Cookie Policy


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.

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.

The cookies we use are “analytical” cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site 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. You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:


The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name          Typical Content           Expires

_utma         Google Analytics         26 months

_utmb        Google Analytics         30 minutes

_utmc        Google Analytics         when you close your browser

_utmx        Google Analytics         26 months

_utmxx      Google Analytics         2 years

_utmz         Google Analytics         6 months


We use Facebook, Google + and Twitter counters and follow buttons on our site to promote and display how popular our posts and pages are on these social networks. These counters and buttons may drop 3rd party cookies.

If you would like to know more about these cookies you can find further information in the below privacy pages of the individual networks.

Facebook’s data use policy

Twitter’s privacy policy

Google’s privacy policy

Facebook & Twitter (Social Network – 3rd Party Cookie)

Name                   Typical Content           Expires

datr                      Facebook                       2 years

lu                          Facebook                       2 years

_twitter_sess    Twitter                          when you close your browser

Pid                       Twitter                          2 years

guess_id             Twitter                          2 years

k                           Twitter                          6 days

original_referer   Twitter                       when you close your browser

We have placed cookies on our computer already to help us give the experience you expect.  By continuing to use our website, you’re agreeing to our use of 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. For more information about cookies, please refer to the Information Commissioners’ Office.