Cookie Policy

We use cookies and similar tools across the site to improve its performance and enhance your user experience. This policy explains how we do that.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which a site may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the site, or another site, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.

There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help to remember usernames and preferences analyse how well a site is performing, or even allow a site to recommend content it believes will be most relevant to you.

Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “save login” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use a site, or a user’s general location.

What sort of cookies do we use?

Generally, our cookies perform up to three different functions:

  1. Essential cookies

Some cookies are essential for the operation of the site. Also some cookies allow us to identify registered users and ensure they can access restricted pages. If a user opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that the status of their account entitles them to.

  1. Performance Cookies

We may utilise the same or other cookies to analyse how you use the site, to record your visits to the site and the pages you have visited, and to record the links you have followed. Among other aims, this allows is to customise our offering to recurring visitors and to optimise navigational paths.

  1. Settings Cookies

We use settings cookies to allow us to remember certain choices you have made. For example, you can be automatically redirected to the language in which you last browsed, automatically logged in when the site session expires or schedules can be displayed in the time zone previously reported by your browser.

Does anyone else use cookies?

Please note that third parties with whom we may work with and/or who may have presence on the site (including, for example, users of our forum, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services such as Google Analytics) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to fall into the categories mentioned above.

Google Analytics uses cookies which follow your progress through the site, collecting anonymous data on where you have come from, which pages you visit, and how long you spend on the site for example. This data is stored by Google in order to create reports. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website, may be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google may use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. The Google site contains further information about Analytics and a copy of Google’s privacy policy pages.

Can a website user block cookies?

As we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of the site. However, if you do wish to disable cookies then please follow the instructions on our [Link: “How to Manage Cookies”] page.

Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of the site do not work properly

More Information

More detail on how businesses use cookies is available at www.allaboutcookies.org.