Cookies

Our websites uses cookies, these are small text files and are used to make it easier for you to use our website and also for us to track. They cannot be used to identify you personally and they cannot carry viruses.

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a piece of data sent to your PC, tablet or mobile browser from a website that you visit. This means the website can recognise your device if you return to the same website. Cookies do not contain any personal information about you and cannot be used to identify an individual user. Some expire at the end of your website session; others remain on your computer for longer.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times e.g. filling out a web form or adding items to a shopping cart
  • recognising that you have permissions to visit pages without having to log in on every page
  • measuring how many people are using our website and how people interact with our website to imp[rove our service

You can manage cookies in your browser see the following links to resources for how to do this in the top 3 internet browsers;

If you use Internet Explorer IE http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835
Firefox http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/cookies-information-websites-store-on-your-computer
Chrome http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647

For more information about cookies or if you would like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit:  http://www.aboutcookies.org

Cookies used on this website

The cookies on this site are identified below and categorized according to whether they are first or third party. 

First party cookies 

These are cookies set by our website. 

Purpose: Session management. These are "session-based cookies used in order to ensure the smooth running of users" sessions. This classification includes remembering your selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service 

Benefit: To remember your selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service on the site eg; to make it easier to log in again, if you choose 'Remember me'. To remember items that you have placed in your shopping cart.

Third party cookies  

We use a supplier who may also set cookies on their websites' behalf.

Name: ASPSESSIONIDQQRRRBDS

Google Analytics :

Purpose: Web Analytics/metrics. This category comprises cookies used to evaluate site performance in terms of number of visits, unique visitors, drop-off rate for transactions etc. We measure numbers and volumes of visitors to different parts of our site and this helps us ensure the service is fast and available when you want it. It also helps us ensure that different pages on our site are useful and easy to find.

information:  http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/concepts/gaConceptsCookies.html

Name

Typical content

Description

Expires

ASPSeeenior ID...

Randomly generated number

Exempt from changes to the privacy regulations.   Required by the Website's content management tool in order to operate. Without this the website would not function

When user exits browser

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Randomly generated number

Minimally intrusive   Google Analytics Web metrics

2 years

_utmb

Randomly generated number

Minimally intrusive   Google Analytics Web metrics

When user exits browser

_utmc

Randomly generated number

Minimally intrusive   Google Analytics Web metrics

When user exits browser

_utmz

Randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)

Minimally intrusive   Google Analytics Web metrics

6 months


To find out about the EU Cookie Law visit the Information Commissioner's Office website.

View our Cookie Policy