Cookie Policy

What are cookies and how do we use them?

This policy is split into five sections:

  • What are cookies and tracking technologies?
  • The cookies and tracking technologies we use
  • How do I change my cookie settings?
  • Our Cookies
  • Our main technology partners

What are cookies and tracking technologies?

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a text file containing a small amount of data which is downloaded to your computer when you visit one of our websites or see one of our adverts elsewhere on the internet. The vast majority of websites use cookies and tracking technologies. Cookies are useful because they help us arrange the content and layout of our websites and recognise those computers that have been to our websites before. They allow us to remember your preference settings and play an important role in helping us to enhance the usability and performance of our websites and your experience using them.  Some cookies are also essential to enable you to move around our website and use its features. They also help us to identify which of our articles are the most popular and the types of journey visitors have to our websites.

A list of all the cookies that we and technology partners use can be found in the Our cookies section.

The cookies and tracking technologies we use

When you access our websites you will receive a message advising you that we use cookies  to allow us and selected partners to analyse site performance to improve your experience and for advertising.  That message also provides a link to this Policy. It is necessary to place some cookies on your computer in order to display the website page to you. If you continue to use our websites, further cookies will be placed on your computer to maximise your experience on our websites,to help us understand how we can improve them and to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of our advertising.

How do I change my cookie settings?

If you don’t want us to place cookies on your computer then there are a number of ways you can opt out – setting your browser either to reject all cookies, to only allow “trusted” sites to set them, to accept only those cookies from those websites which you are currently on.

We like the website www.aboutcookies.org which gives you detailed step by step guidance on how to control and delete cookies depending on your browser type. You can then adjust your browser settings to your preferred level of protection.

You can also use the links below to find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

Google Chrome
Microsoft Edge
Mozilla Firefox
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Opera
Apple Safari
Safari iOS
Android
Blackberry
Windows Phone

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.

We have also included links to the privacy policies of our technology partners in our cookie list so that you can control the cookies they place more easily.

Our Cookies

The cookies on our site are Analytics

Analytics and customisation

Our Analytics cookies collect information about how you use our websites and help us improve how our website work. For instance, this could be the pages you visit most often and the error messages from those pages.

We use tools such as Google Analytics to help us better understand how our customers navigate to and through our websites, how long customers spend visiting our content items, how often they return to visit our websites and what demographic categories (age, gender, interests) they fall into.

These tools also help us track the effectiveness of the money we spend on our digital marketing campaigns. Google Analytics uses cookies to collect this information and this information helps us to improve our websites.

You may stop the transmission of information generated by the cookies about your use of our website to Google, by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on available here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Please see Google’s privacy notice for further information.

Our main technology partners

Google, Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager |Privacy Policy

We work with Google to market our services on their Adwords platform. We record any completed transactions that have been referred by Adwords using cookies.