A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.
The cookies we use are “analytical” cookies. They allow us to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole, recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
Our cookies help us:
- Make our website work as you’d expect
- Save you having to login every time you visit the site
- Remember your settings during and between visits
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- With comments on blog posts
- Analyze how to improve the site and your experience
We also use web beacons in our newsletter to let us know how many have opened our emails and how many have clicked on any links in those emails.
We work with the following third-party suppliers with whom we share cookies for the reasons mentioned above: Google Analytics, Sumo, MailChimp, Download Monitor, Cookie Consent, SurveyMonkey, Jetpack.
You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
Most web browsers allow control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/.