What are cookies?
Cookies are one of the building blocks of most websites for enhancing the user experience of the website visitor. These small text files on users’ computers allow websites to store information. Cookies can allow websites to remember that a user is logged in, what they have added to their shopping basket and the current ‘state’ of a webpage. They are also used to produce targeted advertising based on users’ behaviour and assist statistics packages such as Google Analytics.
You can set your browser to reject Our cookies if you wish, but this might restrict your use of Our and other websites. For instructions on deleting or controlling cookies please consult your browser help section or see http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
Definition of cookies and their function
i. Session cookies
These are temporary cookie files, which are erased when you close your browser. They are used to store your browsing information while you are using Our websites and will be active until you leave the website and close your browser.
ii. Persistent cookies
Persistent cookies help Us remember your information and settings for any future visits. This results in faster and more convenient access. On your first visit, the website is presented in default mode. During your visit, you select your preferences and these preferences are remembered, through the use of the persistent cookie, for the next time you visit the website. A persistent cookie enables a
website to remember you on subsequent visits, speeding up or enhancing your experience of services or functions offered.
iii. CMS specific – session cookies
iv. CMS specific – persistent cookies
These types of cookies are placed by content management software (CMS) to remember your display preferences.
v. Google Analytics (3rd party) cookies
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use Our websites. We use the information to compile reports and to help improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. An overview of privacy at Google can be found here http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html
vi. Google Ads
Google Ad Manager uses a cookie to be able to manage the frequency you see each advert.
viii. Third party cookies
To improve your experience of using Our website, We sometimes embed content or functionality from third party websites. Pages with this embedded content may present cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these. Examples of such third party cookies are: YouTube: Clicking on an embedded YouTube video may set a cookie on your computer, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.
Cookies in use
Our website is built using WordPress:
wordpress_settings | Set by WordPress to identify a specific user and customise their view of the admin interface and main site interface
wordpress_logged_in | Set by WordPress – a cookie for a logged in user. It expires when user exits the browser
wp-settings- time | Set by WordPress to identify a specific user and customise their view of the admin interface and main site interface
We have Google Analytics installed on Our website:
_gat Cookies | set by Google Analytics and is used to throttle requests and has an expiration of 1-minute
_ga Cookie | set by Google Analytics and is used to distinguish users and has an expiration of 2-years
_gid Cookie | set by Google Analytics and is used to distinguish users and has an expiration of 24-hours
_gac_<property-id> | Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out
Share This Widget | gives visitors to Our website the option to share the content to social media
__uset | Set by the Share This widget – Determines whether a cookie has been set – expires 4hrs
__stid | Set by the Share This widget – Tracking for statistics – expires 1 year
Personal information collection
We endeavour to collect and use your personal information only with your knowledge and consent and with respect to providing a service to you or the business that you represent. The type of personal information We collect could include, for example, your name or business name and postal address, telephone number, email address or other general information. We will not process any personal data collected through the Website unless We have first told you that We are going to do so, and it is clear how We will use it.
Non-Personal Information Collection
We may collect information about the software on your computer (your browser version etc.) and your IP address (your connection with the internet) in order to improve your interaction with the Website. This may happen automatically without you being aware of it.
How will we use your information?
We do not generally use personal data because our business mostly deals with businesses rather than individuals. We do not send out mail-shots or e-newsletters. We may however occasionally write to you or telephone you.
Disclosure of Your Personal Data
We will not sell or pass your personal information to third parties, unless you have given Us permission. We may be obliged to disclose personal data to a third party if We have a legal or regulatory obligation to do so, for example to comply with a court order, or meet obligations in accordance with applicable law.
We use industry standard TLS certificates to provide encryption of data in transit, for example, all access to Our website is covered by HTTPS
Please also be aware that communications over the Internet, such as emails, are not secure unless they have been encrypted. Your communications may route through a number of countries before being delivered – this is the nature of the World Wide Web/Internet. We cannot accept responsibility for any unauthorised access or loss of personal information that is beyond Our control.
policy or data collection practices, please write to Us.
You can find out more about your rights from the Information Commissioner, who regulates data protection and privacy. The Information Commissioner’s website is https://ico.org.uk/.