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How we use cookies

When you visit our Site, we automatically send your computer a tiny text file called a ‘cookie’ which allows us to make your experience on our Site a more personalised one, and gives us information as to how to make our Site more useful to you.

Our use of the cookie is limited to your activities within our Site and does not have any other effect on your computer or your other activities on the internet. A cookie does not give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us and we do not disclose information stored in your cookie to third parties.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies although most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. Please note that if you decline cookies, you may not be able to use some of our Site features.

The following text provides a list of all cookies used on our Site with a brief description of their purpose and their key attributes:


This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes. The main purpose of this cookie is: Performance.


This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. The new service reduces the reliance on cookies in general, and only sets this and one other – _gat, although Google also say data can be collected without setting any cookies. This cookie is used to distinguishes unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners. The main purpose of this cookie is: Performance.

Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate visitor’s use of our website and this helps us to understand where visitors come from. No personally identifiable information is collected through the use of these cookies. Google stores the information collected by their cookies on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

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