What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer when you visit web pages. The owner of the cookie (who may not be directly connected to the web page that planted it – see 3rd party cookies below) can access the information that is stored on that cookie when you view web pages that include the cookie owner’s code.
Cookies are widely used, are necessary for the correct function of many website (including most if not all e-commerce websites) and can enrich the user experience.
They are also used to track user behaviour, which can be seen as an infringement of your privacy.
Our website uses 2 cookies, both of which are allowed under the Cookie Law:
- One “session” cookie is used when is it necessary to recognise a user during the course of a visit to our website. This cookie stores a unique identifying number, which we can reference to provide continuity to your visit, for example, remembering what is in your shopping basket. This cookie is deleted automatically when you close your browser and stores no data other that the unique number. It is allowed under the Cookie Law as “strictly necessary”, in other words the site cannot do what you want it do to without this cookie.
- A second cookie is used so that we know that you have seen our Cookie notice, as required under by the Cookie Law. Again this cookie stores no personal information and is “strictly necessary”.
Third party cookies
In addition our website uses 3rd party cookies. These are cookies that are owned by external organisations, are widely used across the web and provide significant benefits. We use 2 types of 3rd party cookie:
- Analytics cookies – these allow us to track the use of our website. This tracking is anonymous and the data is used so that we can understand how our website is used and how to improve the experience that we offer our visitors.
- Sharing cookies – these cookies allow visitors to share content on our website easily, for example the Facebook share button.
Third party cookies are set up and managed by the third party. We don't control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
If you do not want our cookies or third party cookies to be planted on your computer, you can disable cookies in your web browser. This will prevent any cookies of the types that you specify from being placed on your computer.
If you disable cookies, some elements of our website may not work properly.
How to disable our cookies
How you disable cookies depends on which browser you use. All modern browsers allow you to change your privacy settings to prevent websites form planting bookies.
These settings will typically be found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details..
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can find out more by going to the Your Online Choices site.
To disable third-party cookies
When you visit our website you may notice some cookies that are related to third parties, such as Google and Facebook. We don’t control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them, however, they will be affected by your browser privacy settings which you can change as outlined above.