Cookie Policy

Our website uses 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.

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. You can learn more about managing cookies at About Cookies: http://www.aboutcookies.org.uk/managing-cookies

There are different types of 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 or performance cookies
  • These 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.
  • 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.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below:

Cookie Name Type Purpose Expiry
PHPSESSID Strictly Neccessary Allows users to login to the management functions of the site End of browser session
allowCookies Functionality Used to manage acceptance of cookie and privacy policy 30 days
_ga Analytical/Performance Used to distinguish users 2 years
_gid Analytical/Performance Used to distinguish users 24 hours
_gat OR _dc_gtm_ Analytical/Performance Used to throttle request rate 1 minute
_gac_ Analytical/Performance Contains campaign related information for the user 90 days
__utma Analytical/Performance Used to distinguish users and sessions 2 years from set/update
__utmt Analytical/Performance Used to throttle request rate 10 minutes
__utmb Analytical/Performance Used to determine new sessions/visits 30 mins from set/update
__utmc Analytical/Performance Used to determine new sessions/visits End of browser session
__utmz Analytical/Performance Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. 6 months from set/update
__utmv Analytical/Performance Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. 2 years from set/update


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 website.