A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites, our cookie policy outlines what this means for you. 

Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

Law relating to web cookies and cookie policy

On 26 May 2012, European law relating to use of web cookies came into force in the UK that affected most websites. The rules on cookies are covered by The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 and The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011.

The European Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) came into force on May 25th, 2018 in all EU member states to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe.

The ICO is responsible for enforcing these rules.

Types of cookies

There are broadly four types of cookies that might be stored on your device when visiting our website.

  • Strictly necessary cookies: Cookies that make our website work properly for you and enable you to make use of the secure online services that we provide.
  • Analytical/performance cookies: Cookies that collect data about your use of the website which is then anonymised and used to help us improve our online services
  • Advertising and remarketing cookies: Depending on the pages that you have visited on our website, the cookie may trigger advertising on third-party websites.
  • Third-party cookies: Cookies that are placed by third party services we make use of to enhance the information we present online. We have no control over these third-party cookies

Some cookies are retained in your browser only if you visit our website, while others persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website or save your preferences.

Strictly necessary


This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in this cookie. The cookie will remember you cookie preference for a period of 3 months and is then deleted.


This cookie is used by the site’s server computer to manage your browser’s session with our website. This is a session cookie and is deleted when you close your browser.






If you want to disable cookies, you need to change your website browser settings. How to do this will depend on the browser you use and the information below shows you how to disable cookies for the most popular browsers:

Apple Safari

Choose the ‘Safari’ menu then ‘Preferences’. Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab. Select the appropriate setting then close the Preferences panel to commit the setting.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Choose the menu ‘Tools’ then ‘Internet Options’. Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab. Select the appropriate setting.

Mozilla Firefox

Choose the menu ‘Tools’ then ‘Options’. Click on the icon ‘Privacy’. Find the menu ‘Cookie’ and select the relevant options.

Opera 6.0 and others

Choose the menu ‘Files” > Preferences > Privacy’.