It’s important to us that you are aware of what cookies are, how they can be used to create a better user experience and how we use them on our website.
As you may be aware, recent legislation requires websites to gain visitors’ consent to use certain cookies.
Do cookies mean I could get cold calls or junk mail?
Can cookies pass on my personal information to others?
We never share personal information gathered through cookies unless you have given us express consent to do so.
Do cookies compromise my security when I’m logged on to your website?
The cookies we use are completely safe and secure. Many of them are used purely to provide important security features such as protecting your data and your account.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smartphone or other device for accessing the internet, whenever you visit a website. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to do things like verify the user and carry out other essential security checks. Some of the functions that cookies perform can also be achieved using similar technologies.
How cookies make our website safer and easier to use
Cookies are used for a variety of reasons, such as to safeguard your privacy when browsing the site. They allow you to use functions such as being able to find and compare products and use secure online forms. If you leave a secure session window open when logged in to your account, cookies will enhance your security by automatically ending, your secure session. Cookies can also allow us to tailor the content of our website to suit your interests based on previous visits and/or purchases.
Finally, we use ‘analytics’ cookies to help us make our website better for those who visit it regularly. They help us work out what users like and don’t like and how we can improve the customer experience and our products/services for you. When we include links to other websites, please bear in mind they will have their own privacy and cookie policies that will govern the use of any information you submit.
We will never use cookie’s for the following:
– Store information which means that you can be personally identified
– Track your browsing after you’ve left our website
– Sell or distribute cookie data (without your express prior consent)
How we work with trusted third parties
Third parties are trusted suppliers who provide important functionality to our website, such as a live chat service or analytics.
How you can manage your cookies
The browsers of most computers, smartphones and other web-enabled devices are typically set up to accept cookies. If you wish to amend your cookie preferences for this website or any other websites, you can do this through your browser settings. Your browser’s ‘help’ function will tell you how to do this. However, please remember that cookies are often used to enable and improve certain functions on our website. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it is likely to affect how our website works. For example, if your browser is set to disable ‘session’ cookies, although you will still be able to view our public website, you would be unable to login to your account for example.