Cookie Policy

Almost all websites – including this one – store small files called cookies on your computer or mobile phone when you browse. Cookies store information to help make sure you get the best out of a website.

We need your permission to use cookies. You don’t have to give us permission, but if you do it’ll make sure you get the best out of the site. You can also change your decision any time you choose.

Some sites use cookies to identify you personally or share your information with advertisers. We don’t do that – your privacy is very important to us. Our cookies are used to make sure the site works the way you expect – that it loads quickly and is easy to share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social sites.

To be absolutely clear, we don’t use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

Social website cookies

We know that those who access websites often like to share information with their friends. So, we have ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons on some pages to help you link to pages on Facebook, Twitter and other websites.

Anonymous visitor statistics cookies

We want to know that our website is useful  – and to do that we need to make sure it looks, feels and reads well for our visitors. To help us do that we use Google Analytics to learn lots about our visitors – including which countries they’re in, what sort of computers or devices they’re using, how long they read pages for, and which pages they see. It’s not about identifying individual users – it’s all about getting a clear idea of how we need to improve the site so it works well for everyone.

Google Analytics also helps us learn how people find out about the site – for example, which search engines they use, and which words they use to search. This helps us make sure many more people can learn about what we’re doing.

Please read Google Analytics’ privacy policy to find out how they use your data.

Turning cookies off

If you really don’t want us to use cookies – and you don’t mind the way that can change your experience of our website – you’re absolutely free to turn them off or delete them. If you want to do that, this very useful guide will help you.

If you’re worried about spyware – creepy programmes that track you and target adverts at you – we want to be absolutely clear that we don’t use it. Most anti-spyware programmes simply delete cookies that they think come from spyware – and, as we’ve said, you can always do that with cookies from this website. You can learn more about managing cookies with anti-spyware programmes.