A cookie is a small text file that websites you visit may request that you save on your computer. The cookie cannot access your hard drive and does not provide us with any personally identifiable information. It does provide details of your IP address, the computer platform that you use (e.g. Mac or Windows), the browser that you use (e.g. Microsoft Explorer or Firefox) and what domain you are accessing our website from.
Types of cookie & what they do
First and third-party cookies
There are many different types of cookies and we use them all. Those set by us are called 'first-party cookies'. Those set by our partners and suppliers are called 'third-party cookies'.
Third-party cookies enable visitors to our website to see and interact with content such as videos and advertising provided to us by other companies. The same cookies can also help us with website analytics.
Session and persistent cookies
As with most websites, we also use 'session cookies', which exist only for the length of time that you visit our site and are deleted once you close your browser, along with 'permanent cookies' also known as 'persistent cookies' which remain stored on your browser ready for use the next time you visit our website.
These are required to help you access secure areas and to use some site features. Essential cookies are critical because you can’t access these services without them.
Performance and functionality cookies
These cookies ensure the display of handy features such as maps and videos which help to enhance the performance and functionality of our website.
Analytics and customisation cookies
We use analytics and customisation cookies to gather information on how the website is being used by our visitors. We also use the data we get to help customise the website for you and make the content you see as relevant as possible.
Advertising cookies are used to ensure that we only show you the adverts and messages we think you will want to see.
Social networking cookies
Social Networking Cookies allow visitors to share our pages and content through third-party social networking sites.
How can you manage cookies?
Most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted and online behavioural advertising.