What are Cookies and How Do We Use Them?
Cookies (and other similar technologies that you may hear about such as tags, pixels, beacons etc.) are small files of data that are stored on your internet browser, computer, handheld device or mobile as you browse various web pages. Cookies give us certain information about your online activity.
There are different types of cookies which help us achieve different things. We have grouped our cookies in two ways: (i) all cookies are either session cookies or persistent cookies, and (ii) all cookies serve one of four purposes.
Session and Persistent Cookies:
When we use these terms we mean how long the cookie sits on your device. Session cookies only exist for a small amount of time (a session cookie will only exist on your device when you use the website) whereas persistent cookies will remain on your device for longer. We use persistent cookies to enable the website to determine whether you have been here and signed in previously.
We use the following types of cookies which are used for the following broad purposes:
- Essential cookies: These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They are essential in order to ensure the website works properly.
- Performance cookies: These cookies allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors to our website and see how these users move around our website. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functional cookies: These are used to recognize you when you return to our website and improve your shopping experience. This enables us to personalize our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies: These cookies record your visit to a website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed and use this information to make sure any advertising you see (both on our website and elsewhere on the internet) is more relevant to your interests. This information is sometimes shared with third parties for this purpose.
Please note that if you decide to 'share' content from our website with friends through social networks – such as Facebook and Twitter - you may be sent cookies from these websites. We don't control the setting of these cookies, so please check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
How Can I Manage Cookies?
You may choose whether or not to accept cookies and can control cookies through your web browser. In most cases, your computer will automatically enable cookies, but you can amend these settings either within the browser options for the provider itself, [or] through a third party cookie management website.
We want to make sure managing cookies is as easy as possible for our customers so we are currently working with a number of technology providers to find particular ways to make cookie control on our website easier.
Please follow the links before for the browser options for the following providers:
Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
For more information about cookies and how you can control them we recommend you visit: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/
Please note that if you reject all cookies entirely it could result in our website no longer working properly for example if you want to buy products on our website you will need to have cookies enabled within your internet browser.