Cookies

To make this website simpler to use and navigate, we sometimes place a small data file on your computer or device. These are known as cookies. Nearly all websites do this. They make your visit simpler by:

At no time do we store or retrieve any information that can personally identify you; we simply use cookies to make our website work better for you and are essential to the usage of our website. Did you know you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish? Learn more about cookies and how to manage them at AboutCookies.org.

How we use cookies

Our website may use cookies in several places - we've listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Measuring Website Usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it is meeting its users' needs and to understand how we could do it better.
Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. No personally identifiable information is ever added to a cookie by Google.
The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name

Content

Expires

_utma

randomly generated number

2 years

_utmb

randomly generated number

30 minutes

_utmc

randomly generated number

When you close your browser

_utmx

randomly generated number

2 years

_utmxx

randomly generated number

2 years

_utmz

randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search)

6 months

Shopping Basket

For our websites that contain ecommerce areas, we set a simple cookie that has:

Name

Content

Expires

website domain name (ie, smith.com)

randomly generated alpha-numeric code (shopping basket id eg Nc87HDteg3)

60 days OR directly on completion of purchase

Members and Registered Users

For our websites that contain members areas and have registered users, we set a simple cookie that has:

Name

Content

Expires

website domain name (ie, smith.com)

Cookie id number (eg '42')

At midnight of the same day

not all websites

your country (by name eg 'UK')

At midnight of the same day

not all websites

VAT exemption status (simple 'Yes' or 'No')

At midnight of the same day

'Remember Me' Function

For our websites that contain members areas and have registered users, and allow you to be 'remembered' for your next visit, we set a simple cookie that has:

Name

Content

Expires

website domain name (ie, smith.com)

Cookie id number (eg '42')

30 Days