Information about our use of cookies

Our websites may use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies in accordance with this policy. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. What cookies do we use?

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. 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, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.

  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

  • Session cookies. These cookies only last as long as your online session, and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser (like Internet Explorer or Safari).

  • Persistent cookies. These cookies stay on your computer or device after your browser has been closed and last for a time specified in the cookie. We use persistent cookies when we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use them to remember your preferences for the next time you visit.

  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies to:

  • Estimate our audience size and usage pattern;

  • Store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site and to provide you with offers that are targeted at your individual interests;

  • Speed up your searches;

  • Keep you signed in on different devices;

  • Recognise you when you return to our site;

  • Allow you to use our site in a way that makes your browsing experience more convenient, for example, if you register with us or complete our online forms, we will use cookies to remember your details during your current visit, and any future visits provided the cookie was not deleted in the interim

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies. How do I block cookies?

Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our site. If you do not consent to cookies being used, you must either disable the cookies or refrain from using this website. You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.Where can I find out more information about cookies?

If you’d like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, you can visit www.aboutcookies.org (please note that this is an external website.)