Cookie Policy


What is a cookie?


Most websites you visit today will use cookies in order to 'remember' you and your visit to that website, thereby improving your user-experience. A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website's server to enable only that server to acquire the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser and will contain anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers, to permit that website to remember things like your username and/or preferences.


There are many different types of cookies each performing a different function, for example, by letting you navigate between pages efficiently for the duration of your visit only (a so-called 'session cookie'); or, storing your preferences for a repeat visit (a so-called 'persistent cookie'). Session Cookies are deleted from the user's computer or mobile device when the user closes the browser. Persistent cookies are saved for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and are not deleted with the closure of the browser.


Cookies may be dropped by the website you are visiting ('first party cookies') or by another website(s) which runs content on the page you are viewing ('third party cookies'). For example, the website might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service (see below in What cookies do we use?)


If a website doesn't use cookies at all, it will think you are a new user each and every time you move to a new page on the website. For example, when you enter your login details and move to another page, it won't recognise you and it won't be able to keep you logged in, therefore some cookies are necessary for the site to function effectively.


In general, most cookies work to enhance your experience of a website, making your visit to the website faster and easier.


What cookies do we use?


We use both session and persistent cookies to improve on your user-experience.


In general, the cookies dropped by our website(s) perform the following functions:


1. Strictly necessary cookies



We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around our website or to provide certain basic features, such as those that recognise registered members and are therefore essential for the operation of our website.



2. Functionality cookies



We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, such cookies act to remember your username from your computer or mobile device so that you need not enter it every time you access our website. Other functionality cookies will permit and enable users to watch samples of our content online.



3. Performance cookies



Primarily we only use first party cookies, but from time-to-time we may use an analytic tool which enables us to build basic statistics. For example, statistics on how many people visit our website, and in what country users are based, page views, the technology people use to access the website, or, to ascertain functionality problems.


Some websites will also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your location and/or browsing habits, so-called 'behaviourally targeting/advertising cookies'. We can confirm that we do not drop such cookies on our websites.


How to change you cookie settings


If you wish to alter your cookie settings, it is possible to block or disable some or all cookies that have already been set. Please be aware that in doing so, you might lose some of the functionality of the website.


If you wish to limit or block web browser cookies which are set on your computer or mobile device then you can do this through your browser settings; the 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.


Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.