What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small amount of text that is stored on your computer when you visit a website. There are several types of cookies that store different types of information. Some help you to navigate between pages of a website or help you to log in, some store the contents of your basket so that you can buy products from the website and some cookies provide information so that advertising can be tailored to your interests.
Some cookies, such as those that help you log in, are cleared as soon as you close your browser, these are called session cookies. Other cookies are 'persistent' and remain on your computer for a period of time.
Which cookies are we storing on your computer?
- We use software called ExpressionEngine to create and maintain our website. ExpressionEngine stores 4 cookies on your computer to assist with navigation, logging in securely and storing your website preferences. The cookies stored are: exp_last_visit, exp_tracker, exp_last_activity and exp_perpage.
- Google analytics stores a few cookies on your computer so that we can track how many visitors we get, which pages our visitors go on and other information that helps us improve your experience of the website. None of your personal details are stored in these cookies, they are completely anonymous and only serve to help us refine your experience. The cookies stored are: _utma, _utmb, _utmc and _utmz.
Other cookies we don’t store on your computer
- Tracking cookies that send information to other websites so that advertising is more relevant to you
What if I want to remove the cookies from my computer?
You can remove all the cookies from your computer by using your browser settings page. If you do this you may lose any customisations you have made to the site (e.g. colour or text preferences). You also may remove any login or session information, e.g. if you clear your cookies you will be logged out of the site until you log in again.
Our cookie plans for the future