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To ensure you get the best from our website, we advise that users keep cookies active on their machine whilst visiting our website. You may not be able to access your account if you browse with cookies disabled.
We use session cookies, lasting only for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. No personally-identifiable data is collected. These simply enable us to identify that the same person is moving from page to page.
We store and collect the following information via session cookies:
We also use certain cookies that are persistent, meaning that they last beyond your session.
This site uses Google Analytics to allow us to track how popular our site is and to record visitor trends over time. Google Analytics uses a cookie to help track which pages are accessed. The cookie contains no personally-identifiable information, but it does use your computer’s IP address to determine where in the world you are accessing the site from, and to track your page visits within the site.
Opting out of cookie usage
You can stop third party cookies [such as those we use for Google Analytics] being stored on your computer by blocking third party cookies from within your browser. Blocking these types of cookies will not impact your browsing experience.
You can also block all cookies through your browser – however, you may find that many areas of our site will no longer work so we would recommend against this.
Article 5 (3) of the e-Privacy Directive came into force on 25th May 2011 and that the UK government is currently exploring how best to technically implement this directive. This information has been provided to abide with the spirit of Article 5 (3) of the e-Privacy Directive.
For further information about managing and disabling cookies, you can refer to your browser’s help section or user guide. Alternatively, the Interactive Advertising Bureau has produced a guide (see www.allaboutcookies.org) which explains to users how cookies work and can be managed.