Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smart phone or other device for accessing the internet, whenever you visit our website. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. Cookies are specific to the server that created them and cannot be accessed by other servers, which means that they cannot be used to track your movements elsewhere around the web. Please note that passwords and credit card numbers are not stored in cookies.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting ('first party cookies') or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing ('third party cookies').
We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
N.B. Persistent cookies remain after your browser is closed.
You can find more information about cookies at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
Necessary Cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas. These cookies don't gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet. You cannot opt out of necessary cookies and therefore should not continue to use this site or else setup your browser to block cookies from this site (See 'Managing your cookies' below).
N.B. It is assumed that by using this site you have agreed to accept necessary cookies. If you use the browser to block Necessary Cookies it will prevent the site from functioning as intended.
Examples of such cookies are for:
Remembering information you've entered on forms when you navigate to different pages in a single web browser session which identify you as being logged in (if the site has a login area).
The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
|Session cookie||PHPSESSID||N||This cookie is essential for the Login protected areas of this site. It is set only for those people using the site. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.||Visit the Microsoft website|
|AddThis||__atssc||Y||Used to manage the share count, until the sharing cache is updated.|
|AddThis||__atuvc||Y||This cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. It stores an updated page share count.|
|AddThis||__atuvs||Y||This cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms.|
|cookieconsent_dismissed||Y||This cookie is used to remember that the user has dismissed the cookie banner that appears.|
'Performance' cookies collect information about how you use our website e.g. which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. These cookies don't collect any information that could identify you – all the information collected is anonymous and is only used to help us improve our website, service to you, understand what interests our users and measure how effective our advertising is.
N.B. Performance cookies can be blocked.
We use 'Performance' cookies to:
Provide statistics on how our website is used.
See how effective our adverts are (we don't use this information to target adverts to you when you visit other websites).
Help us improve the website by measuring any errors that occur.
'Performance' cookies will NOT be used to:
Gather information that could be used to advertise products or services to you on other websites.
Target adverts to you on any other website.
|Google Analytics||_utmz||Y||These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.||Click here for an overview of privacy at Google|
|Google Analytics||_gat||Y||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.|
|Google Analytics||_ga||Y||This cookie is used to distinguish 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.|
|Google Analytics||_gid||Y||This cookie is used to distinguish users.|
The browsers of most computers, smart phones and other web-enabled devices are typically set up to accept cookies. If you wish to amend your cookie preferences for our website or any other websites, you can do this through your browser settings. Your browser's 'help' function will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether. You can also disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on's settings or visiting the website of its manufacturer.
Cookies are often used to enable and improve certain functions on our website. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it is possible that this will affect how our website works.
We have provided the following websites for further information on cookies:
Information about cookies
Comprehensive information on how to block or erase cookies on a wide variety of desktop browsers:
Useful information about cookies can be found at:
Internet Advertising Bureau
A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the internet advertising industry which can be found at:
International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom
Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website section: