We set and access cookies and similar technology on your computer to obtain information about how you access and use our websites. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will set cookies when you load and navigate around the websites. By using our websites you consent to our use of cookies.

What are cookies

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website during your browsing session or on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. The cookies we set do lots of different jobs, like help us to improve the websites and to deliver a better and more personalised service, remembering your preferences, and generally

improving the user experience. You can find more information about cookies at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.

Cookies can be categorised in accordance with the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide as set out below:

Strictly necessary cookies – these cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around a website and use its features and enable services you have specifically asked for. Consent is not generally required for these cookies.

Performance cookies - these collect information about how visitors use a website, for example, by recording which pages users go to most often (usually on an anonymous basis).

Functionality cookies - these cookies allow a website to remember the choices a user makes, such as a user name or language preference.

Targeting or advertising cookies - these collect information about a user's browsing habits and are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission.

Cookies can also be categorised in accordance with how long they are saved on your device: "Session cookies" are short-term cookies that are only saved on the computer’s memory for the duration of a user's visit to a website, whereas "Persistent cookies" remain saved in the computer’s memory for a set period of time, even after the browser session has ended.

Refusing or restricting cookies

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. The Help or Internet Settings function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ which contains detailed information on cookies and how to delete, restrict or block them on a wide variety of browsers. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Please be aware that if you select to refuse or restrict cookies you may be unable to access certain parts of our websites.