Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are stored on your device when you visit a website. Cookies are read by the originating website on each subsequent visit, or by another website that recognises the cookie.
The purpose of cookies is to make websites work most effectively for you as the user, by allowing website functionality and providing information to the website’s owners. Examples of website cookie use include:
Cookies can be broken down into two main types: first-party and third-party.
Each cookie will be either a persistent cookie or a session cookie.
Cookies can also be broken down into categories, according to their purpose. The cookies that are used on these sites are based on the International Chamber of Commerce guide for cookie categories (PDF 316KB):
|ASP.NET_SessionId||General purpose platform session cookie, used by websites written with Microsoft .NET based technologies. Usually used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server.||First-party|
|ARRAffinity||This cookie is set by websites that run on Windows Azure cloud platform.||First-party|
|_vwo_uuid_v2||This cookie is set by Visual Website Optimiser and is used to measure the performance of different versions of web pages.||1 year||First-party|
|_gcl_au||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to understand user interaction with the website.||2 months||Third-party|
|TS01b9d37a||Session cookies allow users to be recognized within the website so any page changes or item or data selection you do is remembered from page to page.||User session||First-party|
|TS015db499||Session cookies allow users to be recognized within the website so any page changes or item or data selection you do is remembered from page to page” User session||User session||First-party|
|IDE||Used by Google DoubleClick and stores information about how the user uses the website and any other advertisement before visiting the website. This is used to present users with ads that are relevant to them according to the user profile.||1 year||Third-party|
|_fbp||This cookie is set by Facebook to deliver advertisement when they are on Facebook or a digital platform powered by Facebook advertising after visiting this website.||2 months||Third-party|
|fr||The cookie is set by Facebook to show relevant advertisements to the users and measure and improve the advertisements. The cookie also tracks the behaviour of the user across the web on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin.||2 months||Third-party|
When you visit a our website, we download a “cookie” to your computer. A cookie identifies your computer (by what is known as an IP address) to our server.
Cookies on our websites collect information about how you are accessing and browsing them, such as the device and browser you are using and the IP address your device is accessing the Internet from. The cookie enables us to retain your profile as you navigate our website, and prevents the need to re-collect information about you or your desired purchases.
Disabling session cookies will affect the performance and functionality of the website and disabling other cookies may also have an adverse impact on functionality.
These cookies do not allow us access to your accounts or provide us with any confidential information relating to your accounts. They do allow us to provide you with appropriate marketing ads via these social media channels.
Most data stored by cookies placed by our websites is anonymous, but there may be some occasions when, in order to provide the best website functionality, information is recorded in cookies that relate to you. This ‘pseudonymous’ information, however, is stored separately and securely on our systems, so that the data cannot be attributed to you.
If you are happy with this, you need not do anything.
Should you not wish to accept cookies, or change your mind at any point, read the section below on turning off your cookies.
If you do not wish to have cookies stored when you visit our websites, you can adjust the settings of the browser you are setting.
Please note, however, that if you turn off your cookies it may make browsing our websites much slower, and will affect performance and functionality. In particular, you will not be able to purchase products or request quotes online as the functionality for these require cookies that fall under the ‘strictly necessary’ cookies.
Guides on how to manage cookies for common browsers are linked below:
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