Cookie policy

Cookie consent

Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website and to help you use our website more effectively.

This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site and the service we deliver to you.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They allow us to deliver a better and more personalised service.

Cookies can be session cookies or persistent cookies and can be either first or third party cookies as defined below:

Session Cookies – these allow us to track your actions during a single browser session e.g. to remember the items returned from a search. These are created temporarily and once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

Persistent Cookies – these allow us to authenticate you and to remember your preferences and therefore enable us to enhance your website experience. These remain on your device between sessions.

First and Third party Cookies – Session cookies and persistent cookies can be either first or third party cookies depending upon the domain placing the cookie. First party cookies are those set by our website. Third party cookies are issued by a different website from our website.

We use a mixture of first party, session and persistent cookies on our website to provide our services and enhance your experience. All of the cookies used on our website fall within the ICC classifications of Strictly Necessary cookies, Functionality cookies, Performance cookies [and Advertising cookies] as detailed in the table below.

You can generally set your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or modify your browser to alert you of any new cookies. To clear the stored cookies, you can normally go to the Tools dropdown menu at the top of the browser window.

The website may not function without technical problems if you have disabled cookies in your browser and you may experience a reduced availability of the services provided by the website.

You can find more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them by visiting or

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the list below:

Cookies on

Google Analytics

Purpose:  Used to distinguish users

Google Analytics Cookie

Name: _gat
Purpose: Used to throttle request rate

Pingdom Cookie

Purpose: This cookie measures the page load speed to identify pages that don’t perform as fast as we would like, and fix the speed to ensure that you have pleasant site experience

Twitter Cookie

Name: pid
Purpose: Allow us to display social network sharing buttons on our site

Twitter Cookie

Name: guest_id
Purpose: These cookies allow us to display social network sharing buttons on our site