To comply with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations we periodically conduct a Cookie Audit of our website.
Our website uses a number of cookies to store data on our visitor's computers.
To find out how to control the cookies that are created on your device please see this page. To find out how to delete cookies please see this page. For more information about managing cookies, please see http://www.aboutcookies.org/.
This website creates a number of cookies, which are refered to as first party cookies as they are specific to the host site that created them. All the first-party cookies which are created do not store any personal or sensitive information, or anything that makes you personally identifiable to us. They are used for essential functionality such as security when processing form data or for analytics which helps us use anonymous visitor data to gain a better understanding of how people use our website.
We use Google Analytics, which creates a number of first-party cookies, all prefixed _utm:
_utma contains a unique and anonymous identifying ID, which allows us to ensure that subsequent visits to our website are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor. This cookie expires after two years.
_utmb used to establish and continue a unique user session. Each time you request another page from the website the cookie is updated to expire after 30minutes.
_utmc works with _utmb to determine when to create a new session for a website visitor. This is a session cookie and expires when you exit the browser.
_utmz tracks how you found us and is used to calculate traffic and navigation within the website.
_utmv You may also sometimes find this cookie is created which relates to custom reporting segments, a feature which we occasionally use on Google Analytics
We don't share the data that Google Analytics collects, and we don't believe that our use of Google Analytics is privacy-intrusive. We use the data that is collected in the following ways:
to report, in aggregate, how our visitors find and use our website;
to understand overall visitor behaviour; and
to inform how we update and improve our website.
To opt out of our use of Google Analytics you may wish to consider using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
If you have any concerns about the cookies we create or the way we aim to attain consent from you, please contact us and we'll be happy to answer your questions.