collected and used online, and give them a choice to allow it or not.

Types of Cookies

There are two main types of cookies:

  • Session cookies: these are temporary cookies that expire at the end of a browser session; that is to say when you leave the website. They allow the website to recognise you as you are navigating between pages during a single browser session and allow you to use the website most efficiently.

  • Persistent cookies: these are stored on your equipment between browsing sessions until the expiry or deletion of these cookies. They, therefore, enable the website to “recognise” you on your return, remember your preferences, and tailor services to you.

In addition to session and persistent cookies, there may be other cookies that are set by the website which you have chosen to visit, such as our website, in order to provide us or third parties with information.

Use of Cookies on our Website

We currently use session cookies. Session cookies will help us to maintain security on our website and verify your details whilst you are using our website as you navigate from one page to another page, which will enable you to avoid re-entering your details each time you enter a new page.

Many cookies are designed to give you optimal usage of Internet. For instance, we use cookies to enable you to improve your experience when using our website, e.g. a cookie which recognises if your browser supports specific technology features. This helps in enabling web pages to be loaded more quickly when you request the download of a large file.

In addition to cookies which send information to us, we also use cookies which collect information and send it to third parties. An example of this is Google Analytics. We use Google Analytics to help collect and compile information like the number of visitors to our site, where visitors have come to our site from and the pages they visited and how long they have stayed on them. Where this site allows such cookies to be set or you access other websites from this site using the links provided, the operators of these websites will use cookies in accordance with their own cookies policy, which may differ from ours.

As with first party cookies, you are able to block third party cookies through your browser settings.

Some of our cookies may collect and store your personal information, such as your name or email address. We are committed to respecting and protecting your privacy and will ensure that all personal information collected by us is kept and treated in accordance with our privacy policy.

How to Refuse or Delete Cookies on our Website

Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. However, you have the ability to disable cookies if you wish, generally through changing your internet software browsing settings. It may equally be possible to configure your browser settings to enable acceptance of specific cookies or to notify you each time a new cookie is about to be stored on your computer enabling you to decide whether to accept or reject the cookie.

To manage your use of cookies there are various resources available to you, for example the “Help” section on your browser. You can also disable or delete the stored data used by technology similar to cookies, such as Local Shared Objects or Flash cookies, by managing your browser’s “add-on settings” or visiting the website of its manufacturer.