How we use cookies

In May 2012, the UK Government passed new legislation with regards to the use of cookies. The following section explains what cookies are, which ones are collected by us and how they are used on our website.

What is a cookie?

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier.

Strictly necessary cookies

‘Strictly necessary’ cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around a website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of a website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or online billing, cannot be provided.

Performance cookies

‘Performance’ cookies collect information about how you use a website, for instance which pages you go to most often, and if you experience any errors. These cookies don't collect any information that could identify you. All the information collected is anonymous and is only used to help improve how a website works.

Functionality cookies

‘Functionality’ cookies allow websites to remember choices you make (such as your username, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located.

Targeting cookies

‘Targeting’ cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

What cookies we use

Necessary for website function

We collect the following cookies which are essential in order to enable you to move around our website and use its features.

Provider Cookie name Purpose
LifeStyle AV ASPSESSIONID Many of our website’s functions rely on a scripting language called ASP. This cookie is required for correct operation of the website.

Minimally intrusive

We collect the following anonymous cookies for analytics purposes.

Provider Cookie name Purpose
Google Analytics _utma
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Cookies for Google Analytics collect information about how visitors use our website to help us improve our services and user experience at our website. Information collected by these cookies is anonymous.

For more info on the Google Analytics cookies and how you can opt-out please visit:
https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage

Moderately intrusive

If you choose to share our content using such social networks such as Facebook or Twitter you may have cookies stored on your computer from these third party websites. Cookies are collected from third party sites so that you can be logged in to your account on their site and share our content simply and easily.

Provider Cookie name Purpose
AddThis _atuvc
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AddThis cookies enable visitors to share information easily using a variety of social networking web sites and other services.

For more info on the Addthis cookies and how you can opt-out please visit:
http://www.addthis.com/privacy/privacy-policy

How can I block cookies?

If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of our website. If you are not sure how please use your browser's 'help' function to find out. Alternatively, you can visit www.aboutcookies.org which explains how you can delete and control all cookies set by your browser.