Cookie Policy

YOUR PRIVACY & COOKIES

  1. What are cookies?

We use small text files placed on your computer called ‘cookies’ to collect standard log and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. We use this information to analyse how visitors use our website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. You can set your computer to reject cookies, but this may affect your ability to use certain parts of our website. By accessing the site you are giving consent for Cookies to be placed on your computer or device. This is standard practice for most websites in order to help provide users with a better browser experience.

If you do not consent to the Cookies used on this website, you must disable them or refrain from using this site.

  1. What are cookies used for?

Cookies are used to improve services for you, for example:

If you have previously given and saved a username and password you don’t need to repeat this for every web page you visit;

It allows a service to recognise your computer, tablet or mobile phone so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one browsing session; and

It allows us to measure how many people are using our services and websites, so they can be made easier to use and ensure there is enough capacity and that they perform well.

  1. What types of cookies do we use?

We use Google Analytics and WordPress on our website.

Google Analytics cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our websites. We use the information to compile reports which help us improve our websites. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to a website, from where visitors to a website have come from and the pages visited. For more information Click here for an overview of privacy at Google.

Cookie Name Description
visitor_idxxxxx Visitor Cookie: The visitor cookie includes the name “visitor_id” plus the unique identifier, which is derived from the tracking code placed on your site. The value stored is the unique ID for the visitor. For example, cookie name “visitor_id12345″ stores the visitor value “123456789,” where 12345 is the account identifier and 123456789 represents the visitor ID. This cookie is set by our tracking code on visitors and prospects.

WordPress Cookies

Our website is a content managed system utilising the open source platform WordPress. Cookies are used when posting comments in our news blog section. Three commentator Cookies are used to remember your details when you post a comment about any of our news stories. These are purely for convenience so that you do not need to re-type your information when you want to leave another comment.

Name Provider Type Duration Purpose
comment_author comment_author_email comment_author_url WordPress 1st Party Persistent Cookie 1 year from set/update When you write a comment, three cookies are set which remember your details and make it easier to post future comments.

For more information about WordPress cookies please click here

  1. What are the main benefits of cookies?

Cookies can improve the user experience by remembering key information that the user has provided to us, so the user does not need to re-enter the information every time they access the website.

Cookies allow us to use aggregate data to improve our websites by helping us to identify the content our audience finds most interesting so we can produce more of it. For example, if we notice our audience is consuming more content related to a particular service in a month, we will plan to produce more of that content in the future.

  1. How to Control and Delete Cookies?

Although Cookies are used on almost every website on the internet, some users do not like the idea of this information being stored on their computer or device.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

As a rule, Cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, if you wish to delete or block them from being used in the future, then you can do so via your internet browser settings. Each browser allows you to restrict or block Cookies in different ways, so we recommend that you visit your browsers Help section to learn how to set your preferences.

For further information about how to manage cookies on popular browsers see below:

Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge

Mozilla Firefox

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Opera

Apple Safari

For other browsers, please visit the developer’s website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

We also recommend that you visit the independent website AboutCookies.org which explains your options for controlling and deleting Cookies and offers guidance for all modern browsers.

Please note – by preventing Cookies from being used on this website, you may experience reduced functionality