Cookies help us to give you a better website experience, and improve our services.

What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that’s stored on your computer (“dropped”) when you browse to a website and the pages within it for the first time. They consist of a name, a value and an expiry date – as well as a couple of other bits of information. Most often, a cookie helps a website to distinguish first-time visitors from repeat-visitors which can, as an example, be useful for “remembering” a user’s preferences and settings.

Types of Cookie

There are a few different types of cookie, generally organised into first party/third party, essential/non-essential and session/persistent.

First Party Cookies

These types of cookie are created and dropped by the host website (the one that you’re visiting) – in this case Only the host website can read its own cookies.

Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies are created and dropped by third party providers – for example if a YouTube video is embedded on one of our pages, YouTube will drop a cookie when you view that page. This cookie will probably be served to help YouTube deliver more tailored content when you visit them in the future. We have no control over the creation and dropping of third party cookies.

Session Cookies

These are cookies that will expire when you leave the website or close your browser – they help to improve your experience during a single visit, and will be dropped again when you come back. They do not “remember” previous visits.

Persistent Cookies

These types of cookie have an expiration date beyond that of a single browsing session – this expiration date is usually defined by the website developers or marketing teams, and can be set as any amount of time – some will expire in 24 hours, others may even be a couple of years. Persistent cookies will remain active until the expiration date, and help websites to “remember” return visits. This can help improve experiences in terms of remembering user settings or preferences over longer periods of time and between visits and browser sessions.

Essential and Non-Essential Cookies

Essential cookies are vital to the correct operation of a website – without them, the website will not be able to function or carry out its objectives. Because of this, essential cookies cannot be turned off or disabled by the user.

Non-essential cookies are not vital to the operation of the website, and it will still function without them. A user can disable non-essential cookies and the website will still work, however the user experience may suffer as a result.