What's a cookie?

A "cookie" is a piece of information that is stored on your device or computer hard drive. It records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes. 

Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system. 

If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, you can usually do this within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.


How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to track your use of our website. This allows us to understand how you use the site so we can develop and improve it as well as products and / or services in response to what you might need or want.

Cookies are either: 

  • Session cookies: those are only stored on your device / computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser. They usually store an anonymous session ID, allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page. They don’t collect any personal data from your computer.

Or:

  • Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your device / computer, and it remains there when you close your browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics and Squarespace Analytics. 

 

Cookies can also be categorised as follows: 

  • Strictly necessary cookies: those are essential to let you use the website effectively — such as when buying a product and / or service. Therefore, they can’t be turned off. Without those cookies, the services available to you on our website wouldn't work. They don’t gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet.
     
  • Performance cookies: those let us monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
     

  • Functionality cookies: those allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. This type of cookie may also be used to provide services that you’ve requested, such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information those cookies collect is usually anonymised