Nope, unfortunately they’re not the soft gooey chocolate ones you might have hoped for! Cookies are small text files that are downloaded to your device by websites you visit. Our website uses Google Analytics, a web-based analytics tool that tracks and reports on the manner in which the website is used to help us to improve it. The information that the cookies collect, such as the number of visitors to the site, the pages visited and the length of time spent on the site, is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
We also use software that places a cookie on your device to understand whether you read the emails and other materials, such as marketing publications, that we send to you, click on the links to the information that we include in them and whether and how you visit our website after you click on that link (immediately and on future visits). It records this activity against your email address.
The types of cookies we use are divided into four categories:
- Necessary cookies: These cookies let you move around our websites and use all their features. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to do things like leave comments.
- Performance cookies: These simply help us improve the way our website works. They tell us how people use each page, which ones are most commonly viewed, or whether any errors occurred.
- Customisation cookies: These cookies store your personal settings such as font sizes, volume level, or remember basic information that you’ve entered, so next time you visit our website it’s all there for you.
- Targeting cookies: We do not use any of these.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below:
Google Analytics: This cookie allows us to see data on things like the number of visits to our site as well as the browsing behaviour of those visitors. This sort of data allows us to see which sections of our site are most popular and which aren’t so popular! All info is de-personalised and can never be tracked back to individuals. If you wish to disable these cookies, please use the opt-out browser add-on supplied by Google. Or you can set your browser to reject all or certain cookies. Disabling cookies set by Google Analytics will not reduce the service provided to you.
Facebook Pixel: We use Facebook Pixel on our website. Facebook Pixel is a tracking code which allows us to track and monitor the success of advertisements we use on Facebook and to improve the effectiveness of those advertisements by recording information such as the device you used to access our website and the actions you took on our website using cookies. We may also use Facebook Pixel to create retargeting advertisements and custom audiences for our advertisements on Facebook and on our website.