What are cookies?
A cookie is a small data file which is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer (or another electronic device) when you visit our site.
Cookies are used for the reasons set out below. Please note that some of the functions that cookies perform can also be achieved using similar technologies. This Policy refers to 'cookies' throughout, however it also covers these alternate mechanisms.
The types of cookies we use
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to [log into secure areas of our site, or add products to your shopping cart].
- Analytical/performance cookies. These types of cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our site works, for example, by ensuring that users are able to easily find what they are looking for.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our site. This enables us to personalise our content for you, and remember your preferences. [They may also be used to provide services you have asked for, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog.]
In respect of strictly necessary cookies, these cookies are required in order for our site to work, and to the extent that any such cookies allow us to identify you and are considered to be personal data, the legal basis for processing such personal data is that it is necessary for our legitimate interests (in order to operate our website and run our business, provide administrative and IT services, to secure our network and prevent and detect fraud).
In respect of all other cookies, we will rely on your consent. [Your consent for these purposes may be implied by your continued use of our site, unless you have indicated that you do not consent to cookies.]
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them and the time after which they will expire in the table below:
|Type of cookie||Name||Expiration time||Purpose|
|Analytical/ performance||_ga||2 years||Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users.|
|Analytical/ performance||_gid||24 hours||Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users.|
|Analytical/ performance||_gat_gtag_UA_25372378_12||1 minute||Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.|
|Analytical/ performance||CONSENT, GPS, PREF, VISITOR_INFOR1_LIVE, YSC||24 hours min||These cookies are created and used wherever there is a YouTube video embedded on the page. Google uses these to track that the video is being shown and for performance purposes.|
Third party cookies on our site
We only use third party cookies from our trusted partners, who provide important functionality to our site, such as our online store, and who help us improve our site, such as YouTube and Google Analytics.
Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services such as web traffic analysis services) may also set cookies on our site, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies. If you want to block these external cookies, you would need to do so at the original source or through your web browser settings (see 'How you can manage your cookies' below).
Third party websites
When we include links on our site to other websites, please bear in mind that these third-party websites will have their own privacy and cookie policies that will govern the use of any information you submit on those websites. We recommend you read their policies as we are not responsible or liable for the privacy practices of third parties.
How you can manage your cookies
The browsers of most computers, smartphones and other electronic devices are typically set up to accept cookies. If you wish to amend your cookie preferences and block cookies for our site or any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. Your browser's 'help' function will tell you how to do this.
More information about how to disable cookies can be found at www.allaboutcookies.org.
You can opt-out of Google Analytics by following the instructions provided by Google here.
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