Cookies Policy

Cookies Policy

This Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies and similar technologies on our website, and what you can do to manage how cookies are used. We are committed to protecting the personal information we collect when you use our websites and other services.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, We use cookies on our website in order to provide enhanced functionality to users, such as user accounts and saved preferences. We also use cookies to ensure that you see the most relevant ads and limit the number of times we show you the same advertisements. Finally, we use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

What are the different types of cookies?

  1. Essential or ‘Strictly Necessary’ Cookies

These are cookies which are essential for the running of our website. Without these cookies, parts of our website would not function.  These cookies do not track where you have been on the internet and do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes.

  1. Functional Cookies

Functional cookies are used to remember your preferences on our website and to provide enhanced, more personal features. The information collected by these cookies is usually anonymised, so we cannot identify you personally.  Functional cookies do not track your internet usage or gather information which could be used for selling advertising, but they do help with serving advertising.

  1. Analytical Performance Cookies

Analytical performance cookies are used to monitor the performance of our website, for example, to determine the number of page views and the number of unique users a website has.  Web analytics services may be designed and operated by third parties.  The information provided by these cookies allows us to analyse patterns of user behaviour and we use that information to enhance user experience or identify areas of the website which may require maintenance.  The information is anonymous (i.e. it cannot be used to identify you and does not contain personal information such as your name and email address) and it is only used for statistical purposes

  1. Behavioural Advertising Cookies

Behavioural advertising cookies, which may be placed on your device by us or our trusted third party service providers, remember that you have visited a website and use that information to provide you with advertising which is tailored to your interests. This is often called online behavioural advertising (OBA) and is done by grouping together shared interests based upon web browsing history. Your web browsing history can be used to infer things about you (e.g. your age, gender etc.), and this information may also be used to make advertising on websites more relevant to you.  Although behavioural advertising cookies can track your activity around the internet they cannot identify you personally, even if you are signed in to our website.  Without these cookies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests. If you would like more information about OBA, including how to opt-out of these cookies, please visit

We use cookies for the following purposes:

  1. Essential or Functional Cookies
We use these cookies to enable certain functionality including:
  • identifying returning users/registrants and allowing them to be presented with a personalised version of the site;
  • eliminated the need for returning users to re-enter their login details;
  • commenting on our site.
  1. Analytical Performance Cookies

We use these cookies to measrue users’ behaviour to better develop our website. By using web analytic services provided by Google Analytics, we can analyse which pages are viewed and how long for, as well as which links are followed. This informtion can be used by us to provide more content which is of interest. We also use this analysis to report on our website performance.

  1. Behavioural Advertising and Third Party Cookies

You many notice on some pages of our website that cookies have been set that are not related to us. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, Youtube, Twitter or Facebook, these third party service providers may set their own cookies on your device. We cannot control nor do we have access to any cookies placed on your computer by third party advertisers and sponsors. 


      How can I manage or opt out of cookies?

      Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their device a little intrusive, in particular when the information is stored and used by a third party. For example, you may object to being served advertising which is targeted to your interests based on your browsing history. If you would prefer to opt out of cookies, it is possible to control cookies by following the steps below, however you should be aware that you might lose some features and functionality of the website if you do so

      Cookies, including those which have already been set, can be deleted from your hard drive. You can also change the preferences/settings in your web browser to control cookies. In some cases, you can choose to accept cookies from the primary site, but block them from third parties. In others, you can block cookies from specific advertisers, or clear out all cookies. Deleting or blocking cookies may reduce functionality of the site. To learn more about how to reject cookies, visit or go to the help menu within your internet browser. If you experience any problems having deleted cookies, you should contact the supplier of your web browser.

      Opting out of Analytical Performance Cookies:

      If you would like to opt out of Analytics cookies, please do so by clicking on the links below:

      Google Analytics:

      Opting out of Behavioural Advertising Cookies:

      If you would like to disable “third party” cookies generated by advertisers or providers of targeted advertising services, you can turn them off by going to the third party’s website and getting them to generate a one-time “no thanks” cookie that will stop any further cookies being written to your machine. Here are links to the main third party advertising platforms we use, each of which have instructions on how to do this:

      You may also opt-out of cookies by following these links:

      MediaMind opt-out:

      FlashTalking opt-out:

      MindShare opt-out:

      Further information and contact details

      For more information about cookies please visit and for more information about behavioural advertising in particular please visit

      General information about data protection may be found at:

      Information Commissioner’s website:

      Direct Marketing Association:

      Consumer advice from the DMA: