Cook­ies and How They Ben­e­fit You

Our web­site uses cook­ies, as almost all web­sites do, to help pro­vide you with the best expe­ri­ence we can. Cook­ies are small text files that are placed on your com­puter or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cook­ies help us:

  • Make our web­site work as you’d expect
  • Offer you free services/​content (thanks to advertising)
  • Improve the speed/​security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social net­works like Facebook
  • Con­tin­u­ously improve our web­site for you
  • Make our mar­ket­ing more effi­cient (ulti­mately help­ing us to offer the ser­vice we do at the price we do)

We do not use cook­ies to:

  • Col­lect any per­son­ally iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion (with­out your express permission)
  • Col­lect any sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion (with­out your express permission)
  • Pass per­son­ally iden­ti­fi­able data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cook­ies we use below.

Grant­ing us per­mis­sion to use cookies

If the set­tings on your soft­ware that you are using to view this web­site (your browser) are adjusted to accept cook­ies, we take this, and your con­tin­ued use of our web­site, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cook­ies from our site you can learn how to do this below, how­ever doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our Cookies

Web­site Func­tion Cookies

Our own cook­ies. We use cook­ies to make our web­site work. There is no way to pre­vent these cook­ies being set other than to not use our site.

Social Web­site Cookies

So you can eas­ily share our con­tent on the likes of Face­book and Twit­ter, we have included shar­ing but­tons on our site.

Cook­ies are set by:

  • Twit­ter
  • AddThis (pro­vide us with lots of shar­ing but­tons all in one neat package)

The pri­vacy impli­ca­tions on this will vary from social net­work to social net­work and will be depen­dent on the pri­vacy set­tings you have cho­sen on these networks.

Vis­i­tor Sta­tis­tics Cookies

We use cook­ies to com­pile vis­i­tor sta­tis­tics, such as how many peo­ple have vis­ited our web­site; what type of tech­nol­ogy they are using (e.g. Mac or Win­dows, which helps to iden­tify when our site isn’t work­ing as it should for par­tic­u­lar tech­nolo­gies); how long they spend on the site; what page they look at, etc. This helps us to con­tin­u­ously improve our web­site. These pro­grams also tell us how peo­ple reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before, help­ing us to put more money into devel­op­ing our ser­vices for you instead of mar­ket­ing spend.

Adver­tis­ing Cookies

Cook­ies are widely used in online adver­tis­ing. We, adver­tis­ers or our adver­tis­ing part­ners can­not gain per­son­ally iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion from these cookies.

You can learn more about online adver­tis­ing at http://​www​.youron​line​choices​.com. You can opt-​out of almost all adver­tis­ing cook­ies at http://​www​.youron​line​choices​.com/​u​k​/​y​o​u​r​-​a​d​-​c​h​o​i​c​e​s, although we would pre­fer that you didn’t as ulti­mately adverts help keep much of the inter­net free. It is also worth not­ing that opt­ing out of adver­tis­ing cook­ies will not mean you won’t see adverts, just sim­ply that they won’t be tai­lored to you any longer.

We use:

  • Dou­bleClick, owned by Google
  • Media 6 Degrees

Ban­ner Adverts

We fund our site by show­ing adverts as you browse our site. These adverts may be man­aged by a part­ner spe­cial­is­ing in pro­vid­ing adverts for mul­ti­ple sites. Invari­ably these part­ners place cook­ies to col­lect anony­mous data about the web­sites you vis­its so they can per­son­alise the adverts to you, ensure that you don’t see the same adverts too fre­quently and ulti­mately report to adver­tis­ers on which adverts are working.

Turn­ing Cook­ies Off

You can usu­ally switch cook­ies off by adjust­ing your browser set­tings to stop it from accept­ing cook­ies (learn how here). Doing so, how­ever, will likely limit the func­tion­al­ity of our and a large pro­por­tion of the world’s web­sites as cook­ies are a stan­dard part of most mod­ern websites.

It may be that your con­cerns around cook­ies relate to so called ‘spy­ware’. Rather than switch­ing off cook­ies in your browser, you may find that anti-​spyware soft­ware achieves the same objec­tive by auto­mat­i­cally delet­ing cook­ies con­sid­ered to be inva­sive. Learn more about man­ag­ing cook­ies with anti­spy­ware soft­ware.