We use a number of cookies on our websites, mainly to help us improve the websites and enhance your experience when you visit the sites. This Cookie Notice sets out details about these cookies, what they’re used for and what your options are with regards to their use. For more information about how else we may use your data, please see our privacy notice [insert URL].

What are website cookies?

Cookies are small text files stored on your device by a website you visit. Cookies can be used for many reasons such as visitor analytics, maintaining logged in users, managing e-commerce website transactions, etc.

We use cookies for the purposes of analyzing (anonymously) visits to our website, identifying you when you log in via our website and identifying whether you have accepted cookies or not (via our cookie banner). It is also possible that when we use third-party services within our web pages these set third-party cookies.

There are different kinds of cookies that may be used:

  • Essential cookies are needed so that the website you are visiting can function
  • Non-essential, non-intrusive cookies are cookies not required for the website to work, but can be used to enhance the performance of the website or provide anonymous, useful information to the website owner (such we website statistics)
  • Non-essential, intrusive cookies that are used to store personal data or track website visitor behavior (either across the website or a number of websites)
  • Third-party cookies are cookies that are used by third-party services we may use on our websites, such as YouTube or advertising services. We have no control or access to these cookies.

You can find out more information about cookies on the website.

Cookies that we use

When you visit our websites ([insert URL(s)]) we use the following cookies.


Cookie name examples



Cookie acceptance cookie


This enables our cookie controls to identify whether you have accepted or rejected non-essential cookies.


Session ID


This enables us to maintain your connection with our website whilst you visit the site. It will be deleted at the end of your visit (usually when you close the browser)


Google Analytics

_gat, _ga, _gid

Anonymised website visitor statistics. We use Google Analytics to collect standard information about visitors to our site and their behaviour (e.g. what pages they viewed). The data provided by Google Analytics is anonymised and in no way enables us to identify individual visitors. For more information about how Google Analytics cookies work, visit:


Non-essential, non-intrusive


SID, LOGIN_INFO, use_hotbox, PREF, SSID, HSID, watched_video_id_list, __utma, __utmz, demographics, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

Where we embed or make use of a YouTube video on a web page, cookies will be set by Google. These are third-party cookies controlled by Google that we have no control over. They are typically used to enhance your YouTube experience when you view a video as well as determining other YouTube features including what videos you watch etc. They are likely to store anonymous data, unless you are logged into your Google account. You can read more about how YouTube and Google set and use cookies here:



DoubleClick and ads

NID, SID, IDE, ANID, DSID, FLC, AID, TAID, exchange_uid, __gads’, __gac

Where we use advertising on our website (such as Google’s DoubleClick) the ad service may make use of cookies to determine appropriate adverts to show as well as controlling your ad settings. These are third-party cookies controlled by Google that we have no control over. More information about these cookies can be found here:





We only use essential and non-intrusive cookies for the cookies we have control over (called first-party cookies) and they do not store any personal information. We have no control over third-party cookies.

How to control your cookie settings

By default, essential cookies are placed on your device for the purposes of allowing our website to function correctly. All other cookies can be controlled by your cookie settings either via our cookie banner (when you first visit the website) or via your browser.

You can find out about controlling cookies in your browser via the website, but you can find out about managing cookies in the most common browsers here: